Explore, volunteer, sail and log 25+ dives on this once-in-a-lifetime journey. Experience a side of the Caribbean few people get to see, all while earning up to ten PADI certifications.
|June 25 - July 15||MS||21 days||$6,180||Available|
|June 25 - July 15||HS||21 days||$6,180||Limited|
|July 18 - August 7||HS||21 days||$6,180||Available|
|July 18 - August 7||HS||21 days||$6,180||Available|
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 Grenadines Advanced Scuba Voyage, students earn 5 hours of documented community service and may pursue 11 PADI diving and IYT yachting certifications.
During this 21-day live-aboard voyage, students will expand on their fundamental skills and complete 25+ 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 local organizations on environmental and conservation projects. These hands-on projects give you an opportunity to make a positive impact on the communities that have embraced you.
Arrive in St. Lucia and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime! Following a short taxi ride along the winding coastal roads, arrive in picturesque Marigot Bay and settle into life aboard. Over the next three weeks you’ll get a chance to be the first mate, chef, skipper and dive safety officer. After a quick briefing, raise the mainsail and begin exploring St. Lucia’s pristine coral reefs. Moor the boat between the sheer cliffs of the Pitons, two jungle covered behemoths rising two thousand feet above the sea.
Now that you’re acquainted with life aboard, it’s time to sail south towards historic St. Vincent. Cinephiles may recognize several locations from the iconic ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise. In fact, several hundred locals served as cast members in the films! Hike to towering waterfalls in Wallilabou and explore a hidden bat cave, accessible only with scuba gear, in Smugglers’ Cove. Continue working towards your Advanced Open Water certification on some of the most pristine reefs in the Caribbean.
Visit Bequia, a beautiful island of quaint houses, rolling hills, wild flowers and golden sand beaches. Explore the island’s rich history of fishing, whaling and boat building. Although you’re only a few miles from St. Vincent, the diving here is unlike anything you’ve seen thus far. Tour sloping reefs as you begin your Rescue Diver course.
With crystal clear water, white sand beaches and hidden coves accessible only by boat, The Tobago Cays provide the ideal setting to complete your Rescue Diver course. The astounding beauty of these tiny islands makes you feel like you’re inside a postcard. Explore and play games on Rum Island, better known as the island where Jack Sparrow was marooned in Pirates of the Caribbean. Wrap up you day on the island by snorkeling with sea turtles and enjoying a beach barbecue with your new friends.
The diving only gets better in the final days of our adventure… Ile de Ronde, The Sisters, Big Blue, and Kick ‘Em Jenny offer fantastic opportunities to see pelagics, as the sheer walls drop off into the abyss. Swim past hundreds of statues as you investigate the world’s largest underwater sculpture garden. Head ashore on Grenada and see why people call it the Isle of Spice. The fragrance of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and tropical flowers permeates the breeze. The quaint towns have a colonial feel and the scenery is captivating. Spend your last evening enjoying a farewell dinner and reflecting with your new close friends on all the amazing diving and sailing adventures you experienced in just 21 days!
Davis had the experience of a lifetime. I sent away a boy and a man returned. He says that the time flew by and in instant he was returning home. He is an incredible person to begin with, but now his mind and perspective have been expanded to a degree that could never have been achieved without the time and interactions he had with his peers and your instructors. He learned so much from the skipper. Not only about sailing, but life choices and the importance and value of life experiences and following your own path. This is the second trip Davis has taken with Broadreach and I am grateful for the work and opportunities you provide that words cannot express. Davis hopes to work with your program in some capacity and would love to have the opportunity to travel with you again. Thank you!
We hoped this trip would show our son what he was made of – the leadership qualities and self-reliance we knew he was capable of. He discovered those qualities and more. They use experiential learning to teach kids things they never imagined they could do but made the process fun along the way. Everyone should consider the three week trips, as the final week was where everything came together for our son. He can’t wait to go back.
Luke was almost 14 when he attended GV11 and he is entering high school in the fall. He had a great experience. Earning the PADI certifications gave him a lot of confidence and great experiences. Our hope was for him to meet new people and see the the world extends beyond Raleigh NC. The stories and how his perspective has changed have been great. He seemed to make some close connections to some others on the trip and they have continued to talk via facebook. I felt very good about the safety. I like that the number of students is kept low on the trips and that the leaders are as experienced as they are. He loved that islands they traveled to and enjoyed being on land as much as on the boat. He definitely had one leader that he felt more connected to but I think enjoyed all three. I think his biggest take away was he can accomplish anything that he works hard at and that most kids his age feel vulnerable and insecure from time to time no matter what circumstances they come from. We continue to hear about the trip which usually leads to a great discussion between us.
I asked my son what his favorite part of the trip was. He said it was the other kids and the counselors on his boat. He said it was just so cool to be in that tight group. I also asked him what was the most challenging part of the trip. He said leaving was the hardest part…He loved the scuba diving and the hikes and said he was the skipper from one country to another. As his father, I can see his demeanor has changed… I am certain he is confident he can do just about anything now.
Our experience was the same as last year…very organized and safe. The trip leaders were outstanding as usual – great role models for David. He continues to think of Broadreach as his summer home. The experiences personally for him are insightful and inspiring for his future.
This was our son’s second Broadreach adventure. After experiencing the thrill of scuba diving and living aboard a boat for two weeks in St. Martin, he was ready for the advanced adventure of the Grenadines Voyage. This trip did not disappoint in the slightest. They did so much to advance their diving skills with many new PADI certifications. All the while, they were encouraged to lead, explore and share experiences with others from all around the world. The Broadreach staff was by all accounts “awesome”. They were teachers, protectors, leaders, followers, peers, friends, and so much more to these young adults for 21 days. Knowing that training each has fulfilled with Broadreach gave us great comfort that our child we be kept safe throughout his time away.
