Yongala Dive 26-27th of August

We will be diving the Yongala again. 

YESSSS!!
Time: weekend 26 & 27 August.
 
This time is expertly chosen as it is neap tide [The tide which occurs just after the first and the third quarters of the moon, when there is least difference between high and low time]
We dive out of Ayr, from Alva Beach to be precise.
Members have been sent information via email.
For prices please contact dive coordinator.Bring your own gear. You can use their gear, ask about it if you need to.
Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner not. We normally go downtown, where the lights are, in the city that never sleeps: Ayr! The RSL has a good feed.
 
We make our way to Alva Beach in our cool cars Friday afternoon/night.
We sleep at Alva Beach (simple, backpacker style) and get up early for the dive.
Out in a small inflatable (max 12 divers).
We do 2 dives and get back.
 
Repeat on Sunday plus drive back to Cairns.
 
How do you participate?
 
Call Janelle at Yongaladive (47831519), tell her that you are from the Nautilus Club and book & pay.
We are assured that we can have 10 places on the inflatable (2 have already been taken).
It transpires that they now also have another boat, so more people can go.
 
Rigo van Meer  
contact me via divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net
 

Club dive with Calypso, Sun 13th of August 2017

Just a friendly reminder: our next club dive is with Calypso out of Port Douglas on

Sunday 13th of August

General Calypso info:

Boarding 8:20am at Port Douglas Marina.

To make your booking, contact Calypso on 4099 6999. Remember to tell them you are in Nautilus. 

Cost for 3 dives is $180 with tanks and weights, and $200 with full rental gear.  $6 reef tax.

Calypso allows club members to dive unattended if experienced enough.

Spots will be held until 5 days prior to the date. 

Remember your dive cert card and Nautilus Club Card!    

 

Enjoy!

Rigo 

Nautilus Dive Coordinator

Club dives -3rd of June [CHANGE of DATE] and 9th of July

Hi fellow bubble heads, 

Our monthly club dives are ‘always’ on the 2nd Sunday of the month. We dive mainly with TUSA in Cairns and Calypso in Port Douglas. [2x TUSA and 1x Calypso schedule]

But due to the annual refit schedule of the TUSA 6 we have to move  our monthly club dive forward.T6_Reef7

Trip Dates:
JUNE:    Instead of the 11th of June, this month club dive is on  the 3rd of June 2017

JULY:     9th of July with TUSA  [for who is not able to join the Minke Whale trip]

How to book:
call Tusa directly on 4047 9100, [office] or in the evening the dive shop on 4047 9120.
Additionally, if you have any dietary needs let them know on booking.

Remember to tell them you are a Nautilus member and have your club card at hand as they will ask for your membership number. Take it on the boat as well just to be sure.

Unguided and solo diving
Tusa Dive allows unguided diving and also have Nitrox tanks are on board (subject to availability and additional cost). Anyone wanting to dive with Nitrox should tell them when booking so the tanks can be organised, as they are mixed and taken to the boat on the day needed. Also remember to bring your Nitrox cert card.

Another service offered, if you are suitably certified and have your own redundant air system, you can solo dive. YAY.20130405-T6-74

Where to board:
you will need to be at ‘A’  Finger of Cairns Marina at 7:40 for a 08:00 departure.

Once you have booked, please let me know via divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net so I can keep track of who is going please.

Happy Diving,

Rigo

Dive Coordinator

28 June – Nautilus Underwater Photo competition NIGHT – Exhibition 2017

Put in your diary: 28th 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.

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: 28th of June 2017 @ 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,

Jannemieke

Coral Sea with Rumrunner 19 -22 May

Dear fellow divers!

We have booked a trip to the Coral Sea with Rum Runner, the boat that reaches the parts other boats don’t reach.
What can we expect? Great visibility, 30 to 40 meters. Beautiful corals. Loads of fish. Sharks, sharks, sharks (they will also do a shark feeding). Knowledgeable dive guides if you want them. Some caves. Etc etc etc.
To reach these beautiful spots there is quite some sailing involved, which will mainly be done at night.
 
Dates: Fri 19 May – Mon 22 May [early morning]
We leave Friday 19 May afternoon (as erly as possible), arrive in the morning at the dive sites, 5 dives on Saturday, 3 on Sunday, then heading back to Cairns, arriving early monday morning. 
We have reckoned with at least 14 club divers. We need this number as we are hiring the whole boat.
Costs: about $600 per person.
 
So drop me an email if you plan to come via tripcoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net .
If we have not enough participants (minimum 14) we can’t go or we have to increase the price.
We will probably be asking a down payment, but that is not yet settled.
 
Let me know
And don’t forget: keep diving!
 
Cheers,
Your dive coordinator,
Rigo
 
 

Nautilus Underwater Photocomp 2017; Competing is Fun!

Dear Underwater Photographers,

It is time again to send in your best photos for our annual Nautilus Photocompetition 2017.!

Cairns Scuba Club has a yearly photo competition. This competition has been running for around 10 years now. It has been a runaway success among the members and it has increased the profile of the club to the outside world considerably. Phil Woodhead has been the great organiser all this time.

The competition works very simple. Every member can participate. Do you have one or more under water shots you are really happy with, don’t hesitate, go for it. Now, you might be a bit intimidated by the very high quality of the winning photos of other years. I know I am. Are your shots good enough to compete? My answer is: if you are really happy with your shot, send it it in. But as a beginner, how can I win a price? Yes, you can. Unlike in sports, where there are just a few players at the top winning everything and a beginner will never stand a chance, you can just have that lucky shot. You can make that amazing picture, because 2 fishes and a shrimp happen to smile at you in your compact camera at the same time!

