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Caribbean: Intro to Marine Biology

Overview

It's the kind of ocean expedition that aspiring marine biologists dream of: 12 days on a live-aboard floating classroom - sailing, diving and exploring the fascinating waters of the Caribbean.

Set sail for a one-of-a-kind adventure with a small group of marine science enthusiasts just like you. You'll be part of a crew of seafarers whose curiosity about the ocean, marine species, and the role of marine parks will lead the team deep into the Caribbean's underwater realm. Chart a course for St. Bart's where you'll earn your PADI Open Water or Advanced Open Water certification. After studying up and refining your skills, it's time to hit the water and observe the underwater species and phenomena the Caribbean is known for.

Lessons aboard the yacht truly come to life when you dive below the surface and witness what you've just learned. In Saba, marvel at pinnacles rising 100 feet from the ocean floor, and dive among groupers, jacks, sea turtles and alien-like corals. In just 12 days, you'll see and do more than you ever thought possible, and leave with lasting friendships, incredible memories and a desire to build upon all that you've accomplished.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
June 19 - June 30 MS12 days$4,280Available
July 4 - July 15 MS12 days$4,280Available
July 20 - July 31 MS12 days$4,280Available
August 3 - August 14 MS12 days$4,280Available
Earn & Learn
Caribbean: Intro to Marine Biology 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 Intro to Marine Biology, students earn 3 hours of documented community service and may pursue 1 dive certification.

CERTIFICATIONS

During this live aboard voyage, students will learn fundamental diving and sailing skills and complete 10+ scuba dives, for which they may earn:

  • PADI Open Water Diver or PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

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 Saba Marine Park on underwater debris collection and 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.

  • Participate in beach cleanups and trail maintenance in the Saba Marine Park
  • Underwater debris collection

1 Certifications

3 Service Hours

Caribbean: Intro to Marine Biology Itinerary

Itinerary

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Join a small crew of teens who all share a passion for marine biology and have the curiosity to explore it with purpose. Settle into your yacht and get accustomed to the pace of life aboard. Days start early! Share all of the responsibilities, from sailing to keeping your home “ship-shape”. Over the next two weeks you will be the skipper, first mate, navigator, dive safety officer and chef for this journey. Waste little time and head west from Anse Marcel while everyone works towards earning a PADI diving certification. On board, lectures on fish identification and coral reef ecology immediately come to life underwater. On Day 4, sail toward rocky and uninhabited Ile Fourche to wrap up your in-water dive skills and complete the certification requirements. Off in the distance, you can see the coastlines of Saba, Statia and St. Barts, and think of all the marine species that await our arrival.

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Greet the day in St. Barts with a little wakeboarding fun, or take it slower with your feet dangling off the side of the boat, marveling at the incredible sunrise. Dive Colombier beach and take note of fish schooling, pairing, and predation behaviors you see down below. Everyone has something incredible to share when they get back on the boat. Here, you’ll also discover how waves and currents affect the reef systems you just finished diving. You could spend the entire 12 days right here, mapping fish and coral species and enjoying  St. Barts There’s still so much more to see!

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On to Saba, where the island’s protected outer ring is one giant marine biology classroom and lab. Studies come full circle with discussions on fish life cycles, symbiotic relationships, morphology and more. It’s here where you shift to a working diver. Take a minute to appreciate the awe-inspiring pinnacles that rise over a hundred feet from the ocean floor and break the surface of the water, then dive down and get to work. At various sites that surround Saba, you’ll run transect lines underwater and take a census of the different types of habitats formed around the pinnacles. A final hike to the top of the aptly named Mt. Scenery provides a perfect vantage point to take note of all you’ve accomplished in such a short time.

