Imagine swimming beside a 20-foot whale shark, reefs exploding with vibrant corals and incredible marine life, and freshwater cenotes found only in this part of the world. This is an underwater odyssey like no other. Welcome to the Yucatán.
|June 29 - July 15||HS||17 days||$5,580||Open|
|July 18 - August 3||MS||17 days||$5,580||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.
Yucatán Advanced Scuba offers 4 certifications. Additionally, students earn 4 hours of documented community service.
On this scuba intensive program, students will expand on their fundamental skills and complete 20+ scuba dives (if at least 18 years old), 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. While in Mexico, use long-term local connections to find and assist with the most pressing community projects at the time you arrive. These could be volunteering at a turtle sanctuary, volunteering at the local Humane Society or conducting a beach clean up.
Arrive in Mexico and leave the mainland behind in search of underwater adventure in Cozumel. Plunge below to drift dive some of the most famous and spectacular sites in the world ‘ Tormentos, Palancar Reef and Santa Rosa Wall. The perfect summer conditions and exceptional visibility create a wild rush of underwater activity grouper, turtles, eagle rays and barracudas are all common place. After a memorable day of diving, we explore town or begin PADI specialty training. As night sets, listen to the serenade of sizzling taco stands and roaming mariachi bands singing in the streets.
Next we head to the laidback island of Isla Holbox. The locals here are mostly fishermen, descendants of the pirates who intermarried with Mayans long ago. There are no cars and life moves slowly. From this tranquil village, we take a panga boat in search of adventure. At peak whale shark season, we find plenty of these awe-inspiring creatures and more dolphins, sea turtles and even giant rays sunning themselves on the warm surface waters. Hop overboard to find yourself just inches away from as many as ten whale sharks, gracefully moving beneath the surface. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
At Chichen Itza, explore El Castillo, an impressive pyramid rising out of the jungle in honor of the legendary Quetzalcoatl before heading to our final destination: a beach front bungalow in Tulum. Found only in this part of the world, freshwater cenotes give divers the opportunity to experience something completely different. Under the guidance of cave diving experts, explore the cavern passages of four different cenotes finding limitless visibility in surreal surroundings. Marvel at the stalagmite and stalactite rock formations as you weave through this underwater labyrinth, just below the surface, perfecting your buoyancy. You will emerge speechless. Afternoons are spent enjoying the sun, surf and sand, and lending a hand with local service projects. We end our time in Mexico with a celebration on the beautiful beaches of Tulum, reflecting on our unbelievable adventures.
This is my second year doing Broadreach and I loved it even more than my first trip. Broadreach has changed my life and made me into a better person. The people around me have changed me and the experience in general. I never thought I would scuba dive because I thought it was scary but now its one of my favorite things to do.
This trip is probably the best trip for students who wish to experience the most rare and spectacular moments! The itinerary was well-designed and flexilbe- and even through the trip was so fast-paced, there was ample time to relax in many ways– beach, activity, car rides, ie. not just sitting idle. There are some moments in my life that have taken my breath away and they have all been on this trip, with all the new friends I have made in such an exciting location of Mexico. This trip contains a good amount of diving- 23 dives accomplished in 17 days, which is impressive. But though focused on diving, it was amazingly well diversified with the addition of whale shark watching, Chichen Itza, Mayan ruins at Tulum and a few beach retreats which amplified all the fun we had!
This was my fourth Broadreach trip. Over the years, I have traveled to the Caribbean, the Grenadines, Fiji, and now Mexico with fellow Broadreachers to dive. This trip takes the cake. The diving was incredible. The people were always welcoming and willing to teach us about their culture. It was truly amazing.
Broadreach is a program made for any type of person. After every trip I leave feeling like I have a new perspective on the world. Broadreach allows you to try new things you might never do on a regular basis. I think Broadreach leaves a positive impact on everyone no matter who you are.
Holbox was the best experience of my life. Swimming with whale sharks and manta rays is something I’ll never forget. Through it all, our group bonded and grew closer than I ever expected it to. I have never wanted to go back to a place so badly.
The places we went were enough to make the trip an everlasting memory, the amazing people, food, and relationships were just an added bonus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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. If you’d like to look at a packing list for a certain program, just let us know and we can email the most current version to you.
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.
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.