Saving Lives at Sea

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Jan 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 19/01/2021 Tuesday Night Training

Training session for new crew to familiarise themselves on the startup and shutdown of MR1. Also went out and performed nav + helm coordination training and MOB drills.

8 32
Fri, 08/01/2021 Friday support training

Crew worked through practical seamanship skills, helm, search patterns, MOB, Wiliamson search turns, CQM, high speed turns and approaches

7 42
Thu, 07/01/2021 Training Support

crew worked with South Taranaki UTO on MOSS drills, CQM, CRM


Grrounding, Collision, loss steering/propulsion, Fire, Pollution.

5 30
Wed, 06/01/2021 Inter Unit training support

MR2 was used in training program to assist Sth Taranaki Unit UTO.

IMT and SOPS, preparartion of vessel and closedown, CRM and CQM work. Operating at speed, helm, observation skills

working on a pole, worki9ng on target in the water

4 24
Dec 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 31/12/2020 last training of the year 2020

crew worked on MR1 with skills build-up to their operational assessments.

Helm at low and higher speeds, wave management, collision avoidance/rules

Deck managment and support nto helm for close approaches (jetties, makara beach)

Area Fam, West Coast to Ohau point, Navigation and GPS

6 24
Thu, 17/12/2020 Thursday training 1730-2230

Sea trial for MR1 after lift out

Pre operational assessment review with the crew who look to be on track for an assessment in late February 2021

MOSS drills; Fire, Anchoring


Helm, CQM, CRM, Navigation, Mooring


6 24
Tue, 15/12/2020 Tuesday night Training

Ran through vessel familiarisation with new crew members. 

Planned a passage to Hunters Bank and started to navigate it before returning to base with mechanical issues.

Ran through a MOB and fire drill on the way back.

7 24.5
Thu, 10/12/2020 Thursday training 1700-2200, Towing, MOSS, Anchoring,

MR1: MR2

Anhoring, MOSS drills, Towing and medical.

Crew working towards their op assessments.  Towining set up, coms, hem, long tow, raft up, drouge 

Navigation by radar, CRM

8 40
Sun, 06/12/2020 Helm training

Dedicated helm training session for 2 crew to improve their close quarters handling of MR1.

4 16
Sat, 05/12/2020 Saturday Training

Crew gathered to run CRM & CQM work,  with MOSS drills

Activities took place in the outer enmd oif the main naviugation channel to take advantage of a short chop and some breaking waves and rollers at the bar

CRM for helm/nav/deck work

CQM manoauvreing and poicking up dan buoy MOB targets and working drift/time

MOSS medical with a review of CPR, Burns, Asthma, Diabetic, Trauma.

6 24
Nov 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 28/11/2020 Moving yachts and navigation

Moving 2 large yachts around the marina for the Marina manager. Relocating another yacht from 1 mooring to another. 

Circumnavigated Mana Island to practice nav skills.

7 35
Thu, 26/11/2020 Thursday training 1700-2230, Towing night, long tow and rafting MR1, MR2

Thursday crew used MR1 and MR2 for 3 x tow exercises

1) training on setup and communications/tow check list using MR2 as the towed vessel, long tow, raft up and MOB drill

2) MR1 and MR2 moved a large yacht from A pier to the lift out dock

3)MR1 and MR2 moved a large yacht from the lift out dock and onto a mooring in the navigation channel

4) MR1 went out ofn the harbour for some crusing speed work with helm and nav

9 45
Thu, 19/11/2020 Thursday Training

Area familiarisation test local knowledge skills – trainees plan and navigate to areas in and around the local area outside the inner harbour- new Snr Crew vessel orientation.

6 18
Tue, 17/11/2020 Tuesday night Training

MOSS system walkthrough followed by on-water drills for MOB, Fire and Abandon Ship on MR2.

5 20
Thu, 12/11/2020 Thursday Training

CRV Familiarisation Assessment – Simon, Tara, Jason and Conner - Practical assessment of candidates’ knowledge of systems and processes onboard MR1- New Snr Crew Warwick  Introduction to unit facilities and vessels 

6 18
Wed, 11/11/2020 New crew introduction to MR2

Vessel familiarisation and emergency procedure walkthrough of MR2 for new recruits.

