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Overview

Nowhere else in the world can you jump from island to island and dive site to dive site, discovering giant frogfish, hammerhead sharks, and mighty schools of sardines that will remind you why it’s so special to have an all-access pass to the underwater world.

Exploring the abundant natural beauty of these tiny Pacific islands takes you from the coves and white sand beaches of Cebu Island out to famous dive sites on the thriving coral reefs of Apo Island which are teeming with micro organisms, making night diving a truly spectacular experience. Wake up under lush green palms of remote Malapascua island and head out to hunt for the elusive thresher shark, discovering stunning wrecks and coming face to face with beautiful creatures along the way

As with any great diving destination, the Visaya Islands are also spectacular on the top side. Explore local fishing villages, soak in beautiful natural springs, hike to roaring waterfalls, and spend time relaxing in your hammock. Embrace the laid back vibes, earn dive specialties, and continue your Broadreach journey to new frontiers.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
June 28 - July 18 HS21 days$7,680Limited
Earn & Learn
Philippines Advanced Scuba Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn internationally recognized certifications and documented community service hours. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.

On Philippines Advanced Scuba, students earn 5 hours of documented community service and may pursue 5 PADI diving certifications.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Certification
  • Must be a Broadreach alumni student
CERTIFICATIONS:

During this 21-day scuba intensive program, students will expand on their fundamental skills and complete 25+ scuba dives, for which they may earn multiple certifications including:

  • PADI Deep Diver
  • AWARE Shark Conservation
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • PADI Night Diver
  • Nitrox
COMMUNITY SERVICE:

Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. While in-country, we use local connections to find and assist with the most pressing community projects at the time you arrive. The projects give you the opportunity to engage community members while working with volunteers, stakeholders and residents on local improvement and conservation projects.

5 Certifications

5 Service Hours

Philippines Advanced Scuba Itinerary

Itinerary

Advanced PADI Scuba Certifications for Teens
1

Flying into the Visayan Islands of the Philippines is an experience in and of itself.  Cruising over neon bright turquoise water, you can spot immense coral reefs, cruising rays, and lush green islands.  Once we land on Cebu Island, we board a traditional Philippine bangka and cruise to Moalboal, a site famous for hosting schools of sardines year round.  Moalboal means “bubbling water” in Filipino and it doesn’t disappoint as the water is literally filled to the brim with fish and wildlife chasing the sardines. Beyond the world class dive sites of Moalboal we get a chance to explore the stunning scenery. Venture to waterfalls, take a dip in natural springs, and bask in the feel and flavor of local markets.

2

Another lovely boat ride takes us to the oasis that is the central Visayan islands of Apo and Siquijor. While it is tough to leave our accommodations nestled along picturesque beaches, our new spot is even more breathtaking.  Here, learning new dive skills goes into full swing. With a chance to earn advanced diving specialties including Shark Conservation, we hone our skills and face new challenges in diving. Every dive is a treasure hunt, both day and night, as we befriend giant frogfish, ghost pipefish, turtles, and spanish dancers.  When not below the water, we take in the sites of the islands and give back to the community.

3

While the island of Cabilao might be small in size, it is large on new diving experiences. If we are lucky, we might spot an elusive hammerhead shark, but only if we can take our eyes off of giant sea fans and sponges as we drift along on exhilarating wall dives. Across the channel we meet and greet the Philippine tarsier, consistently voted the world’s cutest primate, in Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, and discover the prehistoric legends of nearby Anda village.

4

For our grand finale, we visit the island paradise of Malapascua; one the few places in the world where shy pelagic thresher sharks can be spotted. Other visitors to Malapascua include the trifecta of rays, manta, devil, and eagle as well as the elusive flamboyant cuttlefish and blue ringed octopus.  On Malapascua, our days will be busy and full but evenings laid back and relaxed as we taking in vibrant sunsets from the comfort of our hammocks. We end our time with a beach celebration, reflecting on our unbelievable adventures together.

Advanced scuba program for teens in the Philippines
  • Trip Highlights

  • Dive on incredible sites across the Visayan Islands
  • Earn multiple advanced PADI specialty certifications
  • Keep an eye out for the elusive thresher shark, a bucket list encounter
  • Take in the rich culture and natural beauty of the islands
Philippines Advanced Scuba FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?
Answer:

Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

Question:
Are flights included in the program tuition cost?
Answer:

Airfare is not included in the program tuition cost, mostly because students join our programs from all over the U.S. and other countries around the world. Some programs also have internal flights which are not included in the program tuition, and we’ll provide details on exactly how to book those once you are enrolled.

