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DolphinLab Adult Basic Course


Course Information

Adult Basic DolphinLab is a seven-day program that introduces students to DRC and our resident dolphin family. Students must successfully complete this course as a prerequisite for taking any of the other DolphinLab courses.

The course includes a unique blend of hands-on and in-water interactive experiences, as well as interesting seminars, observation time, and other activities.  

Students get to know and respect each dolphin as an individual with his or her own “dolphinality” through observation of their unique behavioral and physical characteristics.

Basic DolphinLab also surveys a wide range of knowledge, theories and ongoing research concerning dolphins, the marine environment and related issues.

Basic DolphinLab provides an excellent, comprehensive base of knowledge for the dolphin lover, as well as anyone considering pursuing a career in the marine mammal field.

Class sizes average twelve to fourteen students to ensure individualized instruction. 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, Adult Basic DolphinLab is a terrific beginning.  Arrive as a dolphin enthusiast; Leave as a member of the DRC family!

Seminars Include:

  • Acoustics & Communication
  • Marine Mammal Conservation
  • Coral Reef Ecology
  • Dolphin Cognition
  • Dolphin Physiology
  • Dolphin Husbandry
  • Dolphin Training
  • Dolphin Maternity
  • Marine Mammal Law
  • Marine Mammal Strandings
  • Research at DRC 

Hands-On Activities Include:

  • One Dolphin Splash session
  • Two Dolphin Encounter sessions
  • A signal session from the dock.

Additional Activities Include:

  • Local environmental/educational field trip(s)
  • Medical Demonstration
  • Observation Time
  • Research Workshop
  • Signal Workshop
  • Training Demonstration
  • Training Workshop.

College Credit:

Students may elect to receive college credit for attending this course. Credit is available through the Florida Keys Community College for an additional fee. In order to receive credit, students must successfully complete all course activities and pass an end of course exam. For more information, College Credit Details.


The cost of Basic DolphinLab is $1600.00 (US). Tuition includes all seminars, activities, meals, lodging, a field trip and photographs taken of your dolphin interactions throughout the week. The cost of the course also includes transportation to and from the Marathon Airport or Marathon hotels at pre-established times that you will be provided after the class is confirmed.


Although there are no prerequisites for attending 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 the Career Focused Series DolphinLab courses.

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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).  This does not apply to students applying for FKCC credit. To sign up on-line to become a member please go to this link:




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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