Saving Lives at Sea

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Nov 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 12/11/2019 search techniques

theory assesment for D Franks

2 6
Tue, 12/11/2019 Tuesday night Training

Practiced our MOSS safety procedures for:

  • MOB
  • Loss of steering
  • Loss of propulsion
  • Fire
  • Abandon ship
  • Anchoring

We then came back to the marina entrance and ran a mock fire fighting drill to "put out a fire" on the end of the breakwall at the marina entrance.

5 20
Sat, 02/11/2019 MR2: Trainee group: Training for assessment: Search Techniques


0800 – 0900 Practice with Vault App: MR2 pre-launch check list – Simrad plotter: group familiarisation with functions – plot route to search areas

Search Techniques: 0900 – 1100 - recap theory paper – plan on water exercise – shoreline/box/sector search pattern - practice compiling sector and box search plotter cards –

 1100 - 1630 On water: practice box & sector search patterns – discuss tide and wind effect when reviewing gps plots of four search patterns – plot shore line search of NW face of Mana Island , practice 200m shore line search

5 45
Oct 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 31/10/2019 Thursday training 1830-2130

Victim recovery practise, including sttetcher and medical support/MOSS

CRM practise

Worked through the basics of the observation techniques module


CRV Fam found an electrical fault which was usefeul reinformecement of why the checks are completed

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Thu, 24/10/2019 Victim recovery

Practicing recovering victims along with man over board drills on MR1.

Crew were also tasked with Seamanship tasks. MOSS drills of Fire onboard and collision were also run.

Helm was takes with close quarters work before finishing.

5 15
Sat, 19/10/2019 Saturday tow training

Tow evolution training with MR1 towing an unmanned MR2 around Onepoto Harbour. Focus on the standard procedure and approach to simplify the procecess and remove risk.

Full transitions from long to to along side (rafted up) and vice-versa. 

5 22.5
Thu, 17/10/2019 Working with aircraft

WAC theory module for 3 crew

4 12
Thu, 17/10/2019 CRM and Seamanship Victim recovery

Moving MR1 from it's birth through the fingers and back to it birth using ropes.

Then victim recovery theory at base.

4 10
Tue, 15/10/2019 Crew induction

initial induction meeting for Gregory jeames

2 4
Sat, 12/10/2019 Critical Risk

Critical Risk analysis workshop using the Bow Tie tool

CCR ran the course with an external Subject Matter Expert Paul Shaw from Tauranga. Peter Healy National  Safety Manager coordinated the training. Crew from Wellington Manawatu Mana and taranaki attended

It was a solid grounding in the use of the tool to identify critical risks and prevention of them occuring and causing harm. 

4 24
Thu, 10/10/2019 Operation El'Gordo

Moving El'Gordo from Mr1's birth to load on its trailer using ropes.

CRM and seamanship training.

4 10
Tue, 08/10/2019 Tuesday night training - towing

We borrowed a volunteers 5.5m alloy runabout and used it for towing excercises in Onepoto Harbour. We ran through the full towing evolution from planning, preparing, executing a tow - both long tows and rafting up alongside.

We practiced the long to alongside transition multiple times in an effort to improve the efficiency and safety of the process.

6 24
Sep 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 26/09/2019 Close Quarters Maneuvering

Close Quarter Maneuvering inside the mariner

4 8
Wed, 25/09/2019 Nav Training

Crew had a full day of Nav training with helm work , MOSS drills

6 54
Wed, 25/09/2019 Night Nav Ex

Prepareing for Snr Crew Nav assessment, night tracks, GPS bearings, Radar bearings, range finding, depth contour tracking, snap navigation tasks.

6 18
Tue, 24/09/2019 Tuesday night Training

Measured height of bridge above chart datum.  Estabishe height above chart datum is 4.3 M.

Practiced and signed off CRV handling.

Undertook MOSS drill MOB.

5 15
Tue, 24/09/2019 Tuesday night Training

Ran through the tow line setup and handling on MR1 to assess the current state of the standard procedure. Discussed issues and refinements to the process.

Swung compass on MR1 out by Grandfather Rocks after it was replaced to identify and record the deviation.

