Dolphin Swimming in Port Stephens is excellent, with the Port Stephens / Great Lakes Marine Park as the venue, you may join the wonderful team from Dolphin Swim Australia as they join the many offshore Common dolphin pods with their world first form of wild dolphin swim encounter.
Destination NSW, through their system of tourism grants provided DSA with grant monies for a boat based technology upgrade. Simply put, these monies were spent designing and implementing a state of the art above and below water camera system. No dolphin swimming teams with dolphin watching as even the observers on the boat get to see all the in water action on flat screen TV’s on the deck.
Dolphin Swim Australia is the first and only licensed wild dolphin swim on the East Coast of Australia and is licensed by the Marine Parks Authority to swim with Shor Beaked Common Dolphin in the Port Stephens marine park.
Dolphin swimming has never been so exciting. Join the professional team of Dolphin Swim Australia as they train you to encounter the wild common dolphins in our vibrant marine park environment. Join our onboard team of scientists as we gather data on this little known dolphin species and learn more about marine parks while you enjoy ‘close enough to touch’ encounters with wild dolphins.
Dolphin watching is just as exciting with our world first wild dolphin swim. We employ a state of the art camera system to capture all the below water antics and broadcast via twin flat screen TV’s to the foredeck so you can see all the action even if you are not swimming.
Our season starts 29th October 2012 and we operate weekends and weekdays on demand until end of May 2013. Click this link BOOK NOW or view SWIM CALENDAR on DolphinSwimAustralia.Com website.
DSA would like to advise all clients that the AMVE has changed its dolphin swim program time from 8am-12pm to the new and totally wild time of 6am -10am.
Andrew and Frank have monitored closely our Port Stephens dolphin swim and the behavior of our dolphin friends and have chosen a new time slot for our dolphin swim. The reasons for our change are:
Dawn is the time the ocean is most alive! To have the opportunity to sail into the deep blue as the sun is rising is one of the most beautiful and amazing gifts. It is this time of the morning where the ocean shifts gears, night time feeding is coming to an end with a huge finale’.
Dolphin numbers and locations are more predictable. Their behavior appears most conducive to our dolphin swim as they really seem more excited when we are around early in the morning.
The wind is often light offshore that early in the mornin which make the sea calmer and an overall quieter place. The light coming through the water at dawn makes the deep ocean a magical and wondrous place with shafts of light dancing through the biosphere and the dolphins. The beautiful Short Beaked Common Dolphin, the way they dance and weave coming to join in the fun on the bow with the crazy humans is simply sensational.
Our new calendar is up on line and available with weekend trips right through till April 2011 (more to come)
Our intention was to run our dolphin swim Australia program right through our cooler months. As we operate in the “Whale Highway” at Port Stephens NSW, we were absolutely certain of some close encounters with the dolphins larger cousins the mighty Humpback Whale:) However after several ‘trials’ we have determined that the weather is just too cold to really enjoy our in water dolphin swim experience. We are still available for hardy groups who may want this challenge, though weekend dolphin swim bookings have been removed from the calendar from June – early September. New dolphin swimming season is September – May yearly.
5:30am on the Dock ready to be fitted in your wetsuit
5:45am Embark Imagine, grab a coffee or a cup of soup and get ready
6:00ambriefing begins and departure for the Blue Water Wonderland Dolphin Encounter
10:00am return to dock C
BOOK NOW for the MOST exciting extreme dolphin swim on the planet.
Or call Andrew 1300721358 and he’ll walk you through the process or answer any question you may have.
See you soon
Divemaster / Director
Dolphin Swim Australia
Dolphin Swim Australia has completed successfully the first three trial at Port Stephens on the weekend.
Port Stephens and in fact the entire NSW coast has never before enjoyed a commercial license or permit issued to operators. This swim is unique, it combines world’s best practice competency training in the swim procedures, with the luxury 50 foot ocean platform that is “Imagine” to allow the “Aquatic Marine Viewing Experience” to succeed in providing the opportunity to interact in-water with these amazing dolphins.