3 9
Tue, 10/11/2020 Thursday Night Training

Took MR2 out to the pole moorings to check on vessels and lines after the strong southerly. All looked good.

Navigated out to a spot on "The Bridge" in 40kt winds to experience heavy weather. Then went into Greem Bay and climbed out onto the beach before anchoring in the middle of the bay. Finished the evening with a creeping line ahead search of Titahi Bay.

6 24
Mon, 09/11/2020 Hints and tips for using zoom

online training in zoom applications, how to use breakout rooms polls slido and other tools

2 2
Sat, 07/11/2020 In-water survival and area familiarisation

MR2 was launched to monitor and act as a liferaft for 4 inductees doing in-water survival training in the marina.

Once that was complete we took them on a voyage on MR2 around our area of operation to do area familiarisation. We went to Titahi Bay, Green Pt, Mana Island, Terewarewa Pt and Plimmerton Boating club.

8 28
Sat, 07/11/2020 In water personal safety

4 inductees did the IWS in marina with MR2 on standby

8 8
Fri, 06/11/2020 Friday night training and vessel pump out

Pumped out a yacht on the pole moorings for the Harbour Master and mooring manager. It was half full of rain water that had built up over time and was sitting very low in the water.

Then we continued with some helm training in the marina.

3 12
Wed, 04/11/2020 NZSAR

NZSAR theory module

3 4.5
Tue, 03/11/2020 Tuesday night Training

Started the evening doing a static pull test with MR2 for it's survey.

Then moved onto regular helm training doing exercises on the pole moorings and maneuvering in the marina.

3 9
Oct 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Wed, 28/10/2020 Personal safety module

Personal safety module

5 10
Sat, 24/10/2020 Saturday area fam training

MOSS anchoring, Grounding, Capsize, Medical

Area fam inside Mana Islnd, plimmerton, Titahi Bay, Open Bay

7 35
Thu, 22/10/2020 Thursday Night Training Towing land based practical MR2

reviewed towing, rafting, drogues, anchoring then practical set ups using 2 crews

9 27
Wed, 21/10/2020 induction

formal induction session

3 6
Mon, 19/10/2020 Thursday Night: On Scene Command

Crew worked out of the base as radio support for MR2 at sea training. The comms calls and plotting were integrated into an On Scene Command exercise running through the night

2 6
Thu, 15/10/2020 MR2: Thursday Trainee group

MR2 - practice two set up using a fix point onshore to demonstrate set up and carryout practice deployment of the stern long tow - CQM in and around Mana Marina.- radio communications with shore base 

6 15
Sat, 10/10/2020 Trainee afternoon


MOSS drills, MOB, Fire, Loss power/steering, Capsize, Abandon Ship

CCQM on a pole, working onto a boat, steering on engines

3 9
Thu, 08/10/2020 Thursday Night Training Helm/Navigation/area fam Pauahatanui

crew took MR2 into the sandbanks at low tide for re fam, MOSS grounding/abandon ship, went up further to run MOB/Medical drills and ptractise night nav, helm turns around Buoys/caviatation control and coming up to targets

6 18
Tue, 06/10/2020 Tuesday night Training

Vessel familiarisation practical sign-off and helm training.

2 8
Sat, 03/10/2020 Thursday crew: Saturday training

5 crew worked through helm praticals and navigation in Pauahatanui Inlet. locating sandbanks and safe routes around the top arm.

3 crew went on into Onepotor to practise some medium speed work, turns, coming alongside a MOB and berthing


Good strong winds and chop so a good training session.

5 32.5
Thu, 01/10/2020 Thusday Night Training area fam and coms

MR2 worked through the Pauahatanui arm of the harbour locating transfer points, sandbanks and completed 2 MOB drills, 1 medical

2 cdrew with 4x4 as shore support and coms/DPA testing

7 21
Sep 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 17/09/2020 Thursday training 1830-2130, Heavy weather on MR2, Navigation/area fam in the hut

3 crew on MR2 for heavy weather handling (high winds and sharp chop with strong currents) MR2 was taken out the main channel to the bar for safe turns, hold position and wind/sea experience

3 crew in the hut working through Navigation exercises and area fam

6 18
Tue, 15/09/2020 Tuesday night Training

Heavy weather training in MR2. Went up into Onepoto harbour in the dark and practiced coming alongside at the pontoon in strong winds.