One of the fun things in competing in the photo comp is getting better at taking pictures. You will hone your skills for next year. Through the years I have seen many of our members improve their picture taking. As a competitor you get a nice print of your favourite shots and you get to show them to everybody on the competition night. And they will be in next year’s Nautilus calendar.

Taking pictures on your dives has a great spin off. First of all, you get nice pictures. But it also improves your diving skills, striving to a perfect buoyancy to take a picture of that small critter. And taking pictures makes you look out better and see more. You can’t help to become a better underwater naturalist. Through photography you not only hone your skills as a underwater photographer. But you become an over all better diver.

What about Photoshop? Already in the earliest day of photography, photographers used some after processing to improve the raw results of their camera. This is called retouching. Now we have digital pictures and Photoshop, Lightroom and many other programs that do more or less the same. Every shot can improve with some [editing] after processing. Every year we organise a FREE Photoshop and Lightroom WORKSHOP where Phil teaches you the basics and also more advanced possibilities.

FREE Photoshop/Lightroom workshop is on Wednesday 19 April from 7pm to 9pm.

Every year there are questions whether the rules of the photo comp should not be changed. For instance, in a way that newcomers have a better chance to win a prize. Some members have just started to dive, others have many thousands of dives upon their sleeves. Also, some of our members enter the water with many thousands dollars of camera equipment with at least two flashlights, while others take a point and shoot camera. That is why there are 2 basic categories: SLR camera and Compact Camera. In both categories pictures are classified as Macro, Portrait or Wide Angle. Further there is an open category called Behaviour, which can be shot by any camera and can be macro, portrait or wide angle.

And by the way: the judging is not done by members (apart from the member’s choice) but by a fiercely independent panel of judges who only see the pictures, anonymously numbered.

For this year, long story short: $20 to compete with 1 to 12 pictures. Closing date 31st May 2017. Competition night on 28th of June @ 7pm – Nautilus SCUBA Club Underwater Photo Competition at the CAIRNS COLONIAL CLUB (in stead of our club meeting in June).

The competition forms have been send to you by email.  If you can’t find them, you can download them here:

Nautilus Scuba Club 2017 underwater photo comp form rules

Nautilus Scuba Club underwater photo comp entry form 2017-1

Happy shooting!

Jannemieke

President Nautilus Scuba Club

 

 

 

Minke Whale Trip July 2017!

Minke Whales are in high demand, so we have to plan in advance.
Many Minke trips for 2017 have already been booked with our local dive operators by people from all over the world.
And we have these beautiful animals visiting us right at our doorstep!
 
We organised our yearly Minke Whale adventure with Deep Sea Divers Den. We will go with the OceanQuest on a four days & four nights live aboard trip. There are 36 spots reserved for our club (the whole boat). This is an ideal trip to take the whole family.
 
When?
Friday 7 July to Tuesday morning 11 July 2017. The SeaQuest vessel will take us to the OceanQuest.
Leave Friday 7th July 8am, back Tuesday 11th 7.30am.
4 days & 4 night
Up to 16 dives /+ Minke Whale hang outs
 
We get a really good deal with heavily discounted prices. I know this is a really good deal, because we looked around extensively. I have emailed all the members about the prices. If you have not received any email [f.e. because you just joined the club] or have any questions, please email me on divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net
 
As usual, you make your reservation directly with the operator Deep Sea Divers Den, 
Tel (07) 4046 7333
 
Kind regards from your alway vigilant dive coordinator
Rigo          

FREE Workshop Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom 19 April 2017

Workshop Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
by Phil Woodhead

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 19 April 2017
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 president@nautilus-scuba.net

The workshop will be conducted by our renowned underwater photographer Phil Woodhead. 

Club Dive TUSA 12 March 2017

Monthly Club Dive

Sunday 12th of March 2017 we will be diving on T6 with Tusa Dive Connection.

How to book:
call Tusa directly on 4047 9100, [office] or in the evening the dive shop on 4047 9120.
Additionally, if you have any dietary needs let them know on booking.

Remember to tell them you are a Nautilus member and have your club card at hand as they will ask for your membership number. Take it on the boat as well just to be sure.

Unguided and solo diving
Tusa Dive allows unguided diving and also have Nitrox tanks are on board (subject to availability and additional cost). Anyone wanting to dive with Nitrox should tell them when booking so the tanks can be organised, as they are mixed and taken to the boat on the day needed. Also remember to bring your Nitrox cert card.

Another service offered, if you are suitably certified and have your own redundant air system, you can solo dive. YAY.20130405-T6-74

Where to board:
you will need to be at ‘A’  Finger of Cairns Marina at 7:40 for a 08:00 departure.

Once you have booked, please let me know via divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net so I can keep track of who is going please.

Happy Diving,

Rigo

Dive Coordinator

Truk Lagoon Wreck Diving Trip April 2017

Dear Nauti Members,   

As mentioned previously, the Club would like to take advantage of the new Air Nigini flights into Truk direct from Port Morseby. 
These flights commence in December 2016 and it is not certain whether Air Nigini will continue the flights beyond the first 6 months. 

We are organising for club members a 7 night package flying with Air Nugini Saturday 15th April  to Saturday 23rd April , staying at Blue Lagoon Resort, with 12 dives.

Special package price AUD 2695.00/person. 
Includes flights, taxes, 7 nights accom/12 dives tanks/weights/boat

Mail for how to book and further details the Overseas Divecoordinator Lyn at overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net.