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Caribbean Underwater Discoveries Voyage

Discovery & Explorer

48 Reviews
Overview

Ever spent an hour under the sea? Felt the freedom of life aboard a sailing yacht? Met the morning with a plunge overboard? Get ready. This is just a taste of the adventure.

Prepare yourself for serious fun and adventure. Laughter, learning and new friends, guaranteed. Whether you've never been diving or sailing before and want to start at the Discovery level, or want to earn advanced certifications on the Explorer level version, this voyage is our most popular program for good reasons. The new experiences and skills learned build a foundation for all future adventures, and the thrill of sailing and diving in turquoise Caribbean waters is undeniable.

Imagine exploring a world class marine park in Saba. Go sailing with dolphins jumping in your wake. Wakeboard and stand up paddleboard in a secluded cove. So raise the sails, lace up the hiking boots, prep the scuba gear and get set for the summer of a lifetime a ridiculously fun voyage with a crew of twelve teens your age.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
June 15 - July 5 MS21 days$5,980Available
June 15 - July 5 HS21 days$5,980Available
June 15 - July 5 HS21 days$5,980Available
July 9 - July 29 MS21 days$5,980Available
July 9 - July 29 HS21 days$5,980Available
July 9 - July 29 HS21 days$5,980Available
July 31 - August 16 MS17 days$4,980Available
July 31 - August 16 HS17 days$4,980Available
July 31 - August 16 HS17 days$4,980Available
Earn & Learn
Caribbean Underwater Discoveries Voyage 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 the Caribbean Underwater Discoveries Voyage, students earn 5 hours of documented community service and may pursue 8 PADI diving and IYT sailing certifications.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
  • Discovery level – No experience required
  • Explorer level – PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent certification
CERTIFICATIONS

During this live aboard voyage, students will learn fundamental sailing skills and complete 15+ scuba dives, for which you may earn multiple certifications including:

Discovery Level
  • PADI Open Water Diver
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI Specialties: Project AWARE, Coral Reef Conservation, Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Introduction to Yachting
  • International Yacht Training (IYT) International Crew
  • IYT Marine Communications (VHF-SRC) (optional)
Explorer Level
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI Specialties: Project AWARE, Coral Reef Conservation, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Night Diver, Deep Diver and Boat Diver
  • Introduction to Yachting
  • International Yacht Training (IYT) International Crew
  • IYT Marine Communications (VHF-SRC) (optional)
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. In the Caribbean, work with the St. Eustatius National Park on beach cleanups and underwater debris collection and the Saba Conservation Foundation on trail maintenance and marine park preservation projects. 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.

  • Participate in beach cleanups in the Saba and Statia National Parks
  • Underwater cleanup and debris collection

8 Certifications

5 Service Hours

Caribbean Underwater Discoveries Voyage Itinerary

Itinerary

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These first few days are busy as you meet your crew and get sized up with your dive gear before heading out to your home for the next three weeks. Settle into your yacht and get accustomed to the pace of life aboard. Days start early! We share all of the responsibilities, from sailing to keeping our home “ship-shape”. Over the next three weeks you will be the skipper, first mate, navigator, dive safety officer and chef for this journey. Learn the language of the sea as our yacht slices through wind and wave on our first sail to Grand Case.

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St. Barts feels like the French Riviera, très français. Perfect beaches, turquoise waters and shallow reefs teeming with life. A short hike takes us to the bodysurfing beach at Anse Flamands on the windward side of the island. Spend an afternoon practicing small boat handling, feeling the wind and trimming the sails as we learn to sail lasers. The town of Gustavia is perhaps the nicest in the entire Caribbean with cool shops, yummy crepes and homemade mango ice cream. After a day in town experience the thrill of a pinnacle dive at ‘La Baliene’ point.

