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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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".

Indoor General Meeting - Dive Master Training and Diving in Kona, Mike Snow of the Boeing Dive Club Seahorses

posted Jan 4, 2018, 8:45 AM by Editor SeaHorse

Seahorses Indoor General Meeting
Thursday, January 25th, 2018; Round Table Pizza - Redmond (Overlake)
6:00PM - Pizza Feast! 7:00PM - Featured Program

This frigid January presents no better time to cozy up with you fellow club members and take in some warmth and sunshine with some tropical travel talk from Hawaii! We’re pleased to welcome Mike Snow, who is fresh off a recent trip to this popular and easily accessible tropical dive destination. You’ll get exclusive info on Mike’s personal experience undergoing the Dive Master Certification process, all confined to the lovely tropical waters of Hawaii.

Please join us on a virtual exploration as Mike takes us to visit some of the best of Kona and all training dives involved in his certification process. Mike will also be available for some Q&A to help you plan your best experience while travelling to the Big Island.
Join your fellow Seahorses for a great family-friendly presentation with some good food and cold beverages.

No-host dinner at 6, Program at 7 PM.
Round Table Pizza - Redmond (Overlake)
15025 NE 24th St
Redmond, WA 98052-5531

Link http://www.roundtablepizza.com/rtp/store.asp?store_num=428

Sea Horse Calendars ready to go

posted Dec 21, 2017, 1:09 PM by Editor SeaHorse

The Annual Sea Horse Photo Contest Calendars are posted and ready to be ordered. The photos were taken by Club Members over the last year. The Photo Contest calendar has images that won or were entered in the Annual Photo Contest in October.  Tropical Calendar images are from trips taken by members and NW images are taken locally in the Pacific NW. The calendars can be ordered through Cafe Press from our page (link below). Just click on the Photography link, or just click on the link on the upper right corner of our home page. http://www.cafepress.com/seahorsedive

WSA Meetings on a New Dive Reef at Redondo 11/29 and 12/5, 7 PM - MAST building at Redondo

posted Nov 26, 2017, 8:36 PM by Editor SeaHorse

You are invited to an open forum regarding potential improvements to the Redondo Beach dive site in Des Moines. Please consider attending one of the following dates to voice your opinions and ideas. Redondo Beach is the most popular dive site in the South Puget Sound. We have an opportunity to protect the site for diving and potentially develop the site specifically for diving. Possible improvements include both in-water and access structures. Meeting dates are Nov. 29, and Dec. 5th. Both meeting will be at the MAST Center at Redondo  and start at 7 PM. Park on the street or in the pay lot across the street (not in Salty's lot).

November Club Meeting was "Hot and Cold" Diving

posted Nov 17, 2017, 2:44 PM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 4:12 PM ]

For the last indoor club meeting of 2017 more than 20 Sea Horses and friends gathered to hear about Hot and Cold diving - two trips, one to the San Juan Islands (cold) and the other to Grand Cayman Island (hot). We also conducted some Club business by reviewing and accepting the budget for 2018 which was developed by Brian HeathKen Engelmeyer also announced that we are seeking candidates for President and for Secretary of the club. Between now and January 26th, keep diving and go find the COTM (see the COTM post on the FB page). Here is a link to the Grand Cayman video that I shared. https://vimeo.com/243386382

November Indoor Club Meeting - Hot and Cold Diving - 11/16

posted Nov 1, 2017, 10:26 AM by Editor SeaHorse

Hot and Cold diving - videos/presentations on tropical diving in Grand Cayman and NW diving in the San Juans. Our own members Randy Pedersen, Dave Wakeley and Ed Gullekson will show videos and talk about two of the expeditions from 2017. In July a group met at Reid Harbor on Stuart Island in the San Juan Islands. Randy will show a video and those of us who participated will talk about that 3 days of diving. Also, Dave Wakeley and Ed Gullekson will show videos and talk about their expedition to Grand Cayman with REEF (reef.org).
No host pizza dinner at 6, Program at 7 Location is the Redmond (Overlake) Round Table Pizza.

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