Your journey as a diver and your skills as a leader leap forward on a live-aboard voyage to the Caribbean's most spectacular islands and challenging dive sites.
|June 24 - July 17||HS||24 days||$6,480||Open|
|July 21 - August 13||HS||24 days||$6,480||Open|
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 the Caribbean Master Diver program, students earn 5 hours of documented community service and may pursue 10 PADI diving and yachting certifications.
During this live aboard voyage, students will learn fundamental sailing skills and complete 28+ scuba dives, for which they may earn multiple certifications including:
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. In the Caribbean, work with the Statia Marine Park on beach cleanups and underwater debris collection and Saba Marine Park on trail maintenance and clearing. Through these hands-on projects you begin to understand your role as a global citizen by making positive changes in the communities that have embraced you.
Hop aboard, settle into the yacht and meet your fellow crewmates and trip leaders. Our 46-foot specially equipped catamaran provides an ideal platform for diving and adventure. Our maiden voyage to Grand Case gives us the chance to learn about sailing and the language of the sea…sheet in, head up, ready about, jibe ho. Let’s go diving! Maybe it’s been a while since the last time you went diving, but after a safety and skills review and a good orientation dive, the knack for scuba will come back to you in no time.
Adapting quickly to life aboard, your crew shares all of the responsibilities from pumping tanks to navigating to keeping the yacht “ship shape”. We learn that conserving fresh water is a must and cooking for 12 in a yacht galley can be a challenge, but rewarding and fun. Our next sail brings us to paradise, the island of Anguilla. Although it’s within eyesight of St. Martin, the two islands couldn’t be more of a contrast. No big shopping strips, no restaurant chains, no tourist hot spots’ just you and pristine, white sand beaches. It’s the perfect respite for digging into our Emergency First Responder training, along with a little hopping from one beautiful secluded bay to the next!
Depart Anguilla with newly acquired skills as we set sail for Ile Fourche, Colombier and St. Barts – all a diver’s dream and the perfect location to begin our Rescue Diver training. Dive sites are abundant and loaded with tons of schooling fish, lobster hiding in the coral, sleek barracuda and a wealth of turtles. Head ashore to find fantastic beaches and the town of Gustavia, just as imagined…cool shops, a scenic harbor, mopeds racing about and classic French bakeries. Don’t miss the ice cream shop and it’s delicious homemade sorbet.
You won’t find many tourists on Statia, but you will find lots of great diving and hiking. We take a brief reprieve from Rescue Diver to experience all the wonders of Statia. Hike up the steep trail of The Quill, Statia’s towering volcano. At the rim of the crater, you’re rewarded with a vast expanse of lush rainforest to explore. Then we’ll complete our Nitrox Specialty by exploring the largest wreck in the Caribbean, the impressive 327-foot C/V Charles L. Brown, aka the ‘Charlie Brown’. Assist the marine park and other local organizations by spending an afternoon working on a community service project, after which we’re ready for an all-out reggae bash, dancing the night away at a favorite local dinner spot.
The culturally rich and stunningly beautiful island of St. Kitts is the next shop on our tour de force. Rescue Diver training is back in full swing as we make our way along the colorful coast of an island full of life, both above and below the water. Impressive wrecks and reefs fill our time in-between rescue scenarios. When not diving, the flat glassy water of Ballast Bay is perfect for honing your watersports and Pico sailing skills!
Saba awaits! A picture perfect sail brings us to an island which literally towers out of the sea like a 16th century castle. Sheer cliffs and a striking peak hint at her volcanic past, now home to dense tropical jungles and possibly the best diving in the Caribbean. Students take charge of the program as you begin the third and final phase. Start by planning dives on sites like Outer Limits, Tent Reef Wall, Twilight Zone and Man-O-War Shoals, which are even cooler than their names make them sound. Discover extraordinary pinnacles, mounts and volcanic formations. Exploring inland, we take the ‘Road that Couldn’t Be Built’ up to the Windwardside, a quaint village of tiny Dutch cottages, seemingly forgotten by time.
Our final destination brings us full circle back to the island where our adventure began, St. Martin. We aren’t ready to head home just yet so we spend the last few days seeing all that the Dutch side of St. Martin, St. Maarten, has to offer. With students planning our days, we’ll figure out just what makes this island one of the most popular in all of the Caribbean as we explore Simpson Bay, Phillipsburg, and of course all the amazing dive sites in-between. Making our last sail one to remember, we stop off at Tintamarre, an uninhabited natural reserve with one of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever seen. We’ll have some fun wakeboarding and skiing before we prepare to say goodbye. Around a beach campfire, we’ll laugh endlessly about the fun we’ve had and reflect on all the skills we’ve learned in such a short amount of time.
