Saving Lives at Sea

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Jun 2020
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
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

6 45
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 

6 42
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.

8 32
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

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