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.
|June 24 - July 6||HS||13 days||$4,480||Available|
|July 8 - July 20||HS||13 days||$4,480||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 Bonaire Advanced Scuba 12-Day Adventure, students earn 2 hours of documented community service and may pursue 6 PADI diving 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.