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DETAILS

VIP Trainer

Ever wonder what it's like to be a marine mammal trainer at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park? As a VIP Trainer, you can enjoy a hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience like no other! Working side-by-side with our trainers, you'll learn and practice all it takes to train and care for all of our marine mammal residents, including dolphins!

Ages: 13 and up       

Duration: Approximately 5 hours

Program price includes: General admission, lunch, VIP Trainer T-shirt, Gulfarium souvenir beach towel, and a pass to enjoy the Gulfarium for an additional day.  Photos not included.

For more information, see our requirements, policies, and FAQ links!

 

Expedite your check in process by printing and completing this Encounter Participant Waiver prior to your visit.  Separate waiver required for each participant.

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park makes every effort to make your visit a memorable one.  If you or a family member has any special needs, please fill out our special needs form prior to reserving your encounter, so that we can provide assistance.

   

REQUIREMENTS

VIP Trainer

Requirements

  • Guests must be age thirteen (13) or older to participate as a VIP Trainer.
  • Participants with special needs including mobility, seeing, or hearing impairments must contact Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park prior to reserving the encounter.

POLICIES

VIP Trainer

Policies

  • Encounter must be paid in full at the time of reservation.
  • Encounters continue rain or shine, no refunds or exchanges due to inclement weather.
  • 24-hour notice must be given in order to receive a full refund of the purchase price.
  • In the event that an encounter must be rescheduled within 24 hours prior to the encounter start time, or after a missed encounter, a rebooking fee of 25% of the encounter purchase price will be applied. Rebooking is subject to program availability and is not guaranteed.
  • Cameras/phones are not allowed into animal enclosures or on docks as participants’ hands must be free to interact with the animals.  Family and friends are welcome to take photos from general admission viewing areas.
  • For the safety of the animals, remove jewelry and loose articles from pockets prior to the start of the encounter.

FAQS

VIP Trainer

FAQs

Which animals do I get to meet and how long do I spend with each?

During this program, participants will encounter penguins, otters, dolphins, seals, sea lions, turtles, stingrays and sharks.  The length of time spent with each animal varies with each program depending on the animals’ needs and behavior.

Will I get to go in the water with any animals? 

Yes, VIP Trainers will enter the water with the dolphins and stand on submerged platforms.  Additionally, participants will snorkel with stingray and sharks in the Stingray Bay exhibit.

What else does the program include? 

Although each program is different in order to incorporate variety for the animals, the program may include feeding and giving various behavior signals while interacting with the animals. Additionally, VIP Trainers will learn about how to care for and train each individual animal species.

Do I need to wear a bathing suit? 

Yes, bathing suit attire must be worn or brought with the participant.

Is there a place to change clothes or keep my valuables? 

Changing rooms and lockers are available on site for use by in- water encounter participants free of charge.

Do I need to bring a towel? 

No, a Gulfarium souvenir towel is provided to each in-water encounter participant and is yours to keep.

What else is included in my VIP Trainer program? 

Also included is a general admission pass to enjoy the Gulfarium for an additional day, lunch from the Dive-In Eatery, and a VIP Trainer t-shirt.

Can multiple people sign up for the VIP Trainer program? 

The VIP Trainer program is designed for one participant.  However, if the participants are friends, siblings, or family members, up to two can participate.  If multiple guests reserve the program, each is responsible for the program encounter fee.

Are photos included with this encounter?

Photos of the VIP Trainer are taken at various times during the encounter by a staff member.  These are available for purchase after the program.

Can a parent or family member follow along during the program to take photos without participating in the encounter? 

Most of the animal encounters occur in areas of the park that are visible from general admission viewing areas.  Friends and family are more than welcome to take photos from these areas but are not allowed in behind-the-scenes areas of the park.

Can I take photos during my encounter?

Cameras/phones are not allowed into animal enclosures or on docks as participants’ hands must be free to interact with the animals.  The only exception to this is that underwater cameras are allowed when snorkeling with stingrays and sharks in Stingray Bay. Family and friends are welcome to take photos from general admission viewing areas.

My child is twelve years old, can they participate?

No, due to program and educational content, participants must be at least thirteen (13) years of age. 

Does the encounter price include general admission?

Yes, general admission is included in the price of a VIP Trainer program.

Can I get a refund if it is raining on the day of my encounter?

Encounters continue rain or shine, no refunds or exchanges due to inclement weather.

Can I get a refund if I need to cancel my reservation?

24-hour notice must be given in order to receive a full refund of the purchase price.  Call 850-243-9046 for assistance.

Can I reschedule my encounter for a different day if something comes up?  What if I miss my scheduled encounter?

If more than 24 hours notice is given, an encounter can be rescheduled at no charge. Rescheduling is subject to program availability and is not guaranteed. In the event that an encounter must be rescheduled within the 24-hour window prior to the encounter start time, or after a missed encounter, a rebooking fee of 25% of the encounter purchase price will be applied. Call 850-243-9046 for assistance.

OVERVIEW
  • 13 and Up
  • $379.00
  • 5 Hours
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