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Overview

Embark on a multi-island dive adventure and complete the skills necessary to earn your PADI Divemaster, opening a world of professional dive opportunities.

The PADI Divemaster program takes candidates beyond the pool, beyond the class and beyond any other program of its kind. We will take you into the water and set you up with all the skills and theory you need to earn your official PADI Divemaster certificate. But to us, that isn't enough. We go a step further and teach candidates small boat handling, sailing and deck handling skills, basic dive gear and compressor maintenance and so much more.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
July 7 - July 21 C15 days$4,180Open
Earn & Learn
Caribbean PADI Divemaster Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Caribbean PADI Divemaster offers 3 physical education college credits through the American Council on Education (ACE). Additionally, students may pursue 1 PADI certification.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
  • Must be 18 years old
  • PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent certification
  • Current EFR certification or qualifying equivalent
  • Minimum of 40 logged dives prior to the start of program
ACADEMICS & COLLEGE CREDIT
Course Description

The PADI Divemaster course is your first step into the PADI professional diving world. On 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.

Course Objectives
  • Complete knowledge development segments and pass the Divemaster final exams
  • Create an emergency assistance plan for a designated dive site/location
  • Complete water skills exercises
  • Complete a diver rescue assessment
  • Complete the dive skills workshop and assessment
  • Complete practical application assessments
  • Meet the professionalism criteria
Certifications
  • PADI Divemaster
  • Also Possible: Introduction to Yachting

1 Certification

3 College Credits

Caribbean PADI Divemaster Itinerary

Itinerary

1

The first steps of your professional dive training start here! Climb aboard your new floating home in Anse Marcel, our base in St. Martin, get to know your new crew and training mates as you prepare for the journey ahead. 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.

2

All settled in and ready for more, it’s off to St. Bart’s for the next level of training and some fun. Dive deeper into your skill development, including basic compressor training, navigation practice, underwater mapping, diver safety and risk management. It’s not all work and no play though! Take a well-deserved break for some town time in this tropical French hotspot to shop, grab a cheeseburger in paradise and get some quality time at body surfing beach.

3

The unspoiled waters of Saba are where you’ll really learn what being a Divemaster is all about. Learn how to take charge of dive activities and lead dives by digging into the logistics of conducting briefings, mapping open water sites, dive site set up and management, search & recovery. It’s everything  you need to know to lead successful dives of your own. Depending on where the group is with their training, there may be the opportunity to join another Broadreach crew beginning their dive training to help facilitate their skill development and practice leading dives with the group.

4

After exploring the island of Saba and a lot more diving, it’s time to take everything you’ve learned and put it to the test as we sail our way back to St. Martin. No need to worry about the final exams, after all the practicing and hands-on preparations, you’re ready! Celebrate everything you’ve learned and accomplished by relaxing on the pristine beaches of Tintamarre and having some fun with your crew of brand new certified PADI Divemasters. Head home knowing that you have achieved something to be proud of, joined the ranks of dive professionals and opened up so many opportunities for your future dive career.

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  • Trip Highlights

  • Earn 3 college physical education credits through the American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Work toward your Divemaster on incredible islands like St. Martin, St. Barts and Saba
  • Live on a sailboat and sail around the Leeward Islands while earning your Divemaster
  • Learn basic compressor usage skills and basic gear maintenance
  • Engage in search and recovery situations
Caribbean PADI Divemaster Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Victoria Gomez from University of Rhode Island

Professional experience for any young adult! The skills I learned during this training have far exceeded my expectations. I gained the confidence and self assurance to push myself and believe in myself in every aspect of my personal and professional career. There is no better way to learn how to become a Dive Master and take steps towards a better you. I would recommend this program to any person interested in diving, marine studies, self improvement and self confidence. Truly one of the most amazing experience and life changing experiences in my life.

Carolyn Brook from Darien, CT

Chris went on his recent Broadreach trip to get his Divemaster certification. He had an outstanding time, and raved about the professionalism and welcoming nature of all those involved. As an 18-year old, he was also very pleased that they were treated as adults, with all the responsibility and freedom that goes with it. Safety and responsibility were always of paramount importance, but the program was run in such a way that there was a great deal of fun for these young adults. He still keeps in close contact with a couple of the friends he met on the trip, and I know he would highly recommend it to anyone interested in pursuing diving. In fact, his younger sister will be going on a Broadreach trip next summer for her first diving experience. Can’t wait!!

Sara Buckley from Chapel Hill, NC

I absolutely loved the PADI Divemaster trip! My instructor and skipper were awesome and we all had a great time. This was my second Broadreach trip and it’s safe to say that I still love Broadreach! I would recommend this trip to everyone it’s so much fun and I meet the coolest people that I still keep in touch with now. The diving in the Caribbean is amazing and the marine life is spectacular… I honestly don’t even want to dive anywhere else because nowhere I’ve been has even compared. The Broadreach staff is amazing and they’re all really nice and so are the other students. I love Broadreach and I would recommend it to anyone!

Helen Rosenbaum from San Diego, CA

For a fun and safe international adventure, you couldn’t choose a better company than Broadreach! The passion that the instructors have is contagious.

Cynthia Beeman from Kerrville, TX

Morgan loved the trip.

Caribbean PADI Divemaster FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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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