Saving Lives at Sea

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Nov 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 16/11/2021 Tuesday night heavy weather training

With winds in the 26-36kt range from the NW, we went and circumnavigated Mana Island for some heavy weather experience.

5 20
Tue, 09/11/2021 Tuesday night search patterns

We had 2 people in the base planning search scenarios and patterns. They relayed the details to the crew on MR1 who executed 3 search patterns:

  1. sector search
  2. expanding box 
  3. creeping line ahead
7 28
Sat, 06/11/2021 Tow transition practice session

We ran a lenghty practical session of transitioning from a long tow to a barge tow out in open water in 20kt winds. Lots of approaches from various angles and wind directions, etc. 

Used both MR1 and MR2, swapping between them part way through to compare. Lots of lessons learned there with the difference between the ease of using the jet vs the outboards.

3 15
Tue, 02/11/2021 Tow transition workshop

Special workshop with Masters and senior crew to demo and talk through a slight change to the process for transition from long tow to barge/alongside tow to come into the marina. 

11 44
Oct 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 26/10/2021 Tuesday night training

Reviewing and trialing a new/improved procedure for transitioning from a long tow to a barge/alongside tow. 

Emergency drills:

  1. MOB
  2. Fire
  3. Abondon Ship
6 24
Thu, 21/10/2021 Thursday Night: MR1: MOSS Drills, Towing, Fire fighting

Crew worked on salvage pump, portable Bilge pump firefighting, MOB, medical, Grounding, Fire, COVID PPE, refuel pollutiopn prevention

Helm, Nav, Tow set-up

7 24.5
Thu, 21/10/2021 Thursday Night GPS/RADAR...Helm Ops2 Snr crew

5 crew wend out and worked through another series of GPS/RADAR training and associated helm work. 1 crewmember was signed of as completing his GPS/RADAR practical.

These nights are always good for helm practise too as staying on track at slow speeds is not always an easy task.


Crew completed  MOSS grounding and MOSS polution control drills

5 17.5
Tue, 12/10/2021 Tuesday night training

Had planned to do a practical search techniques session with a "missing diver" scenario. Planned it all out and then when we headed out had overheating issues with MR1. Ran through some emergency procedures instead!

9 27
Thu, 07/10/2021 Thursday Night Navigation GPS RADAR test. Fire drills

Crew worked throuigh navigation in the harbour channels using GPS and RADAR

VRM, EBL, Crew communication, Depth finding, Holding station,

Salvage pump use and fire suppresion set up.

Trainnee master JH

5 17.5
Tue, 05/10/2021 Tuesday Night Training

Started up training on Tuesday evening again. Ran through emergency response drills for:

  • man overboard
  • fire
  • abandon ship
  • loss of steering
  • loss of power

Practiced setting up and using the petrol fire pump.

Practicing reversing and 3-point turns in the marina.

5 17.5
Fri, 01/10/2021 Cold Water survival part 2. on line training session

Completion of the Canadian cold water survival workshop, recovery of people in cold water, post recovery problems, how to survive and the equipment

1 3.5
Sep 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 30/09/2021 Thursday Ops2Snr crew GPS/RADAR/Helm

Crew completed Monthly boat checks, pre departure checks and went to sea to hone skills on the GPS and Radar units along with working toward their Helm endorsements

Started a cleanup of the cabin and working through some Training and IT support

8 32
Wed, 29/09/2021 Cold Water Virtual Workshop session 1

On line and International workshop working through international learnings on surviving in cold water (- 12C)

Cold water temperatures increases the risk of drowning with hyperventilation and then failing to swim as the body extremities get colder.

Wearing a PFD (correctly fitted) and having a Personal Locator Beacon substantially increases your ability to survive.

1 3
Thu, 16/09/2021 Thursday Training crew IMT session (Planning for SAR

workshop using actual SAR tasks to develop SAR planning

6 15
Aug 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 12/08/2021 Thursday Training

 Coustguard Instructor training delivery  - The senarios were to provide Operational crew with a refresher - Delivered three one hour training modules CIMS - Use of GPS -  Setting up Radar displays : Delivered by Tara  Doak - Observer Chris Darch   

7 21
Jul 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 29/07/2021 Thursday training 1800-2130,

Crew worked through boatmaster and MR1 monthly MOSS check/Start up, 11 x MOSS drills

6 21
Jun 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 01/06/2021 Tuesday Night Training

On water training session with MR1.

  • helm practice
  • crew resource management
  • man overboard
  • fire
  • abandon ship
  • medical emergency
9 36
May 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 25/05/2021 Tuesday Night Training

Navigation planning and execution excercise out near Titahi Bay. Plotting waypoints on a paper chart and chartplotter, calculating distance/speed/time to travel from one to another, etc.

6 24
Thu, 20/05/2021 Thursday Training

Radar theory and practical revision 

6 18
Thu, 13/05/2021 Thursday Training

Operational to senior group - Passage planning, paper chart work, plot given GPS positions, assess hazards along route - transfer paper chart information to chart plotter  - work through four senarios.

6 21
Sat, 08/05/2021 Working bee

A working bee was held to clean up the container, hut, 4WD and MR1. The crew worked tirelessly to clean sort and log all gear throwing out stuff acquired over the years that was no longer relevant. The container needs to be seen to be believed. An update on AC 36 $WD and general finances followed. Operation crew certificates were presented along with personal wet weather gear. 1st aid certs were presented and an update on change of EAP was given. A serious incident report was given verbally outlining the need to review CRM and all comms.

17 68
Thu, 06/05/2021 Thursday Training

 Operational to seinior crew group -  revision of seamanship 2 assessment - working with aircraft theory moudule 

6 18
Mon, 03/05/2021 Monday Night Training

Helm training in and around the marina.

3 7.5
Apr 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 29/04/2021 Thursday Training

Damage control and Basic repairs - Theory revision and practical 

3 9
Thu, 22/04/2021 Thursday Training

Search Techniques - practical on water use of search patterns - expanding box & sector search  - Incident Management base operations.

5 22.5
Thu, 15/04/2021 Thursday Training

Search Techniques - Theory revision 

5 12.5
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

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