We require extensive training every year before programs begin so that instructors are equipped to carry out safety procedures, facilitate positive and productive group dynamics, and that they embody empathetic leadership. Our rigorous interview and selection process, in addition to training, prepares instructors to make every Broadreach trip a positive growth experience for students.
Among Broadreach summer instructors, you’ll find doctoral graduates, professors, experiential education professionals, high school teachers, PADI professional scuba instructors, marine biologists, Coast Guard-licensed sailing masters, graduate students and more.
After moving away from her hometown in South Florida, Jen headed to Little Corn Island, a remote island in Nicaragua where she’s lived for the past eight years. There, she teaches scuba diving to visitors and basic computer skills to local children. Some of her favorite students have been teens on gap year trips, which inspired her to become a Broadreach instructor in 2011. Jen studied international business and marketing at George Washington University and plans to focus her conservation efforts by adding to and maintaining the artificial reef system built at the dive shop where she works. Her favorite part of traveling is taking in the night sky and noticing how different each place is from where she grew up. She also enjoys making jewelry, a craft that she learned from artisans in Central America.Read More
Simon is from the wonderful, windy lands of New Zealand. When not instructing for Broadreach, Simon works in Wellington teaching sailing lessons and delivering boats in New Zealand. He recently completed a two-week long, 900-mile race. Simon has extensive sailing experience in everything from delivering brand new yachts for clients, to skippering yachts in 10+ day ocean races with both a full crew and one other person on board. He loves to travel and work with kids, and one of his favorite memories was taking a group of disadvantaged 14-16-year-olds from Wellington out sailing for the day. He has also coached canoe polo for both a local high school and the Regional Canoe Polo association for the past five years.Read More
Kiwi has been fascinated by the ocean and marine life for as long as she can remember, and cannot think of a time when she didn’t want to be a marine biologist. She graduated from the University of Hawaii, Manoa with a BS in Marine Biology, later becoming an AAUS-certified scientific diver and NAUI divemaster. She has worked aboard the SSV Tole Mour for the Catalina Island Marine Institute’s (CIMI) Tall Ship Expeditions Program teaching students sailing, marine biology, island ecology and leadership skills. Currently, Kiwi works on Catalina Island, C.A. as a marine science instructor at CIMI, where she spends her days teaching students all about marine science and island ecology in an experiential education setting. When she isn’t teaching, Kiwi spends her time hiking, painting, surfing and going on outdoor adventures.Read More
Rob has been teaching marine, earth and environmental science for more than 16 years in both classrooms and outdoor environments. He is an assistant professor in the Marine Science Department at Orange Coast College in Southern California and the Director of the OCC Public Aquarium. He has co-authored two widely-used textbooks on oceanography and is currently working on a third. In addition to Broadreach, Rob has worked for a variety of field education programs including the Ocean Institute, Catalina Island Marine Institute, Longacre Expeditions and Astrocamp. He loves being an instructor because it allows him to do more in-depth field work on specific topics than the classroom normally allows. Rob loves helping students get a chance to explore the real-world applications of the classroom.Read More
Although hailing from landlocked Vermont, Lindsay has had a lifelong passion for the ocean and more specifically, sharks! She received her MSc in Marine Biology from Northeastern University while specializing in shark biology and has a BA in Biology and Zoology. Her shark studies and research have taken her all over the world, from South Africa to The Bahamas to, most recently, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, allowing her the opportunity to work alongside world-renowned shark scientists. Lindsay loves helping her students to develop the same love and appreciation for these special marine animals and she hopes to instill within them an enduring fascination with the ocean. She is also a PADI Divemaster, AAUS-certified scientific diver and a Wilderness First Responder.Read More