Caribbean Underwater Discoveries 12-Day Voyage
Anna and Neil Mintz from Encinitas, CA
Our son had a wonderful experience. He found the trip while researching summer programs and had very high expectations which were met at every level. He raved about the trip leaders- all three leaders seemed to be very skilled in working with teens. The program was seamless from start to finish, and I was amazed at how much the students accomplished in a few weeks. We thank you for organizing such exceptional programs and for the professionalism and competence of all of your staff.
Testimonial - Kate Kerns from Richmond, VA Can't tell you what a wonderful experience Elizabeth had on Broadreach. The only regret she has is that she didn't go for 3 weeks! It seemed to be well run, organized and attentive to safety which is good for the mother's mind! Thanks to you and all for providing this incredible experience!
Laurie Milani from New Orleans, LA
I felt confident that Jenna would be safe and would have a good time. She was so excited to go on the trip, I was afraid the trip would be a let-down. To the contrary, it exceeded all her expectations. Jenna had a fabulous time, learned a great deal and made terrific friends. She loved the staff, the fellow students, the boat, the location, the activities. A 10 out of 10!
Hannah M. from Dallas, TX
When I decided I wanted to attend a Broadreach trip in a foreign country, my parents were concerned for my safety. Now at the end of the trip I see how incredibly safe our group was at all times; with Broadreach, parents and students have nothing to worry about. Every experience on this trip was one that will impact me forever. Diving in Saba, community service and boat living all exceeded my highest expectations. I learned to dive and sail but, more importantly, I learned about new places, people and cultures. I would hands-down do it all over again and I will carry the memories with me forever.
Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her Broadreach experience. She made new friends, learned new skills and had a great time visiting new places. As far as we can tell, there was a strong emphasis on safety and she seems very comfortable with the program and staff.
Testimonial - Isabelle Ruddy from Branford, CT This past summer I went on the underwater discoveries program and I had an amazing time. I met new great friends, had a lot of fun, and learned many new things like how to scuba dive, sail, and I learned about different cultures. It was a great experience and I would definitely do a similar program again in the future.
My Broadreach trip was one of the most memorable things I have done in my entire life! I loved every aspect of the trip from the inseparable bond formed between our instructors and within group, to every action filled day! My favorite place was Saba and i especially enjoyed the dives we did there along with the beautiful town and hike. I learned how to Scuba dive (my new favorite thing in the entire world) and work with a group of people that I had never met. I walked away with tears in my eyes, a greater value of teamwork, confidence and so many new friendships that will last a life time.
Testimonial - Mara Pogue from Cincinnati, OH Jackson had a great trip! I thought your office was an A+ in organizing and communicating all aspects of the trip. I will highly recommend your program to anyone looking for a learning adventure for their teen!
Testimonial - Robin Bellerby from Plano, TX I must tell you how impressed I am with your organization. You leave no questions unanswered, and it sounds like you are constantly thinking about the "what-ifs." It's a big step to entrust your child to strangers, but I can tell Broadreach takes this responsibility very seriously.
Mac had a fantastic time and made some great friends. She came home so much more confident and grownup it is amazing she was only gone two weeks. She also loved the counselors and thought they did a great job of teaching, but more importantly keeping the camp fun and helping the group come together.
Testimonial - Orly L. from Highland Park, IL I really loved this trip! Visiting new places really widened my perspectives on life. I really enjoyed living in such close quarters with other kids. It was amazing- by the end we were like a family. This trip really made my summer amazing!
Our daughter had the time of her life. She loved the adventure of living on a boat, learning how to scuba dive (she liked the night dives best), hiking on the islands, getting to know her crew mates, and the beauty of the ocean and the islands. She came back happy, healthy, and full of enthusiasm over what she experienced. She felt the trip was extremely well organized and supervised. We feel she learned things and was challenged to grow in ways that were only possible by going on a trip like this. She got along great with the other students on the trip and would love to do something like this again - soon. We are really happy with how the trip went - the experience was a great match for her.
Testimonial - Guy G. from Park City, UT It was easily the highlight of my summer. My favorite part was getting scuba certified and doing dives. I also liked hiking and the trail-building.
Caribbean Marine Biology Voyage
Dede Stefan from Charlotte, NC
Broadreach takes care of the parents and the teen. From the moment you sign up until your teen returns, your questions are answered, detailed information is given and you know that you are sending your teen off to a caring and responsible group. They "cut the cord" by limiting access to talk to your teen, but you still feel connected by reading about their adventures in the trip updates. I would highly recommend a Broadreach program.
Alexandra O. from Arnaudville, LA
I absolutely loved every moment! I learned so much and everything comes together in the end. I loved how we got to go on land and explore on free days. Saba was awesome and had sharks that we saw while diving. St. Barts was beautiful along with every Island. Night diving was an amazing experience as well. Just seeing the marine life that you just learned about knowing what they do or something about them is a great feeling. This experience was very memorable and I would do it all over again tomorrow. I came knowing no one but we became our own little family in the end. I have made amazing friends and I will definitely keep in touch. I am so glad I did this, it's very motivating!
Testimonial - Beth Haase from Bronx, NY My daughter entered with no scuba experience and emerged as a certified diver with plans for a career in oceanography, with detailed knowledge about the marine animals she had encountered. A great trip!
Testimonial - Anjali Lankford On my marine biology voyage, I met some of the coolest people ever, including the staff on my boat. Most everyone has the same interests and got along really well. Saba and Statia were really cool islands we got to explore, both on land and underwater. I learned about marine biology, diving and sailing and life lessons as well. It was such a memorable trip, I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to learn to dive and has an interest in learning about marine life. It is a blast and I will never forget it.
Félicia Vachon from Varennes, Québec
The whole trip was awesome! Every single day we had the chance to snorkel, scuba and hike stunning locations. Moreover, we got the chance to see amazing marine animals such as sea turtles, dolphins, parrot fish, stingrays, sea stars, corals, trigger fish, morays, barracudas etc. In addition to all our activities we even learned about extremely interesting marine biology subjects. What I enjoyed the most probably was the fact that we where in contact with the ocean 24 hours a day: sleeping on the trampoline, snorkeling in the ocean, taking classes in the stern, hiking on the beach. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone interested in marine life!
