Saving Lives at Sea

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Apr 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 08/04/2021 Yacht move

Practiced moving a 40ft yacht from it's marina berth to the lift out bay. Used the opportunity to trial a new process for pulling the yacht out of it's berth and assessing the outcome.

6 15
Mar 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Wed, 31/03/2021 Sea Scout lecture who are coastguard

PR exercise with ngati toa seascouts

video and powerpoint session in scout hall followed by groups in hut and on MR1 looking at our processes

assisted by Tara and Conor

3 7.5
Tue, 23/03/2021 Tuesday Night Training

Assisted 40ft yacht with no engine to get back to his berth in the marina. 

Then proceeded to do close quarter manouvering in MR1 to get a crew member up to speed for an upcoming block training course. Performed man overboard excercises and coming alongside at the fuel berth, etc.

4 12
Tue, 16/03/2021 Tuesday Night Training

Close quarters maneuvering in the marina on MR1

4 16
Mon, 15/03/2021 Thursday training 1700-1915 Towing SOP review

crew worked on a recent raft/tow that created a few problems. Review was to confirm CRV position and process of getting boat from a berth and safely alongside MR1 and secured. 

New process worked and was safe, photos taken for SOP update

9 19.35
Tue, 09/03/2021 Tuesday Night Training

Started the night off by roping a yacht out of the liftout bay, rafting alongside MR1 and then moving it to it's berth in the marina. Involved rope throwing, handling and general problem solving.

Then headed out to Mana Island to perform night time navigation in choppy conditions. Required setting up a route and goto on the chartplotter, radar work, maintaining safe distances from shore, avoiding kelp beds, searching for moorings, etc.

5 20
Mon, 08/03/2021 Thursday training 1700-2130

1) Move launch from B35 to Lift out wharf: Tow and planning training

2) CQM and MOSS reviews for Ops assesssment on 7/3

7 31.5
Sun, 07/03/2021 Operational Assessment (4 crew)

4 crew successly completed their  assessments for  Operational ISC with regional instructor

6 48
Feb 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 25/02/2021 Thursday training 1700-2200, MOSS drill review, Towing, MOB, Helm/Compass

Crew worked through changes to FIRE drill using crew positions to managae the fire and abndon ship/medical, reviewed towing system and SOP.

At sea worked through comp[ass cpourse and helm role, navigation, CRM, Towing with 2 x scenarios.MOIB several variations with CQM

9 45
Sat, 20/02/2021 Local Area Familiarisation - Assessment

Local Area Familiarisation - Assessment of Tara Doke, Simon Piper and Conner Mackay vessel MR 2 - Pass

Trevor Farmer DPA

6 30
Thu, 18/02/2021 Thursday training 1700-2200, Pre Assessment check - Operations

4 x trainee crew were run through the operation assesment criteria as an adjunct to their actual assessment in March

Reviewed by Warwick B acting as the independant assessor

Crew worked through all of the assessment criteria and completed FIR, MOB, Anchoring drills and a quick removal tow set-up and a long-tow and raft-up

crew supported by MR2 as casualty /support

10 50
Wed, 17/02/2021 Wednesday Op Crew training 1700-2200


MR1 fam with 1 crew run by CD

Op assessment crew were reviewed and supported on CQM by Sarge

Course running at various speeds and seas also completed

6 30
Wed, 17/02/2021 CRV Familiarisation - Assessment

CRV Familiarisation - Assessment of Simon Piper vessel MR 1- Pass

2 2
Sat, 13/02/2021 Saturday Op Assessment training 1300 - 1830

crew performed CQM and Fam drills

Had a prroblem when goinng out to sea with weed in the jet intake, MOSS drills. lack of propulsion/steering completed

Diver cleared the weed large weed lump, Sea trial completed with crew running compass courses at medium to High speed

5 27.5
Thu, 11/02/2021 Assisting Wellington Unit rebag Spirit of Wellington

Spirit of Wellington was in Mana Marina yard to be sandblasted and repainted. Volunteers were called for to assist reassembly of the bags and bladders

6 turned up along with 9 from WCG

6 24
Thu, 04/02/2021 Thursday training 1700-2200, On Line Session Towing

Thgursday nIght training: prep for ops assessment



MOSS MOB, Medical, Victim recovery (breadcrumb trail)

Tow set up, communications, setting, towing, recovery to raft up

8 40
Wed, 03/02/2021 personal safety theory

personal safety theory module

5 10
Tue, 02/02/2021 Tuesday night training

Basic introduction to towing and rope handling for new trainees.

5 15
Tue, 02/02/2021 Induction

induction for Matt and Peter and Kevin

4 8
Jan 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 28/01/2021 Thursday Training

CRV Familiarisation assessment  - Tara - Jason & Connor & Area Familiarisation - - Tara - Jason & Connor

6 18
Wed, 27/01/2021 Induction

2 new inductees for induction session

3 6
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

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