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About Wild Dolphin Swims


Get acquainted with Roberta Goodman, wild dolphin swim guide – The Dolphin Lady Roberta Goodman

Roberta is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable dolphin swim guides in the world.

She first worked with them in captivity: cleaning tanks, directing research efforts related to dolphin communication, helping prepare them for release into the wild, and a whole host of other experiences. Beginning in 1985, she has devoted her time to interacting with them exclusively in the wild and offering private guide services to assist others in having that same exhilarating experience. She participates with an organization that is doing work with dolphins and autistic children. She was a co-founder of Cetacean Nation.

“Roberta Goodman had the privilege of working in dolphin communication research together with the legendary Dr. John Lilly. She has a massive amount of intimate experience with dolphins in captivity and also, since initiating the release of two dolphins, dolphins in the wild. –Due to her real respect for dolphins, she now only works with dolphins in the wild. With her truly visionary understanding of the role of dolphins in human evolution, Roberta is the most loving, exciting, and joyous dolphin guide I know. She truly cares that we humans have a most amazing contact with the cetaceans in the wild.”

Ilona Selke – – International seminar leader and international author of Journey to the Center of Creation and Yoga of the Soul

After reading Dr. John Lilly’s book, “Communication Between Man and Dolphin,” in 1978, Roberta took on the challenge of communicating with dolphins wholeheartedly. Roberta knew Dr. Lilly from 1980 until his death in September 2001. At his Human Dolphin Foundation lab at Marine World/Africa USA in Redwood City, California, Roberta designed and performed communication experiments with the dolphins, Joe and Rosie. Her ultimate goal was to reunite the dolphins with their natural environment. As project director, Roberta moved Joe and Rosie to the Florida Keys and prepared them for their release back to the ocean.

Roberta worked as a research coordinator for Dr. Diana Reiss, with Project Circe, bi-lateral communication research with an underwater keyboard design. During this project, she developed an extraordinarily trusting relationship with the dolphin, Terry.

Roberta also worked as a diver for Marine World where she did a shark feed show. Through her many hours cleaning the dolphin and whale tanks, she became very familiar with all 12 dolphins at the park.

Since 1985, Roberta has sought only dolphin encounters in the wild.

Her treks have led to extended stays visiting dolphins and leading groups in: Hawaii, Monkey Mia in Western Australia, New Zealand, Bimini, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire, Malibu, and Key West. In her work, she has become friends with many of the well-known dolphin personalities and has been included in 15 of their books. Roberta gives storytelling talks to groups, also available on the video, “For the Love of Dolphins” produced by Living From Vision. She has been interviewed for a number of television shows, including The Power of the Mind aired on Infinito.

In December, 1993, Roberta co-founded Cetacean Nation with Dr. John Lilly. This is a movement to recognize the rights of whales and dolphins as sentient beings.

Roberta is an International Bestselling Author. Her books include:

  • Dolphins & Whales Forever
  • Ready, Aim, Captivate
  • Ready, Aim, Inspire
  • My Big Idea

She has also written several books that were published on the web:

  • Dolphins Eye to Eye: a research journal
  • A Dolphin’s Story
  • Dancing on the Brink of the World: Education for Our Evolution

“Roberta is a rare person in the dolphin field. She has been a participant in all areas of dolphin work, from research to training, from rehabilitation to leading groups to swim with them in the wild. Listening to Roberta is like going to a large library, a place where many tales have come to live. Her engaging smile — quite dolphin-like, as many have noticed — demonstrates the way dolphins have given her many gifts, lifting her into that rare state of Joy that all too few people enjoy. Do yourself a favour, and avail yourself of Roberta’s presence. Let her guide you into the deeps, where the dolphins have their gifts for each of us.”

Scott Taylor Author, Souls in the Sea

Roberta has been featured in many books

Call of the Dolphins
Lana Miller – Rainbow Bridge Publishing, 1989

The Dolphins and Me
Don C. Reed – Sierra Club Books

Adventures Among Spiritual Intelligences: Angels, Aliens, Dolphins & Shamans
Timothy Wyllie – Bear & Co., 1992

Journey to the Center of Creation: Entering the world of dolphins and the dimensions of dreamtime
Ilona Selke – Living From Vision, 1996

How to Swim with Dolphins: A guide to being
Terry Walker – Dolphin Heart Press

Dolphins, Love and Destiny: Yoga for the Soul
Ilona Selke – BookSurge Publishing, 2008

Suzette und das Gluck der Delfine
Suzette Talbot – arsEdition GmbH, Munchen, 2009 (Only available in German, at

Return of the Rebel Angels 
Timothy Wyllie – Bear and Company, 2011

Dolphin Love . . . From Sea to Land: My Interdimensional Journey to My Heart – A True Story of Dolphin Consciousness, Dolphin Energy Healing, and Joy
Linda Shay – Dancing Seas Media, 2012

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