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The picturesque postcard island of Nevis boasts 11 miles of magnificent beaches and calm coves perfect for water skiing, wake boarding and fun on the water. Get a taste of the local culture and cuisine with an authentic beach BBQ. Put your sailing skills and teamwork to the test as you compete head-to-head with other Broadreach boats on Broadreach Race Day! Set sail to St. Kitts, which boasts rolling hills, beautiful coastlines and reef walls that drop off into the abyss. Dive the Wreck of the River Taw, then step back into colonial history by hiking up to Brimstone Hill Fort. Cannons, pirates and the rum trade are just part of the story here.

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Raise the main and sail to St. Eustatius, also known as Statia. There are almost no hotels or tourism here and that’s part of what makes it so special and unspoiled. The Statia Marine Park works to preserve the island’s thriving reefs, and we dive its awe-inspiring jewel, the 327-foot C/V Charles L. Brown, one of the best and largest wreck dives in the Caribbean. After a morning of community service for the Marine Park, we trade our fins for hiking boots and trek up over the crater rim of the Quill and into the volcano’s jungle inside. Huge trees, long vines and lush rainforest reside under a canopy above. We end our stay here with a shore excursion and a party with other Broadreach boats.

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Saba is a magical place that will capture your imagination. The island majestically rises out of the ocean and disappears into the clouds. Its world-famous marine park protects some of the best diving in the Caribbean. The sheer walls and towering pinnacles of Babylon, Tent Reef and Diamond Rock are phenomenal and perfect for finishing your PADI Advanced Open Water or Specialty certification course. Spend a day ashore, making your way up to a town called “The Bottom” to explore the picturesque village of tiny cottages and artisan shops. Then hike into the mist of the elfin rainforest to the top of Mt. Scenery.

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Still time for more diving, exploring and water skiing! Sitting on the bow, you reflect on your three week adventure. Twelve people who were strangers have become a team; working together, learning from each other and building lifelong friendships.

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  • Trip Highlights

  • Embark on a live-aboard scuba and sailing voyage
  • Earn multiple scuba and sailing certifications
  • Volunteer in Saba to help maintain island trails and protect biodiversity
  • Island hop and explore the breathtaking French and Dutch Leeward Islands
  • Hike through lush mountain rainforests
  • Try water skiing, wakeboarding and stand up paddle boarding
Caribbean Underwater Discoveries Voyage Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Christine Holo from New York, NY

When we first considered sending our daughter to a Broadreach scuba program, we were a bit apprehensive. After all, we would be sending our child to another country, where she would spend three weeks scuba diving with people we didn’t know. Now that we’ve gone through the experience, we can unequivocally say that it was the best summer experience our daughter has ever had. The program was educational and amazingly fun. She learned to sail and she earned a slew of advanced scuba certifications. She also loved the instructors and made great new friends. The program not only taught her diving and sailing skills, but the other valuable lessons like teamwork, shared responsibility and discipline. We already are making plans to sign her up for next summer. Broadreach earned an A+!

Anne Beer from Boulder, CO

James was ecstatic about his summer and several weeks later is still talking about his experiences. Learning to scuba and more about the sea-world has really broadened his interests… I wouldn’t be surprised if he wanted to pursue studies about marine life and activities.

Beth Chambers from Honolulu, HI

Liliana had a wonderful time on her 17-day adventure. She came home filled with stories of the fun times she had with her new friends on board the boat and she is thrilled that we have decided to register her for another trip next summer. Liliana came back with much more self-confidence and a stronger sense that she is capable of doing just about anything she puts her mind to. Thank you!

Eli Scribner-Moore

Over the course of my trip I have gained skills that will help me in every aspect of life. Working, playing and learning with other members of my group has created an increadibly strong bond between us. Even though I have never met any of the people on my boat until three weeks ago, I feel like we are a close knit family. I will always remember my Broadreach experience and the bonds I have cultivated on my trip.

Jack Gardner

Great thanks to the staff at Broadreach for giving our son Jack an incredible experience. He has been home for several weeks now, and we continue to recognize the maturity and personal growth he gained from this trip.

We were originally concerned about sending our 14 year old son on an international trip for three weeks. But the staff from the home office helped us through these concerns. On site, the captain and crew supported Jack expertly. The entire organization offered incredible support for both Jack and all of us at home. Everyone at home waited impatiently for trip updates and photos. Although taking a big step like this was difficult, it was great learning experience that is entirely appropriate for his age.