Question:
How does travel work?
Answer:

For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.

Question:
What is boat life like on live-aboard programs?
Answer:

Our boats have 4 cabins with attached bathrooms, which are divided up between girls and boys. The cabins are mostly used for students to store their bags and change since most students choose to sleep on the deck of the boat in one of a few safe, flat areas. Students bring sleeping bags and pads, and sleeping under the stars with the Caribbean summer breeze is often one of the highlights of the experience. Our boat life video will give you a feel for what it’s like.

Question:
When is the application deadline?
Answer:

We accept applications on a rolling basis until each session is full. So, the sooner you enroll, the greater chance you’ll have to get into your first choice program and session! Some of our most popular program sessions fill as early as the fall.

Question:
How many students are in a group? What is the male/female ratio?
Answer:

The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.

Question:
Do most participants come alone or with friends?
Answer:

Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.

Question:
How does Broadreach address safety?
Answer:

Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.

Question:
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Answer:

We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.

Question:
What does tuition protection cover?
Answer:

Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.

Question:
Who will my instructors be?
Answer:

Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).

Question:
Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?
Answer:

We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.

Question:
Will students be able to call home or access the internet?
Answer:

Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.

Question:
What should I pack?
Answer:

We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. Here are some tips for packing for our Caribbean live-aboard programs.

Question:
Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?
Answer:

Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.

Question:
What is the difference between discovery/explorer/expedition level?
Answer:

Our levels are loose guidelines to help families determine which programs might be the best fit. Discovery level programs do not require any prior experience and are great first-Broadreach options. Explorer level programs build on existing skills and knowledge, and often delve deeper into the program focus. Expedition level programs are usually in more remote or challenging locations, require prior experience, and often include more student ownership of the experience.

Question:
How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer:

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).

Question:
Do you offer any discounts?
Answer:

In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts – please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Question:
Do you offer scholarships?
Answer:

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.

Question:
What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?
Answer:

Trip tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodation and activities from the time you arrive on location. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees and special travel. Our dive programs require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

Question:
Are flights included in the program tuition cost?
Answer:

Airfare is not included in the program tuition cost, mostly because students join our programs from all over the U.S. and other countries around the world. Some programs also have internal flights which are not included in the program tuition, and we’ll provide details on exactly how to book those once you are enrolled.

Question:
How does travel work?
Answer:

For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.

Question:
When is the application deadline?
Answer:

We accept applications on a rolling basis until each session is full. So, the sooner you enroll, the greater chance you’ll have to get into your first choice program and session! Some of our most popular program sessions fill as early as the fall.

Question:
Do most participants come alone or with friends?
Answer:

Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.

Question:
How does Broadreach address safety?
Answer:

Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.

Question:
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Answer:

We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.

Question:
What does tuition protection cover?
Answer:

Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.

Question:
Who will my instructors be?
Answer:

Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).

Question:
Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?
Answer:

We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.

Question:
Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?
Answer:

Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.

Question:
How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer:

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).

Question:
What is the application process?
Answer:

Step one: submit your initial application online with a $35 application fee. If there is space, you can secure your spot with a $1000 deposit while you complete the secondary application. Step two: we will send you login details to complete your secondary application (academic reference, personal statement, interview, transcript). Once we accept your secondary application pieces and you’ve paid your deposit, your place on the program is secured!

Question:
Where will I be staying?
Answer:

On our Divemaster and Intern programs, you’ll live on our catamarans, which have 4 cabins with attached bathrooms. The cabins are mostly used to store bags and change since most students choose to sleep on the deck of the boat in one of a few safe, flat areas. Students bring sleeping bags and pads, and sleeping under the stars with the Caribbean summer breeze is often one of the highlights of the experience. Our Instructor course takes place on land, at our marina base.

Question:
What should I pack?
Answer:

We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. Here are some tips for packing for our Caribbean live-aboard programs.

Question:
Do you offer any discounts?
Answer:

In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts – please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Question:
Do you offer scholarships?
Answer:

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for a scholarship and financial aid. Traditionally, scholarships are awarded in the spring, but The Foundation also offers a limited number of fall scholarships; see the ‘How to Apply’ section for details.

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