Club Dive (Special) – May 2019 >> Updated <<

Hello all members.


STOP PRESS !!
Important:

If anyone has been watching SeaBreeze lately (weather app) then you know that the conditions for the upcoming Club Dive on Passions III is likely to be, well, rather challenging !!
Predicted is 32kn winds and seas to 3.5m.
So after discussions with the good folks at Passions of Paradise, it was decided that, since Alan Wallish (see details below) is also available next Saturday, the date will be moved for this special event.

YES, in an unusual move the Club Dive date has been moved !.  This is to allow the weather to settle and all being well, a far better Dive Day next week.  This simply means that you book for the following week, Saturday 18th May.

Now, what happens if you cannot make that date or have booked for this coming Saturday?
Again the good folks at Passions of Paradise will allow you to either move the booking to the 18th (remember, confirmation of a place when full payment is received) OR honour your spot this weekend.
The choice is yours.
Of course ‘if you like it rough’  😉 , then you can go both days !!
The remaining updated details are below:


Well, we have a very special Club Dive event this month. 


Our valued sponsor and operator Passions of Paradise are celebrating 30 years in business and want to share that with us at Nautilus Scuba Club.  To that end, this month’s dive will have a number of special things happen onboard the vessel including Managing Director (and Co-Owner) Alan Wallish.
Additional spaces have been reserved on vessel Passions III, out of Cairns but you still need to get in very quickly as there is only one week to book this one!
Passions of Paradise allows unguided dives for Nautilus Club members.

Details:
Date: Saturday 18th May
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[Special members only rates, NOT for publication – please refer to your member email or call and quote your current 2018-19 membership number] plus $20 Reef Tax & Levy.

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 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 Passions of Paradise 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 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 I’ll see you onboard this very special dive event !!

Darren Ramsey,
Nautilus Club Dive Coordinator.
Ph/SMS:  0405 655 355
email:   DiveCoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net

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.. 2019 is jam packed & we are already working on 2020/2021 overseas trips and planning more local/Australia wide trips. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to email them through to president@nautilus-scuba.net

Check out our events calendar with all the dates https://www.nautilus-scuba.net/calendar/list/

Club dives every month

Club meetings & Committee meetings every month

Overseas trips 

Social Events 

Underwater photo comp in June 

Extra local trips and Aus wide plans

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.