Saving Lives at Sea

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Jul 2023
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 18/07/2023 Passage planning and MOSS Drills

Unertook MOB, lost propulsion, medical emergency (collapse and head hit), Fire on board, Abandon ship and collision.  Circumnavigated bar to Plimmerton boating club return

7 21
Tue, 04/07/2023 Chart and GPS plotting TAR

Plotting routes to popular dive spots  noting bearings to next waypoint and fuel consumption based on 20 knots at 30L per hour per engine 

3 7.5
Jun 2023
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 20/06/2023 Chart Work and general

Prep for going to Auckland for Senior Crew Training

4 10
Thu, 15/06/2023 GPS and helm work on TAR

Practised clese quarter parking on E Pier berths 18 and 20,  All crew had a successful berth.  

Left Marina and followed a route created to Plimmerton Boating Club travelling inside the reef.  Created route for return

MOB drill during training Session

5 12.5
Tue, 13/06/2023 Route Planning

  Creating waypoints from chart, converting to GPS and creating routes

3 7.5
Tue, 13/06/2023 Rouite Planning

  Creating waypoints from chart, converting to GPS and creating routes

3 7.5
May 2023
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 30/05/2023 Moss Drill

Stayed in Marina and carried out all MOSS drills,  28 to 35knot NW heavy rain squalls.  

Man Overboard, Firefighting, Structural Breach and Collision, Grounding, Abandon Ship, Medical Emergency, Loss of Power, Loss of Steering, Pollution Control, Capsize and anchoring.

Anchored in Marina, undertook all Moss drills and various senarios in each

Undertook drills in Phoenix

5 15
Dec 2022
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 15/12/2022 Maintenance day

Container clean-up, removal of old material.

2 x Horsehoe lifebouys removed from TAR for refurb and rename

re-measure for lee cloths and stowage nets in main cabin

PFDs away to CNZ annual service, pick-up new fuses


1 4
Tue, 06/12/2022 Tuesday night training

As only 1 person turned up for training tonight (it's getting a bit close to Christmas), it was a good oppurtunity for that person to do some dedicated helm work on Te Awarua Rescue. 

Close-quarter manouvring (coming alongside, turning on the spot, approaching fuel berth, etc) in the marina and man overboard pickups.

Also ran through fire procedures before departing.

2 6
Mon, 05/12/2022 Test run on TeAwarua after service

Wen to inside Mana, too rough for Engineer,  Wet to Plimmerton boating Club.  Tested at idle and increments of 500 revs upto 4000 revs.  Engineer Phil Trowbridge

1 2.5
Nov 2022
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 29/11/2022 Tuesday night training

Familiarisation trip in Te Awarua Rescue under the Paremata bridges and up into the Pauatahanui Arm of Porirua Harbour. It was low tide so we had to pick our path very carefully in a large boat and make sure we stuck to the channels. 

This was also an opportunity to check how much space we have under the bridges in the new boat with the radar arch and VHF aerials folded down, so that we know what tide states/heights we can get under there with.

3 12
Thu, 24/11/2022 Thursday Night...CQM in high winds

crew worked through some maintenance work on PHR trailer and then into close quater manouvering in difficult conditions (high winds gusting 3oKn in close quarters of the marina.

5 15
Wed, 23/11/2022 Wednesday night with Ngatitoa Sea Scouts Kea Group

Crew assembled to support the local Kea group with a seamanship badge.

TAR: 3 crew went through donning lifejackets, walking on floating docks, getting and off boats, moving around on a moving boat

Shore crew went through edge safety, throwing lines and liferings and recovering people

6 15
Mon, 21/11/2022 Moved Coastguard Mana's Fleet

Launched TeAwarua and moved to Travelift Bay for lifting to hardstand in the morning.  Got Phoenix, stropped placed flags on propellers  Went to Z and fuelled 190 litres  Launched.  Established that would not fit in floating pontoon.  built temporary bridge to get on and off.  Put alongside  Floating pontoon sits higher without vessel on  used fenders to keep safe from walking platform.

3 12
Thu, 17/11/2022 Thursday Training night

2 crew working on committee/training, 1 radio op in base, 3 on TAR boat fam, CQM, operations at sea

6 18
Thu, 10/11/2022 Thursday Night

Crew came in early to sort out a bilge pump blockage, went to sea running a series of MOSS drills, Sector Search, communications testing and area famil

8 32
Thu, 03/11/2022 Thursday Training

TAR practising with the dry berth and running fire fighting and tow setups alongside and onboard TAR for crew. Crew took turns teaching each other and giving briefings before packing down and cleaning TAR.

