Result of 20 years experience interacting with killerwhales
Inspired by the non verbal communication and the proxemics theories, USEA techniques split each interaction with marine mammals in the space (3 interaction zones), in the time (4 steps) and evaluate it in a level range (5 levels).
It allows first to compare each one with others, and permit to find out the best approach ways going to successfull interactions
3 INTERACTION ZONES:
- Intimate zone - family interactions
- Social zone - social interactions with congeneres
- Public zone - open to other species (with or without interaction)
1- Tolerance in SZ
2- Interest in SZ
3- Active communication in SZ
4- Tolerance in IZ
5- Intrusiv behavior in IZ
(We mainly target the level 3. Levels 4 and 5 give too much pressure to both diver and sea mammal.)
these concepts are taught in our educational modules during stays and in approved centers by official USEA guides (Leader, Ambassadors, Instructors and Masters).