March 2020 Newsletter

Hi Nautili,

Here is our March newsletter. If you you are finding you have a bit of extra time in self isolation we would really appreciate articles, photos, stories, news or other items for the next Newsletter. Please send in your contributions to editor@nautilus-scuba.net.

March 2020 Newsletter

 

Covid-19 Effects on our Club/Diving

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A message from our President

Dear Nautili,

We had an online emergency committee tonight re Covid-19 via Zoom. An interesting experience, with new rules of communication, and underwater sign language proved to be handy. And I would like to share with all of you the main issues we discussed tonight:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic

  1. Diving: All dive operators have ceased operations for the next 2 months. We can’t predict the future but we expect that diving might not be possible for quite some time. Darren will keep close contact with the operators and as soon it is safe and feasible to dive again, you will be the first to know. 
  2. All overseas trips are in the process of being cancelled or deferred.  Australia’s borders are closed and we don’t know for how long, but expect quite some time. Akiko has been keeping all  members who are affected by this up to date. No new overseas trips will be planned at this stage. 
  3. The Underwater Photo-competition 2020 has been cancelled. We are all very sorry we had to make this decision but we did not see a way to pull it off.  We hope that we can organise the Photo-competition again in 2021 – we will keep you updated.
  4. Club-meetings – all physical club-meetings are cancelled until further notice. We are thinking of ways to organise other means to keep in contact and keep our dive appetites wetted. If you have suggestions or contributions, please share
  5. Newsletter – self-isolation and writing articles or sending in items, photos, stories, news for the Newsletter go very well together. Please send in your contributions to editor@nautilus-scuba.net

If you have any questions or suggestions, or wish to share information  with members, let us know. 
It is on us as a community to help each other and get each other through these rough times. 

Stay safe and keep each other safe. 

Warm wishes,
Jannemieke,

Nautilus Scuba Club President
Email: president@nautilus-scuba.net 

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CovID-19 Important Announcement

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
All currently scheduled Members Events have been Cancelled until further notice – Please DO NOT ATTEND.  As a precaution to assist with the prevention of spread of COVID-19, all club events where multiple people gather will not go ahead.  This includes meetings, social events, club dives and special dives. The committee are looking to ways to continue to allow members to keep in contact and gain benefit from being a club member in these challenging times.  Please watch your email Inbox for further details and when regular meetings, dives and social events will resume.

WE NEED YOUR HELP :)

Hi Nautili,
We are looking for a few members to help out on the committee. The club is run by volunteers and we need your help to run the club well.

Can’t commit to the whole year? No worries.
Sometimes we just need a couple extra hands for certain events. Help us plan an event, help us plan a trip (maybe somewhere you want to go) or help us cook the BBQ on occasion, take out the chairs and rubbish or pick up Pizza’s for the Club Meetings.  

At the moment we have Committee members doing multiple roles and they would really appreciate a hand. We also have long term committee members who are stepping down. They have put a lot of work in over the years to simplify processes so stepping into their role would be quite easy. 

Available Roles:

  • Newsletter Editor (creating and distributing our quarterly newsletter) Contact editor@nautilus-scuba.net for more info
  • Photo Comp Sub Committee Members. Our current photo comp committee members will be stepping down after the 2020 event. So to continue our annual event we need a Photo Editor, Photo Comp co-ordinator, Catering co-ordinator and general members to help out. 
  • Contact secretary@nautilus-scuba.net
  • Social Events Co-Ordinator. At the moment we don’t have a permanent committee member looking after this role so if you would love to plan some social gatherings for our club members please contact us. 
  • Contact secretary@nautilus-scuba.net

Please find the list of role descriptions here

If you can help us please email me secretary@nautilus-scuba.net or Jannemieke president@nautilus-scuba.net for more info!

The committee meets once a month on second Wednesday of each month. 

Thank you, we look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,

Kirrily

Nautilus Secretary 19/20

 

 

Overseas Trip – Santo Island, Vanuatu November 2020 – ON HOLD due to COVID-19

17-24 November 2020 (7 nights/16 dives)

In November 2020, we will be visiting Santo Island, Vanuatu, home to one of the best-known wreck dive sites in the world: USS President Coolidge & Million Dollar Point.

