July Club Dive – AquaQuest (Pt Douglas)

Hello all members.

We are privileged to have again organised this month’s club dive with: Deep Sea Divers Den (DSDD) aboard their newer vessel, AquaQuest out of Port Douglas.
12 places are reserved and booking is easy over the phone.
DSDD allows unguided dives for Nautilus Club members.

Date: Sun 8th July
Check In: 08:00 at desk in Marina Terminal Building
Departs: 08:30 sharp !

[Special members only rates, NOT for publication – please refer to your member email or call] plus $6.50 Reef Levy. This includes weights and tanks.

Full hire gear available at additional cost.
A 1 or 2 dive option is available at a lower rate.
Nitrox is also available
Ask about these options when you call to book if required.

Book direct with DSDD, Ph. 07 4046 7333. 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 08:00 to check in at the marina (desk near spiral stairs in the marina mall building) as the boat departs 08:30 sharp.
Have your club and cert cards with you on the boat AS YOU WILL NEED THEM, both are critical.


Note:  Please reply to this email if you book so that I can keep track of who is going as this helps both DSDD and ourselves in the club.
All details within this email are Commercial-In-Confidence and must NOT be shared with any non-financial member, on ANY social media outlet, and do not forwarded this email to any other person. To do so will put future opportunities for discounted club events at risk.

Any other questions please call either Deep Sea Divers Den on Ph. 07 4046 7333, or
send an email to DiveCoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net (allow 48 hours reply time) or ask at an upcoming club meeting.

Enjoy bubble-blowers,

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


Yongala August 2018 (Updated)

This year’s Yongala trip is now open!

Hello members, a reminder about our up-coming Yongala Dive weekend.
An initial email has been sent with follow up reminders periodically.

We have secured 12 seats so that means the whole boat for club members only. Always a very popular trip, get in quickly to secure your place as several seats are already sold !!

Dates: Sat 4th and Sun 5th August
Departs 07:00 from Dive Shop, Alva Beach, Ayr

Cost: [Special members only rates, NOT for publication Please refer to your member email or call] plus $22 tax & levies and includes tanks and weights.

Full gear rental (if needed) = $30 per day
Nitrox = $30 for 2 tanks

Onsite accommodation is no longer being used by the club so you need to make your own arrangements. Check your favourite booking site for price and availability.

Book direct with Yongala Dive, Ph. 07 4783 1519.  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 at the Dive Shop. Remember also your Cert Card, both are critical !!

Any other questions please call either Yongala Dive on Ph. 07 4783 1519, or
Send email to  DiveCoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net  (allow 48 hours reply time).

See you there 🙂



Minke Whale Trip July 2018 – ALMOST FULL !!

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.
  • Departs 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  divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net

Final payment (direct to Deep Sea Divers Den) is now due on booking.

At the time of this update there is ONLY ONE DOUBLE ROOM remaining, so call NOW to secure that if you are interested !!

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.

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.