About Us

Why Broadreach?

Since 1993, Broadreach has led students in active and highly facilitated study abroad adventures that encourage growth, teamwork, relationship building, inclusivity and responsibility while traveling.

So: what does this mean, really?

Our mission: To create mind-blowing adventures for students to actively learn, explore and build skills through hands-on discovery and interaction with the world’s oceans, ecosystems and wildlife.

This mission only works if we fully embrace and exhibit our core values. Families who become part of the Broadreach community will not only see these values embodied in our team in Raleigh, N.C., but in our summer instructors and, most importantly, our students.

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Our values

We love what we do, and combine hard work with fun in our day to day.

We love learning and value hands-on discovery (of anything and everything!).

We create thoughtfully designed experiences based on years of experience. We are knowledgeable about the industry and run programs with professionalism and confidence.

We know challenges help us learn, adapt and build confidence to face new situations. We bounce back.

We experiment, take risks and are brave. We aren’t afraid to be who we are.

We care about our people. We love working together to create stellar experiences from a place of empathy.


Does this sound like you or your student? Check out our middle school, high school and professional scuba programs and join the Broadreach community!

Our comprehensive programs work best when the students, families and educators we support trust us to be their guides – starting from when they first consider one of our adventures and all the way through their transitions back home. We demonstrate our care and support of families and educators by being available to address any questions and concerns, and through open, proactive communication that sets expectations and prepares students for travel. This same attention to relationships is demonstrated in our care for and communication with instructors, outfitters and community-based partners.

These values are our commitment to our families, our instructors, the communities we work with and to ourselves.

Founder's Note

Founder of Broadreach Carlton Goldthwaithe on a boat in the Caribbean

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what transforms a trip or vacation into an event that truly impacts your life. In my mind, it’s about wanting to come away with more than just photos, souvenirs and amazing memories. It’s about embracing the opportunity to face real and exciting challenges and being open to experiences that expand your assumptions and perspectives.

I’ve always envisioned Broadreach as something more than a single program or summer adventure. To me, it’s a journey that will introduce you to the world’s endless promise, encourage your passions, strengthen your goals, create lifelong bonds of friendship, and offer skills and knowledge that become stepping stones toward your future accomplishments.

As you look through our website and read about our programs, picture your path in life. What does it look like? Where would you like it to lead you? Do you have dreams of becoming a marine biologist, veterinarian or doctor? Would you like to see how far you can take your scuba or sailing skills? Is there a particular culture or place you want to connect with? I hope you’ll use this summer (and the next one and the one after that) to bring that path into focus.

Here’s to your great journey, wherever it may lead.
Carlton D. Goldthwaite