Club Dives and how they work

Club Dives: How they work

This is a general explanation how the Nautilus club dives work, especially meant for new members.

We have a dive calendar to help you plan your dives with the club. See http://www.nautilus-scuba.net/calendar/.

We will also advise (email) the members separately about upcoming dives up to a few weeks in advance. We ask the dive operator to reserve a number of spots for our members, often around 12. We get a sizable discount for our members.

To go on a club dive you have to call the dive operator and book your spot. You also have to pay the dive operator directly. Be sure to bring your Nautilus membership card to the dive (and of course your Cert card).  As a rule, the club does not handle any money for the club dives. Spots are kept available for the club up to a cut off date, 5 to 7 days before the dive date (depends on the operator). From that date on the operator will fill the spots with non-Nautilus members. So if you call late, it is not guaranteed that you can go. It is also possible that the spots we have reserved for Nautilus are already full.

Club Dives
Currently, c
lub dives are on the second Sunday of the month. At the moment (2017) we go once a quarter ( every 3 months) with Calypso out of Port Douglas and twice a quarter (the remaining 2 months) with Tusa 6 out of Cairns.  We also endeavour to dive the Yongala at least once a year. We also dive with Deep Sea Divers Den, Ocean Quest, Rum Runner, Reel Crazy, and other operators as opportunities arise.

As club members we get sizeable discounts on the standard prices that are only ever disclosed on emails to current financial members. This is to preserve the integrity of the operator’s pricing and an added benefit of membership to the club.  Tell them that you are a club member when booking and show your membership card on the day of diving.

Overseas Dive Trips
We organise approximately 2-3 overseas dive trips per year. Past destinations include: PNG [Walindi, Tufi, Lissenung Island, Liveaboard Certan etc], Palau, Truk Lagoon, Solomon Islands, Indonesia [Flores,], Phillipines, Vanuatu and others.  As a club we often manage a get great group deals and these trips are hugely popular.

We are now also exploring special dives within Australia that offer great deals to members and extend your diving experience beyond the Great Barrier reef and surrounds. 

All members are informed via emails about the new and upcoming plans and dive opportunities. Please contact the  divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net for Cairns based dives and the overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net for trips overseas.  

Some useful information

TUSA
Phone 07 4047 9120.
Up to three dives on Tusa 6.
Be at the A finger of the Cairns Marina at 7:30 (shgarp), for an 8:00 departure. Tusa allows unguided diving. If you want Nitrox, tell them when you book. 

CALYPSO
Free Call 1800 005 966 or 07 4099 6999
Cut off date 5 days before the dive (don’t despair when late, call anyway).
Out of Port Douglas, Agincourt and Opal Reef.
Boarding at the Port Douglas Marina (allow at least 75 minutes for the drive from Cairns) at 8:20am (sharp), departure 8:45am, return 4:15pm.

YONGALA
We dive as a rule with Yongaladive, out of Ayr (Alva Beach). 
Call Janelle at 07 4783 1519.
In general, we will dive on a Saturday and Sunday and stay overnight twice from Friday to Sunday.  Accommodation is basic (backpacker dorm style). Some members prefer to spend the night in luxury in Ayr. Breakfast and lunch (only) are included.  Website yongaladive.com.au 

It is a good idea to carpool. Interesting conversations and less expense on fuel.

Other Dive Opportunities
We are constantly looking for viable dive opportunities for the club.  Suggestions are always welcomed and are discussed as committee meetings. If you have ideas, please email  divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net for consideration – the club is for the members and values input as it may lead to exciting experiences for all.

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