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Saving the best for last, sail on to the picture perfect, deserted island of Tintemarre just off the coast of St Martin. The white sand and crystal clear water provide the ideal setting for your final day in the Caribbean. Do one last dive on the wreck of the Remorquer. After nightfall, head to the beach for a campfire with your shipmates. As you toast marshmallows under the starry sky you reflect on your 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

  • Take part in hands-on marine biology led by expert marine scientists
  • Earn a PADI scuba certification
  • Learn about marine reef life while learning to scuba dive
  • Navigate the underwater pinnacles of Saba
  • Explore lush islands and hidden beaches
Caribbean: Intro to Marine Biology Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Shannon F. from Downingtown, PA

I have never been so excited about learning in my life! Not only did I get to study a subject I love in new and beautiful places, but I got to learn how to sail, scuba dive, wake board and climb mountains. This trip also taught me so much about people in general and myself personally. I truly made friendships that will last and memories I will never forget. This is a great trip to conquer fears and try things for the first time.

Kayley A. from Zionsville, IN

Broadreach gave me an experience of a lifetime by allowing me to learn about my love for the ocean, meet new, lifelong friends, and build an independence and self-confidence I never used to have. It challenged me to overstep my boundaries in a safe, memorable way. I will be forever grateful I was given the opportunity of a lifetime.

Jacqueline Quesnel from Trinidad and Tobago

As a parent my wish has always been for my children to experience life and learning beyond the classroom. To know and feel the connection we have to nature and to each other – and from that connection understand our beautiful responsibility to care and heal and uplift in all areas that we can. What an inspiring mission and program you have a Broadreach. So very professional and serving such an important need for young people. Ryan has returned home with great stories of diving – the wonder of it all made such an impression on him, actually he seemed very moved by all of the beauty that being out on the boat and at sea afforded. He also really enjoyed learning about sailing and seems quite keen to crew and captain on yachts if he can in the future. His Marine Biology lessons on board will serve him well at school bringing a whole new perspective to the information that is on the pages of his books. He also made many happy friendships in those 12 days. I believe that expanding global friendships and understanding underpins sustainability for the future.

Ally S. from Atlantic Beach, FL

I can honestly say that this was one of the best experiences in my life. I made a ton of new, amazing friends and learned so many valuable lessons from my instructors. Everyone had so much fun diving, swimming, snorkeling and learning about all of the marine life… I really loved this adventure and definitely want to do it again.

Joan Markey from Middle Village, NY

My son Séamus said it was the best weeks of his life. He is forever changed and it’s all because of Broadreach. He learned so many new skills to sailing and diving. He made new friends with his peers as well as with his counselors and skipper. Séamus has interests sparked in a wider range than he did before. My husband and I want to thank you so much again to everyone at Broadreach.

Jaycie B. from Morgantown, WV

Broadreach was such an amazing opportunity and experience. When I first got tot the airport In St. Maarten, I immediately had other Broadreach students to talk to. The same thing happened on our boat. There were 11 students on my boat and, to me, we were like a little family. I made friends that I know I will never forget, and learned things in a way that I’ve never learned them before. All in all, this was an experience filled with memories and lessons that are irreplaceable.

Austin O. from Mountain Top, PA

This trip was truly the trip of a lifetime. I met 12 other amazing people. Scuba diving in the Caribbean was breathtaking. This trip was everything I thought it would be and more. Thank you for everything, this will forever be one of the most memorable experiences of my life!

Zoe D from Portland, OR

This trip was amazing! Exploring the wonders of the ocean was an eye-opening experience. It reminds you how you are just a minuscule part of the world, and how truly majestic the ocean and earth are. What’s even better is I got to make these discoveries with all the new friends I made here on Euphoria.

William Rhett Gardner

Best decision I’ve ever made! Definitely one of the funnest trips I’ve ever taken. The instructors are some of my favourite people. They are there with you every step of the way. The islands are no doubt the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. But I miss the people more than the islands, you will make a family in less than one week. The boat does grow small at times but you soon find out that it only grows you closer.

Taylor H. from Jacksonville, FL

The diving is like no other around the world. The professionalism and safety measures taken by the instructors helped make the diving as fun as possible. Cliff jumping was one of the most exhilirating thigs I’ve done. I highly recommend this trip to anyone craving an adventure.

Caribbean: Intro to Marine Biology FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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).

Do you offer any discounts or scholarships?
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.

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please call our office for more information on applying.

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