Ingrid and Helmut Appel from Rheinboellen, Germany
For Dominik, the Marine Biology Voyage was the experience of a lifetime. He has been dreaming of becoming a marine biologist since he was a young child, this trip made his decision to go towards this field even stronger. At all times, we as parents thought that he was looked after very well. He enjoyed the balanced mixture of academics and fun tremendously, and made new friends.
Saba and Ile Fourche are definitely two of the most beautiful places on this trip! Scuba diving and hiking were my favorite parts as well as getting to bond with everyone! You learn about so much on this trip; you definitely need lots of binder paper! I'm never going to forget this experience - there's something about sleeping under the stars and on the water that changes your life! You bond with everyone on your boat and the worst part is the leaving :(
Larry LaChanse from Minoa, NY
This trip confirmed our [16 year old] daughter's career choice in marine sciences. She loved every minute, would have turned around and gone back the day after she returned and hopes to visit again as a college student.
This trip was absolutely amazing. From the start you are able to quickly make friends that will soon grow into really strong friendships the further into the trip you go. The meals are delicious, the activities all tailored towards your group and your personal preferences. I learned more than I ever know before about the ocean and marine biology, sailing, and scuba diving. Take advantage of every opportunity the leaders offer you and don't be afraid to really take a leap and try something new. This trip was an absolutely once in a lifetime experience and will be one I will cary with me and impact me for the rest of my life.
Testimonial - Melissa Deutsch from Fairfax Station, VA I would just like to reiterate that it was an amazing and positive experience on every level. Ariel will be approaching her senior year in high school with a definite direction on how she can make our world a better place.
Testimonial - Nathan Lively You live on a boat with 14 strangers for three weeks. They start as strangers but end up as family. It was an experience of a lifetime. I would highly recommend it to anyone considering Broadreach. You learn so much and have so much fun. It is worth it.
Our daughter had the summer experience of her life. She loved every minute. The skipper, the dive teacher and the marine biologist managed to keep eleven teens happy, productive and learning more than they believed they could learn in three weeks. We couldn't recommend the program more highly.
This trip has been one of the best experiences of my life. I got to experience new things like night diving and climbing volcanoes and got to partake in the journey that was turning a group of 12 strangers into a family. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with other students and staff who are equally as passionate about the ocean and learning how to problem solve and transfer skills we learn in the classroom to actual things we saw in the ocean. By far the best moments of the trip were spent living it up and enjoying the Caribbean with my Nala family.
Susan and Paul Freeman from Saratoga, CA
My daughter had a great time and came back with many fond memories that she'll always cherish. The adventures she had and the friendships she made will last a lifetime. This was a great trip and included a tremendous learning environment for not only marine biology and scuba diving, but about people and environments in other cultures. The quality of instructors was superb, as well as the professionalism of all the staff with a good attitude toward safety and the well being of all on the trip.
Testimonial - Angela Zaladonis from Bethlehem, PA Marine Biology Voyage was the BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE! (Dan Marco all the way). I was learning literally the entire time! Between marine biology class, sailing and scuba lessons, and my amazing instructors (Jimmy, Jessi, and Jean who knew so much about practically everything!). It was with an amazing group of kids and I grew to love practically all of them. I definitely made some life long friends. Visits to the islands were always great adventures, like on Statia when after eating dinner all of Dan Marco was up on the dance floor. Scuba diving, swimming, dance parties, hanging out on the tramps studying or relaxing... life was so good. I would go back in a second. Best thing you could do ever. Broadreach summer 2012 hopefully!!!!
Testimonial - Alex Clawson Broadreach was absolutely amazing. I saw and did things I never thought I would. Saba is beautiful along with all the other island. I saw cool stuff while diving too. It is just an unforgetable experinece.
I really enjoyed most everything we did on this trip. . .
I enjoyed meeting new people from around the country, and becoming like a little tight knit family aboard a Cat.
I like to cook, and cooking for that many people in a tiny galley was a fun challenge The diving was probably the most memorable part of my trip, and I know I'll be continuing that. . . Back to meeting people: it was very interesting to meet people from different parts of the country who were my age, and see all of our similarities regardless of the differences. The academic aspect was astounding: after the trip I realized how much we covered in the short time we were together, and I can now approach a future of marine science with a little taste in my mouth of what is to come. . . I want to thank Amanda Ford, Alan Woodbury, and Baron, our super-skipper for making the trip the way it was: I want to commend them for treating us like fellow responsible humans, and actually listening to us. I found that other trip leaders treated us like we were younger, not adults! that was probably the only thing that bugged me. . . I also want to put a special thanks out to Ted, Motts, Clair (e) and all the other instructors I interacted with who were so great. The trip honestly changed my life, and how I'll be approaching the rest of my high-school career and beyond. Thank You Thank You Thank You again to Amanda, Alan and Baron: please send along my gratitude, if possible. I miss the Caribbean already!
Testimonial - Bridget John I thought this trip was a life changing experience! My favorite place was Saba, I wished we spent less time at St. Kitts and more time at Statia. Scuba diving was definitely my favorite! Learned lots about marine biology, scuba diving and made lots of new amazing smart friends, including the instructors. I going to miss them tons!!!
Jessamyn Koss Waldo
This trip is the trip of a life time. It's got brilliant teachers who listen and care about you. They help you through the rough times as do the other students when living on such a small boat the group becomes a family. People you can rely on and trust. It is an experience that will affect your entire life.
Testimonial - Sally Goodman from South Dartmouth, MA The MBV trip was an incredible and wonderful experience with great team bonding and tremendous staff! Rebecca loved the academic studies and the diving and there was no component that was disappointing in any way! The sailing was new for her and she would love to do it all over again!
