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At first I was filled with misgivings and doubts about my decision to come to a land foreign to me, to learn to scuba dive. Was I crazy? All the dangers; having to befriend new people, and the ...At first I was filled with misgivings and doubts about my decision to come to a land foreign to me, to learn to scuba dive. Was I crazy? All the dangers; having to befriend new people, and the extensive learning that I would have to undergo. It all seemed so scary and so unlike me. But boy was I wrong. Yeah when I first arrived I was nervous about meeting new people and afraid that they wouldn’t like me. Not to mention having to learn something new; I was afraid I wouldn’t end up enjoying myself. But some of the best memories of my life now come from those 3 weeks I spent aboard the boat Bulloo on my UWD13 trip in the Caribbean.
I learned so much, not only about scuba diving but also about myself and the amazing beauty of the world, our world. I learned to love the ocean, the amazing ecosystems that survive within it, its vastness and its power over human beings. I learned to love myself better than ever. I learned that I can do things that were unimaginable to me before, that my dreams are closer within my reach than I ever believed possible.
All this and more I gained in just three short weeks spent in an amazing place with some very amazing people (students and instructors). I have so many unforgettable memories; from helping rescue a hatchling turtle and watching it swim free out into the big ocean to face the world, to jumping into the water for the first time in my scuba gear and feeling the exhilarating rush as I descended to the ocean floor for the first time, to spending time at the helm with the wind in the sails and nothing but beautiful ocean expanse for miles. Moreover, the trip allowed me to build special bonds with my instructors and new friends. These bonds will forever bring us together, no matter how many miles are physically between us.
Life on Bulloo became a ritual, a normalcy to me over the weeks. All too soon it came to an end. As I lay under the beautiful stars on our last night, I reflected on my friends, the amazing diving, and the small things; like the rocking of the boat at night which gently put me to sleep, the gestures of kindness between people that so much helped make a bad day good again, sitting on the deck of the boat watching a beautiful sunset, or a dinner together with the 15 other people aboard my boat sharing the glums and glows of the day.
Everything about Bulloo became special to me. I will never forget this amazing trip; the beautiful islands we visited and explored, the wonderful people, the amazing ocean, reefs, and marine life, and the changes it brought about in me. I love you Bulloo, I love you UWD13, and I will never forget you!
When I read the guidelines for this essay, I was stunned. “A description of your program in you own words – 350 words or more”, the Broadreach letter says. How could I possibly write an essay ...When I read the guidelines for this essay, I was stunned. “A description of your program in you own words – 350 words or more”, the Broadreach letter says. How could I possibly write an essay about some of the best three weeks of my life in less than 350 words? The answer is, I can't; I could write a novel I did so much during that time.
I spent 17 days on the Verone on the UWD32 trip to the Lower Antilles. Throughout my personal odyssey, I explored the underwater world, islands of St. Bart's and Nevis, and the depths of my own being. I met seven other students, one intern, and two staff members who will forever have an impact on my life.
I came to Broadreach to go diving; this was my main reason for going on the trip. I came back having gone diving, successfully passing my American Sailing Association test, making friends, and learning how to deal with other people such as through being a leader. What you get on the trip is tons more than what you signed up for.
Since I am such a dive fanatic, I will first describe the dives. I logged 17 dives, each of which I can vividly remember; I can still see the drop off of a 60 foot wall of coral, the massive hull of the Charlie Brown, and the multiple crabs that my instructor scared me with on our night dives. I never realized when I got my dive license that I would be exposed to a world where the water glows when you move at night, where I would rather go diving for 30 minutes instead of spending a day at Yellowstone park, or where I can take time out to recognize that the world is bigger than just myself.
That is what I really learned on my trip: how big the world really is. I met other kids from California, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. who all had taken the risk of going to a foreign country to spend three weeks with ten people they had never met. I saw how they viewed the world in the same ways, the different ways, and how we can all come together to create a successful environment. I learned how to be unselfish, helping others before I helped myself, and how if we worked together everything we did would move more quickly. The group is more important than the whole, and my group and I sacrificed our time, effort, and emotions to prove this.
Broadreach really made me mature, and fast. I had to deal with growing up and living with other people or else I would have had a bad time. But I, like my boat-mates, survived and prospered from this journey. We fought off sunburns and rain, the smell of food in the fridge and broken dinghies, and as the saying goes, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger; we sure got a lot stronger.
If I ever get the chance to do this trip again, I would grab at the opportunity. Everything has its down moments, but I have forgotten them all since all the cool things I did like racing our boats and tubing. Just being able to sit on a boat on the ocean at night, with a nice breeze flapping over your face, looking out at the lights of some small volcanic island, it relaxes you. You really get a chance to take a step back from life and see your old problems and stresses from a distance, getting a chance to think them through and not have to have to worry about them at the same time.
Brendan Szulik, Raleigh, NC
My adventure began on June 18th as I boarded a plan to San Juan from Chicago. Little did I know then that such an experience awaited me that would change my perspectives, challenge my beliefs, ...My adventure began on June 18th as I boarded a plan to San Juan from Chicago. Little did I know then that such an experience awaited me that would change my perspectives, challenge my beliefs, and open up a world to me which before I could only imagine. This adventure was Underwater Discoveries 14 aboard the noble vessel Le Galion, lovingly called El Grande.
The apprehension of the first day soon faded into excitement as I attempted to sleep before our first sail to Columbier the next day under a foreign sky that seemed so far away from home. I’ll never forget the first sail, as I was one of the few who remained untouched by seasickness. The unexplored islands and the never-ending sea brought a sense of adventure that still remains with me.
My first attempts at diving in confined open water seemed childish and awkward, feelings that were soon overcome by an amazing sense of floating in a world which I now belonged. As my diving skills increased, so did my relationships with my fellow crewmembers. The six other girls, five boys, and two awesome counselors that made up our crew began to form a community in which we all belonged, no matter where we were from, or what we looked like. I looked forward to dinner as the leader shared their quote and toast, and as we all shared “the squeeze”, and our glums and glows. We became a part of each other, not only because of our confined living space, but because we shared the same challenges, feelings, and adventures day in and day out.
Each day seemed to bring a new challenge, whether it was a hike, dive, or group conflict. Along with these challenges came the rewards of making lifelong friends, exploring the underwater world, and seeing the rainforest for the first time. The dives were amazing, my personal favorite being the wreck dive. A huge sea turtle, a giant eel, nurse sharks, black tipped reef sharks, and an octopus include only a few of the amazing underwater creatures that I came in contact with. Each day presented a chance to do something totally new with a group of people who you came to know as your family. I loved being there, and appreciate the way it has shaped who I have become. This once in a lifetime change will stay with me always, and I sincerely thank all those who have made this adventure possible.
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