5 15
Sat, 21/09/2019 MR2: Saturday Trainee group

Coastguard Instructor training delivery - delivery of two land based and one on water training sessions 

1. Observer - J Bass: theory and land based practical expanding box search pattern - 2. Observer - J Bass: practical – patient transfer using basket stretcher – patient packaging, lashings and transfer methods - 3. Observer – K Stewart: 3 hr - practical on water session, expanding box search pattern – Green bay – practical demonstration of veering down onto a beach – Moss drills: anchoring &MOB

5 40
Sat, 21/09/2019 Snr Crew Navigation Assessment

Senior Crew Navigation Assesment combined with boat handling and out of area familrisation

A passage was planned from Mana and around Kapiti Island with 9 waypoints and various methods to determine position.

Radar bearings, radar interpration, radara ranging,

Depth contours, Time Distance Speed, compass bearings, pilotage, land marks

5 25
Mon, 16/09/2019 MR2 launching SOP

inductee training on launching and retrieving MR2

4 8
Tue, 03/09/2019 Navigation practice

Training session for Kate to practice and sign off tasks for her navigation endorsement workbook.

  • passage planning
  • fixing position
  • navigating by radar, gps, dead reckoning, etc
  • maintaining/monitoring position
4 16
Tue, 03/09/2019 Navigation training

Nav training pre nav assesssment for Kate. Use of chartplotter and then no chartplotter, compass fixes etc good training for Zane as helm and good communications practice for all

4 12
Aug 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 29/08/2019 Induction crew training night

6 crew worked through the 10 emergency drills that are required to be practised by each crew member every 6 months.

We will be working on the drills as part of seamanship trai8ning and running a number of scenarioes per drill to increase crew awareness of hazard and risk as well as supporting the learning needed to succesfuly respond to each drill.

1. Propulsion failure

2. loss of steering

3. Collision

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Tue, 27/08/2019 Tuesday night Training

Rope worked line from MR1 berth to trailerboat jetty,  Moved MR1 from berth to jetty.  Rafted up with MR2 moved to centre of breastworks and completed a 360 degree turn  Put back into MR1 berth.  Repeated tow out and return to berth.

Undertook Moss drills.  MOB x 2 one while under tow.  2 x fire drill, one while under tow.

DPA Doug Clark

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Sat, 24/08/2019 Sea Writing - Navigation Training

Today we ran a navigation training session where each crew member was given a set of coordinates in decimal degrees (WGS84). They had to:

  1. convert those to degrees, minutes, seconds 
  2. plot them on a chart
  3. measure the leg lengths
  4. calculate the time to run for each leg, based on known/fixed speed
  5. calculate course to steer for each leg in º Magnetic
  6. execute the passage

This resulted in the following track log:

7 28
Thu, 22/08/2019 Training Crew, Seamanship

Session started ith a Bosuns Locker safety review on heaving lines

Rest of the evening was spent on seamanship, commuication skills and leadership.  A simple task was worked through, transfering Mana Rescue 1 from one side of the berth to the other and back.

A plan for the task was worked through, tasks assigned, process confirmed, leadership affirmed.

An interesting night with the actual task achieved and a lot of learning for the crew

5 17.5
Tue, 20/08/2019 Night Navigation Training Senior crew level

4 crew went out to run a pre-planned navigation exercise inside Mana Island, sea conditions over the bar and in the approaches to Porirua Harbour also supported heavy weather helm practise

The NAVEX was completed using GPS with some radar support. Hand bearing compass was used to determine safe tranzits and points to turn around the reef

5 17.5
Sat, 17/08/2019 Navigation and chart work

Crew learnt about chart work. They plotted positions and bearings taken while out on the water.

3 6
Sat, 17/08/2019 MR2: Saturday Training Group (STG)

Commenced the session with three alongside tow set ups at three different vessel locations, the conditions were poor with high wind speeds, this tested the helming ability of each crew member. The second task was to moor MR2 to a number of fix point mooring locations and take  three point fixes within the harbour for use in a shore based navigation plotting session . MOSS drills - Abandon ship -   DPA TBurgess

5 30
Thu, 15/08/2019 MOSS module

Delivered MOSS module and associated competancies

7 14
Sun, 04/08/2019 Navigation area famil, Wellington Harbour

4 x Mana crew with 1 from Wellington spent time on Wellington harbour in MR2.


The mission was to extend our knowledge of the harbour including the marinas, wharf spaces, general charaecteristics, navigation marks and making contact with Beacon Hill Radio (Harbour Masters team)


It was a chilly day but no rain. Crew were properl;y kitted out for the conditions and we spent 5.5 hrs on the water

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Sat, 03/08/2019 Shakedown test and on-water training session

We took MR1 out to do a test run to make sure all systems are go to bring it back into service after maintenance.

