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.

So, you want to be a reporter, do you?  You think you've got what it takes?!

If you're a SeaHorse Dive Club member, and want to contribute to the news, you've got what it takes.  Just send a note to webmaster@seahorsediveclub.com, and we'll get you fixed up.

PUMPKIN CARVING

posted Oct 28, 2020, 2:28 PM by Editor SeaHorse

It's that Halloween time of year when we usually do a fun Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest - except we still got the virus lurking. So we have an alternative. You divers pick your own dive site/time and pumpkin - and go out there and carve away. Then you post your result as a comment to the announcement on the FB page. You can describe your experience, take a photo underwater, take a photo above water (when you are done), or even shoot a very short video (30 seconds or less).
So go find your perfect pumpkin - carve away and post it on FB. Given the lateness of this challenge, feel free to be extra creative. About the only rule is you do have to make a dive as part of the carving. Please post by Sunday evening (Nov.1).

Photo Contest results - see the winners on the FB page

posted Oct 28, 2020, 2:18 PM by Editor SeaHorse

Thank you to all SeaHorses that joined us in our photo contest this year. We had a good number of people join for the Zoom call on Thursday night to announce winning entries and a fair number of people entered a nice variety of photographs in all but one category, Novice (a great opportunity for all you newby photographers to get an image together for next year). Unfortunately, we had to eliminate the video portion of the contest this year because of technical limitations with having an online format (stupid Covid). Nevertheless, there were 62 entries in total with 6 photographers submitting entries. 20 people submitted votes via SurveyMonkey, 15 of which were members and 5 were guests. A special thank you to Dave Wakeley for helping to tabulate and validate the votes.
The bonus questions revealed that our overall favorite local dive shop is Underwater Sports (all locations), with Lighthouse (Lynnwood), Gone Diving (Bellingham), and Northwest (Everett) being recognized. Our non-local favorite dive shop saw quite the variety of locales: Red Sail Grand Cayman, Kaimana Divers (Oahu), Kona Honu Divers (Hawaii), Native Sons Diving (Honduras), Aldora Divers (Cozumel), Force-C Scuba Center (Florida), Maui Divers (Maui), Rainbow Divers (Vietnam), Snorkel Bob’s (Hawaii), and quasi-local Anacortes Diving (Anacortes) and Gone Diving (Bellingham).
Chris McKenna won in the Warm Water Wide Angle category with an image of a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle shot in Hawaii earlier this year before the pandemic shut everything down. That image also won “Best of Show” as voted on by members of the executive board. Ed Gullekson won “Warm Water Macro” with a shot of a Spinyhead Blenny taken in Turks and Caicos Islands.
In the Cold Water categories, Chris won the wide angle with a photograph of a seal peaking into the camera from above. Ed picked up winning entry on the macro side with a photograph of everyone’s favorite winter-time fish, a Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker at Redondo. The “Above Water” and “Special Category-Red Octopus” winning entries were the pilings at Dickman Mill and an octo at play, both shot by Chris.
All images will become part of the 2021 calendars the club creates and publishes (you should be able to purchase calendars by the beginning of December). More info on that will be forthcoming.
Thank you for all your participation and support. Now is the time to get ready for 2021. Get out there, go diving, and shoot some photos!!! Above all, stay safe.

Photo Contest Entries are now available for voting

posted Oct 18, 2020, 1:36 PM by Editor SeaHorse

Go to the Sea Horses FB page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/375392171563/) to look at the PDF of the entries. The link to the surveymonkey is at the end of the PDF file.

Sea Horses Annual Photo Contest - October 22 - online

posted Oct 1, 2020, 9:08 PM by Editor SeaHorse

Happy October everyone.
As you are aware, with the pandemic and the Coronavirus restrictions that were put in place, we have not been able to hold our monthly club meetings as we have become accustomed to. And given that the restrictions are still in place and unlikely to be lifted in the immediate future, we are not going to be having our in-person meeting again this month.
Having said that, we are still wanting to hold our annual photo contest. The only difference will be that this will happen as a zoom meeting rather than the in-person event we all love. And because of this, and the limitations on bandwidth and logistical issues, it will be limited to photo’s only this year. Sorry, no video right now.
So here is how it is going to work….between now and October 16, I will need you to send your photo submission to me via email. I will compile the entries, send out a PDF with all the choices, and ask you to submit your vote via a survey monkey poll that I am setting up. On October 22, we will have our zoom meeting where I will announce the results. Prizes will be awarded later.
The submission should be 1080 x 720 @ 72 DPI. That resolution is high enough to allow for screen enlargement without too much pixilation. Please change the title of your submission to include your name and the category you’re entering. For example “Chris McKenna – Special Category”. When you send me your entry, attach it as a file and not an embedded object in the email. Please send to scubac45@yahoo.com .
Recall the categories for this year…
1. Above water dive related - Pictures taken above water that relate to diving.
2. Cold Water Macro - Pictures taken underwater in below 65 degree water at greater than 1 to 1 scale
3. Cold Water Wide Angle - Pictures taken underwater in below 65-degree water at less than 1 to 1 scale
4. Warm Water Macro - Pictures taken underwater in above 65-degree water at greater than 1 to 1 scale
5. Warm Water Wide Angle - Pictures taken underwater in above 65-degree water at less than 1 to 1 scale
6. Novice - Pictures taken by someone who has been doing underwater photography less than 1 year.
7. Red Octopus – One or more R.O.’s from anywhere.
Official rules are on the FaceBook page.
Thanks and happy diving!

