More Info On Becoming a Dolphin Trainer
If you or your loved one has shown an interest in becoming a marine mammal trainer as a career, and love being in the water, then it may be time to start planning a career as a marine mammal trainer. If you or your loved one read our article on becoming a future marine mammal trainer, and answered yes to our questions, and still believe that you or your loved one has the dedication it takes to be a dolphin or sea lion trainer, then take it a further step and look into more information.
To begin, let’s talk about the realistic aspects of becoming a Dolphin trainer or a Sea Lion Trainer. You must be in good physical health and be able to swim well to ensure keeping up with the dolphins and sea lions. It is strenuous physical activity, and you have to do it day in and day out, so already having a physically active lifestyle will help immensely. You have to also be comfortable with speaking in front of crowds, as you will also be a form of representation for the species and educate people on why they are important for our world. And the biggest factor that you must face is the possibility of relocation, which on one hand mean you may be moving away from friends and family, but on the other you will most likely be relocated to a tropical place. And if you’re really lucky, you’ll be able to come to the Blue Lagoon Island everyday to train dolphins and sea lions.
So if all the qualifications from the above line-up with your life, then we can look forward to the next step. The next step will be to get an education in marine biology, and graduate to the next step: apprenticeship. Apprenticeship is required in order to become a dolphin or sea lion trainer, in order to solidify your knowledge, and help you gain experience. Apprenticeship helps with on-the-job experience with the supervision of of an experienced trainer. This is absolutely necessary in learning the methods of how to interact and teach the dolphins and sea lions how to obey commands, while building a bond with them.
Another step you or your loved one can take is to join organizations to further your knowledge. There are numerous amounts of organizations that help your marine mammal training career, and specialize in different areas of interests within the realm of marine science. Try signing up for a membership to the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, otherwise known as IMATA, and be informed on the latest training techniques, and research of dolphins and sea lions. Signing up with Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums to help find insight on career opportunities.
But one of the most important things you could do is visit the website of marinecareers.net, and get a grasp on what the future holds for a career in marine science.
If you want to test the waters (literally), then come to the Blue Lagoon Island, and have a day swimming with dolphins, or spend the day doing a sea lion encounter. See how comfortable you really are around the animals before beginning your career path into marine sciences.