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Adult Basic DolphinLab

Course Information

Adult Basic DolphinLab is a six day program that introduces students to DRC and our resident dolphin and sea lion family. Whether you simply want to spend a week learning more about dolphins, or are interested in pursuing a career in the exciting field of marine mammal care and training, this is a terrific beginning. Through observation of their unique behavioral and physical characteristics, students learn to identify each resident, and to respect each as an individual with his or her own “dolphinality” or “sealionality”. 

The course includes a unique blend of interactive experiences, as well as interesting seminars, observation time, and other activities. Basic DolphinLab also surveys a wide range of knowledge, theories, and ongoing research concerning dolphins, the marine environment, and related issues. Whether you are a dolphin lover, or considering pursuing a career in the marine mammal field, this Lab provides an excellent, comprehensive base of knowledge. 

Class sizes average twelve to fourteen students to ensure individualized instruction. Students must successfully complete this course as a prerequisite for taking any of the other Career Series DolphinLab courses.

The program runs Sunday through Friday. Additional information and required waivers and forms are provided in the Welcome Packet emailed to each participant once the course is confirmed. We require a minimum of eight (8) participants enroll before confirming the course to run.

Seminars May Include:

  • Acoustics & Communication

  • Marine Mammal Conservation

  • Coral Reef Ecology

  • Dolphin Physiology

  • Dolphin Husbandry

  • Dolphin Training

  • Dolphin Maternity

  • Marine Mammal Law

  • Marine Mammal Strandings

  • Research at DRC

Interactive Programs Include:

  • One Dolphin Splash session

  • Two Dolphin Encounter sessions

  • A signal session from the dock

Additional Hands- On Activities Include:

  • Medical Demonstration

  • Observation Time

  • Research Workshop

  • Signal Workshop

  • Training Demonstration

  • Training Workshop

  • Local Environmental/Educational Field Trip(s)


Tuition for Adult Basic DolphinLab is $1,600.00 (US). Tuition includes all seminars, activities, interactive programs, a field trip, digital photographs taken from various dolphin interactions throughout the week, and lunch and snacks each day of the program. 

Tuition does not include:

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • Transportation to and from any airport, or to and from Dolphin Research Center each day.

Dolphin Research Center is partnering with Grassy Flats Resort and Beach Club, the Courtyard Marriott, and Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott for the Summer of 2022. These hotels are offering a discounted rate for our participants each week of Adult DolphinLab. Additional details, rates, and booking instructions are provided in the Welcome Packet emailed to each participant once a Lab is confirmed to run. Dolphin Research Center is not handling bookings or payments for any of these establishments.


Although there are no prerequisites for attending Adult Basic DolphinLab, applicants should have a strong desire to experience and learn about dolphins and the marine world. This course is available to all students ages 18 and up.

This course serves as a prerequisite for taking any of the Career Series DolphinLab courses.

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Enrollment for the 2022 Adult Basic DolphinLab is closed. Please check the Course Dates page between November and January for the dates in which the course will be offered in 2023. Thank you! 

There is a 20% discount on tuition for Adult Basic DolphinLab for students who become members at the $240.00 level or higher (Parent membership). Become a member of Dolphin Research Center!


Questions? Please email so the Education team can help!  

Our Mission - Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we share with the well being of DRC's animals taking precedence.
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