Saving Lives at Sea

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Feb 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 25/02/2020 Tuesday night Training

Tonight we moved two yachts - one from the pole moorings and one from the marina, over to the breastworks in front of Mana Cruising Club to assist the vessel owners and practice our rope work and manoeuvring.

The first yacht was one that had been (mostly) abandoned on the pole moorings and we took the owner over to collect it. He is bringing it back to scrap it as it has been rotting there for a number of years. This took a while to prepare as there were a number of ropes in the water and all around the boat that needed to be tidied away.

6 24
Sun, 23/02/2020 Helm training

Advanced helm training for a crew member to have time behind the wheel of MR1. Performed complex/tight manoeuvring inside the marina.

3 6
Thu, 20/02/2020 general paperwork and record keeping update

General seminar around a range of topics with logbook and module signoffs, record keeping and matrix updates where necessary

5 15
Tue, 18/02/2020 Tuesday night Training

Crew Resource Management, line handling and helm skills were all put to the test doing an extended exercise on the pole moorings in the channel.

5 17.5
Sat, 15/02/2020 MR2: Saturday Trainee group

The season commenced with a timed rapid deployment of MR2 - 30 minutes from the arrival of the crew to launch   - Land-based: revision of CIMs 2 theory module - plan two search patterns expanding box & sector search. On the water- Moss drills- MOB, fire, anchoring, engine failure, loss of steering, medical emergency, collision, grounding, capsizing, damage control and pollution control. -   - practice two search patterns 

DPA Trevor Burgess  

6 36
Thu, 13/02/2020 Thursday Night Training

We did a navigation and area familiarisation trip down to Makara Beach and back, stopping at Boom Rock and the club moorings at Mana Island along the way.

The focus of the trip was the navigator setting waypoint gotos and calling the course to steer, keeping the vessel within a tight 6oft XTE. Closed loop communications were also required.

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Tue, 04/02/2020 Heavy weather helm session

We put 2 helmsmen through their paces tonight manouvring MR2 in the 40-50kt winds in the channel. We took the chance to inspect the mooring lines of the vessels on swing moorings in the channel, giving them a chance to practice their close-quarters helming in challenging conditions.

We also practiced tight manouvring under the rail bridge.

5 20
Sat, 01/02/2020 Mana Cruising Club Birdman Competition

We put MR2 in the water to stand off in support of the jumpers at the birdman competition, primarily as a PR exercise.

5 12.5
Jan 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 30/01/2020 Thursday night crew training

crew woerked through a constant series of MOSS drills whilst the helm was manouvreing in close quarters inside the marina area

Fire, MOB, Collision/Damage, Grounding, Abandon ship, Medical, Loss power/steering, polution control, and capsize

6 18
Tue, 28/01/2020 Tuesday night Training

We started the evening by towing a dinghy into Onepoto Harbour to give a new helmsman a chance to practice towing in confined spaces (around moored vessels and pole moorings) and learn the channel into the harbour at the same time. 

We then picked up two new inductees who had just been run through and introductory session and took them on an area familirisation trip to Titahi Bay, Green Pt, Mana Island and back.

6 24
Sun, 26/01/2020 New Master introduction

2 new (existing) Masters from another were onboarded into the unit and MR1. We also took MR1 out for a brief helm introductory session.

5 15
Tue, 21/01/2020 Tuesday night Training

Search techniques and observiation techniques.

Planning and executing search patterns for a simulated missing diver.

MOB excercise.

9 45
Tue, 21/01/2020 Navigation

After a callout that was stood down we proceeded to circumnavigate Mana Island and came into Titahi Bay. We then did some helm practice inside the marina while fueling up, etc.

5 10
Sat, 18/01/2020 Navigation and helm exercise

MR1 was used for an extended navigation exrercise, GPS, RADAR, chart work and to develop helm skills and ;local knowledge

6 30
Thu, 16/01/2020 Thursday Night, Helm and Navigation training

5 crew went out to develop basic navigation skills around compass use, estimated position work, plotting, depth checking and time keeping.

I x Op crew was given helm work to support the navex work and helm training

6 18
Thu, 09/01/2020 Thursday Night Training: Tow, CQM, Seamanship

Evening started with the transfer of a launch from E Pier to the breastworks. Trainee due for Operational assessment ran the eveolution., Op crew ran the helm.SAP contributed to safe system.

