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 and you might see it right here.

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Club Dive for September - Crayfish

posted Sep 16, 2017, 4:21 PM by Editor SeaHorse

Crayfish Dive - September 23 - Seward Park - 10AM
Our local crayfish are a yummie treat. Join us to dive, boil and eat a whole mess of them.
Meet by the shelter house or North of the restroom.
Water entry about 10:30. 
Dive time is 1 hour to search for fresh food. No shelfish license required for crayfish. 
Lunch about noon. 
Club will provide: Chips& sodas, Hot dogs as a backup, Macaroni salad. Please feel free to bring something else.
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August is Beer Dive month - 8/19

posted Aug 10, 2017, 2:36 PM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Aug 12, 2017, 3:20 PM ]

The Beer Dive is a fun way to put in a dive, get some extra beer and meet & have fun with other members. This year it will be at the Sand Point Boat Ramp.  We will take over one of the picnic table areas. Meet about 9 and splash between 9:30 and 10 AM.  Bring a goody bag for your beer collection underwater. This is a freshwater dive so some people may be collecting crayfish for munching at lunch that day. Club provides food and soft drinks for lunch.

Annual Wine Dive - July 20th

posted Jul 5, 2017, 2:12 PM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Jul 8, 2017, 8:47 PM ]

This is a fun event, wine and soft drinks are "hidden" in the water and we divers get to go find them - finders keepers is the rule.
Meet & sign between 5 PM to 5:30 PM.   Splash 5:50 with an hour for searching. Bring a goody bag to carry your loot underwater.
 Location is the Alki Pipeline (link below)
    Dinner about 7 PM, provided by the Club
    Location:  63rd and Harbor Ave  West Seattle.
    Shallow dive – one tank will last an hour. 
Link for the Alki Pipeline dive site:

COTM for 6/22 to 7/20

posted Jun 22, 2017, 10:08 PM by Editor SeaHorse

The COTM (critter of the month) has been an orange sea cucumber. We had a record number of divers, 10, find one or more over the last month, here is the list: Gary SchnaithDan RitchieMarcus KrugerKen EngelmeyerEd PearsonAlex PearsonPieter Booth, Kyle Kyle O'GradyDavid Wakeley and me. Way to go to all! The COTM for the next month (6/23-7/20) is the southern rock sole. This right-eyed flatfish is common at many of our local dive sites. I have seen them at 3 Tree Point North, Cove 2, Alki Junkyard, Redondo and more. They seem to just now be moving up to diving depths and I’ve seen multiples of them to turn in on my REEF ( fish counts. They do have some variation in coloring. Here are a couple links to help with identification:…/identificati…/flatfish/l_bilineata.html

June Indoor Meeting Highlights

posted Jun 22, 2017, 10:07 PM by Editor SeaHorse

The Sea Horses Club meeting this month captured the attention of 18 people for a very interesting talk on Urban Marine Ecology, with much detail on giant Pacific octopus information. We heard from Eliza Heery PhD on her studies. One conclusion is that going deeper may help to find octopuses, another is that water temperature may affect overall populations (warm=fewer octopuses). This month two dive leaders earned air cards for leading dives that had 4 members participating. Gary Schnaith earned one for a dive at KVI Towers, and Pieter Booth earned one for dives at Sund Rock. Next month, on 7/20, is the Wine Dive at Alki Pipeline. Look for the announcement here and on the Google calendar.

June Indoor Club Meeting 2/22 - Giant Pacific Octopus Study

posted Jun 13, 2017, 9:34 PM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 11:06 AM ]

No-host dinner at 6, Program at 7 PM. Rogue Issaquah Brew House – Nail Room, 35 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027

Dr. Eliza Heery – Octopus survey results revealed!

