It’s one of the programs that started it all, and by popular demand, it's back! Our longest-running adventure, a perpetual favorite among our dive alums, leads you into an underwater promised land of exotic colors and unforgettable memories.
|July 6 - July 24||HS||19 days||$6,980||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 Red Sea Alumni Scuba, students earn 4 hours of documented community service and may pursue 5 PADI diving certifications.
During this 19-day scuba intensive program, students will expand on their fundamental skills and complete 30+ scuba dives, for which they may earn multiple PADI certifications and specialties:
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 the Red Sea, use local connections to find and assist with the most pressing community projects at the time you arrive. The projects give you the opportunity to engage community members while working with volunteers, stakeholders and residents on local improvement and conservation projects.
The adventure begins when you arrive in Cairo and fly straight to Marsa Alam on the Egyptian Red Sea coast. Settle into your new home for the next 6 days, traditional huts just steps away from the beach in the old fishing village of Marsa Um Tondoba. This off the beaten track, eco-friendly oasis is all about scuba and is world renowned for its dazzling reefs and abundance of marine life! With unlimited access to shore diving and some of the best dive sites in the Red Sea just a boat ride away, we won’t waste any time before getting into the water!
Once you’ve gotten the lay of the land it’s time dive, dive, dive! Head out to explore Shaab Samadai, a stunning horseshoe shaped reef that is home to a school of spinner dolphins. Plunge below on Abu Dabab, a collection of reefs that is home to dugongs, giant pufferfish, guitar sharks and blue spotted rays. Discover vertical walls covered in brightly colored soft corals at Check Point and Marsa Mikki. Take a break from diving to embark on a camel trek through Wadi El Gamal, the breathtaking desert national park known as ‘Valley of the Camels,’ and enjoy the beauty of the rugged dunes and canyons. After feasting on a meal of local cuisine, watch the moon rise over the sea and spend the evening in a Bedouin tent lined with colorful rugs and cushions enjoying a cup of karkade tea.
Ready to get back into the water after exploring on land, swap your sandals and shades for masks and wetsuits and embark on an epic 7-day live-aboard scuba adventure. A highlight of our voyage is the Straits of Tiran where we dive the world-famous reefs of Gordon, Thomas, Woodhouse and Jackson. These circular reefs start on the floor of the Red Sea and come towering toward the surface, offering some of the most spectacular diving in the world and, hopefully, plentiful opportunities to spot some hammerhead sharks and huge pelagics. Dive Shark and Yolanda Reefs, well-known for their schools and schools of giant fish, curious sea turtles and endless colors. Once the epic live-aboard voyage comes to an end, make your way back to Hurghada for one last night before traveling home, and spend the evening reliving the adventures together and saying goodbye to the newest members of your Broadreach family.
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.