From this trip, Jack gained hard skills in sailing and scuba that motivated him to learn more. More importantly, Jack developed his sense of self and maturity beyond our expectations. Exposure through international travel gave Jack a greater appreciation of home and family, and a greater perspective of other cultures. Most importantly, this was a very positive experience for Jack, giving him the confidence and desire to do, see and experience more.
Thanks Broadreach!

Cecilia Zavarse

This trip was an amazing experience. It was an eye opener in so many ways. You meet kids your age from different places and backgrounds and learn to interact with them. It gets difficult at times because when you are on a boat it is hard to get your alone time. Apart from the social aspect, the places aer just beautiful. We do so much in one day and everything is absolutely gorgeous. My best piece of advice would be to push yourself to the max; that way you can get the most possible out of your trip.

Allison M. from Atlanta, GA

Going on this trip is literally living the dream. You’re with a bunch of friends living on a fancy boat, learning how to sail and dive?and it’s in the Caribbean. Hard to beat. On this trip I’ve learned how grateful I am for small things and that you can live life awesomely without luxuries. Overall, this was a once in a lifetime experience!

Michael Beamer from North, VA

As her trip winds down I just wanted to thank you for all you do in the NC office to make this possible. The details and professionalism of your staff from the first contact has been world class. Although our contacts with her have been few and limited (best for her, hard for us) I can tell you this has been a life changing experience for Sarah. You all are making it possible for these kids to go on to better and richer lives. Thank you.

Amanda Revard

The things I learned at Broadreach I will remember for the rest of my life. I made some amazing friends and had the time of my life. I would go on this trip a thousand more times if I could.

Julia Tandy

This was seriously the best experience of my life! I really learned that stepping out of my comfort zone to do something like this can lead to amazing things. I even wrote my college application essay about it! I made so many amazing friends who I still keep in touch with six months later, I’ve visited some of them and I’m even planning to do a trip with one this coming summer! Diving is my new passion since the trip and I’m so glad I had this experience. Our divemasters were fun and patient, and our skipper was a blast! Learning to sail was great too. Getting to experience the different islands, both from hiking in nature and exploring the towns, was incredible. I can’t recommend this highly enough!

Anna Helms

The trip was amazing, going to all of the different island was a lot of fun. All of the things we saw on the divies were absolutely breath taking. Meeting all of the new people was so great and slowly becoming really close and becoming a family.

Nina Armstrong from New York, NY

Broadreach was the most amazing experience I ever had. The people on my boat were incredible and will be my lifelong friends. There was no awkwardness and even the first night we all felt completely at home and stayed up half the night talking and telling jokes. My trip leaders were awesome as well. They were so open to let us choose what we wanted to do. Before I went on this trip some people had said that living in such a confined space was going to be challenging but I loved the bonds that formed that came from living on top of each other. There were no conflicts between people on my boat. I had never scuba dived before and my first dive was incredible and from then on I was hooked. This trip helped me realize what I want to do with my life and the lifestyle I want to live. It was worth every penny because its changed me as a person so much and really opened my eyes to the world. I only hope that everyone can have such an amazing experience as broadreach gave to me.

Sarah Pedersen

Broadreach was the most amazing experience of my life. I’ve honestly never been happier. Whenever people ask me about my favorite part of my trip I still can’t decide because I loved everything about it. Chilling out on the boat, sailing, SCUBA diving, water sports, hiking, community service, town time, cooking, and just laughing and talking with anyone and everyone on the boat. Before I left I was worried that I might not make friends, but by the end I literally cried when we all went our separate ways. Personally I can be shy and awkward around new people, but after the first day, nothing was awkward. I’m actually very glad I didn’t know anyone before hand. They don’t know anything about you and you can always be 100% yourself and you get a clean slate. I highly recommend Broadreach to anyone who gets this amazing opportunity!!