Eliza recently completed her doctorate from the Biology Department at the University of Washington. She has made extensive study of the ecological dynamics of urban marine ecosystems (like an artificial reef).  Eliza earned an M.S. in Fisheries Science from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in Biology from Emory University.  Prior to joining the University of Washington, she worked as a data analyst in the Fisheries Resource Analysis and Monitoring Division at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA) in Seattle.

In a collaborative study with the Seattle Aquarium, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and the REEF program, Eliza examined whether the distribution and habitat of giant Pacific octopus is related to the urban intensity in Puget Sound. Using REEF data provided by you and your fellow divers, she modeled octopus occurrence across in the region as it relates to urban environments.

Eliza spends a good portion of her time out in the field (diving) for her research. Her insight will bring a great deal of awareness and enrichment to your local dives and your success for encounters with the giant Pacific octopus.


Please join us for this unique perspective on many our most famous and popular critter. I’m confident that Eliza will be prepared and thrilled to take on any of your Q & A.

More detail on Eliza’s work (and just a great deal of cool info about our local critters) can be found in her fascinating blog located at:

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.


KVI Tower Dive this Saturday June 10th

posted Jun 6, 2017, 9:41 AM by Gary Schnaith

The 4th and last of my shore dive series will be Saturday June 10th at KVI Tower.
Catch the 9:15 Fauntleroy to Vashon Ferry and meet at Meet at KVI Tower beach on Vashon Island at 10:00am.
Splash at 10:30 for the first dive and 12:30 for the 2nd Dive.
This artificial reef created in 70s provides one of the best dives in the South Sound.
 I have seen lots of Wolf Eels and GPOs at this site. It’s long flat walk about ¼ mile and short swim to the buoy.

Port Vashon, Washington

21 May 2017 - 18 June 2017

47.5117° N, 122.4633° W
2017-06-10  12:20 PDT  -1.29 feet  Low Tide

Wall Dive Saturday June 3rd.

posted May 29, 2017, 6:29 PM by Gary Schnaith

Join me for my dive #700 this Saturday June 3rd. Meet at Skyline Marina in Anacortes at 1:30pm and splash 2:00pm. Plan on maybe two dives if the current isn't too bad on the 2nd dive. Bring your speargun and fishing license if you're going for Lingcod. Sighteers and photographers are welcome to this fantanstic San Juan's Wall dive. This part 3 of my 4 week shore diving tour.
Predicted Slack
2017-06-03 14:20 PDT -0.00 knots Slack, Ebb Begins

May Meeting Highlights

posted May 26, 2017, 8:31 PM by Editor SeaHorse

We had about 20 Sea Horses attend the meeting this evening. Dan Davis did a wonderful job of taking us through the adventures he had at Yap and Palau. We learned about the diving and more including the culture. We talked about upcoming dives - Saturday 5/27 at KVI Tower, Dive Around the Clock July 21-22, and a dive this Monday 5/29. The next meeting is June 22, and will feature (soon to be PhD)Eliza Heery. She will bring us up to date on her giant Pacific octopus studies (that is soon to be a published paper).

4 weekend Great Shore Dive Series

posted May 14, 2017, 9:37 PM by Gary Schnaith

Join me on my 4-week tour of great local shore dives. First on the list is Skyline Wall in Anacortes. Meet Sunday May 21st at 2:00pm for the first of two dives splash at 2:30pm. This is real San Juans diving. It’s also the opening of Lingcod season if you want to try and spear one. You don’t have to be spearfishing to enjoy this dive though. See the link for details.


Dive weekend #2 is at KVI Tower on Vashon Island. Join me for 2 dives on Saturday 5-27 at 11:00 for a 11:30am splash time. With the minus -3.28 foot tide, we should be able to walk almost to the Buoy marking one of the best shore dives in Puget Sound. Catch the 10:10am ferry from Fauntleroy in West Seattle. See the Link for details.


Let me know if you’re interested in joining me for either or both dives! Weekends 3 and 4 may include the Fingers near Possesion Point on Whidbey Island

and another trip to KVI tower.



Gary Schnaith

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