Saving Lives at Sea

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Jun 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Wed, 12/06/2019 Advanced Helm and Navigation/Radar training

MR1 was used to develop advanced helm skills and Navigation/Radar work.

The training started with speed and manouvreing practise, then went into manourvering in confined areas at moderate speed to develop hand / eye  and situational awareness. As dusk fell a strobe  ligh on a dan buoy was used to develop night pick up skills.

MR1 transited back to base using radar navigation, refueled and then some slow speed work inside the marina


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Sat, 08/06/2019 Crew induction

 5 new prospective crew given site tour and induction paperwork. Visit to MR1 and MR2

6 18
Sat, 08/06/2019 On Scene Coordination workshop New Plymouth

3 crew from CG Mana attended this On Scene Coordination workshop run by staff from the Rescue Coordination Centre

The day covered information flow, reviews and case studies, good practise guideance and finished with a small tabletop exercise where multiple site and search coordination  was required.

A good day of learning

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Tue, 04/06/2019 Search Tecniques - Theory

Theory Search techniques in Coastguard hut

6 18
May 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sun, 26/05/2019 MR2: Trainee group - Senior Crew Assessment

Mr 2 - Senior crew practical assessment evaluation - Kate work through the assessment syllabus as directed by James Pinchin (Regional CG Instructor).

 Kate successfully completed her assessment and was awarded Senior Crew status.

UTO to complete process with interview.

DPA Doug Clark

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Sat, 25/05/2019 MR2: Trainee group

 Mr 2 - Senior crew practical pre-assessment evaluation - Kate work through the assessment syllabus  This covered CQM, anchoring, MOSS, navigation, towing, and leadership capabilities. Mr1 - demonstrate compatancies in radar and navigation instrument use.

DPA Trevor Burgess

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Tue, 21/05/2019 Tuesday night Training

MR2. investigated moving vessel in marina.  Decided that wind gusts too strong and aborted.  Talked through and practised route and using wind to enter berth.

Went down every pier and identified vessels of interest

Doug Clark DPA.  Used portable Trackplus unit.  no track was shown other than start and shutdown  Unit in pocket

7 21
Thu, 16/05/2019 Rod Hall 5 year Master re assessment

5 Year Master re assessment as per ISC assessment guidelines

5 20
Tue, 14/05/2019 Tuesday day training

Close quarters manouvering practice

Anchoring practice

Man overboard pickup practice on rough water at Mana Bar.

Mana Bar assessment

Search assett assessment

Helming practice in strong wind and on Mama bar

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Fri, 10/05/2019 Friday Master 5 year pre-assessment

Scenario of yacht with MOB. Paper chart work then GPS plotter chart work.

Moss drills, fire, collision, abandon ship, MOB, medical

Alongside tow raft up.

Rough water high speed training.

Chartplotter plotting waypoints and routes

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Tue, 07/05/2019 Tuesday search training

Search patterns executed - Expanding square, Sector, creeping line

MOSS MOB full drill

Anchoring exercise

CQM in marina

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Mon, 06/05/2019 Monday Helm training

MR2 helming training and practice.

CQM marina.

High speed handling outer hbr area.

Rough water handling  Mana Island Bridge area.

MOB pickup practice both drift on and upwind approach

MOB pickup pracrtice in rough water on bridge



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Sun, 05/05/2019 Sunday Operational crew assessment

Operational crew assessment for 2 crew members, both passed

4 20
Sat, 04/05/2019 Saturday Training - Operational assessment preparation

Preparation for operational crew assessment (Zane and Alan)

Detailed examination of all MR2 equipment, what where and how to use.

Moss drills, MOB, Fire, Abandon Ship.

CQM in marina, helm with wheel, split throttles and both.

Rope work and alongside tow (done for real with 25 foot yacht "Antipodean Searcher" who lost outboard motor over the side and needed a tow back into marina)

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Thu, 02/05/2019 Thursday Night Training

Night time helming by compass and reference points.

