I am an avid wild dolphin swimmer and have been doing so for over ten years! I lead groups to Bimini, Bahamas to swim with the wild spotted dolphins and document our adventures with photos, videos and this blog!
Each day of the program week we start off with some yoga on the beach before breakfast and later, cruise out to the dolphin grounds to engage in some beautiful, soulful encounters with our dolphin friends.
So how did the dolphin consciousness enter my awareness, you might be asking?
While I was on vacation in Key West, Florida in 1994 I met a lovely woman, Simone, who took people out on her boat to swim with the wild bottlenose dolphins in the area. I was absolutely thrilled with the opportunity to experience something like this and jumped at the chance! There were only four of us on board including Simone and an engaging young didgeridoo player, Rafael. Rafael was attracting and entertaining the dolphins with his playing as Simone drove the boat around the areas that we would most likely see and swim with the dolphins. We got in with the dolphins on several occasions that day only to find, however, that they swim incredibly fast and only “hung out” with us a short while. However, I was filled with dolphin energy and vibes and ended the day with a dolphin smile on my face (which many dolphin swimmers have experienced at the end of a particularly enchanting dolphin day)! The experience stayed with me for quite some time after I traveled home to Pennsylvania and lead me to return the following year for another thrilling encounter.
Many years passed in between my initiation into the magical world of the dolphins and my next adventure with them wasn’t until 2000 in Bimini. From 1995 – 2000 I experienced much spiritual and emotional growth and my visit to Bimini and the spotted dolphins initiated yet another deeper level of growth. I remember that my senses were on overload with my first day on the island. There was a level of familiarity with the island and dolphin energy that I couldn’t fathom nor understand at the time but all I knew was that I was home. Overwhelming emotions of joy and longing were constantly at the surface leading to moments of tears while participating in the dolphin swim program. It took the next couple of years and several visits back to Bimini for me to grasp and realize the deep-rooted connection that I have with the area and the dolphins. They will always be a part of me and my other family/home.
That’s the short version of the beautiful, incredible journey that I have been on thus far. I’m always excited to hear from others who enjoy sharing their experiences and magical dolphin connections!
Speaking of connections, remember the didgeridoo player I mentioned above, Rafael? As we all know, there are no coincidences in life and Rafael and I reconnected twelve years later at one of his concerts! I had no idea that the wonderful musician whose music I was completely enthralled with at that show was the same person on Simone’s boat so long ago! As we chatted after the concert we realized our common thread. I’m very fortunate to be able to hear him play sacred chants and ancient instruments at venues in my area and to experience the gifted musician and healer that he has become. You can find out a little more about Rafael : http://www.soundsofcreation.org/index.html
When I’m not in the water exploring coral reefs, combing the beach for shells, dolphin swimming and enjoying nautical life in general, I’m in Pennsylvania with my wonderful soul-mate, Bruce, and our cat, Baby.