Let’s start this blog post what they both have in common, petting, holding and kissing the dolphin. The only thing is you get a lot more of those behaviors in the dolphin encounter than the swim. Because as the name suggests, the swim, you will be in deep water for most of your 30 minutes in the water.

So please don’t ask, “do you need to know how to swim” in the Florida Keys dolphin swim program. A lot of people ask this question and the answer is yes. You don’t need to be an Olympic swimmer but comfortable in deep water.  The dolphin swim you also get rides with the dolphins, the dorsal fin ride, maybe a foot push, or a belly ride. The rides is where you get push or pulled by the dolphin in the deep water.

On the other hand, the Florida Keys dolphin encounter is very tranquil and peaceful in the shallow water with them because the trainer bring the dolphin upclose to you to enjoy them. No swimming involved in the Dolphin Encounter / Wade program. The hard part is picking the correct program for you, your family or friends, the swim with dolphins or dolphin encounter?