May Newsletter

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Marine Historian and Videographer, Max Gleeson – Guest Speaker 30th May Club Meeting


 This months guest speaker is Marine Historian and Videographer, Max Gleeson.

Max is one of Australia’s foremost authorities on the Yongala and has recently completed a video on the wreck, including internal footage. Max literally wrote the book on the Yongala tragedy and will take us through the research he did to produce the video

Max has also produced a video on the wrecks of Truk Lagoon and will show some of this video in his presentation.

As always the meeting is at the Cairns Eisteddfod Association, 67 Greenslopes St, Edge Hill. Join us for a BBQ first from 7.00pm.

Non club members also welcome, See you all there!


TUFI Dive Resort PNG October 2018 Book Now!

Papua New Guinea’s oceans are part of the Coral Triangle and have some of the largest marine diversity in the world.  We have organised 2 Club trips to this amazing part of the world for 2018


Tufi, PNG – October 2018 (Max: 16 pax)

Tufi offers a variety of dives: from diving in the fjords to unchartered outer reefs with some hammerhead sharks, WW2 wrecks and muck diving at the Tufi Wharf with lots of interesting macro life.  



Dates of travel will be SUN 21 – MON 29 OCTOBER 2018:  7 nights (+ 1 night in POM), 15 boat dives + 6 wharf dives, flying with Air Niugini and PNG Air.

For more info on Tufi Resort and diving in Tufi, please visit their website:


This is an independently organised trip by the Club. We have reserved the whole resort for this trip with a maximum capacity of 16 spaces.


For further info, contact Akiko, Overseas Dive Coordinator on


 Tufi Resort Compendium


Minke Whale Trip July 2018

The much awaited Minke Whale dive trip is now open for bookings!

This trip has become an annual event and is very popular, so get in quick!!

This years Minke Whale trip will run in a similar fashion to last year.

The trip is again organised with our valued sponsor Deep Sea Divers Den and will be on their liveaboard, OceanQuest. All information about the trip can be found on the DSDD website, here: 
(DO NOT BOOK via this web page – booking details below)
This is an ideal trip to take the all family members
Friday 6th July to Tuesday morning 11th July 2018.
  • Depart Friday 6th July @ 7:30 am,
  • Arrive back Tuesday 11th July @ 8.30am.
  • 4 days & 4 nights
  • Up to 16 dives / Minke Whale hang outs
We again have been offered a really good deal with heavily discounted prices! Members have been emailed the prices. If you have not received the email [i.e. because you just joined the club] or have any questions, please email Darren
Final payment (direct to Deep Sea Divers Den) must be made 45 days prior to departure (ie before 21 May 2018) or earlier.
As usual, you make your reservation directly with the operator Deep Sea Divers Den, 
Tel (07) 4046 7333.  You must be a current financial member of the club and advise of your Membership Number when booking AND show your Membership Card when boarding.


The 2018 Nautilus Scuba Club Underwater Photo Competition is fast approaching.
All Club Members are invited to enter, so start sorting or taking pictures & save the date!
Images taken by compact cameras will be judged separately from DSLR and Mirrorless cameras, but the categories are the same for both Macro, Portrait, and Wide Angle, there will also be an open category called ‘Behavior’. 
The entries will be collected in by midnight on the 31st of May and sent away for Judging. Results and exhibition of prints will be on Wednesday 27th June at Cairns Colonial Club. More info to be advised
Competition rules and entry form are attached below:

Sticky: FREE Workshop Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom 18 April 2018

Workshop Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
by Phil Woodhead

As preparation for your entries for our annual Underwater Photo Competition we offer for members a workshop in editing photos in order to optimise your entries for the competition. Even if you don’t wish to enter any photos, you are very welcome to attend this workshop and learn more about how to use the programs Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.  It is a great way to upskill yourself in photo editing and ask all the questions you always had but no one to ask. 

The workshop will be conducted by our renowned underwater photographer Phil Woodhead. Many of you will have seen his stunning photos on one platform or another.