SS President Coolidge (21-60m depth)

The largest, and most accessible, and possibly the best wreck in the world, the SS President Coolidge was a luxury passenger liner converted to a troop carrier during WWII. While entering the Santo harbour she hit two friendly mines, providing divers with a remarkable underwater playground.

Almost completely intact, you can swim through the numerous holds and decks viewing the reminders of her glorious days as a cruise liner and the remnants of her days as a troop ship. There are guns, cannons, jeeps, helmets, trucks and personal supplies left by some of the soldiers, as well as the beautiful porcelain statue of “The Lady,” chandeliers and a mosaic tile fountain. The wreck is covered in coral and is the home to a plethora of marine life.

Million Dollar Point (max depth 40m)

At the end of WWII, thousands of tons of US construction equipment was dumped into the sea. Named for its worth, there are a multitude of bulldozers, cranes, fork lifts and trucks piled upon one another in this unique dive site. 
 
Those who do not wish to dive the wrecks multiple times or prefer to do reef dives instead can do so by paying a top-up fee of AUD 30 per dive locally for the boat dives.

Package

Package Deal price: ~AUD 1700 + return flights ~AUD 1100

TOTAL PACKAGE (incl.flights) = Approx. AUD 2800

NB: prices fluctuate slightly based on currency exchange rate and date of booking)

  • Pacific Dive 16 Dive Package
  • 8 Shore dives & 8 Boat dives
  • Espiritu Hotel 7-night stay
  • Return flights from Cairns to Santo via Brisbane – with Qantas (code share with Jetstar & Air Vanuatu)

Diving

  • Pacific Dive 16 Dive Package
  • 8 shore & 8 boat dives
  • Offer both Tec and Recreational diving
  • Dive Centre is within the hotel & provide a secure dive gear wash and storage room
  • Shore diving on SS President Coolidge and Million Dollar Point
  • Dives on the Coolidge build up from first reconnoitre to +30m.
  • Planned deco stops in warm, relatively clear water (for those doing deco dives)
  • Boat dives on nearby Reefs and other wrecks like USS Tucker (max 30m)

Booking

For further pricing and booking details check the email sent to the club members list. The approximate price above for financial members only! If you have any questions or would be interested in joining the trip by joining the Club, please see contact details below.

 

 Jim Murdoch Guest Overseas Trip Coordinator, Nautilus Scuba Club – Cairns overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net

December 2019 Newsletter

THERE IS ALWAYS A NEED FOR STORIES AND PHOTOS!

Please share your diving experiences with the club! Please send your stories and/or photos before deadline to editor@nautilus-scuba.net

Deadline: Our editor Phil will accept content for the next newsletter until the 11th of March 2020.

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September 2019 Newsletter

THERE IS ALWAYS A NEED FOR STORIES AND PHOTOS!
Please share your diving experiences with the club! Please send your stories and/or photos before deadline to editor@nautilus-scuba.net
Deadline: Our editor Phil will make the newsletter approx 1 week before the club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month.

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MALDIVES TRIP SEPT 2020 – BOOKED OUT – Likely postponement due to COVID-19

Nautilus Scuba Club, Sept 2020 Trip: MV Emperor Voyager, Maldives

Dedicated Club Charter: 20 places only: 7 Nights, 17 Dives, Full Board, Transfers ex-Male, Free Nitrox

Trip put together by Diversion Dive Travel especially for Nautilus Scuba Club Members

Why Maldives Liveaboard?

  • Maldives are very spread out – so a Liveaboard is the best way to visit the most sites
  • Itinerary: ‘Best of the Maldives’
  • Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
  • North Ari Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, Multiple Manta Cleaning Stations
  • South Ari Atoll: Whale Sharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
  • South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck.
  • Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with Nurse Sharks and others.
  • North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles

Dates:

  • Sat 5 – Sat 12 September 2020 (liveaboard)
  • (Fri 4 – Sun 13 Sept 2020 for the whole trip)

Getting There:

  • Airfares Cairns to Male via Singapore with Singapore Airlines
  • Brief overnight needed on both legs of the journey (can stay at Changi Airport short-stay hotel)

