- Caribbean, Caribbean
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Program Description:
Waste no time jumping into the turquoise water to learn how to scuba dive and earn your PADI Open Water Scuba certification, or have a quick refresher if you are already certified. Learning fundamental sailing skills while discussing the geology and natural history of the Leeward Islands. Initial lectures focus on fish ID, coral reef ecology and how different marine ecosystems interact to create a thriving marine world. Learn about the delicate balance required to sustain healthy coral reefs, then dive below to map the diversity and abundance of fish and coral species on Pain-du-Sucre, Castlemount and Rockefeller Point.
Discover the wonders of the fascinating underwater realm on an unforgettable tropical marine biology voyage. Under the guidance of marine biologists, learn everything from oceanography to marine ecology and animal behavior. How do fish sleep? Why do they school? What is a cleaning station? How does coral grow? Through active, experiential learning complemented by field surveys, REEF data collection and marine service projects, we investigate the magical underwater world — the ultimate real world classroom! The waters surrounding the island are protected by the Saba Marine Park, providing us with extraordinary underwater classrooms…awesome reef formations and the greatest species diversity found in the Caribbean. We round out our studies with discussions about the management practices of the amazingly successful Saba Marine Park. In the water, put your fish identification skills to the test while collecting data for the REEF Fish Survey Project, a database used by scientists worldwide. Earn your PADI OW, AOW, specialties, and IYT Sailing Certification. Island exploration, rainforest hikes, water sports, and more!
- Setting Description:
- Our catamaran yacht is our home, classroom, lab and transportation as we explore world renowned marine parks and amazing coral reefs. Learning is hands-on, challenging and fun. Living aboard a yacht gives us the freedom and flexibility to discover the unparalleled diversity of ecosystems found in the Caribbean's Leeward Islands, from fringing and artificial reefs to dramatic pinnacles and sheer walls.
Based on 2 Reviews
- The Time of my Life (complete with cheeky shenanigans)07/04/17
How do I phrase this? Simply put, I spent three weeks in the Caribbean with Broadreach and it was beyond amazing. Not simply put? It was life changing. No other way to put it. Imagine waking up every day to crystalline blue waters and falling asleep every
night watching meteors streak across the sky. Imagine days filled with endless dives and sails and learning college level biology. And you're surrounded by people from all corners of the world alongside instructors who are beyond knowledgeable and infectiously passionate about what they do. Days flew by because we did everything from cliff jumping to wreck dives, volunteering at marine conservation sites to pirating mangoes from our sister boats. We became like a family, one filled with laughter and exploration. I would recommend Broadreach to anyone in a heartbeat. If you're on the fence, go for it! (This is me begging you to go). I learned so much that I thought my brain would explode, gaining a new sense of confidence and independence. Broadreach programs open your eyes, you'll come back driven and passionate along with a whole plethora of certifications and friendships. You'll come back in love with this world. And that's a promise.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Best 3 Weeks of My (and your) Life10/11/16
I really cannot emphasize enough how incredible of an experience this was. For the price I was paying, my expectations were already quite high, but Broadreach absolutely blew them out of the water. Anyone who has the opportunity to do so (and given the
scholarships Broadreach offers, that's just about everyone) should give Broadreach a try--it's really the most well-run and incredible program you could ask for.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend