Sticky: 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

We will also advise (email) the members separately about upcoming dives 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 rebate 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 C 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, often a few days before the dive date. 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
Club dives are as a rule on the second Sunday of the month. At the moment (end 2016) we go in every 3 months once with Calypso out of Port Douglas and twice 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, etc.

As club members we get sizeable discounts on the standard prices. Tell them that you are a club member and show your membership card on the day of diving.

Overseas Dive Trips
We organise approximately 2-3 overseas dive trips per year. Pas destinations were: PNG [Walindi, Tufi, Lissenung Island, Liveaboard Certan etc], Palau, Truk Lagoon, Solomon Islands, Indonesia [Flores,], Phillipines, Vanuatu. 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, like White Shark Dives, or Lady Elliott Island. 

All members are informed via emails about the new and upcoming plans and dive opportunities. Please contact the for Cairns based dives and the for trips overseas.   See who is who on our committee page

Some useful information

Phone 4047 9120.
Three dives on Tusa 6.
Be at the A finger of the Cairns Marina before 7:40, for an 8:00 departure. Tusa allows unguided diving. If you want Nitrox, tell them when you book. 

Free Call 1800 005 966 or 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, departure 8:45am, return 4:15pm.

We dive as a rule with Yongaladive, out of Ayr (Alva Beach). 
Call Janelle at 47831519.
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 are included, the meals at night not.

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


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