News

Welcome to the SeaHorse Dive Club News.  Here you'll find articles about club events, cool dives your fellow members did and stuff they claimed to have seen, wild stories, nature stories, technology... You know, the kind of stuff you'd hear while you're standing around the compressor getting your tanks filled.  "Did you guys see the orca?!  No?  But it was right there!"  If you have your own whopper, I mean "story" to tell, let us know.  Send it to editor@seahorsediveclub.com and you might see it right here.

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Wine Dive Report

posted Jul 27, 2018, 7:59 AM by Ed Gullekson

Thursday night was the Annual Wine Dive. Eight Sea Horses participated with 6 of us chasing bottles of wine and soft drinks. We retrieved 5 of 6 wine bottles and 11 of 12 soft drinks. The water was a balmy 56. No current and visibility of 15 to 20 feet. Thank you Brian Heath for organizing another fun event. Other participants were Rocky. Sarah, Randy, LaRae, Pieter, Ron, and me. Next month is the Beer Dive at Magnuson Park boat launch.

Annual Wine Dive - July 26th

posted Jul 6, 2018, 8:22 AM by Ed Gullekson

Wine Dive - July 26th. This is our annual Wine Dive where our intrepid Outdoor Activities Leader, Brian Heath, places wine and soft drinks out in the water and we go collect them. Then we all have a party on the beach with food provided by the Club. Splash time is 5:30 PM, so arrive in time to be ready to go at that time. Bring a mesh bag to gather wine and soft drinks. The Club provides hot dogs, chips and drinks. Location is Alki Pipeline
http://www.theperfectdive.com/DEF-Site.asp?sID=8

June Indoor Meeting - Jim Trask, President, WSA / Joyce Hoffman, Nicaragua Dive Travel

posted Jun 19, 2018, 5:16 PM by Ed Gullekson

Seahorses Indoor General Meeting

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

6:00PM – Dinner and Beverages!

7:00PM - Featured Program

 

Round Table Pizza - Redmond (Overlake)

15025 NE 24th St
Redmond, WA 98052-5531

 

Jim Trask, President, WSA / Joyce Hoffman, Nicaragua Dive Travel

 

Jim Trask is the President of the Washington Scuba Alliance and has been serving with WSA for the past 12 years. WSA is a group of divers, dive business owners and dive club leaders who protect the rights and access to dive sites by lobbying policy makers in Olympia and help protect and create opportunities for more diver access in the future.  Jim was instrumental in creating safer diver access by installing stairs in the Tacoma Les Davis Marine Park and installing 13 mooring buoys at dive sites throughout Washington State. Please join us as we hear Jim tell us about WSA’s current plans about the new reef in Redondo and transplantation of sea life to nearby artificial and natural reefs. WSA has created a "Best Practices" program to safely remove the sea life from the pilings and tires. This has not been done anywhere else in the world.  WSA currently has several plans for seven new artificial reefs in Washington State.

 

Joyce just recently returned from an exciting trip to Nicaragua. She has some photos and videos to share of her travels in this rarely visited country. It will be great to hear some dive travel stories from off the beaten track.

 

More information on the Washington Scuba Alliance is available at their website: http://www.wascuba.org/

 

Come join your fellow Seahorses for a great family-friendly presentation with some good food and cold beverages.

 

Non-hosted dinner at 6, Program at 7 PM.

Due to a problem at the venue, this meeting was canceled - look for it to be rescheduled - May 24th Indoor Meeting - Jim Trask, President, WSA and Joyce Hoffman, Nicaragua and Grenada Dive Travel

posted May 18, 2018, 10:09 AM by Ed Gullekson   [ updated May 24, 2018, 5:31 PM ]

Jim Trask is the President of the Washington Scuba Alliance and has been serving with WSA for the past 12 years. WSA is a group of divers, dive business owners and dive club leaders who protect the rights and access to dive sites by lobbying policy makers in Olympia and help protect and create opportunities for more diver access in the future. Jim was instrumental in creating safer diver access by installing stairs in the Tacoma Les Davis Marine Park and installing 13 mooring buoys at dive sites throughout Washington State. Please join us as we hear Jim tell us about WSA’s current plans about the new reef in Redondo and transplantation of sea life to nearby artificial and natural reefs. WSA has created a "Best Practices" program to safely remove the sea life from the pilings and tires. This has not been done anywhere else in the world. WSA currently has several plans for seven new artificial reefs in Washington State.

Joyce just recently returned from an exciting trip to Nicaragua and Grenada. She has some photos and videos to share of her travels in these rarely visited countries. It will be great to hear some dive travel stories from off the beaten track.

More information on the Washington Scuba Alliance is available at their website: http://www.wascuba.org/

Come join your fellow Seahorses for a great family-friendly presentation with some good food and cold beverages. Children’s menu available too!

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
6:00PM – Dinner and Beverages! 7:00PM - Featured Program
Rogue Issaquah Brew House
35 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027

April Indoor Meeting Highlights

posted Apr 26, 2018, 9:39 PM by Ed Gullekson

Sea Horses got to hear about Pieter Booth's and David Wakeley's trip to Socorro Island 200 miles off the tip of Baja, Mexico. They had spectacular visibility, 100+ feet, amazing underwater structure, tropical fish and lots of sharks and rays. They saw many manta rays up to 15 feet across. From the photos and videos it looked like a wonderful trip. We also had reports on local dives, Saltwater Park, Redondo and Edmonds. Next month (5/24) will be Jim Trask from Washington Scuba Alliance talking about reef improvements coming to Redondo.

