On this 12-day voyage through Caribbean islands, discover the joys of life aboard, crew the yacht, plan passages, give back to local communities and return with lifelong mates.
|June 11 - June 22||MS||12 days||$3,980||Available|
|July 8 - July 19||MS||12 days||$3,980||Limited|
|July 22 - August 2||HS||12 days||$3,980||Waitlist|
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 Sailing 12-Day Adventure, you will earn 5 hours of documented community service and may pursue 3 sailing certifications.
During this 12-day live aboard voyage, learn fundamental sailing skills for which you 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. In the Caribbean, work with the Statia Marine Park on beach cleanups and underwater debris collection. Through these hands-on projects, begin to understand your role as a global citizen by making positive changes in the communities that have embraced you.
The ultimate goal of this action-packed voyage is to advance your sailing skills and set you up for a lifetime of sailing adventures to come. From the second you push off from Anse Marcel in St. Martin, it’s nonstop training, exploration and fun. On day one, practice raising the sails, tacking, helming and covering all parts of the boat. A short sail takes you to the uninhabited rocky cliffs of Ile Fourche, a tiny island off the coast of St. Barts for a sunrise hike and then snorkeling in a bountiful marine park.
Your practice fields are the waters between Ile Fourche, Colombier, located on the northwest tip of St. Barts, and Gustavia. Do trial runs in preparation for a 50 nautical-mile sail to St. Kitts. In Gustavia, St. Barts’ stylish capital, visit island markets and learn how to provision for a sailing voyage. Sail Laser Picos and body surf great waves on Flamands Beach. Prior to setting out on the next leg of the adventure, learn the art of passage panning, which means estimating distances, looking at tides and detailing the navigational plan.
Chart a course for a 50-nautical mile voyage to the island of St. Kitts. Anchor in Ballast Bay and leap off the vessel for some serious fun on the water. Slip in to one or two skis and try your hand at waterskiing. Then, grab a wakeboard and prepare to get wet. Put on your mask, snorkel and fins to discover the turtles, eagle rays and stingrays that swim just a feet below the water line. On dry land, travel into the heart of St. Kitts, across green rolling hills and to the historic Brimstone Hill Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the 17th century and is one of the best-preserved forts in the New World. Now back to your sloop for an early morning sail to Statia and new adventures to come.
On the Dutch island of St. Eustatius, or Statia, gear up for a snorkel adventure. Get hands-on and take part in an underwater snorkel trash cleanup – the first of two service projects on the island. After exploring the town and meeting some of the locals, enjoy a BBQ dinner and take a moment to reflect on how much your group has accomplished in just over a week. On day nine, make your way to the Quill, and hike the crater of this dormant volcano which last erupted in 400 AD. You’re called upon to do some trail clearing and your efforts make the hike that much more rewarding. Grab some sleep before embarking on the last, and most challenging leg of the journey.
Bring everything you’ve learned together on a 50-nautical mile journey from Statia back to St. Martin. You’re familiar with all parts of the boat. You understand passage planning and navigation. In just 12 days, you’ve earned multiple sailing certifications, become an important member of a sail team and are confident at the helm. Before docking in port and saying goodbye to fellow crewmates, enjoy one last adventure on the island of Tintemarre. Snorkel a wreck, leap into warm waters and plan for your next sailing journey together.
This camp experience was different than any other in so many ways. All the trips that Broadreach offers are super cool in their own way, and they give you an experience you can’t have in many other places. To start off, the staff at Broadreach are very qualified, inspiring people who love to do what they do. The kids I met on my trip came from all over the US, and all contributed to the interesting and versatile crew onboard our ship. There were a few people on my trip that I really was able to connect with, and we became really good friends who still talk now. The actual program itself is also really fun. Everyday we learned something new and had a ton of fun with each other, whether it was cliff diving into the ocean, or learning how to drive a dingy. Overall Broadreach was super fun for me and I am definitely coming back next summer.
This trip was great. I loved traveling to all the different isands. Each island was unique and amazing. Each culture was different and it really fascinated me.
My instructors were amazing. They were both very helpful and taught us all about sailing, living on a boat, and many other things. They were also kind and easy to talk to, making us all comfortable in an environment we weren’t used to. I made life-long friendships with my fellow crew, even though we only spent twelve days together. I would do this trip all over again in a heartbeat. There were so many things to see and learn about in the Caribbean, and I especially loved the culture and way of life there. I hope that I can do another Broadreach trip in the future!!
The places we went, such as St. Barts, were very fun. We learned to fish, hiked and explored new places.
I liked the sailing trip because we got to visit more islands than on dive trips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.