Dolphin Course Schedule

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10 days academic course, valued at 3 credits (no transcripts).

Next sessions*: Feb/March 2021

(* 2020 sessions canceled due to world health situation) 

Price includes all lectures, course material, excursion to the Underwater Observatory, two swims with the dolphins, 2 meals during the days - (light breakfast + light lunch), and coffee and tea. 

Price: $1,940 for the course + $100 non-refundable application fee

Optional: accommodation tailored to your budget and requirements.
Please request a quote.

Medical insurance offered separately. 



Dolphin Course Schedule

Sample Schedule

Actual schedule and faculty subject to change.

Welcome: Schedule and Contents of the Course. Prof. NADAV SHASHAR - Head of the International Lab for Dolphin Behavior Research, Sophie Donio M.Sc. - Head of SEAD Department,
Introduction to the Dolphin Reef, with its Group of Bottlenose Dolphins and the Research Lab.   
Introduction to marine tetrapod vertebrates Prof. NADAV SHASHAR
Methods in Ethology: Systematic Collection of Data, with Special Reference to Social Behavior Prof. NADAV SHASHAR
Identification of the dolphins ROY BARKAN, Dolphin Trainer
Feeding Preparation at the Trainers Kitchen  
Animal-Assisted Therapy Sophie Donio
Watching a Feeding/Training Session  
Supportive Experience with Dolphins: Methods and Aims of Dolphin Therapy at the Dolphin Reef. Sophie Donio
Movie: “Dolphin Boy”  
Observations, Platform  
Observations, Swim  
Animal Training and training dolphins at the Dolphin Reef RONI HERSHKOVICH, Dolphin Trainer 
Bottlenose dolphin 101: Natural history: Taxonomy, Evolution, Social Structure, Reproduction, Senses. Medical Care: Husbandry Management. Prof. DANI BARCHANA, DVM. Consulting veterinarian for the Dolphin Reef in Eilat
Underwater observation   
First Aid to Marine Mammals   
Dolphin Vocal Communication Prof. NADAV SHASHAR
Working in the Water with Disable Children MEIRAV PINHAS, Water Therapist
Movie: "Life with whales"  
Ethogram Workshop Part: Observing Animals  Prof. NADAV SHASHAR
Cooperation in bottlenose dolphins: Integrating proximate and ultimate explanations Dr. AMIR PERELBERG, Hebrew University
Studying dolphin behavior in captivity: advantages and limitations Dr. AMIR PERELBERG
Introductory Dive with the Dolphins  
Autism and Therapeutical Methods with the Assistance of Dolphins. Dr. Daniel Meir, Eitanim Hospital Jerusalem, Israel
Evaluating the Human Experience in Swim with Dolphin Programs; Methodological Approaches Part 1 Dr. YAEL GUTER, Bar Ilan Univ.
Evaluating the Human Experience Part 2 Dr. YAEL GUTER
Observations, Platform  
Observations, Swim  
Marine Mammals and Dolphin Vision  Dr. AMIT LERNER Visual Ecology and Ocean Optics Researcher at Ben Gurion University
Back to the Black: the releasing of Dolphins from the Dolphin Reef to the Wild. SOPHIE DONIO 
Scientific Projects on Dolphin Therapy. SOPHIE DONIO 
Scientific Projects on Dolphins at the Dolphin Reef. Prof. NADAV SHASHAR
Final Discussion about the Course. SOPHIE DONIO, Prof. NADAV SHASHAR, 

Actual schedule and faculty subject to change.

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