Join Pristine Azul North Jersey Dive Club’s Monthly General Meeting on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 pm at Bahama Breeze, 101 Route 23 South, Wayne, NJ, which will feature speakers discussing diving in the Northeast.

Tropical locations with white sandy beaches and palm trees are not the only places to go diving. Many areas of the world have great diving in cold water. The waters in our own backyard offer historic wrecks and interesting marine life to keep even the most traveled diver from getting bored. At our May meeting, Larry Cohen, Olga Torrey, and Captain Rich Benevento will talk about the Northeast Diving Experience. They will show photos of some of the most intriguing wrecks off our coast and the marine life that call these structures home. 

Larry Cohen, whose background is as a commercial and editorial photographer, has photographed everything from warm water coral reefs to wrecks under the ice of a frozen lake. His photos have appeared in Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Alert Diver and other magazines. He teaches underwater photography for groups and individuals. Larry is a past president of the NYC Sea Gypsies and a founding member of The New York Underwater Photographic Society. He also crews on the New Jersey dive boat, the John Jack.

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From April to November, Olga Torrey spends her weekends underwater as much as possible. In the short time she has been diving, Olga has become a very skilled diver and underwater photographer. She has taken her talent as a fine artist and applied her skills to photography both above and below the water. Olga has taken underwater photographs from the warm waters of Bonaire to the green rich waters of Alaska. She has been published in Vetrum, North East Dive News, and X-Ray Magazine.

As a PADI Master Instructor, a diver with more than 20 years of diving experience, and Captain on the John Jack, Captain Rich Benevento has filled his days with great experiences and stories of his adventures. Captain Rich is an avid Northeast diver with diving experience ranging from the Caribbean to the South Pacific and the caves of Mexico.

Interested divers can RSVP to Event Organizer Michael Scherer at 973-303-5837, or visit


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