Night navigation and pilotage.

Night familiarisation

Night time anchoring exercise in Hongoeka Bay, 5 meter depth 25 meter rode. Checked position with transits and GPS

Helm practice coming alongside all crew

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Wed, 01/05/2019 Wednesday night training

Night time navigation and familiarisation.

2 9
Apr 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sun, 28/04/2019 Sunday training CQM

CQM in marina with 23-30 knots 

In and out of marina berths stern and bow to. Holding station on pole. Holding station in strong wind area between poles.

Twin controls getting in and out of above plus normal steering plus using combination of both methods.

Recovered lifejacket blown away from a yacht manouvering in the marina and having trouble with control. Returned lifejacket to yacht underway.

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Sat, 27/04/2019 Saturday Training

Chris Reid held a radio commes training session before departure

Mr2 close quarters handling, coming alongside marina berths no touch.

search patterns (Sector Search).

MOB pickups

Single engine manouvering in marina into berths forward and astern.

High speed handling, MOSS medical drill.

Kate asessed Alan on CRV Handling.

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Wed, 24/04/2019 Wednesday night training - Night Navigation

Paper Navigation exercises using night visible targets

GPS chartplotter route creation and helm following.tram lines of route with course changes

Area familiarisation for night navigation.

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Mon, 22/04/2019 Monday night training

Night time familiarisation of  lights and land features

Paper chart exercise to find safe route onto leads if visibility poor and nav system down.

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Sun, 21/04/2019 Sunday training

Moss drills all 10 both table top and on MR2

Also close quarters manouvering in marina

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Sat, 20/04/2019 MR1 Area familiarisation - Assess the assesors

The sessions aims: 1. Coastguard Instructors Kate & Chris R completion of assesment modules using Operational trainees Zane & Alans practical knowlage of the local area - 2. Chris D had helm time for the duration of the training period - 3. The session was splilt between paractical and classroom based periods - 4. Trainee operational crew completed sections of the practical samanship sections of their log books.

T Burgess was on site checking the TrackPlus power supply

Rod Hall acted as DPD 

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Wed, 03/04/2019 MR1 night navigation and helm

3 crew went though electronic navigation and helm work

GPS/RADAR, visual navigation

Helm, visibility, arc of view (helm) 360 scans, close quarters in the marina, fuel berth, deliberate grounding on a beach, navigation channel and lights

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Tue, 02/04/2019 Tuesday night Training

Launched Mana Rescue II

Area familiarisation and helming.  Went to Titahi Bay, Identified night way points within Bay.  Went to the Bridge between mana and mainland and looked for lighthouses lights and identified.  Looked at night reference points to line up bar and entering marina.  Practiced split helm and berthing

3 9
Mar 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 30/03/2019 MR2: Operational trainee group

MR2: Operational trainee group:0800 - 0900: Navigation markers and there uses - Session lead Kate - Identification and use of navigation markers & lights.  0900 - 1700: Area Familiarisation assessment/ helm/MOSS drills - the primary aim of the session was to test Alan & Zane's local area knowledge using traditional & electronic navigation and coastal pilotage techniques from Pukerua Bay to Ohau point.

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Thu, 28/03/2019 MR2 Night training

MR2 -Trainee Operational Crew: session activities were as follows: 1. area familiarisation - 2.  night observation techniques, visual, night vision scopes -  3. coastal pilotage techniques at night - 4. shore line search techniques from Green Point to Titahi Bay - 5. anchoring 

DPA T Farmer

6 18
Wed, 27/03/2019 Night time navigation and helm

MR1  night navigation between marina and Karehana Bay. Night helming in swell and close quarter manouerving

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Tue, 19/03/2019 Tuesday night Training

Navigation exercise into Titahi Bay using radar only. 

