It's an unforgettable journey most sailors only dream about. A 31-day voyage across the arc of the Caribbean. Master sailing techniques, explore, laugh, hike, lend a hand and take control of your own adventure.
Join us on this unforgettable 500-nautical mile sailing adventure. Earn your stripes by mastering all the sailing basics while also learning about weather patterns, seamanship and safety at sea. Leap off waterfalls in Grenada. Trek the dense tropical jungle on Dominica. The last phase of this trip is entirely up to you and your teammates. You set the destination. You raise the sails. You and the team take it home.
|June 27 - July 27||HS||31 days||$6,180||Open|
|June 27 - August 2||HS||37 days||$6,980||Open|
|June 27 - July 27||HS||31 days||$6,180||Open|
|June 27 - August 2||HS||37 days||$6,980||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 Arc Sailing Voyage, students earn 15 hours of documented community service and may pursue 3 yachting certifications.
During this 31-day live aboard voyage, students will learn fundamental sailing skills 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 closely with local organizations such as Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and Tobago Cays Marine Park on environmental and conservation projects. Through these hands-on projects, begin to understand your role as a global citizen by making positive changes in the communities that have embraced you.
First tasks: provisioning, settling into quarters and getting to know the yacht and your shipmates. Phase One of our journey begins with intensive sail training in the Renaissance Islands of St. Martin and St. Barts. We start with the basics – jibing, tacking and the points of sail. The distances to be covered and the nature of the sea demand perseverance, respect and hard work. Discover that the sea is a whole new world with its own language, traditions and rules.
Already getting your sea legs, you discover your vessel’s personality…how her sails handle the wind, how her hull slices through the waves, the music of her rigging and her moods. Training drills intensify as the crew practices man-overboard drills and learns to safely navigate from island to island. Sailing Lasers helps us perfect our small boat handling and understanding of wind shifts, and a regatta with the other Broadreach boats provides a little friendly competition. Back on the yacht, it’s time to finally put your knowledge to the test.
Congratulations! You’ve earned the first of your IYT sailing certifications, one of our key goals. Celebrate your accomplishments with a traditionally cooked island meal on the beautiful shores of Nevis. You’re ready to begin Phase Two of the voyage when we shift our focus from rigorous sail training to island adventure, cultural immersion and community service. First mission: a service project in Montserrat – a unique opportunity to truly experience Caribbean culture by helping its people. Hardships caused by a volcanic eruption on the island can still be felt, and the locals truly appreciate our help!
Continue bearing south, exploring the Archipelago of the Lesser Antilles. Marie Galante and Iles des Saintes exemplify tropical beauty. Dominica is a spectacular land of towering mountains, huge waterfalls and dense rainforests. Paddle up the Indian River and hike to the “boiling lakes” through bountiful ecosystems where few tourists venture. Night sail to St. Lucia and hike up the dramatic jungle covered peaks of the Pitons. Volunteer at the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary in Bequia and help “Brother King” in his quest to save endangered sea turtles.
Sailing is second nature and the crew is ready to start ‘Phase Three’ of the trip. The program leaders step back now to become silent observers. It’s up to you and your shipmates to chart and plan the remainder of the voyage. Sweep south through the Windwards. As you hop to and from the tiny unspoiled islands of the Grenadine Passage, you find the most beautiful anchorages of the journey. Snorkel on the shallow reefs of Tobago Cays, have a scavenger hunt on Mustique and learn how local fishermen craft their boats on the beaches of Carriacou.
The last section of our adventure is spent in the picturesque anchorages of Grenada, surrounded by a pastel rainbow of dockside houses and shops. Head ashore to relax on the fine white sand of Grand Anse Beach, where locals sell fresh fruit and share stories of the revolution. Hike the lush rainforests of Grenada and swim under breathtaking waterfalls. Experience an explosion of your senses as you take in the smells, tastes, and sights of a traditional chocolate factory and local spice market. Sailing into our final anchorage is a joyous arrival but sentimental departure from the yacht we’ve grown to love and respect.
A yacht delivery extension is available for participants who are interested in extending their sail training experience for five days after the end of the program. Extension participants make the return sail back to St. Martin along with staff and other interested Broadreachers. The extension offers participants yacht delivery experience and the opportunity to hone their sailing skills with longer sails and a smaller crew.
Our daughter was nervous at first to go to another country without an adult by her side. She came home a different person with advanced emotional skills seldom developed without being exposed to diversity, responsibility, and international experience to people, sights, smells and education that cannot be obtained locally or through the guidance of a counselor or parent. The worries have disappeared and left us a confident, focused young daughter not afraid to commit to her next adventure knowing that through time and the proper guidance she can do anything she believes in. I am so grateful to Broadreach for making this opportunity possible.
My son absolutely enjoyed this experience and it will be one that will stay with him for a long time. My son established new friends and tested his character in many instances, but all worthwhile. He was able to put the skills he has already learned into real life, and it gave him a better understanding what is necessary to make a ship run (and can be equated to most aspects of life). He came back with a greater appreciation of the life he has, and he is more confident on what he can offer to others. The initial obsevation of my son upon his return is awesome to say the least, and I can only hope this experience is another stepping stone in life for greater opportunities to come.
My participation in the Arc of the Caribbean program was truly the most enriching experience thus far in my life. The Broadreach philosophy is nothing short of prophecy: I experienced, I achieved, I learned and I formed friendships that will stand up to the test of time.
We were thrilled as a family to have Sam embark on his “first real adventure.” We give you guys a lot of credit. It is not an easy task to take 11 previously unacquainted teenagers from all different backgrounds for a voyage on a boat the size of a large room. These kids worked hard… cooking, cleaning, learning to sail, helping other communities. They also played hard…snorkeling, swimming, hiking, sailing. This trip had so many once in a lifetime experiences, from hiking a volcano to jumping off of waterfalls and spotting large whales alongside the boat. We loved the entertaining daily logs written by the students, which helped us feel as if we were experiencing the trip with them. The final photo of my son sailing at the helm as the boat arrived is priceless. Thank you so much for this wonderful experience.
Carson loved the trip – her exact words were “If you want to learn to sail do Broadreach”. She learned a great deal and felt extremely safe ever minute of the way – she knows she made lifelong friends. Carson said the locations were phenomenal – especially Conego Bay.
This trip gave me the security and life lessons I needed to become the person I want to be in life… while it may not seem like a simple trip can change you, it shaped me in ways I couldn’t have imagined nor expected and I will forever be greatful to Broadreach for it. I made a family and had an experience that has changed my life for the best. I love every place we visited, and the time with my crew was the best of my life. Broadreach is amazing.
My son had a great experience and came back energized and more confident. Unexpectedly, he gained cooking ability and willingness. He felt that the necessary safety procedures were observed. He did enjoy the interaction with new friends and the food shopping in the market as well as the service projects.
The trip was a wonderful experience for our daughter. She learned new skills and became aware of her new capabilities. She gained confidence in her new abilities but also in her ability to travel on her own and get along with peers very different from herself.
I want to thank you for letting me experience and learn more in three weeks about myself, others, different culture, the ocean and life than I ever dreamed of. When I signed up for Broadreach I admit I was more than a little nervous. But as soon as I stepped foot on our boat I felt like I was at home.
Olivia had a fantastic time.There were up and downs, beautiful experiences and some tougher times. All and all, though, she came away from the experience a little wiser and a little bit more mature. She saw things that people don’t see in a lifetime….
She was safe and healthy. The communication and updates were great.
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.