Ashley Watkins

This trip was definitely worth three weeks away from home. The locations were beautiful especially the hike up to the top of the volcano in Statia and could see the whole island. The fortress on St. Kitts was really cool as well. The scuba diving was indescribable it was so beautiful! The people are so differeent but we definitely got along great together! We will all stay in touch for sure.

Bob and Kate Rosso from Hailey, ID

Stephen?s Broadreach trip was everything he expected and more… He loved the independence of planning each day? Dives, navigation, and even chores were an adventure! He also liked the education and community service aspects. We thought everyone at Broadreach was very supportive and helpful from planning to leading Stephen?s trip.

Cailen Krasnoff

Great trip … Next year she would like to go on the Shark expedition in Fiji. Your crew, and office staff are bubbly, well informed, and thorough.
When I had a concern, the staff was prompt in their communication and action. Their concern, care and safety for the participants is amazing- first and foremost.

Derek Sollom

Our son had an excellent time on this trip. We had assumed he would love the sailing and diving but he also really enjoyed the trips into town, the hiking and the community service work. We think he gained much more than the adventure. Being out on his own with daily responsibilities and leadership opportunities has definitely had a positive impact on him. He’s now much more willing to try new thing and he has become more social than ever. He has matured before our eyes and is now better prepared for his first year in high school.
As parents we were mostly concerned about the travel days – airports, customs etc. The Broadreach staff helped explain how this would all work and everything went as expected. During the trip we looked forward to reading the blogs from the kids to get a snapshot of where they were and what they were doing. We are extremely happy we decided to send him on this trip and we would highly recommend it to anyone.

Carlos Carcia

This journey has certainly expanded my hoizons through its veiled teachings. I have learned how to operate a sailboat and know all of its proper names. I have learned all of the proper procedures that take place in a diving rescue situation. I have learned how to classify fish. Yet what made this venture different from pedantic courses is the ability to make the trip one’s own. The chance to navigate for weeks in the open sea with out phones, internet, Facebook and feel ok. Better than ok, feeling superb overcoming those lesser things. I remember my shirt drenched in sweat as we hiked up Brimstone Hill Fort, then once at the summit we felt invincible, powereed by the view, by the soothing winds. Waking up at four in the morning for a sail, gliding in the wind, riding the waves, the sun slowly rising. Geared up at dusk to night dive at ‘Bird Poop Rock’ then submerged in an alien environment with creatures cautiously swimming by. This trip gave me plenty of amazing opportunities but I was ultimately responsible for taking advantage of them. And for this reason, this adventure is one I will never forget.

Garnett Swain from Waynesboro, VA

The program you are running is absolutely phenomenal. The instructors are great… They taught the material very well and made every part of my adventure fantastic. The diving and sailing were my favorite parts. I had so much fun diving on the reefs and seeing all the animals in their natural environment. We would go on these long sails and see nothing but blue water and the island we were headed to in the distance. Thank you so much for an amazing adventure!

Charlotte Grussing

The trip was hard work but the more you put in the more get out. This was a once in a life time experience. The time flew by and our boat is now a family.

Elsa Smith

It was amazing to visit all of the islands that we did, such as Nevis or Saba, and be able to enjoy the sailing, diving, and the communities there! I learned so many different things on my trip -Underwater Discoveries Voyage- such as how to live a little more independently and how to care for the environment a little more. I will always remember this trip and the people I met there that are now some of my great friends.

Laura Kaplan from Aspen, CO

Spending three weeks on a boat with a group of people they had never met proved to be a wonderful growing experience. They learned to accept, respect and truly enjoy people that they may never have stepped forward on their own to meet. They created friendships that will last a lifetime. The trip was an experience they will remember (in a good way) forever. From start to end it was an adventure!

Jordan Katz

After attending summer camp for 5 years, Broadreach helped me open the door to the next level of exploration of the world and myself. Thanks to Broadreach, I have had the best summer of my life.

Eva Bombeck

This was the best experience of my life. I loved every aspect about the whole entire program. I would recommend this to everyone because it was so spectacular. I met so many amazing people and loved my counselors. Thank you Broadreach for an experience of a lifetime.