Within the first hour of being reunited with our daughter we could see the growth that occurred while on her trip. We have always viewed Molly as a self-confident teenager, however, upon returning from her Broadreach adventure she now has a much clearer sense of who she is and what she can accomplish. Molly had a wonderful time and she will certainly remember her adventure for a long time.
Broadreach was the most profound developmental experience Holly has ever had, anywhere, anyplace, anytime.
The three weeks were incredible. I met a lot of great people and got to dive three or even four times a day! We did so many cool things such as cliff jumping, hiking, water sports and so much more! It was a once in a lifetime experience and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an awesome summer full of adventures.
This was our second experience with Broadreach, our son went on UDA after graduating from high school. Our daughter went the summer before her senior year. With both of our children we saw an increase in their independence, they became more responsible, definitely learned how to work with others in a team became more responsible and it has lit a fire in both of them to learn more and to do more to preserve this great world of ours. We (and they) loved the Broadreach experience.
This trip was what I wanted it to be: fun, full of adventures in and out of the water, but more than anything this trip was magic. We’ve seen so many things and done so much that it will be impossible for me to forget this fantastic journey.
This trip was absolutely amazing. It was the best 17 days I’ve ever had. I became so close with people I would have never met otherwise. The dives were amazing and we went to so many beautiful sites. It was absolutely incredible. I finished my rescue diver and it was so much fun. I never thought I could cook for 12 people, sail a boat or give CPR, but now I can!
This was by far the most rewarding experience that my children have been on! I have sent three of my children, after finishing 7th grade, on the scuba adventure trips. The personal development that came along with these amazing experiences has lasted for my older children, and I’m sure that will be true for my daughter that just came back. Thank you for providing this safe, life changing experience for young teens.
From a parent’s perspective, I have been so impressed with every member of the Broadreach organization. Though Sophia was almost an ocean away I felt completely confident in the Broadreach staff’s ability to tackle any unforeseen circumstance that may come along. Her trip truly opened her eyes and her mind to a world of possibilities that would otherwise have remained unknown.
This trip went so beyond what I could have hoped/wished for. Each day was an amazing new adventure that forced me out of my comfort zone. I have found so many new things and befriended such amazing individuals. The hiking to beautiful new heights , cliff-jumping and breathtaking diving are experiences that I will hold onto for the rest of my life. I can truly say this trip has changed me for the better, This trip sparked a yearning for adventure and a thirst for life. It is an awe-inspiring trip with truly remarkable people.
This trip was awesome. Every place was amazing and town time was great. All the diving was incredible, as was the sailing and the community service. I learned how to cook , got a lot of certifications and learned how to conserve things. It was a very memorable experience and I made a ton of new friends.
I believe there is no better program out there. Broadreach is exceptional as far as instructors, organization, and communication go. Our daughter has had three wonderful summers with you. The trip journals are invaluable to everyone, especially parents back home. Thank you to everyone at Broadreach!
Our normally reticent Luke came back full of stories and laughter. I was so worried about sending a thirteen year old to the Caribbean for three weeks, now I can’t imagine not having done it. It was a wonderful, enriching life experience for him.
My trip was incredible, undoubtedly the most amazing experience of my life! I have never met so many interesting, worldly and kind people in one place. I found friends in both the instructors and the kids and will never forget my time there. I fell in love with Broadreach and hope to return many times in the future.
I liked the hands-on rescue training I had throughout the trip. The skills I learned relating to rescue emergencies were useful for both diving and non-diving situations.
I learned and experienceed an amount that I have never in this period of time. I will carry each experience with me and use each place of knowledge as I get older.
Broadreach has come through again. Hillary’s experience on Underwater Discoveries Advanced was exciting and fun in a wonderful learning environment. Safety is always a concern for parents, and Broadreach takes exceptional precautions in whatever endeavor a young person becomes involved in.
Broadreach is an unforgettable trip that words can’t even begin to describe.
It has been about a year and a month since our daughter returned from her Broadreach Underwater Discoveries trip. Over the year I have thought many times about Broadreach and the incredible trip Sophia was able to take part in due to your efforts. Please know that those weeks aboard ship have had a lasting impression on Sophia. Though she did not join a Broadreach trip this past summer, she still has hopes of continuing her dive certifications; hopefully to the instructor level at some point. Our family remains most grateful to you and the Broadreach organization for giving Sophia such an incredible opportunity. Many thanks!
Diving and sailing were awesome! I made so many new friends!
It was awesome. People got along well. We ended up as a family and I learned a lot. It was a life changing experience and I loved it!
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.
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. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 scholarships.