Saving Lives at Sea

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Oct 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
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

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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

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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
Tue, 09/06/2020 Thursday night crew maintanance ansd social session

Crew cleaned up the base hut, tidied MR1 and Connor ran training on the chartplotter and adding waypoints, other crew completed the monthly CHECK list

9 22.5
Mon, 01/06/2020 Sunday MR1 CQM and Navigation session

Practised CQM in and around the Marina/Onepoto area


Navigation training on inputting Lat/Long data to the chartplotter and navigating to the Waypoint

3 9
May 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 14/05/2020 Thursday training 1900-2100 On Line Health and Safety

crew worked through the Health and Safety module, workbook and notifications using CORS and Vault

10 25
Sun, 10/05/2020 On-line training for Coastguard Instructors

Review of Google Classroom markingsystem for assignments

5 5
Wed, 06/05/2020 Wednesday Night- Online training Working with Aircraft

Crew worked through the Working with Aircraft module using PPT and the workbook

6 12
Apr 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 30/04/2020 Thursday night -Online session navigation basics,

charts, hand bearing compass, plotting basics

role os the navigator, estimated positions, transit fixes, relative bearings

8 20
Thu, 23/04/2020 Thursday training 1900-2100, On Line Session MR1 review

work though on the MR1 nav station system

9 18
Tue, 14/04/2020 CGM: On-Line training session Advanced Helm Techniques

Crew worked through the Advanced Helm powerpoint with discussions

8 20
Sun, 12/04/2020 Sunday Night on line crew training: Damage Control and basic repairs

Crew worked through and discussed the D&C mosule using online powerpoint and access to the module and workbook

10 25
Thu, 09/04/2020 Thursday night on line crew training: towing workbook, Towing SOP, Risk Assessment

This evening we worked through the towing workbook to detyermine some good answers through group discussion.

Reeviewed the confirmed towing SOP and worked on the casae study format "Risk Assessment"

11 22
Sun, 05/04/2020 Sunday Night: Online training review Towing Module

Session on line with Operational crew and trainees

7 14
Thu, 02/04/2020 Thursday training 1830-2130, On Line Session Towing (2)

Crew worked through the towing module powerpoint and supporting workbook using Google Meeting

7 14
Mar 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 26/03/2020 Thursday training 1830-2130, On Line Session Towing

Experimental ni9ht using Google Meeting and Classroom to try an run a training session

Tow Module and Tow SOP

9 11.25
Thu, 19/03/2020 Thursday night crew. radio tests, Area Fam, CRV Fam, Heavy weather handling and heavy weather experience

Mr1 was used on a fixed route from MCC to Green Point, West of Mana Island, Tea Gardens and Fuel berth, MCC

M64 & M02 wwere used with the DPA to confirm locations were 64 and 02 were active on a handheld radio. Good radio contact ion all areas.

Heavy Weather, winds up to 30 knots, sea heights of 1-1.5 metre which gave the crew a workout and good experience in weather. 

Helm was able to get some CQM practise on refueling. 

8 24
Sat, 14/03/2020 Kapiti Island swim, crew assessments and Kapiti Area familiarization

MR1 acted as a backup to CG Kapiti for the anual swim event. Whilst in the area the crew underwent mpdle assessments for observation, crv famil, seamnaship, victiom recovery/medical and addded in helm and navigation training

A good day on the water and lots of good learning

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Thu, 12/03/2020 Thursday Night Training Medical support on MR1

Crew went through a train the trainer session in the use of Torniquets, pressure bandage with clips and compression bandage, Pelvic support strap, pulse oximeter, airway control and bagmask/CPR

Thanks to Pharmaco for the training support

6 18
Tue, 10/03/2020 Tuesday night Training

We started the night off by moving a 8m launch from a berth in the marina to the breastworks outside Mana Cruising Club, ready to be lifted out for cleaning/maintenance.

Once that was complete we headed out onto the bar where we ran through some emergency procedure drills including Man Overboard, Fire, Abandon Ship, Collision and Anchoring.

6 24
Sun, 08/03/2020 Sunday...Navigation, CQM, Helm introduction

7 crew plus 1 DPA were involved in at sea training for Navigation, CQM, Helm introduction


Navigation: Basic chart work, True and Magnetic, variation, hand bearing compass, scaling, chart use, plotting by estimated position and by calculation

CQM: close quarter work in the marina

Helm intro: Trainees on the helm as part of seamanship work before operational assessement. At sea running a compass course/straight track, bucket and helm controls in turning, introduction to collision regs

8 28
Feb 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 29/02/2020 MR 2: Saturday Trainee group


Theory, considerations and  practical application of a shore line search and bar crossing safe practice - group exercise, plan a shoreline search - On water,  carryout a shore line search Green Point to Onehunga Bay - Other activities: Anchoring
DPA: Trevor Burgess 

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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  

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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

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