Saving Lives at Sea

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Mar 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
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
6 21
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.

7 31.5
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.

8 12
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.

6 27
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
10 45
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.

6 24
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 

4 32
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

6 18
Sat, 09/02/2019 First Aid refresher Course

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

6 36
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

5 37.5
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

5 5
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

7 66.5
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.

3 13.5
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

5 40
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.

5 20
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.

4 12
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

9 18
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

7 56
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

7 17.5
Oct 2018
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 30/10/2018 Area familiarisation

Checked out changes on MR1, Carried out a risk assessment for the night (No Go).

Started undertaking Area Famiilarisation theory.

4 10
Tue, 30/10/2018 Inductions

Induction for 3 new members, brief safety walk around indicatiting external hazards and the gear container followed by paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork, Anna is a transferred Operational crew from Tauranga Sam and Bernie are new.

Followed on with intro to personal safety module, workbook to be done later

4 8
Sat, 27/10/2018 MR2: Trainee group

 Area familiarisation: Pauatahanui arm of Porirua Harbour  &  navigating from Onepoto via the back channel to pile moorings -  close quarter helming - bring vessel alongside a wharf, finger pontoon use springing off technique fwd - berth vessel in boat dock  - moor vessel to ground mooring buoy - put the bow of the vessel on a pile and secure, three-point turn in confined space  - hold station in tidal stream - manoeuvre  vessel from main channel into marina across spring t

6 48
Thu, 18/10/2018 Planning for IMT

Jase Peter Tse and I mapped a course of action for IMT and GPS/Nav training for crew advancing to senior/master level. Sorted out what nees to be done and how it was going to happen. We now have a plan to move forward with

3 6
Tue, 16/10/2018 Tuesday night Training

Kate on helm twin motor usage.  Starboard motor played up stalling.  Iscolated to bottom cylander not working.  Used one motor, prectised rafting up to yacht.  one motor manouvering.  Practise one MOB on one motor

4 8
Sat, 13/10/2018 MR2: Trainee group

Pt1: Area Familiarisation: Pauatahanui arm of Porirua Harbour  1 hr - Pt 2: David Franks, close quarter helming tuition and assessment MR2 - bring vessel alongside a wharf, finger pontoon use springing off technique fwd & aft - berth vessel in boat dock - astern and ahead - moor vessel to ground mooring buoy - put the bow of the vessel on a pile and secure, three-point turn in confined space - use engines to turn vessel 360 deg - hold station in tidal stream - MOB - bring vessel alongside boats moored between pile & swing mooring - 

4 28
Sat, 13/10/2018 National Conference

Peter Feely Trevor Burgess and I attended the conference  and attended various training workshops to cover MOSS  Vault and Sharepoint. Good learning all round

3 48
Tue, 02/10/2018 Tuesday night Training

Helm training for operational corse coming up in Auckland.  Out to pole moorings, to railway bridge, into marina.  Visited all commercial vessels in their berth.  worked in shallow water side of channel past pole moorings, lifted motors etc.

Checked where Kapiti College H28 will berth and practiced manouvering to get vessel into berth beside rocks.

4 8
Sep 2018
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 25/09/2018 Tuesday night Training

Kate helm training, split engines, 360 degree turns and into berth with in marina.  Outside marina in channel used lead lights and mana marina entrance a reference poin carried out 360 degree turns using split engines holding MR2 on position. MOB in marina

6 12
Tue, 25/09/2018 Personal safety

Personal safety theory with Dean Du Preez new inductee

2 4
Tue, 18/09/2018 Tuesday night Training

Helm training and rope work coming along side on Mana Rescue II

5 10
Sat, 15/09/2018 CBES tutor forum

CBES tutor forum at Ponsonby Cruising Club

Maritime Shortrange Radio Operators certificate (MSROC) training attended and I am now a tutor for this course

it is all about DSC and GMDSS as an increasingly used system. It is now on all our latest radios so we do need to know how to use it or respond should a digital distress call come in

1 10
Tue, 04/09/2018 Health and Safety

Health and safety module and near miss reporting and vault notify covered

4 10
Sat, 01/09/2018 MR2 Training group

Mixed training session theory & practical elements - plan a passage and navigate to the location -local area familiarisation  MR2 an introduction to heavy weather handling  - barge up MR2 to MR1 - close quarter boat handling in a marina environment, bring the vessel alongside a wharf, spring off a wharf, vessel three-point turn in confined space, bow to pier head  pick up personnel, bow to a pile mooring & attach mooring line - MR1 run through the basic operational requirements of navigation unit, enter a waypoints and make a rout

5 40
Aug 2018
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 28/08/2018 CRV fam and CRM 1 theory

CRV familiarity on MR2 again, second session

CRM 1 theory paper completed afterwards

6 18
Tue, 21/08/2018 CRV fam on MR2 and CRM intro

No on water for TBs crew but Steve Knowles ran through MR2 launch procedures and then CRV fam digrams. Crew then did intro to CRM and went home with modules and workbooks to complete

4 12
Sat, 18/08/2018 Shore Based training - Seamanship/Local Area Familiarisation Workbook/MR 1 systems

Shore Based training - Seamanship: Knot test & usage - Local Area Familiarisation Workbook: discuss requirments of the paper, use chart NZ 4632  to identify navigation marks, seabed types, hazards - MR 1 systems:shut down procedure & fire pump oeration.

3 7.5
Sat, 18/08/2018 MR1 senior group skills training Radar/Nav, Close Quarter Manouvreing

Mana Rescue 1 worked through some senior crew skills for CQM, Radar and GPS, CQM completed inside the Mana Marina (fuel Berth, fingers, breastworks, small boat jetty, MR1 berth space.

Trainee crew were worked through communucations (CRM) mooring pick up and drop off, safety practises with lines.

2 x MOSS medical drills completed (Sudden collapse unconscous, CPR and recovered diver medical and O2 support)

6 27
Tue, 14/08/2018 Mana Rescue1 Tow Bollard pull test

A static pull test was required for Mana Rescue 1 to meet the meet coastguard towing safety process.

A crew with the help of the National Fleet Manager and Region Ops Manager completed the safety process, set up and test. 

MR1 Tow post exceded the requirments

5 10
Tue, 14/08/2018 Tuesday night Training

Rope work, Close quarter, helm instruction and berthing

4 4
Tue, 07/08/2018 Tuesday night Training

Clos quarter manovering, marina familiarisation, MOB and Fire drills

7 14
Sat, 04/08/2018 Mana Rescue1, voyage planning, area familarisation, working with CG Kapiti

Mana Rescue 1 went to kapiti to support a Kapiti master ISC assessment program.

Voyage was used to enable better understanding of the Kapiti island area, with Radar and GPS navigation work on the voyage, pilotage inshore of kapiti island, circumnavigation of kapiti Is

Support provided to the Masters assessment

MR1 crew ran through practical seamanship, observation skills, communication (CRM)  and MOSS drill MOB

8 64
Jul 2018
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 31/07/2018 Tuesday night Training

Area familiarisation  Windy night 2 Metre Swell wind against tide.  Quarter moon, went out to bar assessed capability returned working in channel

4 8
Wed, 25/07/2018 Personal safety

Personal safety theory module

4 8
Sat, 21/07/2018 Trainee group - shore based

Passage planning using paper charts, use of tide tables, weather information, assessing passage hazards.
MR1 - Aplication of desk top passage planning exercise to electronic navigation

2 12
Wed, 18/07/2018 Induction

induction for Mark Hamilton

2 4
Sat, 14/07/2018 CRV Fam and 6 month check

6 month MOSS check and run up salvage pump

5 15

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