MV Emperor Voyager

  • Emperor Divers is a well respected operator with liveaboards in Maldives & Indonesia
  • The MV Emperor Voyager is a welcoming modern, 30m spacious liveaboard built to a high standard, accommodating 20 guests in 7 twin and 3 double cabins, all ensuite with air-con and a fan.
  • 7 days package on-board includes:
  • 3 meals per day, afternoon snacks
  • Free Nitrox
  • Unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee
  • 17 dives per week in total (2-3 dives per day but no diving on the arrival/departure day)
  • Dedicated Dhoni with 3 dive guides
  • Tanks, weights, Nitrox (certification required)
  • Transfers for boarding and disembarking
  • GST 12% & Green Tax
  • 1 BBQ night on a local island
  • (weather & conditions permitting)

As the trip is planned for September 2020 the following needs to be taken into consideration:

  • Pricing is exclusive to Nautilus Club members: discounted based on 3 FOC (effectively 15% off)
  • Per person liveaboard price will be charged in EUR converted to AUD at the exchange rate at the time payments are made.
  • All cabins will be sold on a first come first served basis.
  • Deposit required: AU$ 600 now to secure your place.
  • Final balance three months prior to the trip
  • As per Club policy, deposits are non-refundable – but are transferrable.
  • For further info contact Jim on 0427794993, email overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net

Tubbataha Reefs Philippines – April/May 2020 – SOLD OUT – Likely postponed due to pandemic

ALREADY SOLD OUT – Let us know if you’d like to be on the wait list

We have chartered the whole boat: All Star MV Stella Maris liveaboard (21 pax), diving the spectacular marine nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage site that is the Tubbataha Reef, Philippines in the middle of the Sulu Sea.

Since Tubbataha was discovered in the late 1970s, it has become recognised as one of the most remarkable coral reefs on the planet and is ranked among the top ten dive sites in the world.  Because of its isolated location, Tubbataha can only be visited on a liveaboard boat.  Divers can experience the reefs’ dramatic underwater terrain, great biodiversity and regularly encounter large marine life such as sharks (hammerheads, whalesharks, grey reefs & white tips, and at times even tiger sharks!), dolphins, turtles and various rays, including mantas.

Dates of travel will be WED 29 APRIL – THURS 7 MAY 2020 (8 nights in total:   overnight in Manila on 29 April 2020, 6 night liveaboard, 19 dives from Thurs 30 April – Wed 6 May 2020,  overnight flight from Manila to Cairns on 6 May 2020).

This trip has been specially designed by Diversion Dive Travel/DivePlanit for the Nautilus Scuba Club.   For details re: the trip, please read the brochure below developed by Diversion Dive Travel.

Contact overseastrips@nautilus-scuba.net for more info and how to join the wait list.

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 in advance – like a Diving Diary – add the events of interest to yours now!
See https://www.nautilus-scuba.net/calendar/.

We also advise at Monthly Member Meetings AND via email to all financial members (only) about upcoming dives a month in advance with a reminder a few weeks before the dive event. 

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 in exchange for supporting them – a win-win situation.

To go on a club dive, you call the dive operator direct (do not call any club members who work for the operator – they cannot help you!) once that Dive Event is opened and book your spot. You pay the dive operator directly and your place is confirmed on full payment.  Be sure to bring your Current Financial Membership and Dive 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 fill then more seats will be opened to club members upon booking if they are available.

Club Dives
Currently, club dives are on either the second Sunday or Saturday of the month.  At the moment (20198 – 20) 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 and support local operators where possible.

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 current financial 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 and Special Dive Events
We are now also exploring additional 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 regular visits to the Yongala (located near Ayr in QLD) and other wrecks nearby.  Future trips may include these plus travelling further afield (including interstate) to sites that are of interest to members and/or are requested.

Our valued sponsors also send us special offers and discounts on dive trips from time to time.  These are sent to members vial email and on occasion, posted on social media (but never the prices, they are strictly via email only!).

Keep a watch on what is happening with these Special Dive Events here:
https://www.nautilus-scuba.net/section/special-dives/

All members are informed via emails about the new and upcoming plans and dive opportunities.  Please contact the  divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net for FNQ, Special 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.