The workshop will cover:

  • A look at Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom
  • Basic image editing in Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Tips and trics from the master

Date:  Wednesday 18 April 2018
Time:  7pm – 9pm
Where: venue will be announced
For whom:  club members who are interested in editing their [underwater] photo shots. And Yes, if you have attended last year, you are welcome again this year. [I always forget things when I don’t use it, so I love to hear it again – Jannemieke]
How to ensure your place at the workshop:  please send an email to Jannemieke via


March Newsletter

Here is the March Club Newsletter

Great Stories & Awesome Photos!

Info & Dates for Dive Trips, Club Meetings, Guest Speakers & Trip Reports

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Share your experiences with the club!

Our editor Phil will make the newsletter about 1 week before the club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. Deadline for submitting photos & stories is the Sunday before club meetings.

Please send your stories and/or photos before deadline to

Enjoy the read!

27 June – Nautilus Underwater Photo competition NIGHT – Exhibition 2018

Put in your diary: 27th of June @ 7pm – Nautilus SCUBA Club Underwater Photo Competition at the CAIRNS COLONIAL CLUB

The June Club meeting has for the last few years been reserved for the results of our Annual Underwater Photo Competition. This is always a special evening as all the entries to the competition will be displayed and the winners of the competition will be announced.

Our Friends have again been very generous and have donated awesome prizes for the winners of the competition. There will even be a Lucky Door Prize for members this year!

This event showcases the hard work of all the Nautilus underwater photographers, (and the standard of images submitted gets better every year) to quote the judges.

WHEN: Wednesday 27th of June 20178@ 7pm

WHERE:The exhibition will be held  at the CAIRNS COLONIAL CLUB. 18-26 Cannon Street, Manunda QLD 4870, Australia

TIME: It will start at 7pm and scrumptious little nibbles and tapas will be served until the announcements of the winners of the competition at around 8.15ish. So make sure that you are in time to have a look at all the photos and have a bit of a bite.

Everybody is welcome. Do bring your family and friends. The photos will be again of astonishing quality and diversity.

See you all there,

Warm regards,


March Club Dive – Sunday 11th

Continuing our regular Club Dives for 2018 with March lined up to be a beauty!

As we have been offering two dives departing Cairns and one from Port Douglas across a 3 month cycle.  Feed back from members indicates this is appreciated for many reasons including ease of access for Northern members and a variety for all.

So to maintain that program, we have organised with our valued sponsor Deep Sea Divers Den (DSDD) to use their services of AquaQuest, the newest boat in their fleet.  Those of you who attended the 2017 Christmas Dive event on AquaQuest will remember how good that was, everything from the comfort of a new vessel through to the excellent service the crew offered.  They even offer Nitrox if you want it and club members do not need to be guided – you can do your own thing in buddy pairs.

Please place Sunday 11th March in your diary and call DSDD Reservations office direct 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 which has been emailed to Financial Club Members only.

Please also do NOT email, phone or SMS any of the other club members who work for DSDD – they cannot help you as you need to call the Booking Office ONLY !  Your place is secured with full payment.

Arrive at Port Douglas Marina, DSDD Booking Desk in the arcade building by 08:00 as the boat departs 08:30 sharp.
Have your club and cert cards with you when checking in to identify yourself as a financial club member as you board.

12 places are on hold so get in quick (more available if boat not full). These seats will be released 48 hours prior if not booked.

Note:  Please email if you book  so that we can keep track of who is going as this helps both DSDD and ourselves in the club. If you have any further questions or comments for the club then please email Dive Coordinator and I will attend as soon as possible.

Enjoy bubble-blowers!


February Newsletter

Great Stories & Awesome Photos!

Dive Trips, Club Meetings,

Guest Speakers & Trip Reports

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Share your experiences with the club!

Our editor Phil will make the newsletter about 1 week before the club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month.
Deadline for submitting photos & stories is the Sunday before club meetings.

Please send your stories and/or photos before deadline to

Enjoy the read!