Performed a few emergency procedures on the way, including:

  • fire
  • abandon ship
  • grounding
  • loss of power
  • anchoring
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Mon, 18/03/2019 Training the trainer

Kate ran two training sessions for new volunteers as part of her Instructor training. FIrst of all, she ran them through a vessel startup/familiarisation session to get them familiar with getting the vessel ready to go to sea and familiarise them with all the safety systems. 

She then ran them through a second session of Stop, Asses, Plan (SAP) by approaching multiple vessels that were moored up in the channel and running the inductees through the process of identifying hazards and key items/considerations when approaching another vessel as part of a rescue operation.

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Mon, 18/03/2019 In-water Survival

An in-water session with 5 crew members to assess their ability to fit and use the correct safety gear, including wet-weather gear and PFDs. The participants had to jump into the water, tread water for 5 minutes, swim 50m, demonstrate the HELP procedure (floating in the featol position to conserve energy/heat) and board the CRV from the water.

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Tue, 12/03/2019 Night-time navigation and area familiarisation

We did some navigation excercises with new crew on the chart plotter and radar, plus a new helmsman.

This took us around and into Titahi Bay, to Green Point, across to Mana Island to find the club moorings and DOC station. Then back to base with a couple of emergency drills thrown in on the way, including Medical Emergency and Fire.

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Sat, 09/03/2019 Saturday morning training

Today's training session involved multiple sessions on both vessels:

  1. Chris Reid ran a Crew Resource Management - Communication session as part of his own "train the trainer" assessment to become a Coastguard Instructor.
  2. MR1 and MR2 worked together to practice coming alongside whilst underway, radio communications checks and drills
  3. Rope work
  4. Radar navigation excercise up into Onepoto Harbour on MR1
  5. Close quarters manouvring on MR2
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Tue, 05/03/2019 Tuesday night Training - rescue tow scenario

Training session for new crew. Started with induction/familiarisation to the vessel (MR1) and the startup procedures. 

Then a mock call was placed by a member of the public with vague information about a breakdown and that they required assistance to get home. The crew had to work through getting enough information out of them to locate them out passed the reef. Tow checklist procedure was performed and the vessel was towed back to Plimmerton Boating Club, with the crew thinking that it was a real operation.

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Feb 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 23/02/2019 MR2: Saturday Trainee group

Complete CRV System Familiarisation, Towing, SAR Communications practical  - continue close quarter handling & seamanship practical training - support MCC bathtub race event - clean & tidy operations & equipment containers 

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Tue, 19/02/2019 Tuesday night Training

Out on CRV, Porirua Area to Plimmerton and Under bridges

Practice beach landings x5 and picking up a mooring

3 x MOB drills and one fire drill

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Sat, 09/02/2019 First Aid refresher Course

First Aid refresher course at Mana Cruising Club  Dean Taylor - Assessor

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Sat, 02/02/2019 Operational Crew assessment training

Crew assembled to focus on operational tasks starting with familarisation with start up checks, battery problems and setting up of the Mana Rescue 1 tow system.

Towing: setting up stern preventer line, port starboard messenger lines. Practise with removing and setting up the tow line according to Tow SOP and establishing the change from long tow to raft up, including the use of the tow checklist. restowing the tow and ancillary lines

Helm, manouvreing in close quarters, manaouvreing in the channel, approaches/holds/breakaways

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Jan 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 31/01/2019 Thursday Training

Went by Chart plotter to predetermined Lat Long coordinates.  Anchored on position, set anchor then retrieved to unertake a MOB drill.

Undertook CRM1 training for Shane Tindall.

Aborted training session to respond to a coatguard pager callout.  Used Mana Rescue II

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Sat, 05/01/2019 Saturday crew training MR2-MR1 transition for crew


Day started with CRV fam, salvage pump and medical drills, Risk assessment. 

At sea, full set of MOSS drills completed.

