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  • Caribbean
  • HS

Bonaire Advanced Scuba 12-Day Adventure

7 Reviews
Overview

This program is for those who are serious about diving, but short on time. Join us on the beautiful island of Bonaire and earn multiple certifications in just 12 jam-packed days.

We know that not every teenage dive enthusiast has a whole month free to sail and dive the across the Caribbean. For those with a passion for diving but are tight on time, this accelerated, skill-building adventure in Bonaire and its stunning marine park is designed to fit any summer schedule. In less than two weeks, log 15 dives and expand your dive knowledge while having a blast doing it. Together, you and a small group of students will live in a beach house and dive this island every which way, earning multiple PADI certifications including Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Emergency First Responder, and up to three additional specialties. Explore some of the best shore diving the Caribbean has to offer while pushing your dive skills to new depths in record time.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
June 24 - July 6 HS13 days$4,480Available
July 8 - July 20 HS13 days$4,480Available
July 22 - August 3 HS13 days$4,480Available
Earn & Learn
Bonaire Advanced Scuba 12-Day Adventure 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 Bonaire Advanced Scuba 12-Day Adventure, students earn 2 hours of documented community service and may pursue 6 PADI diving certifications.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
  • PADI Open Water Certification
CERTIFICATIONS

During this 12-day scuba intensive program, students will enhance their diving skills and complete 15 scuba dives, for which they may earn multiple certifications including:

  • PADI Advanced Open Water
  • PADI Emergency First Responder (EFR)
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • 3 PADI Specialties: PADI Night Diver, Deep Diver and Peak Performance Buoyancy
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. While in Bonaire, work with a local sea turtle conservation organization doing beach monitoring and public presentations to the local community. Through these hands-on projects, begin to understand your role as a global citizen by making positive changes in the country that has embraced you.

  • Patrol the beaches monitoring sea turtle activity
  • Help maintain protected marine areas
  • Aid in an island-wide underwater trash clean up

6 Certifications

2 Service Hours

Bonaire Advanced Scuba 12-Day Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary

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The journey begins in Curaçao, where you’ll fly in for a first night of getting to know each other and orientations before transferring to the island of Bonaire in the morning. After settling into your home for the next 12 days, gear up and get ready to dive right in. Although you’ll descend as eight strangers, you’ll soon surface as a group of friends helping each other become better divers. After a refresher dive, you’ll move right into the Advanced Open Water course, as there’s zero time to waste. On the surface, venture to the port town of Kralendijk, Bonaire’s capital. This beautiful and friendly town, with buildings painted in pink, orange and lime green pastels, is as Caribbean as it gets. Look for signs that say ‘Aki ta Gang Kuminda Krioyo’, which means local Creole specialties are on the menu.

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By the time you’ve completed your Advanced Open Water course it will be apparent why Bonaire is known as a ‘Diver’s Paradise’. With fringing reefs and world class shore diving, Bonaire is unmatched in the Western Hemisphere. As a newly certified Advanced Open Water diver, it’s time to focus on the Rescue Diver and Emergency First Responder courses. The EFR course teaches you basic first aid and CPR, important skills both in and out of the water. Rescue Diver is one of the cornerstones of this entire adventure. Learn how to prevent problems underwater, how to recognize and respond to emergencies and first aid procedures for dive related incidents. Take a break above the surface and spend a morning working with a sea turtle conservation organization off the coast of the mainland.

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For the last four days, we shift our focus to earning specialty certifications. Refine your night diving skills, learn how depth affects gas behavior, and become a master at identifying reef fishes while earning PADI specialties. There’s no shortage of topside activities from windsurfing in the world famous Lac Lagoon, visiting the Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary, to hiking in Washington-Slagbaai National Park. As you pack up your dive gear to fly home, reflect on everything you’ve accomplished in the past 12 days and know you’ve taken the next step in your diving career.

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  • Trip Highlights

  • Earn multiple advanced PADI certifications including Rescue Diver
  • Dive the world-famous pristine Bonaire National Marine Park
  • Assist a local non-profit with sea turtle conservation
  • Practice responding to underwater emergencies
  • Hike to an island peak for panoramic views in Bonaire's National Park
  • Windsurf in one of the world’s best windsurfing bays
Bonaire Advanced Scuba 12-Day Adventure Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Eloise Stanton

This was an absolutely AMAZING trip. All the way around I had a great time and experienced some of the best and happiest memories of my life on this trip. The people and the activities created a perfect combination that made the trip an unforgettable and unbelievable one. The trip had no flaws and had a great mix of fun, learning, discovery, and excitement.

Jack Carrigan

This trip has been one of the greatest experiences in my life. To go to what is considered diving paradise and learn skills that we will have for the rest of our life is amazing. What I realized most about this trip is the amount of responsibility you gain knowing that one day you could save a life. The staff and other kids were so fun to hang out with too.

Gabriel Jacobs

This trip was the best Broadreach trip I’ve ever done. The group was small so we became closer and more integrated, and Robbie and Sally guided us along the way to help us achieve our goals. The diving was incredible and the island was beautiful. Windsurfing was among one of my favorite activities and the vibe of the trip was very special. It made me realize the path I want to pursue and the people I want to surround myself with.

Zoe Aarons

This trip was such an amazing experience. I made so many great friends and the entire group got so close in just 12 days. My diving improved so much and becoming and emergency first responder and rescue diver was extremely rewarding. The activities, such as visiting the donkey sanctuary and windsurfing, we amazing. I loved my time in Bonaire and will take away new friends and a greater confidence in my diving skills. I created so many amazing memories on this trip and will always remember the experience.

Elender Pittman from Rocky Mount, NC

This trip was the most amazing adventure of my life. Wonderful people, interesting locales and unique experiences, all of it made possible by Broadreach and their world class staff. I truly cannot describe how much fun this trip was, and how highly I recommend it.

Sean Klein

Every single place, activity, event and experience cannot be described using words. Not only were these 12 days some of the most fun of my life, I learned about responsibility from the trip leaders and my fellow leaders. Everybody on this trip I will now have a lifelong bond with. I will never forget this trip.

Maris Hughes

This trip was by far one of my best memories to date. I loved my group and counselors; I enjoyed the local Bonaire culture, and especially the diving. Overall, Bonaire was an all-around wonderful experience another Broadreach trip extremely well done and awesomely fantastic.

Bonaire Advanced Scuba 12-Day Adventure 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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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 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:
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. 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.

Question:
Where will we be staying?
Answer:

Accommodations vary by program, from private villas to jungle cabins to beach cabanas to research stations. We love staying in smaller local accommodations with authentic character rather than big chains, and we rarely camp.

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:
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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