Welcome to the John Jack Homepage

The John Jack offers a variety of activities for folks who enjoy being on the water – or under it: fishing trips, cruises, and of course, scuba diving. The John Jack provides a safe, full-service dive platform for divers of all ages and abilities.

We visit dozens of shipwrecks lying off the NJ, NY, and DE coastlines (e.g., Stolt, Algol, Pinta) suitable for recreational divers with advanced open water certification as well as deep shipwrecks (Andrea Doria, U-869) that require advanced technical certification. Some divers sightsee; others grab “bugs,” spear fish, or gather scallops or artifacts. For a complete list of the dive trips organized by local dive shops and clubs, consult the schedule on our website. 

More details about these trips can be obtained by calling Captain Rich (201-321-6924) or by visiting the websites of the dive shops and clubs that have reserved the boat.

Patronizing these dive shops, joining a dive club, and diving just once a month enriches and preserves the vitality of northeast wreck diving. We hope you will include the John Jack in your dive plans for 2013.

Have fun and dive safe!



Let's go Diving

Let's go diving,

I would guess after the rather long, cold and snowy winter we all suffered through, many of us have started thinking about the upcoming dive season. The John Jack crew is no different than its customers. "Let's go diving", is the rallying phrase. As the Big Red Boat patiently hibernates waiting to wake up the Big Cat Motors that sends it sailing over the waters, plans are made and the dive calendar is filling up fast. For a list of our already scheduled trips go to our web site, www.john-jack.com and check out the schedule. While waiting for the last of the snow to disappear why don't you join us for some exciting presentations we will be attending this week.Starting with Wednesday evening, join us at Elite Divers,(81 Rte 10 E, Randolph, New Jersey(973) 586-2214) where long time friend and fellow diver Bob Wilson will be giving a presentation on tec diving and diving the Andrea Doria. Bob, a PADI Course Director will answer questions and fill your head with his version of what it takes to dive with some of the very best at some of the best dive locations on the East Coast.Give Dennis and crew a call and let them know your coming, I'll be there.Another evening out will be spent with Prestine Azul Dive Club as they host a presentation on diving the 1000 Islands. Your guest speaker this for this special presentation will be Mike Rothchild. Mike is another long time friend who frequently dives with us. As the president of the NY Seagypsy's, Mike will display a series of photos that will make you want to run home and packing your gear looking to head north. Mikes pictures are truly something to enjoy and his presentation skills keep you entertained while he speaks. The presentation is scheduled for Thursday evening, 7 pm at the Bahama Breeze Restaurant in Wayne NJ. Check them out at, Prestine Azul Dive Club. Ask for Dennis.Hope to see you at one of the presentations. Capt. Rich 



It  is my pleasure to extend to all my family, friends, and the customers who have enjoyed the charter boat John Jack a special, "Happy New Year". 
Through out 2013 my family, crew and I have worked hard to make any time you spent on the boat with us as enjoyable as possible. As owner and lead Captain, this kept me very busy. I often missed phone calls, forgot to return text messages and missed the birthdays of many friends on face book. Please accept my apologies. It was never done deliberately.
On to 2014! 
The John Jack and it's crew will continue to offer it's customers, (many who are now called friends) the best service in the North East. Our original company motto will still ring loud.
Our dive trips will offer the divers a safe platform with a knowledgeable crew to explore the ocean depths. We will explore some of the most fascinating wrecks the Atlantic Ocean keeps safely in place on the bottom. When topside, our customers will be treated to the same great meals and comfortable surroundings we are known to provide. We will transport you safely from dockside to your destination in a timely manner with smiles on our faces and the big Cat engines rumbling under the deck.
If you are one of our many fishing customers, you will find the same great attitude you enjoyed in the past. Well maintained fishing gear, lunch, easy access and good service. This season we will be hitting the waters earlier and put you on as many fish as possible.
The John Jack will also continue to provide services to it's customers for any needs you may have that require a safe platform with a friendly face to make your day at sea complete.
So "HAPPY NEW YEAR" from Captain Rich, my family and the crew of the John Jack.

Let's Dive The Resor

The Big Red Boat is heading to the Resor on Saturday, October 26. Come and join us for this top dive destination. The Resor is know as a great site for scallops and marine life, plus there is always the possibility of recovering an artifact to remember your dive to this very interesting site. This open boat trip includes a hot lunch and we will be departing the dock at 6am. Book your spot with Capt Rich. 


Dive on the "Rockland County" tug


Advanced Wreck Diving

From the Department of Tooting My Own Horn:  Blue Water Divers has chosen the John Jack as its dive platform for John Chatterton's September 6-9 Advanced Wreck Diver Class. There are still a few open spots; call Blue Water Divers (201-321-6924) to sign up. If you can't join this class, the John Jack has a full schedule of dive trips scheduled for the remainder of the 2013 season. Join us.