Helm CQM was practised in the lift out berth, Nav channel, Fuel Pier and a swing moored boat.

MOSS drills completed, Fire, Abandon Ship, Grounding

6 18
Sun, 05/01/2020 Sunday Training

MOSS drills, MOB (5) anchoring (2) Medical recovery (2), Grounding (1)

Snr crew Nav on GPS, skills update on waypoints and route making, rolling road track

Helm and CQM (op crew)


Desk and pilotage (Trainees)

6 18
Dec 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 14/12/2019 MR2: Saturday Trainee group

Training for Assessment-  C Darch - 2nd assessment session - Observer : Kate Stewart – Candidate - Lehi Solomon - Victim Recovory Practical - part2  - completed assesment - pass - log book competed - information sent to UTO.

6 36
Sat, 07/12/2019 search techniques theory

Theory module for search techniques done and marked

4 9
Fri, 06/12/2019 Pre assessment Interview L Solomon

Victim Recovery: Pre assessment interview - C Darch (Assessor) - Lehi Solomon (Candidate) review log book, theory module book and test thoretical knowledge.

2 4
Thu, 05/12/2019 Thursday Night training MR1

Crew went through a series of drills and proecesses at sea, sea was a little rough and tested the new crew skills

CRV fam, CRM, MOB, Fire drills, Set up for towing

Op crew worked thtough command, helm, nav

ZB was our DPA for the night

9 27
Wed, 04/12/2019 Tuesday Night Training modules

Crew completed modules for

Victim Recovery, Personal safety, worked through more Area Familiarisation using chart NZ46 and identifying radio communication locations

7 17.5
Nov 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 30/11/2019 MR2: Saturday Trainee group - Search Techniques practical assessment

Search Techniques practical assessment: David Franks  - completed the assesment criteria, completed post debrief - passed as competant  -  information sent to UTO

Observer for C Darch (trainee CI ) delivery of assessment observer -John Bass

John Bass - Safety brief and passanger information card completed - DPA Trevor Farmer

5 35
Thu, 28/11/2019 Work Book review

crew joined up for a review of their training material, prior to the crew night at MCC

4 2
Thu, 28/11/2019 Thursday night crew

MOB, Victims Recover, CRV fam

3 9
Tue, 26/11/2019 Tuesday night Training

We started off by moving "Amazing Grace" from a berth in the marina to the breastworks ready to be hauled out. This was a great training exercise for the crew and helped out the owner, as it has no engine.

Then we headed out to Mana Island to run through a drill for a missing diver, practicing search techniques.

7 28
Sun, 24/11/2019 Restore MR2 to operational status

Packed away gear, cleaned up both Prado and MR@ and refueled MR2  70 litres used for the Tuia 250 event

4 12
Fri, 22/11/2019 Return MR2 to Mana

Packed up MR2 and returned to Mana on Interislander

5 40
Thu, 21/11/2019 Thursday night training crew

Victim recovery and medical support, stretcher wo0rk

6 18
Wed, 20/11/2019 Prepare MR2 and Tuia 250 Briefing

Traveled as group from Mana to Picton an Interislander Ferry.  Briefing with Tuia organisers, Picton Harbour Master, Wellington, Marlborough, Nelson and Mana Coastguard groups.  Prepared vessel for on the water, parked inside Picton Boat shed

10 45
Wed, 20/11/2019 David Franks -Search Techniques assessment interview & assessment plan

Search Techniques Assessment:  pre-assessment interview, varification of log and module completion - review of relvent experience, brief on assesment process and requirments.Date set for assessment 30/11/19 

2 3
Tue, 19/11/2019 Tuesday night heavy weather training

"Heavy Weather" training in 30-40 knot NW winds, crossing the bar in heavy seas.