SOCORRO ISLAND DIVING April 26th

posted Apr 19, 2018, 3:11 PM by Ed Gullekson

Sea Horses Indoor Meeting for April 26. No-host dinner at 6, Program at 7 PM. Rogue Ales Brew house, 35 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027.
Our own Pieter Booth and Dave Wakeley bring you Socorro Island Diving. Socorro is the only inhabited island in the Revillagigedo Archipelago, the "Galapagos of Mexico". These volcanic Islands, 600 km off the coast of Mexico are an oasis for the large pelagics: giant mantas, 6 species of sharks (including whale sharks), dolphins, grey whales, and lots of reef fish. The giant mantas here are known for being very diver friendly, besides being huge. The mantas seek out divers, returning to them dive after dive for attention. Some researchers believe that the mantas enjoy the feeling of bubbles cascading over their bodies, others think that the mantas are actually curious about the divers and enjoy their companionship. Come learn a bit about the ecology of these remarkable islands, how to get out there, and see some of what Pieter and Dave saw. These meetings are open to anyone who is interested.

Highlights from February Indoor Meeting

posted Feb 23, 2018, 2:19 PM by Editor SeaHorse

Sea Horses gathered at Rogue Brewing in Issaquah for a Fish Identification Class. Two Air Cards were handed out members who organized dives (see Air Card Program on Google site). Ed Gullekson led the group through a presentation that included learning about 12 different fish from the families rockfish, pricklebacks, perch and sculpins. In addition the group learned about 4 invertebrates. All of these animals are surveyed with REEF. We had quite a good discussion of REEF (REEF.org), how it works and the benefits to the scientific community. Next month will be Washington Scuba Alliance plans for Redondo.

February 22 Club Meeting - Ed Gullekson – REEF Fish ID – A Basic Introduction!

posted Feb 10, 2018, 7:51 AM by Editor SeaHorse

There you are underwater and this really interesting fish is hunkered down among the rocks, or, a whole bunch of fish swim by – and you ask yourself “What are those?” Tonight will be your golden opportunity is the time to find out! Welcome to a special Sea Horses program of fish identification intro. On this evening you will learn to be a citizen scientist and identify 12 fish and 4 invertebrates. All of the critters presented are counted if you are an offical REEF surveyor. While there are 253 species of fish in our local Salish Sea, knowing more of the most common ones helps to better understand what we see while diving.

Ed Gullekson, Club Member and Level 5 local REEF Surveyor, will take you through some common sense identifying characteristics of these 16 critters you’re likely to encounter on your local dives.

Impress your dive buddies and non-diver friends and family. Please join us for this entertaining and educational presentation on many our most famous and popular critters. I’m confident that Ed will be prepared and thrilled to take on any of your Q & A.

About Reef Environmental Education Foundation: REEF conserves marine environments worldwide. Our mission is to protect biodiversity and ocean life by actively engaging and inspiring the public through citizen science, education, and partnerships with the scientific community.

More detail on the mission of REEF (and a great deal of cool info about our local and world critters) can be found on their website located at: http://reef.org/

No-host dinner at 6, Program starts at 7 PM.

Come join your fellow Seahorses for a great family-friendly presentation with some good food and cold beverages. Children’s menu available too!

 

Directions to Issaquah Brew House:

Take I-90 East. Exit 17 at Front St going south. It’s about a half mile and on the right side at the intersection of Sunset Ave.

Menu:  https://www.zomato.com/issaquah-wa/issaquah-brewhouse-issaquah/menu#tabtop

This and other club information, can be found on the club's own website at http://www.seahorsediveclub.com/

Highlights from the January Indoor Meeting

posted Jan 30, 2018, 9:43 PM by Editor SeaHorse

New Executive Board elected members were introduced to start the meeting. Thomas Kingsbury is our new President, Todd Osborne is the VP, Brian Heath is the Treasurer, and Rocky Gamble is the Secretary. Thank you to these 4 for taking on these volunteer roles. This evening Michael Snow took us with him on his journey to become a Divemaster. He went to the Kona area of the Big Island, Hawaii to take the course through Jack"s Diving Locker. It was an entertaining and informative presentation. 18 Sea Horses followed him from pool to open ocean to achieve this certification. Mike plans to go on to become an instructor. Upcoming dives are: Sunday 1/28 at Redondo (meet at 8:30 AM) and night dives at Redondo next week (Wednesday 1/31, meet at 4 PM). A new COTM (critter of the month) was announced (see that post). Next month program will be PacNW Fish Identification by Ed Gullekson.

Time to renew your membership

posted Jan 9, 2018, 10:02 AM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 1:20 PM ]

Happy January Sea Horses - It's that time of year to renew your membership. Please go to the Sea Horses Google site to access the form. All instructions are on the form. Either send in your filled out forms (membership and liability) plus dues to David Wakeley (mailstop is on form) or bring the form to the first indoor meeting of the year on 1/25, at Round Table Pizza in Redmond. Link to the membership page which is listed on the menu on the left under "About Us".

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