Navigated back to under the bridges and practiced manouvering in strong currents as well.

3 12
Thu, 03/09/2020 Thursday training 1830-2130, MR1 MOSS Drills, MR2 familiarization

crew split into 2 groups and alternated between land based MOSS drills around MR1 (out for survey) and seatime on MR2 with helm basics and operation

8 24
Aug 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 27/08/2020 Thursday night crew navigation

Crew continued working on charts, tides and calculations

10 25
Fri, 21/08/2020 Removal of bags from MR1

Physically removing bags from MR1 for upgrade

1st time in 17 years they have been removed so hard work

10 15
Thu, 20/08/2020 Thursday training 1830-2130, Navigation calculations

Crew worked through T/D/S, tidal diamonds, heights and flows

8 24
Thu, 13/08/2020 Thursday training 1830-2130, Search Techniques

Search techniques module worked through

7 17.5
Thu, 06/08/2020 crew night and training review

Presentation of young volunteer of yearvaward to Kate

general discussion around training programmes

update on project Horizon and AC boats

18 36
Jul 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 30/07/2020 Thursday training 1830-2130, Navigation and chartwork

crw worked on NZ 46 and the principles of pilotage and navigation

9 22.5
Thu, 23/07/2020 Thursday night: compass course, collision regs training

Crew worked on the playing field to work through the problems of helm running a compasss course, with drift and lack of vision. Further activity on navigator support and collision regs with a rogue target

7 17.5
Thu, 02/07/2020 Thursday training 1830-2130, SAREX

crew worked through a dual scenario SAREX, working as masters, IMT and devleoping an understanding of SAR management, Vessel tasking, Search patterns and process

9 22.5
Jun 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 25/06/2020 Thursday training 1830-2130, Night navigation/operations/arewa familiarisation

4 crew went out on MR1

1 crew had time on the chartplotter/radar/charts to develop a safe route to travel during reduced visibility.

2 crew worked through night helming

1 as DPA

5 12.5
Thu, 18/06/2020 Thursday training 1830-2130,SAREX Tactical Exercise

Crew worked through 2 x SAREX scenarios to develop a risk assessments, mission information, mission documents nand work as seperate boats to complete the SAREX Missions

Crew worked as Master, Navigator, Helm, Radio

An Incident Management Team  coordinated actions

11 33
Sun, 14/06/2020 Sunday Training (Thursday Crew 1)

Task 1: locate and retrieve a large log under the bridge. MR1 used, aerails and masts lowered to clear the bridge by 800mm. Tow set up as as a bow pull to recover the log from shore to alongside, then raft tow to release the log into the small boat ramp alongside the finger (clear of all boats) for removal.

Task2: Chartplotter training, using build a waypoint, goto waypoint, helm work.

Task 3: MOB and medical drills

Task 4:Finished with cream sponge and a cuppa with the afternoon crew

8 32
Sun, 14/06/2020 Sunday Training (Thursday Crew 2)

Task 1: Cuppa and cream sponge with the morning crew

Task 2: Onepoto to check for reported stakes in the channel (none located), ran through the inner (West channel) until we ran out of depth and then used the track in to navigate safely out 

Task 3: Chart plotter entry of waypoints and goto

Task 4: advanced helm training Kate, working at speed, speed CQM drills

Task 5: MOSS Medical, MOB and Fire

Task 6: Navigate a simple route around Mana Island using goto cursor

7 28
Thu, 11/06/2020 Online marking of modules GOOGLE CLASSROOM

online review of modules and work through GOOGLE Classroom marking

1 2
Thu, 11/06/2020 Thursday training 1830-2130, MOSS drills and vessel checks

11 x MOSS drills competed by crew

Enries loaded onto VAULT CHECK Mand Rescue 1 MOSS drills

Checks and new PFD's placed on baord with recertief fire xtng

2 crerw went throug TracPlus and IMT workl

12 30
Thu, 11/06/2020 Crew Night

Crew night and young volunteer of the year award to Kate

18 36

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