June Newsletter – Underwater Photo Comp Details and Upcoming Trips

This months Newsletter includes info about the Underwater Photo Comp on 27th June at the Colonial Club from 7pm        (please bring your membership card)

Upcoming Trips open for booking – Minke Whale Trip in July & Tufi PNG in October – Book Now!!

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Check out what we’ve got planned for you!

So you might be wondering what we’ve got planned for our members in the coming months/years.. Yes we are already working on 2019 & 2020 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 the our events calendar with all the dates for: https://www.nautilus-scuba.net/calendar/list/

Club dives every month

Club meetings & Committee meetings every month

Underwater photo comp in June

Overseas trips October & November

And tentative dates for:

Overseas trips next year to Philippines, Japan & PNG (info to be confirmed)

Extra local trips off Cairns, Port Douglas, Mission Beach and more (info to be confirmed)


And just a reminder that there are still a few spots left on the TUFI trip in October!

Overseas Trip – Tufi Dive PNG

Nautilus Underwater Photo Competition Exhibition NIGHT 2018


FREE Workshop Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom 18 April 2018

Workshop Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
by Phil Woodhead

As preparation for your entries for our annual Underwater Photo Competition we offer for members a workshop in editing photos in order to optimise your entries for the competition. Even if you don’t wish to enter any photos, you are very welcome to attend this workshop and learn more about how to use the programs Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.  It is a great way to upskill yourself in photo editing and ask all the questions you always had but no one to ask. 

The workshop will be conducted by our renowned underwater photographer Phil Woodhead. Many of you will have seen his stunning photos on one platform or another.

The workshop will cover:

  • A look at Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom
  • Basic image editing in Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Tips and trics from the master

Date:  Wednesday 18 April 2018
Time:  7pm – 9pm
Where: venue will be announced
For whom:  club members who are interested in editing their [underwater] photo shots. And Yes, if you have attended last year, you are welcome again this year. [I always forget things when I don’t use it, so I love to hear it again – Jannemieke]
How to ensure your place at the workshop:  please send an email to Jannemieke via president@nautilus-scuba.net. 


Coral Spawning Club Dives

Hello members.
Another great month ahead with several club dives to attend!
The first is the Coral Spawning a Night Dives across three evenings, another opportunity offered by Tusa T6.  An email has been sent to all current members on the mailing list with an attached flyer with all the details so check that our.  As a reminder, the main details are:

Dates:  Tuesday 7th Nov, Wednesday 8th Nov, Thursday 9th Nov,
Boarding at 5.30pm on A Finger of the marina,
Depart at 6.00pm,
Return at 1.00am (approximately),
MUST show your Nautilus Club Card to obtain the offer,
Inclusions: 2 x certified dives or snorkel sessions, Wetsuits & Torches (incl for snorkel or full gear hire), Glow-sticks, Hot buffet dinner & snacks, tea, coffee & hot soup

A special club discounted price applies (please refer to your email or I can send out another >>> DiveCoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net )
These are great rates and we thank Tusa T6 for their generous offer to Club Members Only.

Call Tusa Dive Reservations on Ph. 07 4047 9100 and quote your Membership Number.

Spaces limited to 50 so Call Now!!

Club dive with Calypso, Sun 12th Nov 2017

Just a friendly reminder of our next club dive is with Calypso out of Port Douglas on Sunday 12th of November.

General info:

  • Boarding 8:20am at Port Douglas Marina.
  • Up to three dives available with either tanks and weights only or full rental gear.  Additional $6.50 reef tax applies.
  • Calypso allows club members to dive unattended if suitably experienced / certified (log book may be required)

A special club discounted price applies (please refer to your email or I can send out another >>> DiveCoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net )

To make your booking, contact Calypso on Ph. 07 4099 6999. Remember to tell them you are in Nautilus and quote your member number. 

Remember your dive cert card and Nautilus Club Card to show on the day!  

Blow bubbles and enjoy !!

Calypso Reef Cruises, Shop 35 Marina, Mirage Port Douglas, +61 (7) 4099 6999

Christmas Dive & After-Party 9th Dec 2017

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 the Club Christmas Dive !!

Just like previous years the club has organized a dive gathering departing Port Douglas – this year however we have an exciting NEW opportunity on offer.  A very special club discounted price applies (please refer to your email or I can send out another >>>  DiveCoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net )

On Saturday 9th December (place that date in your diary NOW) Deep Sea Divers Den has invited the club to hold our event on their brand new vessel AquaQuest.  Launched just a few months ago, still all shiny new and added features like Nitrox onboard (available to EAN cert divers) and much more !
Bring along a +1 (partner or dive buddy) at the same club discounted rate.

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

So in a nut-shell, club members this year get access to:

  • Lower cost per diver either with or without own gear than previous years;
  • Have Nitrox on board and at a heavily discounted price;
  • Extend the club members price offer to a +1 (partner);
  • New boat with plenty of space on board.

