Saving Lives at Sea

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May 2022
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 17/05/2022 Tuesday night training

Vessel familiarisation on Phoenix Rescue. Navigating into Onepoto Harbour and capturing waypoints of the lateral marker poles to show that the chart data is approximately 30-40m off the actual GPS location.

4 14
Sun, 15/05/2022 Senior Crew Assessment

Conor and Tara sat their Senior Assessment with Doug Griffin of Manawatu

3 7.5
Sat, 14/05/2022 First Aid revalidation

3 crew atended a one day course

3 24
Sat, 14/05/2022 PHR Falmirisation

TB masters famil

2 1
Thu, 12/05/2022 Thursday session PHR famil, MR1 Snr review

PHR with CD, area and boat famil

MR1 snr crew assesment review helm. electronics 

7 28
Tue, 03/05/2022 Phoenix familiarisation and moving a launch

Ran the crew through a vessel familiarisation session on Phoenix Rescue before starting a training task to move a launch from it's berth in the marina to the liftout bay.

6 18
Apr 2022
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 30/04/2022 Senior Crew Assessment

4 crew completed Senior ISC

7 28
Thu, 28/04/2022 Qualified Crew Assessment

CN completed his Qualified crew assessment

5 10
Thu, 28/04/2022 Thursday Snr Crew revision

Snr went over MOSS drills, RASDAR/GPA navigation  

6 18
Tue, 26/04/2022 Tuesday night training

Training on MR1 to prepare for an Opearational assessment for 1 crew member on Thursday and a few Senior assessments on Saturday.

  • helm close quarter
  • tow setup
  • emergency procedures
    • man overboard
    • fire
    • anchoring
    • abandon ship
    • collision
    • loss of power
6 18
Thu, 21/04/2022 Op to Snr Group

4x Op Crew set task of individual search techiniques planning, IMT role, Briefing and finished with a first aid drill.

6 18
Sat, 16/04/2022 Thursday Night: Snr pre assessment training review

MR1 was used to test crew knowledge of MOSS drills and serach patern/development.

  • Fire Fighting
  • Salvage /Fire Pump
  • Abandon Ship
  • Medical emergency
  • Patient Transfer 
  • Setting up a search Plan 
  • Determining search patterns
8 32
Tue, 12/04/2022 Tuesday night training

Radar navigation exercises for each crew member coming in and out of Onepoto Harbour via the channel. Put up a curtain around the navigation station and covered up the chartplotter. 

5 15
Sun, 10/04/2022 Saturday Compass Deviation check, Working with CG Kapiti

a Compass deviation check is required every 12 months under our Marine Operator Safety System. 3 crerw went and worked through under the guideance of Carl.  No major deviation was observed.

ZMR1 then went up to Pukerua bay where we dod some On Scene Command work with Freemasons Rescue and we also checked out the approach into the boat ramp at Pukerua Bay before heading to Kapiti island and checking the inshore passage (Fishermans/Kapiti) and the beach on Browns island)

3 12
Thu, 07/04/2022 Thursday Night review search techniques, Search patterns, MOSS

Crew worked on MOSS checks, search patterns, search planning

7 28
Mar 2022
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 31/03/2022 Thursday night Medical and Fire Fighting/Pump drills

MOSS drills are an important part of our training.

crew worked on a range of medical drills and then ran through setting up and using the poortable poump for salavage and fire fighting, then ran through a range of actions for fire on board our vessel


Medical, salvage pump, fire pump, fire  location, fire fighting,abandon ship, emergency calls 

6 24
Tue, 29/03/2022 Tuesday night training

Follow up to previous training where we helped the Harbour Master to realign the Goat Point leading lights after they moved them. 

Involved lots of waypoint creation and navigation, comms with Harbour Master on shore and recording of information.

4 12
Thu, 24/03/2022 Op to Snr Crew Module Revision

Crew went through all modules, finalised paperwork, made a plan for next Thursday of final pieces to cover off and practice.

