July 2020 Club Dive – P3 (Cairns)

WOW … Regular Club Dives Are Back !!!

Hello all members, how are you?
 
I am very excited to let you all know that, post Covid19 drama, we are back to scheduled regular club dives, albeit that the routine dates are still slightly fluid (according to sponsor’s operations).  As such, we have  organised this month’s club dive with: Passions of Paradise aboard their vessel, P3 out of Cairns.  Twelve (12) places are reserved and booking is easy over the phone.
Passions of Paradise allows unguided dives for Nautilus Club members.

Details:
Date: SUNDAY 19th July (Not the usual Saturday on P3 at the moment)
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[Special members only rates, NOT for publication – please refer to your member email when it arrives or call and quote your current 2019-20 membership number] plus $20 Reef Tax & Levy.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. 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 AS YOU WILL NEED THEM, both are critical.

You will be back in the about 17:00, weather dependent.

Any other questions please call either 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.


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 few months. We can’t predict the future but we expect that diving might not be possible for quite some time. The Dive Coordinator 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. 
    As current restrictions are easing (from June 2020), some special dives are being organised so watch that space!   Please look to your email Inbox for further details and when dive events will resume.
  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

  1. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
    All currently scheduled Members Meetings have been Cancelled until further notice – Please DO NOT ATTEND.  As a precaution to assist with the prevention of spread of COVID-19, most club events where multiple people gather will not go ahead.  This includes meetings, social events and regular club dives.  As current restrictions are easing, some special dives are being organised so watch that space!  The committee are continuing to look at 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.

Sticky: See what we’ve got planned for you.. in the Calendar

So you might be wondering what we’ve got planned for our members in the coming months & years?  Well 2019 is jam packed and we are already working on 2020 & /2021 local (FNQ/NQ), national (Australia wide) and exotic overseas trips.  If you have any suggestions, comments or are interested in becoming involved more in the club, please contact us via  president@nautilus-scuba.net

Also, while you are here, check out our events calendar with all the dates https://www.nautilus-scuba.net/calendar/list/

We have so much on, including:

  • Club dives every month,
  • Club Member & Committee meetings every month,
  • Overseas trips,
  • Social Events,
  • Underwater photo comp in June  each year,
  • Extra local and national ‘Special Dive’ events,
  • and more!!

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.