DSDD also visit sites that differ from other operators (Agincourt, Opal & St Crispins Reefs) which may be new dive locations for some members.
We must remember that AquaQuest is a new, large boat so there may be others onboard on the day.  There is plenty of space so we do not see this as a problem.

This is certainly an offer to seriously consider as you may never get the chance to dive out of Port Douglas at this very low price again – 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 Cairns office on Ph. 07 4046 7333 or pop into the shop to book.  Payment is required at the time of booking (inc any pre-booked Nitrox) which can be refundable until 7 days prior to departure.  Remember to have your Nautilus Card ready to provide your member number.

Further details (including the after-party) will be sent out to members well in advance to the day. 
If you have any other immediate questions ahead of placing your booking, please do email back to me or call Deep Sea Divers Den reservations direct.

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

October Newsletter 2017

And here is the October Newsletter  – with great stories & awesome pictures!!
Read about next years Fiji Trip, Diving Scapa Flow & More.

Reminder: Our editor Phil will make the newsletter about 1 week before the club meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. 
Absolute deadline for submitting photos and stories is the Sunday before the clubmeeting.


It is part of being with the club, to share experiences, dives, fun, interests. Your club mates will love it.

Please send your stories and/ or photos before that date to editor@nautilus-scuba.net






Yongala Dive 26-27th of August

We will be diving the Yongala again. 

Time: weekend 26 & 27 August.
This time is expertly chosen as it is neap tide [The tide which occurs just after the first and the third quarters of the moon, when there is least difference between high and low time]
We dive out of Ayr, from Alva Beach to be precise.
Members have been sent information via email.
For prices please contact dive coordinator.Bring your own gear. You can use their gear, ask about it if you need to.
Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner not. We normally go downtown, where the lights are, in the city that never sleeps: Ayr! The RSL has a good feed.
We make our way to Alva Beach in our cool cars Friday afternoon/night.
We sleep at Alva Beach (simple, backpacker style) and get up early for the dive.
Out in a small inflatable (max 12 divers).
We do 2 dives and get back.
Repeat on Sunday plus drive back to Cairns.
How do you participate?
Call Janelle at Yongaladive (47831519), tell her that you are from the Nautilus Club and book & pay.
We are assured that we can have 10 places on the inflatable (2 have already been taken).
It transpires that they now also have another boat, so more people can go.
Rigo van Meer  
contact me via divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net

Club dives -3rd of June [CHANGE of DATE] and 9th of July

Hi fellow bubble heads, 

Our monthly club dives are ‘always’ on the 2nd Sunday of the month. We dive mainly with TUSA in Cairns and Calypso in Port Douglas. [2x TUSA and 1x Calypso schedule]

But due to the annual refit schedule of the TUSA 6 we have to move  our monthly club dive forward.T6_Reef7

Trip Dates:
JUNE:    Instead of the 11th of June, this month club dive is on  the 3rd of June 2017

JULY:     9th of July with TUSA  [for who is not able to join the Minke Whale trip]

How to book:
call Tusa directly on 4047 9100, [office] or in the evening the dive shop on 4047 9120.
Additionally, if you have any dietary needs let them know on booking.

Remember to tell them you are a Nautilus member and have your club card at hand as they will ask for your membership number. Take it on the boat as well just to be sure.

Unguided and solo diving
Tusa Dive allows unguided diving and also have Nitrox tanks are on board (subject to availability and additional cost). Anyone wanting to dive with Nitrox should tell them when booking so the tanks can be organised, as they are mixed and taken to the boat on the day needed. Also remember to bring your Nitrox cert card.

Another service offered, if you are suitably certified and have your own redundant air system, you can solo dive. YAY.20130405-T6-74

Where to board:
you will need to be at ‘A’  Finger of Cairns Marina at 7:40 for a 08:00 departure.

Once you have booked, please let me know via divecoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net so I can keep track of who is going please.

Happy Diving,


Dive Coordinator

Coral Sea with Rumrunner 19 -22 May

Dear fellow divers!

We have booked a trip to the Coral Sea with Rum Runner, the boat that reaches the parts other boats don’t reach.
What can we expect? Great visibility, 30 to 40 meters. Beautiful corals. Loads of fish. Sharks, sharks, sharks (they will also do a shark feeding). Knowledgeable dive guides if you want them. Some caves. Etc etc etc.
To reach these beautiful spots there is quite some sailing involved, which will mainly be done at night.
Dates: Fri 19 May – Mon 22 May [early morning]
We leave Friday 19 May afternoon (as erly as possible), arrive in the morning at the dive sites, 5 dives on Saturday, 3 on Sunday, then heading back to Cairns, arriving early monday morning. 
We have reckoned with at least 14 club divers. We need this number as we are hiring the whole boat.
Costs: about $600 per person.
So drop me an email if you plan to come via tripcoordinator@nautilus-scuba.net .
If we have not enough participants (minimum 14) we can’t go or we have to increase the price.
We will probably be asking a down payment, but that is not yet settled.
Let me know
And don’t forget: keep diving!
Your dive coordinator,