AMVE is hailed as a “breakthrough in dolphin human interaction”. Come along and join us for a swimming with dolphins, open water experience in Port Stephens NSW Australia this weekend.
Aquatic Marine Viewing Experience
” A breakthrough in Dolphin / Human interaction”
We did it!!!!
We are proud to announce that over six years of development and three years since the first application was lodged, Dolphin Swim Australia P/L, Imagine Cruises Port Stephens and DolphCom Solutions (yours truly) have succeeded
On the 11.01.10 Dolphin Swim Australia P/L was granted the first commercial license to swim with dolphins EVER issued in the state of New South Wales…. How cool is that?
The Aquatic Marine Viewing Experience (AMVE) is a breakthrough in dolphin / human interaction. Using specific approach techniques and relying on the dolphins amazing intelligence and inherent interest in the human animal, we now are able to share with YOU an open water, in-water dolphin experience daily (on demand), right here in the Blue Water Wonderland of Port Stephens marine park NSW Australia.
Be the first to join us on our special series of trials.
Become a dolphin researcher for the day, as we commence the most comprehensive migratory and distribution study of the “common” dolphin ever held and begin to understand the wonderful Dephinus delphi (the common dolphin).
Learn and understand more about these amazing beings (the dolphins) and their environment.
Here’s your chance to be involved!
Participate in one of three open water trials at a special discounted rate.
Trial One: Saturday – 27th February 2010
Trial Two: Saturday – 6th March 2010
Trial Two: Sunday – 7th March 2010
- Maximum 20 swimmers 22 observers per program
- Program commences 7.30am -12pm each trial day
- Includes: Wetsuit (compulsory), mask and fins (supplied & fitted by Pro-Dive Nelson Bay.
- Arrive Nelson Bay and get fitted for equipment 7:15am
- Embark Imagine Dock C d’Albora Marina for groups and briefing 7:45am
- Depart for the blue water wonderland and a whole lot of fun and adventure 8:00am
- Over four hours of quality experience, superb training and invaluable information
The only licensed dolphin swim in NSW AMVE program value:
- $229 per swimmer (minimum age 12years) waiver and booking form required. Includes equipment hire and GST
- Observer $60 Includes GST
- Special Trial Rate: $169 per person swimmers
- $30 Observers
- This rate is only available for 27th February, 6th & 7th March full rates apply after the trial period
Book Now with Andrew 0438444500
Or Imagine Cruises (Rick) 0249849000 please quote this newsletter for special rates.
You will be able to book on-line at the DolphCom website by 12th February until then please call.
Summer / Autumn Seaon Calendar
Saturday 27th Trial One (Andrew’s birthday swim)
Saturday 6th Trial Two
Sunday 7th Trial Three Special rate ends today
May (Whale Season commences)
Rest of season and Winter swims mid-week on demand schedule TBA
- All previous swim participants (2008-09) who have been offered another swim or may be holding a certificate / voucher from last season, this is your chance to come again over these three trials at no cost. these vouchers / certificates or agreements will become invalid after the trial period! This statement is published on the terms and conditions www.dolphcom.com.au
- NB This is a new venture / new company! After the trial period has ended Dolphin Swim Australia P/L will not be obliged to honour these outstanding vouchers. If in doubt call now 0438444500 and speak with Andrew.
Denmarks Faroe Islanders dolphin Hunt
I’m about to share the reply to a letter I received about the barbaric dolphin hunt that a remote island people take part in.
The email has been ‘doing the rounds’ for years now and made quite a few trips round the world I’m sure. Most of the emails I received asked “what can we do about this atrocity”? This prompted me to seek my own clarity on this situation, it has been requested that I share it with you publicly and I invite your comments. I wrote the letter to a friend called Treacy, here it is in it’s entirety. Please note I have not included any of the pictures of this event.
This is a particularly bloody ritual in the Faroe Islands off Denmark.
