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If you want to swim with bottlenose and spotted dolphins,
both trained and wild, the Florida coast is an ideal destination.
Bottlenose and spotted dolphins are the most gentle and intelligent
mammals next to humans and even more when you meet them. You'll
be able to swim with dolphins when you visit them in the Florida,
Key Largo, Key West area, and Miami, Fort Lauderdale area.
You can choose from shallow-water swimming experiences with
trained dolphins and deep-water encounters with wild dolphins.
In shallow water enclave, you can spend time working with
a trainer from a platform, as the dolphins perform tricks
on command. You can also swim with the dolphins, as they will
do toe pushes and body rubs. You can enjoy dorsal fin rides
and snorkel with them.
Once the trained dolphin swim in captivity gives you an understanding
how the dolphins behave in a controlled environment, you can
go for wild dolphin encounter. You will need to go out in
the sea in a boat with an experienced guide and boat captain,
to find pods of wild bottlenose dolphins.
There are several facilities in Florida that offer the opportunity
to swim with dolphins, both trained and wild. One such facility
is Dolphins Plus, a dolphin research and education facility
located south of Miami in Key Largo. Dolphins Plus houses
14 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.
In the Florida Keys, there are three legally registered facilities
that offer you the opportunity to swim and interact with dolphins
- Theatre of the Sea, Dolphin Plus, and Dolphin Research Center.
There are structured and non-structured swims with the dolphins
programs. In the structured program one can have an up front
and personal dolphin experience. You can swim, dance, kiss,
and enjoy a dorsal tow with the dolphins. In this swim, contact
is guaranteed with the dolphins.
Pregnant women are not allowed in the water.
The non-structured swim is only meant for snorkelers who are
comfortable in deep water. Since the dolphins in these sessions
are not trained, contact cannot be guaranteed. The dolphins
set the pace, and contact is up to them.
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Swim Info provides detailed information about swimming
with dolphins, including profiles of the best places to swim
with dolphins: Florida, Hawaii, Cancun, California, Malta,
Key Largo, and the Bahamas.