Heavy weather helm training KS

Helm intro Z, AA, LS

GPS/Radar NC

Navigation/Pilotage by transit lines, depth contours

Exercise: SAR comms, search set up, victim recovery, medical emergency, transport of patients, refuelling

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Dec 2018
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 29/12/2018 MR1 cleaning and CRV Fam

A small crew went through MR1 and gave her a thorough clean-up and checked the onboard equipment.

Restacked all of the lockers, cleaned kit and serviced as we could.

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Sat, 22/12/2018 MR2: Trainee group - CRV Familiarisation practical

CRV Familiarisation practical MR1 & 2 Alan & Zane  - MOSS drills: grounding, collision & fueling procedures - Area familiarisation: Mana island south moorings & Green Bay - visit the new disabled floating pontoon Onepota arm of Porirua Harbour, check the approaches & depth sounding - clean out the main hut - vacuum floor - general tidy. 

DPA Trevor Farmer

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Thu, 13/12/2018 induction

induction meeting for 3 new volunteers

4 8
Thu, 13/12/2018 Module seminars

seminar to check content of SAR comms and Obs techniques modules

3 3
Sat, 08/12/2018 MR2: Trainee group (Saturday)

Practical assessment of Alan Devine & Zane Bublitz : Victim recovery -  & Towing modules: Moss drills - MOB - Propulsion & steering failure - Personnel injury and illness - Abandon ship - Fire & firefighting -Pollution Control: Anchoring techniques, personal safety considerations.

DPA Trevor Burgess 

6 48
Thu, 06/12/2018 Seamanship2

A small team of senior crew candidates worked through the theory discussion of ropes, ropework and general seamanship at CCR HQ

6 15
Tue, 04/12/2018 MOSS module and competencies

Moss theory module and hazard register review. Good look through manuals and discussions around need for MOSS. 

Signing in MOSS manuals done

8 20
Nov 2018
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 29/11/2018 On Scene Command

Crew formed and were briefed by the Police Maritime Unit on the roles and responsibilities  of the vessel that is appointed as on scene command for search and rescue incidents.

MR1 then went to sea with Lady Liz4 where the navigtor and OSC set up a search pattern and command process. The OSC completed the radio lead with Lady Liz4 while the navigator worked the search pattern.

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Thu, 22/11/2018 Thursday night training

2 x operational (good samaritan) requests to move two yachts to the pole moorings for Mana Cruising Club.  Both were "No Go" when risk assesments completed.  Main reason was weateher and little gain

Went on water to assess best lines to take for towng yachts to pole moorings.  Assessed yacht at bridge and decided an outgoing tide was required as very close to the bridge. MOB exercise on the water.  

MR1 on water practicing GPS and radar.  Worked as DPA for each other.

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Thu, 22/11/2018 Radar and Navigation training

4 operational crew worked through the operating procedure for the MR1 radar and gps units. This will assist in building a how to guide for the trainee group and supports overall unit capability.

Systems were tested alongside and MR1 went into a restricted/tight navigation area to test the radar and gps capability of the crew. small navigation marks were readily identifiable and crew identified land features/depth and danger spaces

A useful nights training

4 10
Tue, 13/11/2018 Victim Recovery

Crew worked on the Victim recovery theory module and carried out land and on vessel practise with lifting a person and recovering a mannequin from the water

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Sat, 10/11/2018 MR2: Trainee group (Saturday)

Towing practical - long/ short tow -barging to two different vessels - towing checklist - SAP situational awareness  MOB multiple targets - MOB & victim recovery in open water using a weighted manikin. Discuss theory module and set completion date 8/12/18

DPA Trevor Farmer

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Thu, 08/11/2018 repack MR1 as CRV fam

MR1 was put back in water and we peplaced all of the esential gear as per MOSS manual, inventoried the tool kit and reviewed the changes made to switchboards and lights etc. Trevor B gave a run down of all of the maintenance issues covered in the time off water.

We then had a look at another IMT scenario of a real life incident

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