Trainer For The Day

Go behind the scenes of marine life and enjoy a rewarding, one-of-a-kind experience! As Trainer for the Day, you will

  • Work alongside one of our animal care staff and learn what it is like to care for sea lions, penguins, stingrays, sea turtles, reptiles, and other animals.
  • Actively participate in the daily care of our African penguins and watch one create a foot-painting especially for you!
  • Interact with our friendly California sea lions, learn training techniques, and swim with them!
  • Participate in our Sea Lion Show and see your work put into action!




The program itinerary is subject to change without notice. Please confirm details at time of booking.

  • Orientation and change into wetsuit
  • Swim with a sea lion
  • Change into uniform
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Marine Life
  • Sea lion diet orientation and food prep
  • Sea lion training session
  • Lunch (provided) with an animal care staff member
  • Sea Lion Show preparation
  • Participate in Sea Lion Show
  • Exclusive penguin session and penguin painting
  • Nurse shark and sea turtle training session
  • Reptile meet and greet


To commemorate your visit, you will receive a complimentary Trainer for the Day T-shirt and a photo USB of your experience!


Booking Information

  • Sessions are available from Thursday to Tuesday. Bookings require at least two business days’ notice. Only one session is held daily and only two participants are allowed per session, so please book early.
  • Participants must be at least 12 years old and in good physical condition. Proof of age is required; please present government issued identification. Expectant mothers may not participate.
  • Participants 12 to 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during the ‘Swim with a Sea Lion’ portion of the program. The parent or legal guardian will observe the swim from the Grandstand at no additional cost.
  • Participants 15 to 17 years old must have a parent or legal guardian sign the waiver on the morning of the program.
  • The program cost is $295 per participant. Payment must be made by phone or in-person at the time of booking.
  • Participants must sign the required waiver prior to participating. Minors require a signature from a parent or legal guardian.
  • Participants will meet their trainer at Marine Life Information. (If it is closed when you arrive, please wait. The trainer will come for you.)
  • Participants must bring their own swimsuits and socks. Rubber boots, wetsuits, booties, towels and personal flotation devices are provided.
  • Photography and recording devices are not permitted. A photographer will take photos throughout the program.

BOOK TODAY! For more information or to book your program, visit, call Marine Life Education at 780-444-5320, or e-mail