We are starting to dive again

posted May 30, 2020, 2:54 PM by Editor SeaHorse

Well this crazy virus took a couple months out of our diving season but we are starting to get out there more. Be sure to check the FB page for announcements. One person was headed out to hunt lingcod today (5/30/2020). Vis yesterday at Cove 2 was poor from the surface to 30 feet but below that it was 12 to 15 feet.

As soon as we can, we will be posting club diving activities on FB and also here on the calendar.

Indoor meeting for March is canceled

posted Mar 11, 2020, 12:15 PM by Editor SeaHorse

Well it happens. We had two things going against us. First our venue, the Rogue Brewhouse in Issaquah, closed just last week. Then this covid-19 virus is going on a rampage and we need to slow it down so it doesn't overwhelm the healthcare system (which doesn't have big flexibility in the first place). So we are canceled for March.

Keep checking back as the dives are not canceled (easy to do social distancing underwater) and depending on what is happening we will be looking at the possibility of an April meeting. 

Thanks for your patience.

Indoor Meeting 2/27 - Edmonds Underwater Park History

posted Feb 16, 2020, 5:20 PM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Feb 19, 2020, 10:15 AM by Ed Gullekson ]

Our presenter is Bruce Higgins, who has spearheaded the building of Edmonds Underwater Park for decades. He will tell us about the history including the challenges and accomplishments. The meeting is at the Diamond Knot Brewhouse in Mountlake Terrace.  No-host dinner at 6 PM, program at 7.
Now is the time to renew your membership. Print the forms from this website (see membership section) and bring cash check or first born (OK, not first born) to the meeting.

Renew Your Membership now!

posted Jan 14, 2020, 7:46 PM by Editor SeaHorse

Hello Sea Horses, It is January and time to renew your membership. Get out your dive gear and dust if off. Take it in to have any maintenance done so you will be ready to hit the water as it warms up (OK, through the snow too). In the mean time come to the January meeting (see announcement) and hear about the latest SeaSoft gear plus pick up a door prize. This club is run by you, the members, volunteering your time, leading dives and participating in dives. We also have a trip to the Bahamas coming up in May. To renew, go to the Club's membership page ( https://sites.google.com/a/seahorsediveclub.com/home/membership-information ) download the forms and bring them to a meeting or send them to the address on the form. Then watch the FB page for dive announcements and monthly events. Or use our north end compressor (and soon our south end compressor) to be ready to dive, dive, dive.

January 23rd Meeting - Bruce Justinen- Owner, Seasoft Scuba Products

posted Jan 14, 2020, 4:14 PM by Editor SeaHorse

BOEING EMPLOYEES' SCUBA CLUB

Seahorses Indoor General Meeting

January 23rd, 2019

6:00PM - Dinner and Beverages!

7:00PM - Featured Program

 

Rogue Issaquah Brew House

35 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027

 

Bruce Justinen- Owner, Seasoft Scuba Products

 

Bruce is coming back to the  Seahorses!!  It's been awhile since we've hosted the owner of this local company and if you haven’t seen Bruce before, you need to show up to this great program to see what you have been missing.  Please join us this evening for some food, beverages, and great night of fun. Also enjoy the antics and enthusiasm of one of our most entertaining presenters. Bruce is constantly developing new and exciting product to make your diving easier, safer and more fun. Many of these may be available as door prizes at the program.

 

Bruce will share with us how Seasoft products can not only make your diving more stress-free and comfortable, but can also make you a much better diver!  You'll also learn great buoyancy techniques and hear about some fantastic new products that Seasoft has recently released. Additionally, Bruce has some info about some more recent news on how Seasoft is working with the Department of Ecology to produce an environmentally conscious product line. Did I mention everyone is virtually guaranteed to win a door prize too? Bruce will also be available, following his presentation, for some questions and answers, and opinions, for just about anything!

 

More information on Seasoft's products are available at the company website:  http://www.seasoftscuba.com 

 

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.

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

 

Sea Horses 2020 Calendars Available

posted Dec 3, 2019, 9:26 AM by Editor SeaHorse

The 2020 Sea Horses calendars are available on CafePress. Each year we make up calendars from members photos. One is from the Photo Contest winners and entries, one is PacNW and one is Tropical. Get one for yourself or get more and give them as gifts so your friends get to see what you look at while diving. Just click on the link on the right side of this page, it will take you here: https://www.cafepress.com/seahorsedive

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