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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June club meeting, June 27

posted by Ed Gullekson

Event: June meeting & Crayfish dive

Location:  Magnuson boat launch shelter house

Signup time: 5 PM to 5:30 PM

Water entry 5:30

Length of dive: 1 hour or less

We will start cooking crayfish at 6:15 to 6:30 depending upon how successful divers are in getting them.

No license is required for harvesting crayfish. 

This is kind of a potluck dinner.  

Brian will try to bring a few backup foods (package of hot dogs & buns) to go with the crayfish in case we only get a few. 

Suggestions to bring: a few sodas, water, cookies, variety bag of chips  

Saturday June 15th The Last KVI Tower Shore Dive (Until next year).

posted Jun 11, 2019, 9:44 PM by Gary Schnaith

Meet at 8:00am at KVI Tower beach on Vashon Island and splash at 8:30am on Saturday. 
Bring your speargun and fishing license or your camera for one of  the best of Puget Sound shore dives. 
Plan on two dives with the minus tide at 10:30am. This sight has minimal currents even on big exchanges.

Saturday June 8th Dive KVI Tower Aritifical Reef

posted Jun 4, 2019, 10:19 AM by Gary Schnaith

Meet at 12:00 noon and KVI Tower Beach on Vashon Island for a 12:30 splash.
Bring two tanks for a 2nd dive. This sight is know to have Lingcod so bring your speargun
or your camera for one of the best dive sites in the south Puget Sound.

Sunday June 2nd shore dive at KVI Tower on Vashon Island.

posted May 28, 2019, 9:57 PM by Gary Schnaith

Meet at 9:00am for 9:30 splash. Bring 2 tanks for a 2nd dive. Bring your camera or your speargun for one of the South Sound's best shore dives.

Meeting Highlights - May 23rd - New Club Program coming soon

posted May 23, 2019, 8:32 AM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated May 25, 2019, 2:37 PM ]

More than 20 Sea Horse members and guests learned fish identification in the Florida/Caribbean region of REEF. We also learned that a new program that will help people who are new to diving and new to the Club to take certification classes. Details on the program will be post soon.

May 23rd Indoor Meeting - Caribbean Reef Fish Identification

posted May 23, 2019, 8:31 AM by Editor SeaHorse

Ed Gullekson - Florida and Caribbean Fish ID

Have you been to the Caribbean or Florida, seen a bunch of cool looking fish and said “What the heck are those?” Well, this set of videos and the conversation with them will help you answer that question. Ed is a Level 3 REEF (reef.org) surveyor for this area and has made multiple trips there over several years. If you have mystery fish photos from past trips bring them and maybe we can figure out what they are. (A thumb drive would be the best way to bring the images.)

More information on REEF go to https://www.reef.org/.

Come join your fellow Seahorses for a great family-friendly meet up with some great friends, good food and cold beverages.

No-host dinner at 6, Program at 7 PM

Bellevue Brewing
1820 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005

Photo and Video Contest Update

posted May 14, 2019, 12:11 PM by Editor SeaHorse

Greetings members.

Happy almost Summer. With the return of warmer weather and perhaps even a few more degrees in our local waters, it’s time to dust off the scuba gear (if you haven’t already), charge up the camera, refresh the memory cards, get out and dive and take pictures. Safely, of course.

With that said, our Seahorse Dive Club will hold our annual photo/video contest on October 24th. It will be hosted at the Diamond Knot Brew Pub in Mountlake Terrace (details will be announced later). This is a family event so feel free to bring your spouse, significant other, and kids to enjoy the food, and the incredible videos and photographs that our members will be entering. All attendees will be given the chance to vote.

This year, the categories are:

1) Video – this includes both video and multimedia presentations.
2) Above Water Dive Related - photographs taken above water that relate to diving
3) Cold Water Macro - photographs taken underwater in below 65-degree water at greater than 1 to 1 scale
4) Cold Water Wide Angle - photographs taken underwater in below 65-degree water at less than 1 to 1 scale
5) Warm Water Macro - photographs taken underwater in above 65-degree water at greater than 1 to 1 scale
6) Warm Water Wide Angle - photographs taken underwater in above 65-degree water at less than 1 to 1 scale
7) Novice - photographs taken by someone who has been doing underwater photography less than 1 year
8) 2019 Special Category: the ever photogenic Grunt Sculpin (see photo example on the FB page).

Special rules and regulations will be announced at a later date.

Mark your calendars and set the time aside.

Happy diving!!!

April 25 Indoor Meeting - Kees Beemster Leverenz, Underwater Imaging Software and Development

posted Apr 8, 2019, 2:21 PM by Editor SeaHorse

BOEING EMPLOYEES' SCUBA CLUB

Seahorses Indoor General Meeting

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

6:00PM – Dinner and Beverages!

