Joe Noonan, Dolphin Whisperer

 “Swimming with wild dolphins is a profoundly joyful, life-changing encounter, and I’m excited to share this experience with you!”

Joe has been an outdoor guide most of his life. He loves sharing the joy and adventure of nature, the ocean and the dolphins. He reflects back that this world is already a Heaven on Earth, and that joy is in the moment and within us. He invites us to experience the beauty and vitality of nature, and bring that energy back into our relationships at work and at home.

Seventh of eight kids, he grew up on a farm in Maine. As a teenager, during a family counseling session over the death of his brother, he realized that we are the custodians of our own reality and began a lifelong passion of exploring one’s full potential. At the age of 23, in a desire to deepen his connection to nature, he built a log cabin and lived in the woods for a year.

Over the next decade he had a private healing practice, working as a hands-on healer in local churches and hospitals, and had a private psychotherapy practice.

He also guided for several Outward Bound centers, leading hiking, canoeing and backpacking trips around the United States.

In 1990 he started his own consulting company that teaches experiential based team-building programs to businesses, corporations and universities including Harvard, Cornell and MIT. He takes executive teams from Fortune 500 companies on leadership retreats around the world, including such adventures as climbing, rafting, sailing and swimming with dolphins and sharks. He is also a life coach helping senior executives bring more joy and balance into their lives.

In 1995, Joe had his first swim with a pod of wild dolphins, and he stepped out of the water a changed man. Since that time, he’s brought corporate groups and families from all over the world to swim with the wild dolphins in Hawaii and the Bahamas. He’s been called the ‘Dolphin Whisperer’ for the way dolphins respond to him.

In 2008 he was given the name ‘Merman’ by a group of Native American Elders, recognizing him as one of the Mer-people, those who are the bridge between the tribes of the land and the tribes of the sea.

7SKY Surf magazine: “So what attracts us to the ocean ? What are we looking for when we leave the shore and move towards vaster horizons ? Waterman Joebaby, living between the Bahamas and Hawaii, embodies the answer to these questions. He is one of those for whom the surface was not enough. Meeting him and diving deep into his mind and heart might very well trigger some of our deeper feelings of ‘longing’ and ‘belonging’. Read the 7SKY interview here

For the past twenty years, Joe has been bringing people to swim with wild dolphins in Hawaii and the Bahamas, where he lives. He loves sharing the joy of being with the dolphins and invites you to go on an adventure with him!

Life is an invitation to have fun, and the dolphins are wonderful allies in bringing more joy into our lives”