Take the less traveled, more challenging path toward becoming a certified PADI Divemaster. Discover the Divemaster + Intern Program, a unique Broadreach experience.
|June 13 - July 6||C||23 days||$5,480||Open|
|July 29 - August 16||C||19 days||$5,180||Open|
Caribbean PADI Divemaster Internship offers 3 physical education college credits through the American Council on Education (ACE). Additionally, students may pursue the PADI Divemaster certification.
The PADI Divemaster course is your first step into the PADI professional diving world. In this course you will learn what it means to be a PADI Divemaster and your role and opportunities in the dive industry. Additionally, you will learn the hard and soft skills necessary to be a successful Divemaster. Some of the soft skills include: professionalism, leadership, adaptability, critical thinking, awareness and communication. Some of the hard skills include: Risk management, small boat handling, basic gear maintenance, dive site mapping, dive planning and management, and in-water demonstration skills. Instructors will work with you to bring your in-water skills up to instructor demonstration quality. Time will also be spent on increasing your dive theory knowledge base so you may better solve potential problems in the future. Lastly, you will be tested on you general fitness in a series of water stamina exercises to make sure you are physically fit to deal with a situation if it were to arise. This course is accredited through the American Council on Education (ACE). Your school may or may not accept ACE physical education credits, and we can help guide you through that process.
Welcome to the first day of your professional dive career. Arrive in St. Martin, and hop aboard your unique, behinds-the-scenes glimpse into the world of dive training– the Broadreach fleet support boat! Live on a boat with staff assisting other program boats in the area as you jump right into your Divemaster training. Strap on your fins and fine tune your skills with some confined water circuit exercises, knowledge development and begin the basics of leadership training. Dive into what it takes to be a PADI Divemaster through knowledge development sessions and start planning for your future in the world of scuba.
Whether you’ve been on 40 dives or 200, you’ll always remember your first day of learning skills in the water, and now you get to be a part of that journey for someone else. Work alongside a variety of Broadreach instructors on confined (COW) and open water (OW) dives as they teach the basics to novice divers. Assist with group management in the water, demonstrate skills, help them practice and watch your leadership capabilities begin to grow. After a challenging week of Divemaster training, take your final theory exams then celebrate your huge accomplishment with some town time celebrations in beautiful St. Barts and an epic trip to body surfing beach.
It’s time for you to put all your newfound knowledge and skill development into action in Nevis and St. Kitts by joining a Broadreach program boat to teach, lead and mentor. Get a taste for life as a Broadreach Instructor as you assist the program’s instructors with the training of younger students both above and below the water. Role model best dive practices as you begin to lead dives, assist with Advanced Open Water training and support those students who may need a little more assistance or one-on-one instruction. Developing your expertise in a real-world setting with actual students will not only make you a better dive facilitator, but will provide you with a new set of valuable leadership skills you’ll use for the rest of your life.
Wrap up your first steps as a PADI professional with a little more fine-tuned training. Learn to create underwater maps, assist on specialty training dives and lead more dives with aspiring divers. Gain feedback on your performance as a Divemaster from the OWSIs on the boat, and hone your role as a leader. Join the boat crew for some sustainable community service projects in Saba, enjoy some time exploring town, and head home with the confidence that you are ready to take on your next adventures in diving with a new sense of purpose and accomplishment.
The trip opened up a whole new world for Max. He came back self-confident that he can do whatever he sets his mind to. He has a new appreciation for the underwater world and was excited that his hobby (scuba diving) could be used for constructive things. He came back more mature and ready for new responsibilities.
Broadreach’s approach combines learning and fun with a strong culture of safety and organization. Communication was consistent and helpful during the application process and throughout the trip easing any worries I had. Jordan had a terrific time on trips 2 years in a row! I am 100% confident in recommending Broadreach to other parents who inquire about the trips.
Broadreach programs are life-changing opportunities. When you send your child on one, you are giving them the gift of confidence, friendship, perseverance, and technical skills that will last a lifetime. Our family’s two kids have been on a total of seven Broadreach trips — and it was the best investment we’ve ever made.
Diving has been a passion of mine ever since I first took a giant step off the edge of the boat and into the crystal clear water of the Mauritius islands of the coast of Africa. Since then I have been to Broadreach twice, first to complete my advanced and just recently to get my Divemaster. This trip showed me a bran new side to diving, which I never imagined.
Arriving before the first boat load of kids ever left, the other Divemaster candidates and myself were excited to start our new certification. Our home for the next two weeks would be Vicky the support boat, and what a home she was. Being only 6 people on the boat meant that we each had more then enough room to make ourselves comfortable. To my surprise we completed most of our training and written work in the first week. After that our hands on experience began as we would help a different instructor everyday to teach their eager group of new divers. As a DM you focus on overseeing and help in individual cases when a student is having trouble with a skill. The first time I was called to help to a student practice a skill I was nervous and very excited, however my anxiety was quickly replace by pride as my student succeed the skill like he had never had a problem.
This excitement at teaching other one of my favorite activities only grew as I assigned to a boat. I like to think I had the best boat of kids on the water. Between helping in the water and on board I began to see the other side of Broadreach, which I was not shown on my previous trip as a student.
This experience lead me to continue my certifications in diving to the point where by the end of the summer I had become an instructor. Although challenging at times, I could not Imagine a better way to spend a summer.
We are amazed at the growth in our daughter since her Broadreach trip. We wish we had heard about Broadreach earlier in her high school career.
Dallas had a very positive experience… He was extremely impressed with the instructors, the overall course presentations, and of course the challenge of diving. He thoroughly enjoyed the friends he met and is keeping in touch. He felt that the program was very professionally run.
Best idea we ever had to give our son this opportunity to explore the ocean and himself. He “got it” the big picture I mean. They can so quickly see tunnel vision unless put in a situation that’s bigger than themselves. He’s ready to go back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.