Hannah Bercovici from Woodridge, CT
The Marine Biology Voyage was one of the most amazing experiences I ever had. I will remember it for the rest of my life. I got so close to my instructors, my crew, and with myself. I learned so much about marine biology and sailing. I got pretty experienced with SCUBA diving. I was happy every second of the trip. The most amazing place we went to was Saba at the end of the trip. We did community service there and hiked to the top of the mountain. There, we all sat in silence (because my sailing instructor and I yelled at them to). The view was completely breathtaking, much like the rest of the trip. I highly recommend this trip for all the new experiences and the new friends.
Caribbean Marine Biology 12-Day Adventure
Shannon F. from Downingtown, PA
I have never been so excited about learning in my life! Not only did I get to study a subject I love in new and beautiful places, but I got to learn how to sail, scuba dive, wake board and climb mountains. This trip also taught me so much about people in general and myself personally. I truly made friendships that will last and memories I will never forget. This is a great trip to conquer fears and try things for the first time.
Kayley A. from Zionsville, IN
Broadreach gave me an experience of a lifetime by allowing me to learn about my love for the ocean, meet new, lifelong friends, and build an independence and self-confidence I never used to have. It challenged me to overstep my boundaries in a safe, memorable way. I will be forever grateful I was given the opportunity of a lifetime.
Testimonial - Jacqueline Quesnel from Trinidad and Tobago As a parent my wish has always been for my children to experience life and learning beyond the classroom. To know and feel the connection we have to nature and to each other - and from that connection understand our beautiful responsibility to care and heal and uplift in all areas that we can. What an inspiring mission and program you have a Broadreach. So very professional and serving such an important need for young people. Ryan has returned home with great stories of diving - the wonder of it all made such an impression on him, actually he seemed very moved by all of the beauty that being out on the boat and at sea afforded. He also really enjoyed learning about sailing and seems quite keen to crew and captain on yachts if he can in the future. His Marine Biology lessons on board will serve him well at school bringing a whole new perspective to the information that is on the pages of his books. He also made many happy friendships in those 12 days. I believe that expanding global friendships and understanding underpins sustainability for the future.
Ally S. from Atlantic Beach, FL
I can honestly say that this was one of the best experiences in my life. I made a ton of new, amazing friends and learned so many valuable lessons from my instructors. Everyone had so much fun diving, swimming, snorkeling and learning about all of the marine life... I really loved this adventure and definitely want to do it again.
Testimonial - Joan Markey from Middle Village, NY My son Séamus said it was the best weeks of his life. He is forever changed and it’s all because of Broadreach. He learned so many new skills to sailing and diving. He made new friends with his peers as well as with his counselors and skipper. Séamus has interests sparked in a wider range than he did before. My husband and I want to thank you so much again to everyone at Broadreach.
Jaycie B. from Morgantown, WV
Broadreach was such an amazing opportunity and experience. When I first got tot the airport In St. Maarten, I immediately had other Broadreach students to talk to. The same thing happened on our boat. There were 11 students on my boat and, to me, we were like a little family. I made friends that I know I will never forget, and learned things in a way that I've never learned them before. All in all, this was an experience filled with memories and lessons that are irreplaceable.
Testimonial - Austin O. from Mountain Top, PA This trip was truly the trip of a lifetime. I met 12 other amazing people. Scuba diving in the Caribbean was breathtaking. This trip was everything I thought it would be and more. Thank you for everything, this will forever be one of the most memorable experiences of my life!
Testimonial - Zoe D from Portland, OR This trip was amazing! Exploring the wonders of the ocean was an eye-opening experience. It reminds you how you are just a minuscule part of the world, and how truly majestic the ocean and earth are. What's even better is I got to make these discoveries with all the new friends I made here on Euphoria.
William Rhett Gardner
Best decision I've ever made! Definitely one of the funnest trips I've ever taken. The instructors are some of my favourite people. They are there with you every step of the way. The islands are no doubt the most beautiful places I've ever seen. But I miss the people more than the islands, you will make a family in less than one week. The boat does grow small at times but you soon find out that it only grows you closer.
Taylor H. from Jacksonville, FL
The diving is like no other around the world. The professionalism and safety measures taken by the instructors helped make the diving as fun as possible. Cliff jumping was one of the most exhilirating thigs I've done. I highly recommend this trip to anyone craving an adventure.
Caribbean Underwater Discoveries Voyage
Christine Holo from New York, NY
When we first considered sending our daughter to a Broadreach scuba program, we were a bit apprehensive. After all, we would be sending our child to another country, where she would spend three weeks scuba diving with people we didn't know. Now that we've gone through the experience, we can unequivocally say that it was the best summer experience our daughter has ever had. The program was educational and amazingly fun. She learned to sail and she earned a slew of advanced scuba certifications. She also loved the instructors and made great new friends. The program not only taught her diving and sailing skills, but the other valuable lessons like teamwork, shared responsibility and discipline. We already are making plans to sign her up for next summer. Broadreach earned an A+!
Testimonial - Anne Beer from Boulder, CO James was ecstatic about his summer and several weeks later is still talking about his experiences. Learning to scuba and more about the sea-world has really broadened his interests... I wouldn't be surprised if he wanted to pursue studies about marine life and activities.
Ellen Young (age 14) from Raleigh, North Carolina
Last summer, I had the opportunity to go on the most amazing and incredible trip I have ever done. Broadreach turned my summer into an adventure of a lifetime. I part took in the Caribbean Underwater Discovery Voyage. From Saint Barthélemy to the island of Saba, I experienced things I never thought I would! When I boarded the plane to fly into Saint Martin, I had no idea the things I would soon learn and see. I came into these three weeks not knowing anyone. I was so nervous that I would not meet friends or that I would not like the realities of living on a boat. Despite my fear, I was completely proved wrong. Through these three weeks, I made life-long friends, got several certifications, hiked three volcanoes, participated in community service, shopped and explored every island, scuba dived, saw incredible sea life and learned the true boat-life experience. I had never thought that this experience would turn into one of the best decisions of my life. I would take anything to be back on our boat with my 12 best friends, scuba diving and exploring the deep unknown of the Caribbean. Broadreach did an incredible job making everyones experience the best it could be and I thank them for giving me a summer I will never forget!!!
Testimonial - Beth Chambers from Honolulu, HI Liliana had a wonderful time on her 17-day adventure. She came home filled with stories of the fun times she had with her new friends on board the boat and she is thrilled that we have decided to register her for another trip next summer. Liliana came back with much more self-confidence and a stronger sense that she is capable of doing just about anything she puts her mind to. Thank you!
Over the course of my trip I have gained skills that will help me in every aspect of life. Working, playing and learning with other members of my group has created an increadibly strong bond between us. Even though I have never met any of the people on my boat until three weeks ago, I feel like we are a close knit family. I will always remember my Broadreach experience and the bonds I have cultivated on my trip.
Great thanks to the staff at Broadreach for giving our son Jack an incredible experience. He has been home for several weeks now, and we continue to recognize the maturity and personal growth he gained from this trip. We were originally concerned about sending our 14 year old son on an international trip for three weeks. But the staff from the home office helped us through these concerns. On site, the captain and crew supported Jack expertly. The entire organization offered incredible support for both Jack and all of us at home. Everyone at home waited impatiently for trip updates and photos. Although taking a big step like this was difficult, it was great learning experience that is entirely appropriate for his age. From this trip, Jack gained hard skills in sailing and scuba that motivated him to learn more. More importantly, Jack developed his sense of self and maturity beyond our expectations. Exposure through international travel gave Jack a greater appreciation of home and family, and a greater perspective of other cultures. Most importantly, this was a very positive experience for Jack, giving him the confidence and desire to do, see and experience more.
This trip was an amazing experience. It was an eye opener in so many ways. You meet kids your age from different places and backgrounds and learn to interact with them. It gets difficult at times because when you are on a boat it is hard to get your alone time. Apart from the social aspect, the places aer just beautiful. We do so much in one day and everything is absolutely gorgeous. My best piece of advice would be to push yourself to the max; that way you can get the most possible out of your trip.
Allison M. from Atlanta, GA
Going on this trip is literally living the dream. You're with a bunch of friends living on a fancy boat, learning how to sail and dive?and it's in the Caribbean. Hard to beat. On this trip I've learned how grateful I am for small things and that you can live life awesomely without luxuries. Overall, this was a once in a lifetime experience!
Michael Beamer from North, VA
As her trip winds down I just wanted to thank you for all you do in the NC office to make this possible. The details and professionalism of your staff from the first contact has been world class. Although our contacts with her have been few and limited (best for her, hard for us) I can tell you this has been a life changing experience for Sarah. You all are making it possible for these kids to go on to better and richer lives. Thank you.
Testimonial - Amanda Revard The things I learned at Broadreach I will remember for the rest of my life. I made some amazing friends and had the time of my life. I would go on this trip a thousand more times if I could.
This was seriously the best experience of my life! I really learned that stepping out of my comfort zone to do something like this can lead to amazing things. I even wrote my college application essay about it! I made so many amazing friends who I still keep in touch with six months later, I've visited some of them and I'm even planning to do a trip with one this coming summer! Diving is my new passion since the trip and I'm so glad I had this experience. Our divemasters were fun and patient, and our skipper was a blast! Learning to sail was great too. Getting to experience the different islands, both from hiking in nature and exploring the towns, was incredible. I can't recommend this highly enough!
Testimonial - Anna Helms The trip was amazing, going to all of the different island was a lot of fun. All of the things we saw on the divies were absolutely breath taking. Meeting all of the new people was so great and slowly becoming really close and becoming a family.
Nina Armstrong from New York, NY
Broadreach was the most amazing experience I ever had. The people on my boat were incredible and will be my lifelong friends. There was no awkwardness and even the first night we all felt completely at home and stayed up half the night talking and telling jokes. My trip leaders were awesome as well. They were so open to let us choose what we wanted to do. Before I went on this trip some people had said that living in such a confined space was going to be challenging but I loved the bonds that formed that came from living on top of each other. There were no conflicts between people on my boat. I had never scuba dived before and my first dive was incredible and from then on I was hooked. This trip helped me realize what I want to do with my life and the lifestyle I want to live. It was worth every penny because its changed me as a person so much and really opened my eyes to the world. I only hope that everyone can have such an amazing experience as broadreach gave to me.
Broadreach was the most amazing experience of my life. I've honestly never been happier. Whenever people ask me about my favorite part of my trip I still can't decide because I loved everything about it. Chilling out on the boat, sailing, SCUBA diving, water sports, hiking, community service, town time, cooking, and just laughing and talking with anyone and everyone on the boat. Before I left I was worried that I might not make friends, but by the end I literally cried when we all went our separate ways. Personally I can be shy and awkward around new people, but after the first day, nothing was awkward. I'm actually very glad I didn't know anyone before hand. They don't know anything about you and you can always be 100% yourself and you get a clean slate. I highly recommend Broadreach to anyone who gets this amazing opportunity!!
Testimonial - Ashley Watkins This trip was definitely worth three weeks away from home. The locations were beautiful especially the hike up to the top of the volcano in Statia and could see the whole island. The fortress on St. Kitts was really cool as well. The scuba diving was indescribable it was so beautiful! The people are so differeent but we definitely got along great together! We will all stay in touch for sure.
Testimonial - Bob and Kate Rosso from Hailey, ID Stephen?s Broadreach trip was everything he expected and more... He loved the independence of planning each day? Dives, navigation, and even chores were an adventure! He also liked the education and community service aspects. We thought everyone at Broadreach was very supportive and helpful from planning to leading Stephen?s trip.
Testimonial - Cailen Krasnoff Great trip ... Next year she would like to go on the Shark expedition in Fiji. Your crew, and office staff are bubbly, well informed, and thorough.
When I had a concern, the staff was prompt in their communication and action. Their concern, care and safety for the participants is amazing- first and foremost.
Our son had an excellent time on this trip. We had assumed he would love the sailing and diving but he also really enjoyed the trips into town, the hiking and the community service work. We think he gained much more than the adventure. Being out on his own with daily responsibilities and leadership opportunities has definitely had a positive impact on him. He's now much more willing to try new thing and he has become more social than ever. He has matured before our eyes and is now better prepared for his first year in high school.
