February Club Dive Sunday 11th

For now, let’s lets look at the upcoming regular Club Dives for 2018, starting with January and February.

Both of these will be with Tusa T6 who are again offering club members special discounts from Cairns Marina.

Mark Sunday 14 January and Sunday 11th February in your diary and call Tusa’s Reservations office direct (not the shop on the Esplanade) to book either/both of these dives on   >>>  Phone:  07 4047 9100   <<<
Be sure to mention you are from the Nautilus club to obtain the current discount from them

Please also do NOT email, phone or SMS any of the other club members who work for Tusa T6 – they cannot help you as you need to call the Booking Office ONLY !

Prices remain the same through 2018 as they were last year, so:
Prices are $155 for 3 dives with tanks and weights; $185 with full gear rental; plus $10 Reef Levy.
Additional cost for Nitrox (if available).
Your place is secured with full payment.

Arrive at Cairns Marina, A-Finger by 07:40 as the boat departs 08:00 sharp.
Have your club and cert cards with you on the boat and identify yourself as a club member as you board.
Tusa allows unguided dives for members and has Nitrox available on request (subject to availability) and check for any additional fee before you request it.

Tusa T6 are holding 10 places on both dates so get in quick (more available if boat not full). These seats will be released at noon the day prior if not booked.

Note:  Please email divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net if you book  so that we can keep track of who is going as this helps both Tusa and ourselves in the club. If you have any further questions or comments for the club then please email me and I will attend as soon as possible.

Enjoy bubble-blowers!

Lake Eacham BBQ 21st of January

Annual Lake Eacham BBQ

We will have people there from approximately 9.30am and we try to get a shelter up the top near the path down to the pontoon/jetty.

The BBQ will be around midday so if you are intending to go diving please plan your dive times around that.  Remember that diving is at your own risk and you will have to bring all gear including tanks and weights (Tanks can be hired from scuba shops around cairns – eg Deep sea divers den, Cairns Scuba Air).  There are rumours of an underwater treasure hunt… so make sure you get in early.

Please RSVP by the Monday 15th of January so we can sort out catering.  Please BYO drinks and chairs.

If you are new to the club please come along and meet some of your fellow dive enthusiasts.

See you all there!

 

Club Dives and how they work

Club Dives: How they work

This is a general explanation on 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 pax.  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 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 (this will depend 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,
club 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 MV Chertan], Palau, Truk Lagoon, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Philippines, Vanuatu and others.  As a club, we often manage to 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 Yongala Dive, out of Ayr (Alva Beach). 
Call Janelle at 07 4783 1519.
In general, we will dive on a Saturday and Sunday and stay 2 nights 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.  Website:  http://www.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 at the monthly committee meetings.  If you have any ideas, please email:  divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net for consideration.  The club is for the members and the committee always values your input as it may lead to some exciting experiences for all.