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Ages: 13-19

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ActionQuest runs incredible summer adventure travel programs helping teens learn sailing, scuba diving, and marine biology while exploring the British Virgin Islands, Australia, and Ecuador/Galapagos. Read More!

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caleigh1121 said...
Jul. 31, 2013 at 8:44 am
Out of all of my adventures Id have to say ActionQuest has always been and will be my favorite. Who wouldnt love walking up to a beautiful sunrise over the blue waters or actually being awoken by a goats bah nearby! I make so many friends that feel like family instantly and that I keep in touch with still years after meeting them. I learn so much from them too, from salsa dancing to learning how to appreciate the little things. That also goes along with the LifeWorks Program AQ provides. LifeWor... (more »)
breastroke96 said...
Nov. 24, 2012 at 1:29 am
Actionquest was literally the best time of my entire life! I have not went 1 day without thinking about Actionquest ever since i left the docks. I learned how to be independent and I discovered my true interests. The staff is so supportive and knowledgable and make this camp so special. Everything at Actionquest gives you the opportunity to make something valuable and special. I could not recommend any other camp besides Actionquest. Every student will leave with a smile on there face and contin... (more »)
emelia323 said...
Nov. 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm
I've been to 5 sessions of ActionQuest and I've already signed up for my 6th session next summer.  At AQ I can find people with similar interests as me and make lifelong friendships with kids across the country and across the world.  AQ is an incredibly unique program that brings together a perfect balance of independence in finding one's self and developing the ability to work with a group of people.  I remember getting on my flight to the Caribbean when I was 13, absolutely terr... (more »)
wilksrac said...
Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm

For the past 4 summers, I have sailed and dove with ActionQuest. If I wasn't completely in love with it, I would be completely insane to come back so many times! Even if you've never been on board a boat or haven't taken your first breath underwater yet, if you or your teenager seeks adventure, AQ is the right place to find it. If you are interested at all in marine biology, AQ enables you to get a hands-on experience like none other. The only thing that you must possess before hopping on boa... (more »)

jgeller said...
Nov. 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm
ActionQuest is absolutly amazing! I have attened this program for the past three years and I am in the process of planning my fourth trip now. This is just an awesome program, with awesome kids and an absolutly great staff. The people I have on previous trip are friends that I will have for life. I have learned a ton about sailing and diving, but also a lot of valuable life skills from my time at ActionQuest. If you even have the slightest consideration of going on a trip with AQ, do it! It is a... (more »)
Dana Pandit said...
Nov. 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

I cannot say enough about Action Quest. My son Chadd has attending many camps in his life but AQ has truly exceeded our expectations. 

Attending Action Quest has helped Chadd grow and discover what he wants to do with his future. The staff at AQ are outstanding role models for young adults. Chadd has also met the greatest friends. 

If you are thinking about a camp of this type for your child, don't hesitate. You will 100% happy you did. 

Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:53 am
I think that Actionquest was one of the best experiences for my son Chadd Pandit of his life. The experience was not just about diving and sailing and spending time in a close environment with others of same age but a truly life changing experience. I am very happy that a program like Actionquest exists. He has changed for the better due to Actionquest.
rachel46119 said...
Nov. 8, 2011 at 9:46 am
I love AQ! I have gone for three years in a row, and I hope to return for my fourth this summer. It's sooo much fun. I love the people, I have made friendships with people from around the world that I still talk to every day. I have learned so much, and am now certified in rescue scuba diving! If you are thinking about going to ActionQuest- DO IT! It's an amazing and unforgettable experience. 
chddpndt857 said...
Nov. 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm
ActionQuest has been one of the best experiences i have ever had in my life. It really showed me what i want to do when I am older and how to attain that goal. The staff at actionquest are still some of the biggest role models in my life today. This is one of the best experiences anyone can have and i would recomend it to anyone
Stuber said...
Jul. 17, 2011 at 11:56 pm

how do i apply?


