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ActionQuest

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For more than 40 years, ActionQuest has offered outstanding water-based summer adventure programs for youth. They successfully have inspired the inherent leadership skills within thousands of young adults though hands-on learning, cooperative living and adventurous travel worldwide.

Reviews

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Anzie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer Experience

Action Quest has been one of, if not the best, opportunities of my life and I wish that everyone could have the opportunity to experience it, because everything is truly amazing. Everything. But seriously, the diving, sailing, marine biology, etc are great but you can’t beat the people. The people you meet are what really make the program special. I have been lucky enough to participate in Action Quest’s programs for two summers now, and they have both been great. Some of my best memories are of the times we shared on the boat, making dinner, playing cards, studying for our certifications, and enjoying the beautiful sunsets! I can’t wait for next summer!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I think my most nerve-recking moment was traveling overseas by myself for the first time, however the staff were extremely inviting and caring from the moment we landed. Everyone was so kind and I quickly lost all worries. This later helped me grow and become more independent and made the bond between staff and students stronger.
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sophie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Action Quest Neptune

It was the best three weeks of my life! the food exceeded standards for food that was served on a boat. Some of our groups most meaningful conversations came out of life works. I loved all of them. The environment is incredible. I got to spend everyday scuba diving and spending time in paradise while hanging out with all these incredible people. Even though some things were out of my comfort zone it pushed me to grow so much as a person, and made some of the most valuable friendships. I really hope to return for an internship next summer!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Deep diving- we got to dive down to 95 feet which was insane, as well as leading a night dive!
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Zara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Most AMAZING Experience of My Entire Life

100% the best experience of my life and I will tell you exactly why:

The vulnerability that was shared on this trip is truly something I will never forget and never get over. I went into the trip thinking that it would only be centered around marine biology, but I was proved wrong in the best possible way. By having reflective conversations with my crew, feeling safe enough to cry when talking about difficult things in my life, and having the support throughout it all, is such a gift and I am forever grateful to ActionQuest for providing me with that experience. I have recommended it to everyone I know, all my parent’s friends, and everyone can see the joy I have after being there. I have not been that happy in a really long time so once again thank you to everyone who made those three weeks possible, and the best three weeks of my entire life. The food was great for being on a boat for three weeks. There were rarely any meals that I had a serious dislike for.

Everything was more than I could ever dream of.
Please understand that it is not one thing that makes ActionQuest so amazing. Everything about it, the people, the crew, and the activities made this experience the most amazing three weeks of my life. I couldn’t pick just one. Thank you so much for letting me have the opportunity to come out. This trip has made me want to come back time and time again, even as a counselor one day. I am forever grateful. This is just the beginning of my adventure, and I couldn’t have asked for a better start than ActionQuest.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would do it exactly the same, it was truly that perfect. I cannot thank the staff enough for creating the most incredible experience of my life, I will never forget how this trip helped to change my life and set me on a course for a brighter future!
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Kelly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

2019 experience

Our daughter had an incredible time on this trip! I liked this program of course for this reason, but also because she learned several new skills and the updates that we were given routinely made it easy for us to visualize her daily experiences. I like the level of the responsibilities that the teens had for helping with meals and taking care of the boat and also the lack of time they had with their phones. (no social media for several days at a time is so healthy) I would definitely recommend this to any par4ent that wants their teens. oday, for many teens, there are so many pressures on them to conform to what our culture believes makes a successful adolescent (sports, ACT prep, good grades....). Not to mention all of the other pressures that come from just being a teenager in an age of social media. This is a great outlet that allows and encourages young people to do something different, to come together with kids from different areas with different backgrounds, to learn new skills and learn how to respect and care for our oceans, and also to learn to independently and confidently experience something new. This is not just a fun camp experience for your teenager. They are learning valuable skills. They are expected to be particpating member of the team and everyone is encouraged to take on leadership roles at one point or another. I highly recommend this program.

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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Phenomenal!

This is a quote from my 14 year old son who was on the Vega trip June 2019:

It was completely and utterly fantastic and it was one of the best 3 weeks of my life.

It was such a pleasure to send our son on a trip in which he had experiences we could never give him, and learned things we could never teach him. He made new friends, enjoyed his counselors, and loved the opportunity to learn new skills and have fun. It was a dream of a trip - I wish we adults could do it too!

This site wants us to write quite a long review, so I will just add one more quote: One afternoon while speaking to our son I asked him if he was sleeping well at night. He replied, "Well, I go to bed in my hammock on deck and wake up in the morning next to big yachts. So yes, I'm sleeping well!"

What would you improve about this program?
Everything was very well organized and well supervised. Keep up the good work!

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose ActionQuest because I wanted to learn more about the ocean and am considering a career in marine biology.

Out of all the programs I have researched, it seemed like the best fit -- the places I would be visiting were beautiful, the activities looked awesome, and on top of all that, it was something new.

I always like to try new things, especially when the sea is involved. Also, a friend of mine had gone the year before and said how amazing it was so I decided to take his advice and go with him the next summer.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I heard about ActionQuest from a friend and researched it with my parents.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Definitely bring a waterproof camera. The British Virgin Islands are beautiful, as well as the memories that you will make. I wish I had brought a GoPro to document all the fun adventures my shipmates and I had.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average day on our sailboat began with my shipmates and I waking up to one of the few songs on the boat's CD track.

We would complete our chores before, during, or after breakfast and then get ready for the day. In the morning, we would have a planned scuba diving lesson or a fun activity such as watersports. Then we would have lunch and another activity in the afternoon.

As the day was ending, we would have dinner, family style, and then sit on the bow of the boat and reflect on our favorite things about the day. At the end of every week, ActionQuest put on a dance at a local outdoor restaurant where we could meet up with our friends from the other boats.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I believe my biggest fear was getting homesick and not be able to enjoy my time in the BVIs and with my new friends. The truth is, once I got used to everything and everybody, the trip became much more enjoyable for me. Plus, every few days we got to use our phones to call home and speak to our parents. That helped me a lot.

What is your favorite memory from your time abroad?

One of my favorite memories was playing on a boom swing. A boom swing is basically the boom of the boat shifted so that the part that would normally be facing the stern is facing out towards the water. At the end of the boom, a rope with a knot would be attached.

On this particular day, my shipmates and I were swimming in the ocean near our boat when it started to rain. It down-poured. But another boat group didn't seem to mind the rain -- they continued swinging and jumping into the water on their boom swing.

A few of us really wanted to try it, as we hadn't made one on our boat yet, so one of our staff members took us over in the dinghy. Despite all the rain, I had the best time. I would encourage prospective travelers to try things that are new to them, just like how I tried the boom swing for the very first time.