On my trip, Grenadines Voyage, not only did I travel to the beautiful islands of St. Vincent and The Grenadines and dive some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean, I made friends to last a lifetime. The group of people who attend and work on Broadreach trips are as diverse as the places they travel. I will never forget the incredible friends I made with my peers and my dive instructors.
Broadreach has helped me achieve so many goals I had previously set for myself. I learned to explore new horizons with nine other students who each taught me so much, all coming from such different and fascinating backgrounds, yet sharing the same interest to discover the world. Before this trip, I never knew that studying and work could be so much fun. My instructors couldn’t have been more interesting, aware, motivating and inspiring people. In 21 jam-packed days, I learned dozens of rescue skills, got five new scuba diving specialties, volunteered at a turtle sanctuary, savored local fruits and foods I had never heard of, sailed through three magical countries and built friendships I know will last forever. These incredible experiences have shown me that you can’t do too much in one day and that everyone and everything deserves to be explored because there are no limits to what they can teach you. After this memorable, life-changing, trip, I know that I will be returning to Broadreach to take another step towards the person I later wish to become.
Spending three weeks in the Carribean on a sail boat with 14 other people I had never met before was one of best experiences of my life. First of all, every location we stayed at and every island was extremely beautiful. We got to dive every single day; so I learned tons of new things about diving and now I feel a hundred times more confident than I did at the beginning of the trip, and I got to experience a great variety of dives. One of the parts of diving that I loved was getting my rescue diver certification; we got so involved while in the learning process and it was a lot of fun, and of course I gained so much knowledge from this as well- now I can save a diver! Other than diving, we sailed a lot, did watersports, hiked to waterfalls, and got to explore some islands. All of these activities were incredibly fun and interesting as well, and I learned a lot from them. Aside from all the activities and diving, I think what made this trip such an amazing experience was getting to know the other kids and instructors and forming a true family with them. Also, even though most of the time we had to “rough it out”, the good experiences completely outweighed the tougher ones, so each part of the trip was just as great. Some other memories I love are sleeping outside on the boat, cooking, cleaning, and just getting to experience life on a boat- a completely different and new lifestyle, but one that will always keep bringing me back to the ocean! I would go back and do that trip a million other times!
This trip is absolutely incredible. From visiting sites featured in Pirates of the Caribbean to diving off uninhabited islands, it is nonstop fun. You will make lifelong friends and have awesome instructors. You learn new diving tricks and gain sailing tips everyday as you command your way upon your own unique route through the Grenadines.There is no better way to spend a summer! This trip is truly unforgettable.
Our daughter came home beaming with confidence after her Caribbean dive program! She admitted that she thought it would be ‘easy’ and ‘fun’ and quickly realized it was going to be an enormous personal challenge. She accomplished it along side of new friends and supportive group leaders and tells wonderful and funny tales of their experiences together.
It was a great trip. The scuba diving was great. I learned how to sail a boat, although I wasn’t very good at it. I saw all kinds of fish. I just love the Carribean.
I made a lot of friends that I keep in touch with.
To spend my birthday on this trip was the perfect present. The amount of memories I made from this trip will last me a lifetime. I always find myself thinking about the friends I made and the many memories of just looking up at the stars on the trampoline at night while slowly drifting asleep or just sitting around with everyone talking. From going on numerous dives a day to hiking up to a rainfall to making dinner for everyone; I’ve never had so much fun and can’t wait to do another trip next summer!
The program was extremely well-run and provided our 14-year-old daughter with a unique opportunity to develop expertise in scuba diving. We would do it again in a heartbeat!
Our son, Gabe really enjoyed this trip! He learned so much and I believe he did Grow from many parts of the experience. Of course he learned through both the teaching and the real experience of all the beautiful scuba diving. He also learned how to be a crew-member on a catamaran sailing vessel with 11 other teens and enjoyed that experience so much! I am hoping he grew in his “social skills” living with the Leaders and teens on board. * I would like to hear from the Leaders of his trip. As his mom, I was so happy to hear from him, on his return home, that he at least tried and frequently enjoyed the foods that were made on-board. He is our Very “picky eater” and I was a little worried that he would get enough calories due to this issue to sustain all of the activity. But to my Delight he told me that he enjoyed almost everything and always at least tried tasting all the food. As far as I am concerned that is a Miracle because at home he will not eat many foods. So it shows me many things; 1) he does better when in a different setting, 2) he had the Willingness to try different foods, 3) he was kept so physically active that he was extremely hungry (he told me he often asked for seconds!) and 4) that another teen (girl) on-board, who also was a picky eater and Gabe said he empathized with her, encouraging her to try some of the foods. He said she almost always ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; but I feel so good that he tried to help her. I am So impressed with Broadreach, with your office staff, your Leaders and coordinators of the trips! And I must say the woman who set up Gabe’s flight reservations through BeeLine was Fabulous!! She not only did it quickly (we decided on this trip in mid-June) but coordinated that Gabe would be meeting another team member on the way down and flying back into the states. And she talked to me about her years of experience of setting up Flight Reservations for Broadreach travelers, and how she has heard from parents sending their kids back multiple years how they Love Broadreach! This really made me feel wonderful about picking Broadreach because I was hearing it from an outside source who was telling her experience. I’m sure there is more I can share but I will end with; Your group met our expectations and truly exceeded them! Thank you all!! Mary Knapp Seibel, Gabe’s Mom 🙂
Grace had a great time. The other kids were great. No complaints at all.
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.