Christmas Dive & After-Party 8th Dec 2018

Hey all, it’s getting closer to ‘that time of year’ when the calendar runs out of dates BUT there is plenty of diving happening, and in particular this year’s Club Christmas Dive !!

This year, for something completely different, the club has organized a dive gathering departing locally at Cairns.  We have accepted (after an EOI process) an offer by Tusa Dive to use their whole boat, T6 provided we fill it (and I’m sure we will).  It only takes 50 divers so definitely first in to dive !!  A very special club discounted price applies (please refer to your email or I can send out another >>>  DiveCoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net )

On Saturday 8th December  we will board T6 (usual club dive logistics apply) 

You can bring all your own gear or for a small fee have all gear provided.  If you want Nitrox then advise when booking as availability is limited and choose from a one or two dive option.

This year club members this year get access to:

  • an operator closer to home for the majority of active members;
  • Have Nitrox on board (limited to be quick);
  • Non club member (partners/family) snorkelers at a locals discount rate;
  • Most likely the whole boat to ourselves, so will be like a Private Charter at heavily discounted rates AND plenty of space on board.

T6 also visit sites that differ from other  Cairns based operators so provide the best local experience based on weather conditions of the day.
This is certainly an offer to seriously consider as it is not very often the club gets an entire boat to ourselves – in fact if you are not yet a member and reading this – this deal is worth the joining fee alone !!

All members need to do is to call the Tusa Dive office during office hours on Ph. 07 4047 9100.  Payment is required at the time of booking (inc any pre-booked Nitrox).  Remember to have your Nautilus Card ready to provide your member number.

We are looking forward to this event and seeing as many members as possible onboard, enjoying the dives as a club together, supporting Tusa Dive who are great sponsors of Nautilus Scuba Club and visiting great dive sites.

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JOIN US FOR THE AFTERPARTY!!

The afterparty is booked at The Backyard, which is a brand new venue at Shangri-La Cairns Marina, opening in a few weeks time. We’ll kick-off about 5/5:30pm. A range of yummy food will be organised for all of us, to which members will have to contribute $15 and non members $30. Please RSVP to social@nautilus-scuba.net
 
This event is a great opportunity for all our members, friends and family to meet and mingle, get to know your fellow dive enthusiasts and spread some Christmas cheer. 

There will be a selection of vegetarian, gluten free and non-vegetarian food available, but if you have any other dietary requirements, make sure to let us know as soon as you sign up! Check your emails from the Club for more information or email social@nautilus-scuba.net

See you all there!!

November Club Dive – Passion 3 (Cairns)

Hello all members.

We are privileged to have again organised this month’s club dive with Passions of Paradise aboard the delightful vessel Passion III out of Cairns12 places are reserved and booking is easy over the phone.
Passions allows unguided dives for Nautilus Club members.

Details:
Date: Sat 10th Nov.
Check In: 07:00 to 07:40 only at the Passions counter, Reef Fleet Terminal (Adj marina A Finger)
Departs: 08:00 sharp !

Costs:
[Special members only rates, NOT for publication – please refer to your member email or call] plus $20 Reef Levy.  This includes weights and tanks OR full gear rental at no extra cost.

Additionals:
All inclusive, no additional options available (No Nitrox onboard).

Booking:
Book direct with Passions Reservations, Ph. 07 4041 1600 during office hours.   You MUST be a current financial member and quote your membership card number when booking to obtain the Special members only rates. Membership Card must also be shown when checking in on the day.
Your place is secured with full payment.

On the day:
Arrive at 07:00 to check in directly at the Passions counter, Reef Fleet Terminal (Adj marina A Finger). Check in closes at 07:40 for a prompt 08:00 departure.
Have your club and cert cards with you on the boat AS YOU WILL NEED THEM, both are critical.

Any other questions please call  Passions of Paradise on Ph. 07 4041 1600, or
send an email to DiveCoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net (allow 48 hours reply time) or ask at an upcoming club meeting.

Enjoy bubble-blowers (and see you on-board … I am looking forward to this club dive day !)

Darren Ramsey,
Nautilus Club Dive Coordinator.
email: divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net

 

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.