As parents we were mostly concerned about the travel days - airports, customs etc. The Broadreach staff helped explain how this would all work and everything went as expected. During the trip we looked forward to reading the blogs from the kids to get a snapshot of where they were and what they were doing. We are extremely happy we decided to send him on this trip and we would highly recommend it to anyone.
This journey has certainly expanded my hoizons through its veiled teachings. I have learned how to operate a sailboat and know all of its proper names. I have learned all of the proper procedures that take place in a diving rescue situation. I have learned how to classify fish. Yet what made this venture different from pedantic courses is the ability to make the trip one's own. The chance to navigate for weeks in the open sea with out phones, internet, Facebook and feel ok. Better than ok, feeling superb overcoming those lesser things. I remember my shirt drenched in sweat as we hiked up Brimstone Hill Fort, then once at the summit we felt invincible, powereed by the view, by the soothing winds. Waking up at four in the morning for a sail, gliding in the wind, riding the waves, the sun slowly rising. Geared up at dusk to night dive at 'Bird Poop Rock' then submerged in an alien environment with creatures cautiously swimming by. This trip gave me plenty of amazing opportunities but I was ultimately responsible for taking advantage of them. And for this reason, this adventure is one I will never forget.
Testimonial - Garnett Swain from Waynesboro, VA The program you are running is absolutely phenomenal. The instructors are great... They taught the material very well and made every part of my adventure fantastic. The diving and sailing were my favorite parts. I had so much fun diving on the reefs and seeing all the animals in their natural environment. We would go on these long sails and see nothing but blue water and the island we were headed to in the distance. Thank you so much for an amazing adventure!
Testimonial - Charlotte Grussing The trip was hard work but the more you put in the more get out. This was a once in a life time experience. The time flew by and our boat is now a family.
It was amazing to visit all of the islands that we did, such as Nevis or Saba, and be able to enjoy the sailing, diving, and the communities there! I learned so many different things on my trip -Underwater Discoveries Voyage- such as how to live a little more independently and how to care for the environment a little more. I will always remember this trip and the people I met there that are now some of my great friends.
Testimonial - Laura Kaplan from Aspen, CO Spending three weeks on a boat with a group of people they had never met proved to be a wonderful growing experience. They learned to accept, respect and truly enjoy people that they may never have stepped forward on their own to meet. They created friendships that will last a lifetime. The trip was an experience they will remember (in a good way) forever. From start to end it was an adventure!
Testimonial - Jordan Katz After attending summer camp for 5 years, Broadreach helped me open the door to the next level of exploration of the world and myself. Thanks to Broadreach, I have had the best summer of my life.
This was the best experience of my life. I loved every aspect about the whole entire program. I would recommend this to everyone because it was so spectacular. I met so many amazing people and loved my counselors. Thank you Broadreach for an experience of a lifetime.
Cynthia R. (age 17) from Saint Charles, IL
My husband and I want to thank you all for Gavin's amazing three-week program! We have been excited to have him home and hear all the stories, and have narrated viewing of pictures, videos, etc. We can see his deep sense of satisfaction for all that he learned and experienced - and his appreciation for the other students and instructors. Kudos to all of you for an incredibly well-run and wonderful program! We really appreciated all the communication, blogs, etc. Despite being new to Broadreach, the timely and helpful communication gave us confidence that Gavin was in good hands. We want to send a special thank you to an exceptional group of instructors - Leah, Sydney, and Christian. What a huge responsibility they had to lead a group of teenagers for 3 weeks and teach sailing, diving and more - all while attending to group dynamics. Whatever they did allowed this group of students to come together as a team while living in close quarters for 3 weeks - all while still learning and laughing! That takes skills often not developed until later in life (if ever). These instructors are three accomplished young people who we are sure will continue to do great things for Broadreach and throughout life. We are so grateful to Leah, Sydney, and Christian - and your Broadreach Caribbean team and the larger organization - for creating and running such excellent programs. You all are making a difference in the lives of so many young people - what a gift to them, their families and their futures - thank you!
Testimonial - Ari Leos Bernstein I had the most amazing time on the Caribbean Underwater Discoveries Voyage. I would not call this trip a vacation, I think that a better word would be either an experience or adventure. During those incredible three weeks, reality seemed to reverse, in that the days were very long but (instead of being slow and boring) they were filled to the brink with fun. We would get up very early (usually from 6 to 8 AM) and would breakfast, which, like all other meals, was made by another kid. From there we would have to clean the boat and get right into our dive gear. THE DIVING, It was phenomenal! We did at least 20 dives and each one was a new adventure. From massive coral reefs with sunken ships, it was like jumping into a new world where the laws of gravity didn't apply. My favorite part of the diving was provably going down to 70 ft underwater and not being able to see the surface. Even the night dives which, though little scary, were phenomenal. When the sun went down, all of the interesting creatures like sharks and lobsters came out. Other than the diving, we learned to sail, which, while it wasn't my thing, I still enjoyed, most likely because of our instructors. OUR INSTRUCTORS, They were amazing. All 3 of them handled every situation very well, from us not cleaning up our boat well enough, to us all feeling the worst pain we had ever felt after being bitten by Sea Wasps (jelly fish which stigs hurt so much, you are supposed to get shock treatment.) Not only were the great at handeling problems, but they also were very supportive and turned into our family rather than our instructors for those three weeks. A question you might have is, how did we sleep? There is are small cabins underneath the deck, which, in my opinion, can't allow for 4 kids to sleep there (the catamaran is meant for 4 people) also, it get's really hot down there. It seemed that most of the other kids agreed with me as everyone slept on deck under the stars. They weren't the most comfortable conditions but after a long and tiring day, sleep always came easily. One problem with that was that it constantly rained and, when it did, you had to grab your sleeping bag and sprint to cover before you got soaked. Another question you might have is, how do we use the bathroom? The ship does have bathrooms, one per cabin. They are incredibly inconvenient and flushing involves pumping your "stuff" into the ocean. What is easier and much more encouraged is doing an "Aqua-Duckey." This involves swimming a good distance away from the boat and getting out your "number 2" there. All in all, I had the time of my life over my three weeks in the Caribbean. I made great friends, learned to scuba dive and sail, and was able to get the best tan I have ever gotten. I also learned many things about myself, from how much I enjoyed a good dinner after a long, tiring day to the fact that I like rap. I would recommend this trip to everyone who can cope with being away from home for 3 weeks. I, for one, had the time of my life.
Testimonial - Emily Mueller If you want to learn to dive this is a great opportunity. Becoming certified was fun and easy and I made amazing friends along the way. This was something I will definitely will never forget.
This trip is truly an amazing experience. It broadened my horizons so much. I saw reefs, people, cultures and so much more. I hope other people get these same experiences.
Testimonial - Sophia Lux-Archer from Corona, CA This was my first real life adventure. I will never be the same. For a while I will be classifying my life experiences as "before Broadreach" and "after Broadreach." Because of Broadreach I am more aware that there is a bigger world out there with more than enough resources to support everyone and everyone's dreams. I love Broadreach and the view you give your students. Thank you! I've never been more grateful.
My Broadreach experience was life changing. You have extremely fun filled and action packed days. I loved being secluded away from the world and sailing on private boats. I learned that there is so much to see in this world and people's ways of life are diverse. Broadreach was the start of travelling for me. The experience shows me so much. I have made new friends and will be coming back next year for sure!
Testimonial - Charlotte Parsons from Chicago, IL I loved my counselors.ÿ They made me feel happy and safe the second I stepped off the plane.
Testimonial - Marina Pearce from Cabin John, MD I highly recommend the Caribbean Underwater Discoveries Voyage as the best trip for first timers! I can't wait till I?m old enough to be able to teach or become a Divemaster Intern Participant!
Testimonial - Virginia Cole-Campbell from Newcastle, Ontario The positive life learning that the Broadreach program offers began for our son Will before he even started to pack. He had to earn 1/2 of the cost of the trip before we would enroll him-thinking this would put him off the idea. Boy were we wrong! As Will has returned to his final year in high school we have observed marked changes; in his willingness to take leadership roles within his peer group, in his confidence and ease when socializing with his peers, and his confidence to pursue his dreams "Hey I know I can do this!!!". Thanks to all the folks at Broadreach who contributed to our son's successful experience.
Testimonial - Mary Faytis from Sanibel Island, FL Limited group size was probably the single most significant factor that made this experience personalized and contributed to character and social growth.
This has been the best summer program I have ever done. The dives were incredible. The kids were fantastic and so were the instructors. The islands were beautiful. There was nothing I would change.
Testimonial - Kevin Nicolai The diving was awesome. The sailing was also amazing. I learned all about reefs, fish and aquatic life. The friends I made were great too.
Testimonial - John Carlton Jester I loved being on a trip where we had a lot of freetime but other times we had to work toward our certifications. It was very satisfying to know you worked hard to get the scuba and sailing certifications.
This was a trip was beyond my expectations! My favorite island was Saba because of the beautiful town and amazing diving. Diving here we saw turtles, eels, and even nurse sharks! Overall, the diving was definitely the best part of the trip simply because of the wildlife. Although, the sailing, hiking, and water sports were amazing as well. I learned how to work and in a group and how to become more independent while also learning about marine and coral conservation and sailing. I made friendships and memories that will last a lifetime and this experience was beyond memorable...I would recommend it 100%!
Testimonial - Samantha Heitzner I loved the towns and all the different cultures I experienced. I made so many great friends wI will keep forever. I like the smaller groups, everyone bonded more.
Testimonial - Sarah Beamer I made many new friends and I love it there. I can't wit to come back. Broadreach has opened many ideas to my future. I am forever greatful for the experience. Loved it so much.
Testimonial - Katie Nerod I learned so many new things in the past three weeks. From scuba to working together as a team. This has been an experience I will never forget.
There are not many words that can describe how amazing my Broadreach trip was. Going on the 21 day Underwater Discoveries trip changed my life forever. Ive never experienced such an exciting and new way of life as I got to have on my trip. Before going on the trip I had always loved the water but after my trip I learned exactly how much and now have dedicated my time to finding ways to help the ocean. These Broadreach trips really help you take a look at yourself and help you get away from everyone back at home. I personally made so many friends that I know I will have for a lifetime, friends on my boat and on other boats as well. On the trip, my favorite place had to be Saba because on one of our dives we saw a shark which was surreal. I learned so much from this trip and I really recommend Broadreach, especially the underwater discoveries trip! I will never forget the three weeks I spent on that trip, it is the best thing I have ever done and will surely be returning to Broadreach again.
Testimonial - William Turner Broadreach Caribbean was a great trip. If you are considering go on this trip expect to have tons of fun sailing and diving.
Caribbean Grenadines Advanced Scuba Voyage
Davis had the experience of a lifetime. I sent away a boy and a man returned. He says that the time flew by and in instant he was returning home. He is an incredible person to begin with, but now his mind and perspective have been expanded to a degree that could never have been achieved without the time and interactions he had with his peers and your instructors. He learned so much from the skipper. Not only about sailing, but life choices and the importance and value of life experiences and following your own path. This is the second trip Davis has taken with Broadreach and I am grateful for the work and opportunities you provide that words cannot express. Davis hopes to work with your program in some capacity and would love to have the opportunity to travel with you again. Thank you!
Kari Halkyard from Las Vegas, NV
We hoped this trip would show our son what he was made of - the leadership qualities and self-reliance we knew he was capable of. He discovered those qualities and more. They use experiential learning to teach kids things they never imagined they could do but made the process fun along the way. Everyone should consider the three week trips, as the final week was where everything came together for our son. He can't wait to go back.
Testimonial - Jennifer Davis Luke was almost 14 when he attended GV11 and he is entering high school in the fall. He had a great experience. Earning the PADI certifications gave him a lot of confidence and great experiences. Our hope was for him to meet new people and see the the world extends beyond Raleigh NC. The stories and how his perspective has changed have been great. He seemed to make some close connections to some others on the trip and they have continued to talk via facebook. I felt very good about the safety. I like that the number of students is kept low on the trips and that the leaders are as experienced as they are. He loved that islands they traveled to and enjoyed being on land as much as on the boat. He definitely had one leader that he felt more connected to but I think enjoyed all three. I think his biggest take away was he can accomplish anything that he works hard at and that most kids his age feel vulnerable and insecure from time to time no matter what circumstances they come from. We continue to hear about the trip which usually leads to a great discussion between us.
