Saving Lives at Sea

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Sep 2019
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
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

6 21
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

9 27
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

4 32
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

7 56
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.

7 56
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.

28 56
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

3 24
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

5 25
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

6 48
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

2 11
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

3 27
Tue, 07/05/2019 Tuesday search training

Search patterns executed - Expanding square, Sector, creeping line

MOSS MOB full drill

Anchoring exercise

CQM in marina

2 13
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



2 14
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)

5 50
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

5 25
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.

3 15
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.

6 48
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.

3 12
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.

2 8
Sun, 21/04/2019 Sunday training

Moss drills all 10 both table top and on MR2

Also close quarters manouvering in marina

3 27
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 

7 56
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

3 9

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