Cynthia R. (age 17) from Saint Charles, IL

My husband and I want to thank you all for Gavin’s amazing three-week program! We have been excited to have him home and hear all the stories, and have narrated viewing of pictures, videos, etc. We can see his deep sense of satisfaction for all that he learned and experienced – and his appreciation for the other students and instructors.

Kudos to all of you for an incredibly well-run and wonderful program! We really appreciated all the communication, blogs, etc. Despite being new to Broadreach, the timely and helpful communication gave us confidence that Gavin was in good hands.

We want to send a special thank you to an exceptional group of instructors – Leah, Sydney, and Christian. What a huge responsibility they had to lead a group of teenagers for 3 weeks and teach sailing, diving and more – all while attending to group dynamics. Whatever they did allowed this group of students to come together as a team while living in close quarters for 3 weeks – all while still learning and laughing! That takes skills often not developed until later in life (if ever). These instructors are three accomplished young people who we are sure will continue to do great things for Broadreach and throughout life.

We are so grateful to Leah, Sydney, and Christian – and your Broadreach Caribbean team and the larger organization – for creating and running such excellent programs. You all are making a difference in the lives of so many young people – what a gift to them, their families and their futures – thank you!

Ari Leos Bernstein

I had the most amazing time on the Caribbean Underwater Discoveries Voyage. I would not call this trip a vacation, I think that a better word would be either an experience or adventure. During those incredible three weeks, reality seemed to reverse, in that the days were very long but (instead of being slow and boring) they were filled to the brink with fun. We would get up very early (usually from 6 to 8 AM) and would breakfast, which, like all other meals, was made by another kid. From there we would have to clean the boat and get right into our dive gear.

THE DIVING, It was phenomenal! We did at least 20 dives and each one was a new adventure. From massive coral reefs with sunken ships, it was like jumping into a new world where the laws of gravity didn’t apply. My favorite part of the diving was provably going down to 70 ft underwater and not being able to see the surface. Even the night dives which, though little scary, were phenomenal. When the sun went down, all of the interesting creatures like sharks and lobsters came out.

Other than the diving, we learned to sail, which, while it wasn’t my thing, I still enjoyed, most likely because of our instructors. OUR INSTRUCTORS, They were amazing. All 3 of them handled every situation very well, from us not cleaning up our boat well enough, to us all feeling the worst pain we had ever felt after being bitten by Sea Wasps (jelly fish which stigs hurt so much, you are supposed to get shock treatment.) Not only were the great at handeling problems, but they also were very supportive and turned into our family rather than our instructors for those three weeks.

A question you might have is, how did we sleep? There is are small cabins underneath the deck, which, in my opinion, can’t allow for 4 kids to sleep there (the catamaran is meant for 4 people) also, it get’s really hot down there. It seemed that most of the other kids agreed with me as everyone slept on deck under the stars. They weren’t the most comfortable conditions but after a long and tiring day, sleep always came easily. One problem with that was that it constantly rained and, when it did, you had to grab your sleeping bag and sprint to cover before you got soaked.

Another question you might have is, how do we use the bathroom? The ship does have bathrooms, one per cabin. They are incredibly inconvenient and flushing involves pumping your “stuff” into the ocean. What is easier and much more encouraged is doing an “Aqua-Duckey.” This involves swimming a good distance away from the boat and getting out your “number 2” there.

All in all, I had the time of my life over my three weeks in the Caribbean. I made great friends, learned to scuba dive and sail, and was able to get the best tan I have ever gotten. I also learned many things about myself, from how much I enjoyed a good dinner after a long, tiring day to the fact that I like rap. I would recommend this trip to everyone who can cope with being away from home for 3 weeks. I, for one, had the time of my life.

Emily Mueller

If you want to learn to dive this is a great opportunity. Becoming certified was fun and easy and I made amazing friends along the way. This was something I will definitely will never forget.

Clark Lindsey

This trip is truly an amazing experience. It broadened my horizons so much. I saw reefs, people, cultures and so much more. I hope other people get these same experiences.