7:00PM - Featured Program

 

Rogue Issaquah Brew House

35 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027

 

Kees Beemster Leverenz, Underwater Imaging Software and Development

 

Kees is an enthusiastic local diver and GUE instructor. Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) is a scuba diving organization that provides education within recreational, technical, and cave diving. He enjoys getting in the water as often as possible. Kees is passionate about contributing to both local and global photogrammetry projects, as well as assisting with cave exploration projects in Mexico and Canada. In his professional life, Kees has a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Washington, and currently works as a software developer for Microsoft’s Office 365 Incident Communication and Coordination team. 

Although not often considered as a recreational diving hot spot, Lake Washington harbors some of the Pacific Northwest's best-preserved wrecks with stories stretching back a century. Cold water and low light has allowed delicate aluminum planes and wooden boats to remain preserved. The documentation of these wrecks is difficult, due to the low visibility and challenging conditions in this body of water. Kees has been using modern 3D documentation techniques and adopted software to render the wrecks of Lake Washington in high resolution -- and you can too! Kees will be telling us more about ongoing and completed documentation projects in Lake Washington as well as future efforts you can get involved with in this exciting presentation.

 

More information on GUE is available at the website: https://www.gue.com/global-underwater-explorers

 

Come join your fellow Seahorses for a great family-friendly meet up with some great friends, good food and cold beverages.

 

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

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/

 

March 28th Indoor Meeting - Member Meet-up and Dive Planning Social

posted Mar 21, 2019, 9:25 AM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Mar 26, 2019, 5:20 PM ]

NEW LOCATION

Bellevue Brewing 1820 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005

BOEING EMPLOYEES' SCUBA CLUB
Seahorses Indoor General Meeting
Thursday, March 28th, 2019
6:00PM – 8:00PM – Dinner and Social Program
Round Table Pizza HAS CLOSED PERMANENTLY 

Member Meet up and Dive Planning Social

We’re hosting a special informal social meeting this month. We invite all interested divers, and divers-to-be, to join us for an evening of future dive planning, local and abroad. Like all of our programs, no club membership is required to attend. Regardless of your level of experience, this meeting is for you! Come share or get tips on where we have been diving lately and where we’re planning on going this year. You can be sure there will be plenty of entertaining and educational stories about dives past as well!

We also planned that the informal nature of this meeting can take the conversations to go wherever the interest of the attendees take it. Our club has a tremendously diverse membership of diver experience levels. All the way from current students to Tech Instructors. We also have members with a passionate interest in photo/video and other specialties like wreck and underwater hunting. Be prepared to share or gather info on what your particular area of interest is.

More information on the Sea Horses is available at our website: http://www.seahorsediveclub.com/

Come join your fellow Seahorses for a great family-friendly meet up with some great friends, good food and cold beverages. 

Dinner at 6 PM and program at 7 PM.

Location is Bellevue Brewing

1820 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005



Hoyo Negro Cenote - Dr Jim Chatters - Feb 28th Indoor Meeting - Special Event

posted Feb 7, 2019, 4:21 PM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Feb 8, 2019, 11:18 AM ]

HEY EVERYONE - THIS IS A SPECIAL EVENT TO GET DR. CHATTERS. IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE KCTS9 SHOW YOU MIGHT WANT TO LOOK IT UP. PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO YOUR FRIENDS - ALL ARE WELCOME!
BOEING EMPLOYEES' SCUBA CLUB

Seahorses Indoor General Meeting
Thursday, February 28th, 2018
6:00PM – Dinner and Beverages!
7:00PM - Featured Program

Location: Rogue Brewhouse in Issaquah

Jim Chatters, Paleoanthropologist/Paleontologist, Hoyo Negro Project – A Mexican Cenote

We’re extremely excited to host Jim Chatters, Ph. D, a world renowned Paleoscientist. Jim has participated in archeological studies around in a diversity of locales for over 50 years. Jim is currently the principal investigator of the Hoyo Negro Project, located in an underwater cave in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. For myself, as a Boeing engineer in the technology field, I think this project is particularly interesting. The primary reason is that they have assembled an extremely detailed digital 3D model of the underwater Cenote that may be explored, above water, in virtual reality.

The cenotes and underwater cave systems of the Yucatan Peninsula are emerging as one of the most promising frontiers for Paleoamerican studies. Following the end of the last glacial maximum, rising sea levels flooded the region’s maze of underground passageways and preserved a diverse Late Pleistocene fossil assemblage. A female human skeleton, named "Naia," found in spatial association with the remains of now-extinct fauna in the submerged subterranean pit of Hoyo Negro presents a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary Paleoamerican and paleoenvironmental research in Quintana Roo, Mexico. At 13,000-12,000 years BP, the young woman’s skeleton represents the oldest nearly complete individual yet found in the Americas.

More information on Jim and his fellow scientist’s incredible work on Hoyo Negro can be found on this fantastic, easy to navigate, website: http://hoyonegro.ucsd.edu/

Premiering last year on PBS broadcast television station KCTS 9, but being re-broadcast this month, will be an episode of NOVA. This episode, entitled “First Face of America” will be covering the highlights of Jim’s work. Catch the broadcast or watch the episode here: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/video/first-face-of-america/

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.

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

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