BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) continues to profile former league players who are making a mark on the world with a spotlight on former Chatham University student-athlete Christine Frosch.
A native of Gilbertsville, Pa., Frosch competed for the former varsity water polo team at Chatham – located outside Pittsburgh, Pa. – during the program’s inaugural season in 2009 and was a member of the school’s swimming team. A 2009 graduate of the school with a bachelor of arts in Psychology, Frosch has stayed in the water for her career as she is currently the Senior Dolphin Trainer at Discovery Cove, a theme park owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, and located in Orlando, Florida.
The sister park of SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando, Discovery Cove allows visitors to “talk, touch, play and swim” with bottlenose dolphins.
The Senior Dolphin Trainer since November 2018, Frosch joined Discovery Cove in July 2012 as a Dolphin Trainer. In her role, she is responsible for the care of 44 bottlenose dolphins in addition to preparing their diets, interacting with and educating guests about the conservation and training of dolphins as well as the training of the pod.
Prior to joining Discovery Cove, she worked as an animal care keeper at Miami Seaquarium in Key Biscayne, Fla., where she prepared diets for tropical birds, rescued manatees and sea turtles, crocodiles, tortoises and iguanas. Further, she aided in the care of rescued manatee and sea turtles, performed water quality on sea turtle pools and conducted enrichment and training sessions with tropical birds and manatees.
From March 2010-to-to-March 2012, she worked at the Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia, Pa. as a Night Flight presenter and educator. In this role, she brought animals to birthday parties and schools in addition to giving presentations on small mammals, birds and reptiles.
She served as a Sea Lion intern with the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, La., from November 2010-to-February 2011 assisting in everyday activities, such as medical examinations, fish prep, and enrichment sessions while caring for the animals. Prior to our her time New Orleans, she served a summer internship in the Dolphin Animal Care Training unit at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine, Fla.
While at Chatham, she entered the field of animal care by serving as an aquarium intern at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in Pittsburgh, Pa., from January-to-May 2009. During her internship, she cared for the facility’s penguins, sharks, stingrays and saltwater fish, including medical examinations of the animals.
Before serving at the PPG Aquarium, she worked as a summer educator at SeaWorld during the summers of 2007 and 2008 educating people about the park and the animals.