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January meeting: "Off the Beaten Path" by Bernie Chowdhury

Sometimes a divers thirst for adventure and exploration forces them to go far off the beaten path, from the underwater caves of Iceland and the Ukraine, to the sunken wrecks of World War 2 in Norway and Newfoundland, and the exotic marine life of India's Andaman Islands. These destinations remain off the radar for most divers yet they each offer unique and fascinating insights into such areas as marine life, geology, history and science. They also all have spectacular dive sites. This entertaining and informative presentation includes above water and underwater still photography and videos.

Bernie Chowdhury is a past president of the NYC Sea Gypsies. He is a popular and engaging speaker who has presented at dive shows, shops and clubs throughout the U.S., and in eight foreign countries. Bernie is best known for his critically acclaimed, international top-selling book, The Last Dive, (non-fiction, HarperCollins, 2000) which has been published in eleven languages, audio and “E” versions, and is still in print. He has been publisher and/or editor of several dive magazines. He has worn many hats during his 29 years in diving, including: recreational and technical instructor, expedition organizer, industry consultant, and documentary (co) producer, to name a few. Bernie has been a Fellow of the Explorers Club since 1995. He has led /participated in ground-breaking wreck and cave diving expeditions. He has been a board-certified hyperbaric medical technologist (CHT) since 2004 and remains active in several capacities in the hyperbaric medical field. Bernie was named Beneath the Sea’s 2001 Diver of the Year for Education. He is an active local recreational and technical diving instructor, authorized to teach to depths of 330 feet / 100 meters.

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  • Raul

    Excellent! Makes me want to go to all those places. I liked in particular the Iceland dives!

    January 11, 2013

  • mark

    Great meeting. Bernie showed remarkable stuff.

    January 10, 2013

  • Jeanne

    Interesting, informative, and entertaining!

    January 10, 2013

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