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Reef Report for Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Locals Praise Nautilus Scuba Club

What a great place to live! Another sunny week brings only a slight increase in wind, which will blow east to southeast at 10 to 15 knots. The weather people predict that the nights will continue to be a little chilly, but the sun will shine strong during the day. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Great news for those wanting to jump in the water and dive this weekend!

Apart from just the usual stuff on the reef (you know--the turtles, reef sharks, nudibranchs, feather stars, sea urchins, multitudes of colorful fish, etc) there have been some interesting developments on the water’s surface.

The Nautilus Scuba Club recently issued the following press release. It is extremely relevant to the diving community, and to you. Aptly titled "FNQ Residents Scuba Dive Too," the report talks a little about the club and a lot about what it can do for you as a local who likes to dive. Here is a snippet from the report.

"Cairns is probably best known the world over for its scuba diving. Sometimes the local community and its own pursuits are hidden behind the gloss and hype of fame. The Nautilus Club is the principal diving club in the Cairns region with the aim of promoting sports diving and making it attainable to the local people. The club formed in 1983. It has a current membership of over 300. It has grown from strength to strength over the years, and prides itself on the strong relationships it has developed with local dive operators. Being a club member entitles you to good rates on trips and even discounts in merchandise shops. The club has a monthly newsletter and organizes regular dives to local, and distant dive sites."

The club is also very active in the management and conservation of the reef, and plans to continue to support reef conservation projects in the area with able and willing volunteers. If you happen to run into a club member on your visit, thank them for their efforts

(C) Pro Dive Cairns The weekly reef report is written by Sue-Anne Chapman of Pro Dive Cairns, who compiles them from the many conversations she has with divers, dive instructors, captains, and others in the Cairns dive community. The report is published weekly in the Cairn Post, the local daily paper and appears here thanks to the courtesy of Pro Dive Cairns.

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