5 10
Tue, 22/03/2022 Tuesday night training - sector light checks

Charting out the edges of the sector light segments for the Harbour Master in preparation for them replacing the light at some stage. 

Lots of chart work to navigate to starting points for the checks (as an exercise), radar work, bearing lines, etc. Recorded waypoints as we crossed each sector at 3 different distances from the light.

4 14
Thu, 17/03/2022 Module Revision Night for Snr Assessment Prep

Crew reviewed and went through in depth the following modules in preparation for the senior assessment. Also reviewed the senior assessment guidelines and discussed focus areas.

  • CIMS Practical and Theory
  • Damage Control and Repairs
  • Seamanship 2
5 10
Mon, 14/03/2022 In scene command

On scene command theory session

2 2
Thu, 10/03/2022 CIMS Training Night

Tara Doak led a training night through the CIMS theory module and the practical module covering off all 3x objective for crew. Good discussions had around our role and what the structure looked like during CAT I SAROPS and how we work with other agencies.

5 5
Tue, 01/03/2022 On Scene Command

On Scene Command practical walkthrough session at the base and on the playing fields. Ran through SAR response plannning, briefing and coordinating a search pattern with multiple vessels.

7 21
Feb 2022
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 26/02/2022 Sunday morning Phoenix Rescue testing

Sunday morning Phoenix Rescue testing

3 9
Thu, 24/02/2022 Thursday assessments and maintenance

DF and JP assessd on Seamanship 2 and Damage Control by KS

Rest of the crew worked on Mr1, cleaning, general maintenance and engine room

7 28
Sat, 19/02/2022 Saturday morning Phoenix Rescue trial

Crew testing PHR 

5 15
Sat, 19/02/2022 Saturday PM Phoenix Rescue trial

Crew testing Phoenix Rescue

7 21
Thu, 17/02/2022 Thursday Night O2S group

MR1 was used for master trining, RADAR Navigation, Seamanship 2, Medical Emergency, MOB, Swimmer recovery, self recovery over the stern

7 28
Thu, 10/02/2022 Thursday night O2S group

2 boat sessions

MR2 Search techniques practical

MR1 RADAR Navigation, On Scene Command, Master Training

8 36
Tue, 08/02/2022 Tuesday night Search Techniques

Assessment evening for crew that needed to sign off on the practical component of the Search Techniques training module. 

5 15
Thu, 03/02/2022 Thursday Night Helm, RADAR

2 crew worked through some radar navigation and CQM plus a bit of rough weather helm control over the bar whaich was working quite well with a good northerly wind

4 16
Tue, 01/02/2022 Tuesday night training

The first Tue night training session of 2022. Relocated a ketch from the pole moorings to the breastworks at Mana Cruising Club on behalf of the club.

Helm practice, line practice, team communication.

6 24
Jan 2022
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 27/01/2022 Advanced helm, radar

Crew 1:   advanced helm heavy weather/speed safe handling, berthing in wind and sea


Crew 2: radar naviagtion in confined channel space Onepoto

4 16
Wed, 19/01/2022 LMS and TEAMS Session

Tara led a session on accessing and using the new LMS along with use of TEAMS.

3 6
Mon, 17/01/2022 Helm Endorsement MR1

MR1 was used to support helm endorsement ASSESSMENT for Hugo Bower (CG Sth Taranaki)



3 15
Mon, 17/01/2022 Helm Endorsement MR2

MR2 was used for similar CQM for helm endorsement assessment for Hugo Bower Sth Taranaki



2 4
Dec 2021
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 23/12/2021 Thursday night shakedown

After being out of the water for a few weeks we decided to take MR1 for a decent run to make sure all the systems were operational and ready for the holiday season. 

We did a circuit from Mana to Plimmerton Boating Club, Mana Island, Titahi Bay and back again.

We also gave the boat a good wash after sitting around for a while in the yard.

3 9
Thu, 16/12/2021 Thursday Night: MR1 Sea Trial, Op assessment review

MR1 sea trialed after repairs.

Op assessment review with CN.

MOB x 2:

Fire x 1

Anchoring x 2

7 28
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

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