Sophia Lux-Archer from Corona, CA

This was my first real life adventure. I will never be the same. For a while I will be classifying my life experiences as “before Broadreach” and “after Broadreach.” Because of Broadreach I am more aware that there is a bigger world out there with more than enough resources to support everyone and everyone’s dreams. I love Broadreach and the view you give your students. Thank you! I’ve never been more grateful.

Kristin Pargeans

My Broadreach experience was life changing. You have extremely fun filled and action packed days. I loved being secluded away from the world and sailing on private boats. I learned that there is so much to see in this world and people’s ways of life are diverse. Broadreach was the start of travelling for me. The experience shows me so much. I have made new friends and will be coming back next year for sure!

Charlotte Parsons from Chicago, IL

I loved my counselors.ÿ They made me feel happy and safe the second I stepped off the plane.

Marina Pearce from Cabin John, MD

I highly recommend the Caribbean Underwater Discoveries Voyage as the best trip for first timers! I can’t wait till I?m old enough to be able to teach or become a Divemaster Intern Participant!

Virginia Cole-Campbell from Newcastle, Ontario

The positive life learning that the Broadreach program offers began for our son Will before he even started to pack. He had to earn 1/2 of the cost of the trip before we would enroll him-thinking this would put him off the idea. Boy were we wrong! As Will has returned to his final year in high school we have observed marked changes; in his willingness to take leadership roles within his peer group, in his confidence and ease when socializing with his peers, and his confidence to pursue his dreams “Hey I know I can do this!!!”. Thanks to all the folks at Broadreach who contributed to our son’s successful experience.

Mary Faytis from Sanibel Island, FL

Limited group size was probably the single most significant factor that made this experience personalized and contributed to character and social growth.

Matthew Schnitzer

This has been the best summer program I have ever done. The dives were incredible. The kids were fantastic and so were the instructors. The islands were beautiful. There was nothing I would change.

Kevin Nicolai

The diving was awesome. The sailing was also amazing. I learned all about reefs, fish and aquatic life. The friends I made were great too.

John Carlton Jester

I loved being on a trip where we had a lot of freetime but other times we had to work toward our certifications. It was very satisfying to know you worked hard to get the scuba and sailing certifications.

Olivia Yale

This was a trip was beyond my expectations! My favorite island was Saba because of the beautiful town and amazing diving. Diving here we saw turtles, eels, and even nurse sharks! Overall, the diving was definitely the best part of the trip simply because of the wildlife. Although, the sailing, hiking, and water sports were amazing as well. I learned how to work and in a group and how to become more independent while also learning about marine and coral conservation and sailing. I made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime and this experience was beyond memorable…I would recommend it 100%!

Samantha Heitzner

I loved the towns and all the different cultures I experienced. I made so many great friends wI will keep forever. I like the smaller groups, everyone bonded more.

Sarah Beamer

I made many new friends and I love it there. I can’t wit to come back. Broadreach has opened many ideas to my future. I am forever greatful for the experience. Loved it so much.

Katie Nerod

I learned so many new things in the past three weeks. From scuba to working together as a team. This has been an experience I will never forget.

Sydney Weinkle

There are not many words that can describe how amazing my Broadreach trip was. Going on the 21 day Underwater Discoveries trip changed my life forever. Ive never experienced such an exciting and new way of life as I got to have on my trip. Before going on the trip I had always loved the water but after my trip I learned exactly how much and now have dedicated my time to finding ways to help the ocean. These Broadreach trips really help you take a look at yourself and help you get away from everyone back at home. I personally made so many friends that I know I will have for a lifetime, friends on my boat and on other boats as well. On the trip, my favorite place had to be Saba because on one of our dives we saw a shark which was surreal. I learned so much from this trip and I really recommend Broadreach, especially the underwater discoveries trip! I will never forget the three weeks I spent on that trip, it is the best thing I have ever done and will surely be returning to Broadreach again.

William Turner

Broadreach Caribbean was a great trip. If you are considering go on this trip expect to have tons of fun sailing and diving.

Caribbean Underwater Discoveries Voyage 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.

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