BlairWilliamson replied...
Nov. 2, 2011 at 8:14 am
Hi there, Stuber. Sorry we havent responded to this post for a while... you can find us on facebook and we have a lot more interaction and a huge fanbase. You can apply online at You will see a button in the top right hand corner that says, "enrollment" and that will take you through our easy application process! Please feel free to email or call us at any time with any questions, (800) 317-6789. We will be happy to help you. Have a great November! 
rachel46119 replied...
Nov. 8, 2011 at 9:50 am

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Reviews of ActionQuest

Information about ActionQuest

For over thirty years, ActionQuest has consistently delivered high-quality expedition-based summer programs for teenagers. Through hands-on experiential learning and adventure travel in Australia, the BVI, and Ecuador/Galapagos, AQ has successfully ignited the inherent leadership skills within thousands of young adults. The AQ path offers action-packed adventures that focus on sailing, scuba diving, cultural immersion, marine biology, community service, and global exploration—all in a “live-aboard” environment unlike any other. Centered on small, coed, age-appropriate groups of 8 to 20 teens, the experience is complemented by a committed, professional staff whose main goal is to support their shipmates’ discovery. The individual attention and camaraderie between staff and shipmates makes each voyage unique, as the entire team unites to accomplish the AQ mission of high action, real-world learning.

Q & A with ActionQuest

Q:  What makes your camp or program unique?

A:  ActionQuest is not a traditional teen summer camp and is far from a teen tour. We are a training program first and foremost, and our programs have always been grounded in experiential education. We offer programs specializing in sailing and scuba diving, as well as many other adventure sports and activities. Accredited marine science, tropical marine biology and oceanography are also offered, specifically for those interested in learning more about the underwater world.

Self-reliance and confidence come from achieving new skills and certifications, plus shipmates have a greater feeling of accomplishment from having done it themselves. This includes all aspects of living aboard a moving vessel, such as the cooking, cleaning, navigation, basic engineering and, yes, even taking the leadership role of skipper and running the entire vessel and crew for a day. Through this daily rotation of roles and responsibilities aboard, when our students throw the lines on the dock at the end of a three-week experience, they truly have a sense of achievement. It is the students who make their own adventure happen.

Q:  Describe a typical day in your camp or program.

A:  At ActionQuest, no day is "typical".  One day you'll find yourself swimming underwater with sea turtles, sting rays, and colorful reef fish, the next you'll be standing on top the highest point in the BVI, looking down at the beautiful Caribbean scenery.  Living on board a 50 ft. sail yacht, you'll travel to new locations almost every day, and just like the landscape, your daily activities and schedule will be changing constantly.

Q:  What type of teenager participates in your camp or program?

A:  In terms of personality, we attract students who are looking to expand their horizons and separate from the norm.  They are adventurous, fun-loving, eager to learn and accomplish new things, and realize that at the end of the day, you are your experiences.

Q:  Where do your participants come from?

A:  We have teens from all over the world join us each summer.  Just last year we had representatives from 31 different states and 21 different countries.

Q:  What is the housing like and what can you tell us about the meals?

A:  From the moment you arrive, you'll move aboard your 50 ft. yacht and live on board full-time.  All the boats have 5 cabins and a large salon that converts to a 6th, so there's enough room for us all to sleep down below if it should rain, but, for the most part, the evenings are clear and dry and most of us like to sleep out on deck, swinging in a hammock under the stars.

As for the food, depends on who's cooking! We send a container of dry goods to the islands each year with wholesome foods, which we supplement with fresh vegetables and fruit. Still, the quality of the food is dependent on the students who are the Chefs of the day! The instructions are very simple on our meals so that anyone can easily prepare them, but there's always room for our students to modify with their own flair!

Q:  Please describe what teens have to say about your program.

A:  Talk to alumni about ActionQuest and a few things are immediately evident. Bright and highly articulate, they are clearly motivated and independent, determined to travel their own path through life to make the most of the opportunities they have.  They also uniformly say the same things about AQ: that the experience took them out of their comfort zone and gave them a new-found confidence in their abilities. That the passion, enthusiasm and dedication of their instructors and the staff for what they do was inspirational. That they realized some of the best things in life aren't things.  And that they formed lasting bonds with their shipmates and have memories of an experience that will stay with them all their lives.


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