Julien Mordecai from Edenton, NC
I asked my son what his favorite part of the trip was. He said it was the other kids and the counselors on his boat. He said it was just so cool to be in that tight group. I also asked him what was the most challenging part of the trip. He said leaving was the hardest part...He loved the scuba diving and the hikes and said he was the skipper from one country to another. As his father, I can see his demeanor has changed... I am certain he is confident he can do just about anything now.
Testimonial - Beth Greenberg from Riverwoods, IL Our experience was the same as last year...very organized and safe. The trip leaders were outstanding as usual - great role models for David. He continues to think of Broadreach as his summer home. The experiences personally for him are insightful and inspiring for his future.
This was our son's second Broadreach adventure. After experiencing the thrill of scuba diving and living aboard a boat for two weeks in St. Martin, he was ready for the advanced adventure of the Grenadines Voyage. This trip did not disappoint in the slightest. They did so much to advance their diving skills with many new PADI certifications. All the while, they were encouraged to lead, explore and share experiences with others from all around the world. The Broadreach staff was by all accounts "awesome". They were teachers, protectors, leaders, followers, peers, friends, and so much more to these young adults for 21 days. Knowing that training each has fulfilled with Broadreach gave us great comfort that our child we be kept safe throughout his time away.
Madeleine B. from Montreal, Quebec
Broadreach has helped me achieve so many goals I had previously set for myself. I learned to explore new horizons with nine other students who each taught me so much, all coming from such different and fascinating backgrounds, yet sharing the same interest to discover the world. Before this trip, I never knew that studying and work could be so much fun. My instructors couldn't have been more interesting, aware, motivating and inspiring people. In 21 jam-packed days, I learned dozens of rescue skills, got five new scuba diving specialties, volunteered at a turtle sanctuary, savored local fruits and foods I had never heard of, sailed through three magical countries and built friendships I know will last forever. These incredible experiences have shown me that you can't do too much in one day and that everyone and everything deserves to be explored because there are no limits to what they can teach you. After this memorable, life-changing, trip, I know that I will be returning to Broadreach to take another step towards the person I later wish to become.
Isabella O'neill from Brooklyn, NY
Spending three weeks in the Carribean on a sail boat with 14 other people I had never met before was one of best experiences of my life. First of all, every location we stayed at and every island was extremely beautiful. We got to dive every single day; so I learned tons of new things about diving and now I feel a hundred times more confident than I did at the beginning of the trip, and I got to experience a great variety of dives. One of the parts of diving that I loved was getting my rescue diver certification; we got so involved while in the learning process and it was a lot of fun, and of course I gained so much knowledge from this as well- now I can save a diver! Other than diving, we sailed a lot, did watersports, hiked to waterfalls, and got to explore some islands. All of these activities were incredibly fun and interesting as well, and I learned a lot from them. Aside from all the activities and diving, I think what made this trip such an amazing experience was getting to know the other kids and instructors and forming a true family with them. Also, even though most of the time we had to "rough it out", the good experiences completely outweighed the tougher ones, so each part of the trip was just as great. Some other memories I love are sleeping outside on the boat, cooking, cleaning, and just getting to experience life on a boat- a completely different and new lifestyle, but one that will always keep bringing me back to the ocean! I would go back and do that trip a million other times!
Beth Chambers from Honolulu, HI
Our 13-year old daughter is pretty independent and has traveled around the world with our family. Broadreach was particularly enriching because she was immersed in an environment with other teens her age, doing challenging and rewarding tasks. Liliana came home bubbling over with stories about her friends and their activities: they all worked together cohesively and formed strong bonds that made each day special. Now back home and at school, I see better organization, more willingness to help around the house, and in general more self-confidence. We will definitely enroll her in a program next summer!
Testimonial - Phillip Suna This trip is absolutely incredible. From visiting sites featured in Pirates of the Caribbean to diving off uninhabited islands, it is nonstop fun. You will make lifelong friends and have awesome instructors. You learn new diving tricks and gain sailing tips everyday as you command your way upon your own unique route through the Grenadines.There is no better way to spend a summer! This trip is truly unforgettable.
Sally Myers from Cincinnati, OH
Our daughter came home beaming with confidence after her Caribbean dive program! She admitted that she thought it would be 'easy' and 'fun' and quickly realized it was going to be an enormous personal challenge. She accomplished it along side of new friends and supportive group leaders and tells wonderful and funny tales of their experiences together.
It was a great trip. The scuba diving was great. I learned how to sail a boat, although I wasn't very good at it. I saw all kinds of fish. I just love the Carribean.
I made a lot of friends that I keep in touch with.
To spend my birthday on this trip was the perfect present. The amount of memories I made from this trip will last me a lifetime. I always find myself thinking about the friends I made and the many memories of just looking up at the stars on the trampoline at night while slowly drifting asleep or just sitting around with everyone talking. From going on numerous dives a day to hiking up to a rainfall to making dinner for everyone; I've never had so much fun and can't wait to do another trip next summer!
Testimonial - Kellie McConahay from Edina, MN The program was extremely well-run and provided our 14-year-old daughter with a unique opportunity to develop expertise in scuba diving. We would do it again in a heartbeat!