While out and about we circumnavigated Mana Island, ran some MOB drills and did a navigation excercise into Titahi Bay.

All systems check out.

3 9
Jul 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 27/07/2019 MR2: Trainee group

 The session carried out the following exercises; CQM in the marina, docking vessel in berths pier B to E -  obtaining accurate GPS locations of navigational markers in the  Pauatahanui arm of the harbour -  mooring to buoys - practice setting up alongside tow on two yachts – exercise sector search patterns between Titahi Bay and Mana Island – shore line search from Titahi Bay to Rocky Bay

MOSS drills: MOB  – engine failure – anchoring  – medical emergency – alongside towing - anchoring -  fire.

 DPA Trevor Burgess

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Thu, 25/07/2019 Seamanship theory 1

Seamanship theory  assesment part 1 

3 7.5
Tue, 23/07/2019 CRV fam and intro to chartplotter and firepump

CRV fam with monthly check of MR2. Intro to chartplotter functions and use of firepump. Firepump operated and then flushed out. Sprayed with Inox and stored in container

5 15
Sat, 20/07/2019 Advanced helm training

Advanced manoeuvring between the bridge piles with a strong outgoing tide. Training to work in close quarters to other objects whilst maintaining a safe distance, while the current is trying to push you into things!

Also learned a new excercise on the pole moorings to test helm, bow line handling, stern line handling and effective  communications between all crew members.

3 12
Sun, 14/07/2019 New crew In Water Safety

Pool session, PFD's entry to water, liferaft, safety

10 35
Sun, 14/07/2019 Crew induction

induction for 2 new crew

3 6
Sat, 13/07/2019 MR2: Trainee group

The session began with a discussion on the stability of RHIB vessels, the theory and practical implications of capsize.

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Wed, 10/07/2019 New Induction Crew Personal Safety and Marine SAR

9 crew attended the training at the CCR office


Modules worked through were personal Sfetry leading to an in water safety session at the p0ol

Marine SAR which decribes the NZ search and rescue system andwho is responsible for which level of response

9 22.5
Tue, 09/07/2019 Tuesday night Training

Left Mana Marina up Porirua Harbour.  Stopped at each lateral mark past pole moorings and took sightings, GPS position off GPS unit and transferred to chart.  15 Knot Northerly, half moon moderate sea, nearly low tide (20.22hrs)

7 24.5
Sat, 06/07/2019 MR2 Training in adverse weather helm and manouvreing on a tow line

3 crew went out in dismal weather to work through some tow and helm problems

working a boat on a taut line, repositioning the CRV on a taut line, working with wind and current. Operating in restricted navigation channel

3 9
Thu, 04/07/2019 Crew night and general overview

To support nat Volunteer Week we were donated food by subway

We introduced the Committee and handed out some well deserved certificates

Regional Ops manager gave an overview of need for SOPs and how we as a unit need to evolve

It was a good event and the crew are keen to repeat on a regular basis every 4-6 weeks. It will be good to to have a

common focus each time and possibly food.

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Thu, 04/07/2019 Crew night and general overview

To support nat Volunteer Week we were donated food by subway

We introduced the Committee and handed out some well deserved certificates

Regional Ops manager gave an overview of need for SOPs and how we as a unit need to evolve

It was a good event and the crew are keen to repeat on a regular basis every 4-6 weeks. It will be good to to have a

common focus each time and possibly food.

28 56
Tue, 02/07/2019 Tuesday night Training

Carried out all MOSS Drills

Fire, MOB x 2, collision, capsize, anchoring, steering failure, grounding, abandon ship, medical. loss of power/ propusion, spillage

6 18
Jun 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 22/06/2019 MR2: Training group

MR2: Saturday training group: Anchoring and Search patterns:

5 35
Wed, 19/06/2019 Advanced helm training

Running through some training for one of the crew members who is preparing for her advanced helming endorsement. Tonight we ran close quarter manouvres in the marina before getting tasked by the Harbour Master to assist with something in Onepoto Harbour.

Other crew spent time on the nav station and did rope work whilst coming alongside, calling distances, etc.

5 10
Mon, 17/06/2019 Induction sessio

induction for 2 new crew

3 6
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


6 21
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

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