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Adult Basic DolphinLab

Please note: We made some exciting changes to our 2021 Adult DolphinLab courses! Please be certain to review the information and details on each respective course page in its entirety, regardless of previous participation.

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 begins at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, and ends at 4:00 p.m. on 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 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.

In an effort to assist our DolphinLab students with accommodations, the Courtyard Marriott in Marathon, and Hawks Cay Resort are partnering with Dolphin Research Center to offer our students a discounted rate on various rooms. Details, room rates, and booking instructions are provided in the Welcome Packet sent to each student once the Lab is confirmed.


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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Adult Basic DolphinLab is filled to capacity and closed for 2021! You are welcome to complete and submit the online application and your application will be placed on the standby list. The Education team will contact you if we receive a cancellation and your application is next in line.

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

Coronavirus Precautions

We want to assure you that we continually monitor guidelines from the CDC, as well as our local, county, and state governments so that we can make sure that precautions are in place. Guidelines and information are in the Welcome Packet that is provided to each confirmed camper.



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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