The Faroe islanders have been rounding up and slaughtering dolphins and small whales for hundreds of years. I always wonder what type of ‘pressure’ put in place by outsiders actually works when people (locals) feel it is their ‘right’ or cultural heritage to do something.
I mean, that at least I try to understand another’s point of view. I’m not sure what to do here, these islands are remote and fairly inaccessible. The meat (though I am sure it is laden with mercury and PCB’s) forms a staple part of their diet, the oil is a valuable commodity. (Remember that oil was the driving force behind all shore and ship based whaling).
Even for Australian’s ( I assume you’re Australian) to stand up and condemn others for whaling is barely past the hypocritical stage. We hunted the Humpback, Southern Right, Blue, Fin and others to the very brink of extinction and only stopped (because there were none left) in the late 70′s. Not that long ago really!
So what do we do now? Now that we created this mess? Do we pick on a handful of islanders for their ignorance? Can we ask ourselves the truly hard questions? Are we ready to face the truth? Do you eat Tuna Treacy? I do and so do millions of others. We are decimating our fish stocks, with entire stocks of many species on the verge of collapse.
Do you use the toilet? I do! All our waste (in Australia) is still barely treated with billions of litres of water (in the driest continent on Earth) and pumped into the ocean. A wonderful and rich resource lost forever…
Do you drink from plastic bottles? I do! Every square kilometer of ocean has thousands of pieces of plastic in it. It is the new element, as it breaks down it becomes smaller and smaller though never changes into another element. It enters the food chain, it litters our beaches, it kills wildlife from the biggest whales to the smallest organisms.
Do you buy fruit and vegetables? I do! By the time our food gets to us there are about 10,000 chemicals that have been involved in the growth, manufacture and distribution of our foods. Each of these chemicals get into the food chain, many into our rivers and oceans with catastrophic results.
Fighting each other doesn’t work. At least I can’t see an example of where fighting or war has changed a thing yet. So why do we want to boycott, or fight or segregate a culture for their practices when each culture looks at the other with contempt and hypocrisy? Are we the example for the world? Do we want that amount of pressure on ourselves? Could we withstand the scrutiny that would follow?
Change begins with myself! When I change what I do, what I think, what I say and how I say it. When I come from love, not fear then I see my world change. What can I do about the things that matter? I only can change me! The question is what do I want? Really, what do I want to put time effort and energy into? What can I sustain? What would love do now?
Whale Song Whale swims and play-shop
In August / September 2010 we are again holding a special event on Foa Island in the Ha’apai group in the friendly islands of Tonga.
This event has been called forth by our brothers and sisters the Whales and Dolphins and is a direct result of the love and trust they hold in and for us. I believe it is an extension of their desire to share the love they have for us. It is an opportunity to connect, with each other and the Whales. This is a time for us to meet with them personally while we open our hearts to their songs and allow our minds to meld, bringing forth our own innate intelligence and wisdom. This is a time listen to the Whales.
Whales and Dolphins are the hearts and minds of the oceans! Perhaps they silently hold us above how we may even see ourselves. Perhaps their gifts to us of their very lives over the last 500 years, as we have used them as a ‘resource’ to better ourselves and to evolve that has now reached a plateau. Perhaps we now hold in our hands all the tools we need to make the changes we wish to see. At this time they have a message for us, one that links to our very survival as a species and the care of the planet we reside upon. Perhaps it is time for us to give something back…
Joining DolphCom’s expert team of dolphin swim facilitators this summer is leading world dolphin researcher and film maker Elise Bailey. Elise brings with her many years experience as an in-water facilitator and is assisting the development of DolphCom’s comprehensive Pacific Common Dolphin research program. Click here for her full bio and outline of the Dolphin research program.
Join our team as we bow surf with the cheeky common dolphins at our designated interaction area called ‘The gravel patch’. Here we swim with dolphins, using our unique Aquatic Marine Viewing Experience. AMVE is the only swim with dolphins program in Port Stephens. The dolphins we interact with have complete integrity in all our interactions. Our dolphins choose to be with us or not. DolphCom never chase or use behavior modification techniques.