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 https://www.nautilus-scuba.net/calendar/.

We will also advise (email) the financial 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, normally around 12 seats.  We get a sizable discount for our members.

To go on a club dive, you have to call the dive operator direct (do not call any club members who work for the operator – they cannot help you!) and book your spot. You pay the dive operator directly and your place is confirmed on full payment.  Be sure to bring your Nautilus membership and Cert cards with you on the dive as you will need them BOTH.   Spots are kept available for the club up to a cut-off date,  normally 48 hours prior to 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 will get a seat.  It is also possible that the spots we have reserved for Nautilus are already full.  If the boat does not fill then more seats will be opened to club members upon booking.

Club Dives
Currently, club dives are on either the second Sunday or Saturday of the month.  At the moment (2018 – 19) we go once a quarter (every 3 months) out of Port Douglas and twice a quarter (the remaining 2 months) out of Cairns.  The operators do vary based on availability and the offer they provide to club members.  We are always looking for the best deals for members that present quality and value for money.

As club members, we get sizeable discounts on the standard prices that are only ever disclosed on emails to current financial members. This is CRITICAL to preserve the integrity of the operator’s pricing and an added benefit of membership to the club.  Identify yourself as 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, Fiji and others.  As a club, we often manage to get great group deals and these trips are hugely popular.

Domestic Travel
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.  In the past this has included an annual visit to the Yongala (located near Ayr in QLD) and other wrecks in the near Queensland coast.  Future trips may include these plus travelling further afield (including interstate) to sites that are of interest to members and/or are requested.

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

 

Other Dive Opportunities
We are a dive club so diving is our key focus.  As such, 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.

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