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Broadreach

About

For more than 25 years, Broadreach has worked with middle, high school and college students to help them discover their passions and spark new curiosities on summer adventure programs. Students explore the world and their own abilities with the appropriate level of challenge and support in small-group settings, learning from both professional instructors and fellow students. Broadreach students have earned thousands of hands-on scuba diving and sailing certifications, as well as college credits in subjects ranging from marine biology and medicine to Spanish and photography.

Founded
1993
Headquarters

901 N. West Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
United States

Reviews

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Mallory
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My trip to Fiji set off my love of traveling and future adventures. This course was perfect to ‘jump start’ my career in scuba diving and learn about marine conservation. My skills as a scuba diver increased exponentially because of our small group size and personal relationships with our course instructors and staff at Beqa Adventure Divers. I never felt like my safety was at risk, even when I struggled with some of the diving skills. Our instructor was extremely patient, especially when I had trouble equalizing on two dives and helped me work through the skills I struggled with. I would recommend bringing good rain gear and warm layers for the boat. During the months of June and July it is winter in Fiji, therefore the water was very cold, and it rained almost every day. However, the weather did not impact any of our activities and the amount of fun we had! Each day, I learned something new about marine conservation and built lasting relationships with instructors and peers alike. The locals who I met and am still friends today, are some of the most welcoming and genuine people I have had the pleasure knowing. I cannot wait until I am able to return to Fiji and visit all the friends I made. Overall, I am extremely grateful for the experience and would recommend this program to any aspiring divers and conservationist. Not only do you gain the educational experience but also create memories and friendships that last a lifetime!

What would you improve about this program?
I would extend this course to 4 weeks. The extra week would allow time for a longer village visit to learn more about Fijian culture and language.
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Katy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have so many positive things to say about this trip! I was nervous before the trip because it was my first time doing an abroad program for an extended period of time but everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I felt right at home! I was one of the younger members of the group but I never felt left out from any discussions or activities. All of the lessons were interesting and engaging and I was never bored! I enjoyed participating in all of the bonding and trust exercises we did over the course of the trip. My favorite part of the trip by far was working in the clinic and getting to play with the children in the waiting room. Everyone at the FIMRC clinic was so kind and dedicated to their work. The clinic made such a profound impact on my life that I decided to start a club dedicated to helping FIMRC in my hometown! I always felt safe and felt that my personal needs were being met (food, sleep, etc). My leaders were such strong role models and I am so grateful for everything that they taught me. I have formed friendships that I will carry with me throughout my life!

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Amelia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience at Broadreach has been life changing. One of my favorite parts of the program is that we were constantly exploring outdoors. I had the opportunity to immerse myself in so many unique environments through different perspectives. While snorkeling I saw an array of vibrant sea stars slowly inching down into the low tide. On kayaking trips we got to paddle over kelp beds, do open water crossings, and watch pods of orcas porpoising by us. While we were camping off the grid I watched beautiful sunsets with the group. While whale watching, we saw bait balls, Steller Sea Lions, bald eagles, river otters and sea otters. At one of the field stations I went swimming in bioluminescence at midnight and while floating on my back looked up at the stars. This trip was life changing because I want to do it again, and because it inspired an overwhelming and profound appreciation for nature within the whole group that I hadn’t been exposed to before.
Having a small group of students on the expedition allowed for an amazing community to develop. We all had a lot of fun together doing group activities and cooking meals, and were also there to support each other if someone was feeling homesick, or when exams were coming up. The instructors were also a huge factor in everyone being so supported. Our group learned a lot about marine mammals and conservation through field work, lessons, projects, and interacting with researchers at different field stations. Overall, the expedition maintained a great balance between having fun and learning about marine ecosystems.

What would you improve about this program?
It would have been helpful to be given a bit more time on the research projects, but that's it.
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Lynn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was my first trip out of the country, which was especially scary for me because I was going to meet up with a group of people who I didn't know and live with them for three weeks on a sailboat. Deciding to go on this trip with broadreach was easily one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. I learned so much about myself and became way more confident than I was at the beginning of the trip. I learned great leadership and life skills all while having the most fun of my entire life with friends that I will stay in touch with forever. I learned to scuba dive on this trip which is now one of my greatest passions. The people at broadreach have been nothing but helpful and nice. This trip has given me more life experience and fun than I could have ever imagined possible in such a short amount of time and I would highly recommend it to everyone!

Lila
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My trip could not have been better. It was the most amazing way to learn immersed in the environment. I could not have asked for a better summer. My summer of Broadreach I made friends I will never lose and memories I will never forget. From breathing in this new underwater world to skippering our catamaran. The bond you form with the instructors and your friends is like no other. The instructors we had were amazing, some of the best teachers I have ever had. We eventually became a family. This program opened up a world of new possibility and new knowledge for me. If you have the opportunity to take this trip- do it. I promise you won't regret it.

Programs

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Broadreach: Caribbean Scuba Diving and Sailing Voyages
Multiple Countries
9.93 •28 reviews

Ever spent an hour under the sea? Felt the freedom of life aboard a...

