The International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association
The International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association (IMATA) is dedicated to advancing the humane care and handling of marine animals by fostering communication between professionals that serve marine animal science through training, public display, research, husbandry, conservation, and education.
Accreditation for Animal Trainer Development Programs
IMATA’s Accreditation for Animal Trainer Development Programs was developed to recognize those facilities that have exceptional systems for training animal care givers in the science and art of animal training, while utilizing positive reinforcement.
Inspectors review the trainer development program of an organization to ensure:
- Appropriate educational opportunities are being provided,
- Quantification of skills and advancement are employed
- Materials containing modern training techniques are available readily
- Management experience of senior staff is appropriate for an environment in which trainers can improve their craft as an effective animal trainer
- Dolphin Quest Bermuda’s Trainer Development Program was first accredited by IMATA in 2013, and has maintained accreditation ever since.
- Dolphin Quest Hawaii’s Trainer Development Program was first accredited by IMATA in 2013, and has maintained accreditation ever since.
- Dolphin Quest Oahu’s Trainer Development Program was first accredited by IMATA in 2014, and has maintained accreditation ever since.
IMATA Board Members and Committee Chairs
Dolphin Quest Crew Members have held IMATA board and committee chair positions including:
- Vice President
- Honors and Awards Committee Chair
- Central Office Committee Chair
- Advisor to the IMATA President
IMATA Conferences and Awards
Dolphin Quest has been an active member with IMATA and continues to send trainers to IMATA’s yearly conference for continued education on training, husbandry, and research.
Dolphin Quest Crew Members have presented over 15 formal presentations and have received a number of awards for the content of these presentations:
- 2006 – Behavioral Training Award
- 2005 – Behavioral Training Award
- 2005 – Research Training Award
- 2002 – Husbandry Training Award
- 1998 – Education and Conservation Award
- 1994 – Husbandry Training Award
- 1994 – Research Training Award
Dolphin Quest has also hosted the IMATA conference twice, and received the People’s Choice award for both years:
- 2003 – Dolphin Quest Oahu
- 1993 – Dolphin Quest Hawaii