3 9
Tue, 19/11/2019 Prepare, Fuel MR2 to travel to Marlborough Sounds

Loaded and prepared MR2 to travel to Marlborough Sounds

5 15
Sun, 17/11/2019 Area Familiarisation - Marlborough Sounds

Completed Area Familiarisation work boobks for excursion to Marlborough Sounds.  Check of MR@ and preparisation for Tuia 250 exercise

5 15
Sun, 17/11/2019 Area Familisation - Marlborough Sounds

Workbooks completed for Crew going to Tuia 250 - Area Familisation - Marlborough Sounds

5 10
Sat, 16/11/2019 Update log books

Ensure Training records up to date and entered onto training database

2 4
Tue, 12/11/2019 search techniques

theory assesment for D Franks

2 6
Tue, 12/11/2019 Tuesday night Training

Practiced our MOSS safety procedures for:

  • MOB
  • Loss of steering
  • Loss of propulsion
  • Fire
  • Abandon ship
  • Anchoring

We then came back to the marina entrance and ran a mock fire fighting drill to "put out a fire" on the end of the breakwall at the marina entrance.

5 20
Tue, 12/11/2019 Tuesday night Training

Familiarisation of NSS9 Evo 3 chart plotter.  Entering routes, MOB cursor use, remote i-pad use stc.  Area familiarisation Marlborough Sounds

4 12
Sat, 02/11/2019 MR2: Trainee group: Training for assessment: Search Techniques


0800 – 0900 Practice with Vault App: MR2 pre-launch check list – Simrad plotter: group familiarisation with functions – plot route to search areas

Search Techniques: 0900 – 1100 - recap theory paper – plan on water exercise – shoreline/box/sector search pattern - practice compiling sector and box search plotter cards –

 1100 - 1630 On water: practice box & sector search patterns – discuss tide and wind effect when reviewing gps plots of four search patterns – plot shore line search of NW face of Mana Island , practice 200m shore line search

5 45
Oct 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 31/10/2019 Thursday training 1830-2130

Victim recovery practise, including sttetcher and medical support/MOSS

CRM practise

Worked through the basics of the observation techniques module


CRV Fam found an electrical fault which was usefeul reinformecement of why the checks are completed

6 18
Thu, 24/10/2019 Victim recovery

Practicing recovering victims along with man over board drills on MR1.

Crew were also tasked with Seamanship tasks. MOSS drills of Fire onboard and collision were also run.

Helm was takes with close quarters work before finishing.

5 15
Sat, 19/10/2019 Saturday tow training

Tow evolution training with MR1 towing an unmanned MR2 around Onepoto Harbour. Focus on the standard procedure and approach to simplify the procecess and remove risk.

Full transitions from long to to along side (rafted up) and vice-versa. 

5 22.5
Thu, 17/10/2019 Working with aircraft

WAC theory module for 3 crew

4 12
Thu, 17/10/2019 CRM and Seamanship Victim recovery

Moving MR1 from it's birth through the fingers and back to it birth using ropes.

Then victim recovery theory at base.

4 10
Tue, 15/10/2019 Crew induction

initial induction meeting for Gregory jeames

2 4
Sat, 12/10/2019 Critical Risk

Critical Risk analysis workshop using the Bow Tie tool

CCR ran the course with an external Subject Matter Expert Paul Shaw from Tauranga. Peter Healy National  Safety Manager coordinated the training. Crew from Wellington Manawatu Mana and taranaki attended

It was a solid grounding in the use of the tool to identify critical risks and prevention of them occuring and causing harm. 

4 24
Thu, 10/10/2019 Operation El'Gordo

Moving El'Gordo from Mr1's birth to load on its trailer using ropes.

CRM and seamanship training.

4 10
Tue, 08/10/2019 Tuesday night training - towing

We borrowed a volunteers 5.5m alloy runabout and used it for towing excercises in Onepoto Harbour. We ran through the full towing evolution from planning, preparing, executing a tow - both long tows and rafting up alongside.

We practiced the long to alongside transition multiple times in an effort to improve the efficiency and safety of the process.

6 24
Sep 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 26/09/2019 Close Quarters Maneuvering

Close Quarter Maneuvering inside the mariner

4 8
Wed, 25/09/2019 Nav Training

Crew had a full day of Nav training with helm work , MOSS drills

6 54
Wed, 25/09/2019 Night Nav Ex

Prepareing for Snr Crew Nav assessment, night tracks, GPS bearings, Radar bearings, range finding, depth contour tracking, snap navigation tasks.

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