Mary Seibel from Bethesda, MD
Our son, Gabe really enjoyed this trip! He learned so much and I believe he did Grow from many parts of the experience. Of course he learned through both the teaching and the real experience of all the beautiful scuba diving. He also learned how to be a crew-member on a catamaran sailing vessel with 11 other teens and enjoyed that experience so much! I am hoping he grew in his "social skills" living with the Leaders and teens on board. * I would like to hear from the Leaders of his trip. As his mom, I was so happy to hear from him, on his return home, that he at least tried and frequently enjoyed the foods that were made on-board. He is our Very "picky eater" and I was a little worried that he would get enough calories due to this issue to sustain all of the activity. But to my Delight he told me that he enjoyed almost everything and always at least tried tasting all the food. As far as I am concerned that is a Miracle because at home he will not eat many foods. So it shows me many things; 1) he does better when in a different setting, 2) he had the Willingness to try different foods, 3) he was kept so physically active that he was extremely hungry (he told me he often asked for seconds!) and 4) that another teen (girl) on-board, who also was a picky eater and Gabe said he empathized with her, encouraging her to try some of the foods. He said she almost always ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; but I feel so good that he tried to help her. I am So impressed with Broadreach, with your office staff, your Leaders and coordinators of the trips! And I must say the woman who set up Gabe's flight reservations through BeeLine was Fabulous!! She not only did it quickly (we decided on this trip in mid-June) but coordinated that Gabe would be meeting another team member on the way down and flying back into the states. And she talked to me about her years of experience of setting up Flight Reservations for Broadreach travelers, and how she has heard from parents sending their kids back multiple years how they Love Broadreach! This really made me feel wonderful about picking Broadreach because I was hearing it from an outside source who was telling her experience. I'm sure there is more I can share but I will end with; Your group met our expectations and truly exceeded them! Thank you all!! Mary Knapp Seibel, Gabe's Mom :)
Testimonial - Louann Koziol from Brooklyn, NY Grace had a great time. The other kids were great. No complaints at all.
Maggie Taishoff (age 17) from Virginia
This trip was an amazing experience for me. The instructors were incredible (shout out to Rachel, Cami, and Ananda), they supported everyone on there journey to becoming better divers and sailors, along with making the trip unforgettably fun. I would go back in a heart-beat to be with my fellow Broadreachers. The length of the trip was perfect for me (not too short; not too long), the diving exceeded my expectations, and living the boat life is definently an experience I will never forget.
Dalton Winternheimer from West New York, NJ
On my trip, Grenadines Voyage, not only did I travel to the beautiful islands of St. Vincent and The Grenadines and dive some of the best dive sites in the Caribbean, I made friends to last a lifetime. The group of people who attend and work on Broadreach trips are as diverse as the places they travel. I will never forget the incredible friends I made with my peers and my dive instructors.
Caribbean Tropical Marine Biology
Lisa C. from Merrick, NY
What didn't I learn on this trip! I came here not knowing what to expect, and am leaving with an advanced open water certification, a college credit, and a new best friend. The amount I have learned beyond lectures in three weeks is endless and couldn't be more thankful for this opportunity. My eyes have opened a little wider and sailing in the Caribbean Ocean makes your mind stop but spin at the same time. Don't miss an opportunity like this.
Testimonial - Aimee Finley The trip was great and the experience is something I will never forget. Diving on coral reefs in the Caribbean while learning about all the different organisms and environments was a great way of learning. Statia was a lot of fun and Saba had the most beautiful reefs. Conducting reef checks and fish IDs made you feel like a real marine biologist.
Testimonial - Leah Moorehouse This trip was rewarding in so many ways. You learn to appreciate some of the smallest things in life while creating life long bonds with new friends. Saba had the best diving you could imagine. Everyday I saw something new and was in awe of the whole trip. I will continue to soak in this trip even when its over. So show me a day when the world wasn't new!
This trip was the best experience of my life, and I know that sounds cliche but it really was. I have so many memories from this summer that will last me a life time! I do not go a day without thinking of this past summer. I loved being able to travel in not the simple tourist way but being immersed in a completely new culture! The diving is spectacular and what better place than to be diving everyday than in the Caribbean! I made amazing friends and connections that will last a lifetime. I recommend any of the broadreach trips to anyone who wants to have an experience of your lifetime, you will not regret it. I loved this program and cannot wait to go on my next broadreach experience!
Ellis J. from Bowling Green, KY
Broadreach taught me a strength I had forgotten I possessed. I was shown so many passions and perspectives and have been inspired by everyone. This trip gave me the skills I need to journey on into the future and has made me excited to do so. Once you master boat life, you can master anything.
Broadreach is a great program if you love the outdoors, its hand on applicatons make learning fun and the dive sites and hiking are some of the most enjoyable things I have ever done. Walking in cloud filled tropical rainforest and swimming with baby sea turtles and sharks is just the beginning. You will make some great friends and experience diversity on a whole new level. An experience I'll probably never forget.
Testimonial - Hope Goodrich St. Kitts, Statia and Saba were among my favorite places to visit because of their general atmosphere and dive sites. I love wake boarding and tubing early in the morning. I thoroughly enjoyed going to the beaches and getting my land legs. The people I met were so much fun and we grew very close; they are definitely my second family.
Testimonial - Greg Brittingham Basically we scuba dove the best reefs and ship wrecks in the Caribbean and went from hardly feeling comfortable in the water to diving 100ft to watch schools of fish and sharks at the top of an underwater mountain. It was awesome.
The trip was more than I ever imagined. Everyday I was more impressed. Saba and Statia were my favorites places. The diving was mind bending. I have made friends here that I wil keep in touch with for long after this trip is over. It's something that has really made an impression on my life and has solidified my career choice.
These trips are incredible. I have been on three now and I have had some of the most amazing times of my life. I talk about them all year round and have made some of the most amazing friends that I am still in touch with. The places we go are incredible, the things we do are like nothing you can imagine. Broadreach is something that will honestly change your life.
I absolutely had a blast. The instructors were great as well as the people I was on the trip with by the end it seemed like we were family. Hiking down into the dormant crater of the volcano on Statia was amazing. I learned so much about myself from knowing that I can be leader to knowing that I can do things like hike into the crater. My broadreach experience was a truly life changing experience from making new friends to experiencing my first time out of the country on my own with no parents.
This was the best decision I have ever made, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was a fantastic group of people on a wonderful adventure. We learned so much and had a great time doing it. It was definitely worth it, and these are the experiences I will never forget.
Testimonial - Krenare Loxha This trip completely took me out of my boundaries but was worthwhile. Not only was the diving amazing, but I also enjoyed the academics and how it tied in with the locations we went to.