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Broadreach: Fiji Shark Studies
Fiji
10 •9 reviews

Work alongside conservationists and researchers, and dive with sharks...

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Broadreach: Bahamas Reef Explorer
Bahamas
9.89 •9 reviews

Slip into tide pools. Snorkel thriving reefs. Lose yourself in the...

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Broadreach: Caribbean Tropical Marine Biology
Multiple Countries
8.88 •8 reviews

Delve into marine science and discover the vast biodiversity of the...

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Broadreach: Dominican Republic Emergency Medicine
Dominican Republic
10 •3 reviews

Learn real-world emergency medicine and complete the Wilderness First...

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Broadreach: Caribbean PADI Divemaster Internship
St. Martin
9 •2 reviews

Take the less traveled, more challenging path toward becoming a...

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Broadreach: Costa Rica Medicine and Eco Adventure
Costa Rica
10 •1 review

Want to learn more about the world of medicine? Learn the basic...

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Broadreach: Iceland Sustainability and Photography
Iceland

Advance your photography skills against the gorgeous and unparalleled...

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Broadreach: Curaçao Marine Biology Adventure
Curacao

On the island of Curacao, get a taste of real-world marine biology on...

Alumni Interviews

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

Brooke Dougherty

Brooke is a 16-year-old adventurous junior in high school. She is from Louisville, Kentucky, but plans on spending most of her time traveling the world.

Why did you choose this program?

Broadreach has a variety of programs to offer. I was scrolling through all of the different choices and the Carribean Underwater Discoveries really caught my attention. My sister had gone on this program the year before and had nothing but positive reviews.

I knew that I was interested in scuba diving and sailing and when I heard that you live on a catamaran, I was determined to go on the trip. Looking at all of the different Carribean Islands that you would get to visit and dive near had me ecstatic. The program was my perfect fit.

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

Even though the program might have been the perfect fit, the cost was not. I applied for the scholarship in the fall of last year and unfortunately did not receive it. I was devastated. Broadreach later emailed my parents offering program discounts and the discount was still not big enough for us to afford. Broadreach was so accommodating in meeting our maximum amount that we could pay for and gave me a once in a lifetime experience.

I would give anything to go on another program with them.

The day finally came for me to leave and my flight out of Kentucky was delayed, causing me to miss my flight out of Atlanta to St. Maarten. We called Broadreach and they were so helpful in this chaotic situation. I left the next day and two instructors met me at the airport with a huge, warm, welcome. They drove me to the Pad and I was driven out to Miss Amanda Jones on the Mega Dinghy, which was a fun start to my trip. We blasted music and I met my best friends for the first time.

Broadreach also accommodated the fact that I am a vegetarian. All of the meals were separated from the meats and it was actually a big weight off of my shoulders that I had worried about. Basically anything that you need, Broadreach has your back.

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

Before the trip, I wish I would have known how much work you had to put into the trip in order to get stuff out of it. Going into the trip, I thought it was going to be a vacation. This was a learning experience, strengthening your skills in many different areas, such as leadership, group work, learning, listening, and so much more.

I am so glad that it was not “just a vacation” because I got so much out of the program. I would not change it for anything. Just know that going into the trip, you have to be willing and ready to work and learn in order to get the experience you want.

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

Every day has their certain rituals and leaders. The first step in starting your day was to be woken up by your LOD (Leader of the Day). The Leader of the Day was chosen the night before by our instructors and they were in charge of getting everyone motivated in each activity we did and that our dive gear, meals, messes, etc., were ready and cleaned up.

Then we had our two cooks each day that would prepare and serve three meals a day. The meals were all in the cookbook and written out for us, so everything usually went smoothly. We would start the day by eating breakfast, sloshing the deck if it was dirty, cleaning dishes and then either sailing, diving, hiking, or having a lesson. Sometimes we were offered to go kneeboarding, water skiing and wake-boarding with the “Jabronies.”

At the beginning of the trip, we had homework in our scuba diving workbooks in order to get certified. It was surprisingly fun to go out on the tramp with all your new friends and work together. The tramp is a huge bouncy net over the water on the bow of the boat and we would all stay up there talking for hours each night. It was definitely a highlight.

After our long days, the cooks would prepare and serve us our dinner. Before we ate we had to do our rituals, which included “Glums and Glows,” “the squeeze,” and “the quote of the day.” They became second nature by the end of the trip. Every day was something new and contained unforgettable memories.

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

My biggest fear going on the Carribean Underwater Discoveries program would be making friends. Going into this, I was so nervous about making friends and not fitting in.

Once I got there, all of my worries washed away, because the instructors and other students were all so happy and nice. They are all so chill and treat you like family. We were all there for the same reasons and you connect over that. As long as you are yourself you will get along with everyone and have a blast.

What is your favorite memory from the trip?

My favorite memory from the trip was cliff jumping in St. Barths. We hung out with all of the different boats and met so many great people. We were all very encouraging to each other to just go for it and jump. We shared so many laughs, mostly because of the accidental flops into the water. We all jumped over and over again and it never got old, because of how fun it was.