8 24
Oct 2022
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Mon, 31/10/2022 Monday Night on water training - Te Awarua

Lauched and went out over bar towards Plimmerton Boating Club.  Went through the following Moss Drills;

Man Overboard x 2

Fire onboard


Medical Emergency , head injury and unconsious patient


Steering loss

Propulsion Failure


Watched second sea going Waka entering Porirua Harbour

Coner MacKay-Freeman acted as DPA

6 18
Thu, 27/10/2022 Thursday Training

Dry berth setup and practising CQM in the marina on TAR for crew famil

9 27
Tue, 25/10/2022 Tuesday night training

Towing Pheonix Rescue as a training aid behind Te Awarua Rescue and bringing new crew up to speed with rope work, communications and helming. Transitioned between long tows and alongside tows multiple times.

Retrieved PHR out of the water at the end of the night and spent a bit of time sorting out the new trailer.

5 25
Sun, 23/10/2022 Master 5yr revalidation

Te Awarua used for on the water assessment  Mana area around reef   MOB fire and abandon ship Moss drills.  Craig Williams on board as assessor

5 20
Sun, 23/10/2022 Thursday Night, TAR FAM session

TAR was used as part of masters revaidation program.

MOSS drill< andchoring, lost power/steering

GPS/RADAR operation

Running at speed, CQM







8 32
Sat, 22/10/2022 Master revalidation - Mark

5yr revalidation assessment for Mark Presling.

3 9
Sat, 22/10/2022 Masters revalidation and endorsement TAR

Master taken through revalidation and new vessel endorsement process

3 12
Thu, 20/10/2022 Thursday Training

Working with skippers to practice their navigation and helm work before revalidation alongside dry berth famil and setup

7 21
Tue, 18/10/2022 Tuesday night training

Learning how to sink and float the dry berth. Helm practice for Master, vessel fam for crew that haven't been on Te Awarua Rescue yet.

7 21
Mon, 17/10/2022 Practice with new docking berth

Deflated, inflated x 2 practised

3 18
Thu, 13/10/2022 Thursday Training

TAR - trial floating dock - work through lift and lower procedure - discuss solutions for tethering dock to jetty - wash down vessel

PHR - fit anode connection eye bolt

7 21
Thu, 06/10/2022 Thursday night training

MR 1 decommisioning work - move vessel to Mana base from pier E - remove general equipment  - remove track plus - commence removing coastguard logos -  move equipment to TAR - TAR fire pump size up fittings to conver old pumps to TAR configuration - 

6 21
Tue, 04/10/2022 Tuesday night training

Navigation and helm experience for Masters preparing for their revalidation. Ran through setup of an expanding box search pattern.

8 28
Sat, 01/10/2022 MR 1 lift out - TAR trial fitting freshwater flushing

MR 1 - move to lift out dock - lift out - set in cradle

TAR - trial fitting of connections - flush engines

4 8
Sat, 01/10/2022 MR 1 - fitting fwd bladder

MR1 - disassemble vessels fwd port outer tube - fit repaired bladder - reassemble outer tube - inflate unit 

8 20
Sep 2022
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 27/09/2022 Tuesday night training

Both Phoenix Rescue and Te Awarua Rescue went out and did some towing and navigation exercises. 

8 28
Thu, 22/09/2022 Thursday night training

Senior crew familiarisation session on Te Awarua Rescue. Ran through the systems again and then circumnavigated Mana Island to practice navigation and try out the systems.

9 36
Tue, 20/09/2022 Tuesday night training

Familiarisation session on the new vessel Te Awarua Rescue. Crew going through systems in detail and then we went out for the first night cruise. Headed out to Titahi Bay, across towards Mana Island and then back again.

9 36
Mon, 19/09/2022 Monday Night Training - Te Awarua

Familiarisation on vessel  trained with built in fire pump.  Went through all systems.  

4 48
Sat, 17/09/2022 Te Awarua Rescue engine handover and shakedown

After being put in the water at Mana for the first time yesterday we had a handover from Strait Marine to introduce us to the new diesel outboard engines, etc. 

Then we took it out for a quick shakedown trip out towards Mana Island and back to try it out and test the systems.

3 13.5
Tue, 13/09/2022 Tuesday night training

Assessments for new crew, running through vessel familiarisation and MOSS emergency procedures, etc.

4 12
Mon, 12/09/2022 Monday night training - Phoenix

In marina close quarter manouvering,  MOB, Hyperthermia, anchoring.  

4 48
Aug 2022
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 30/08/2022 Tuesday night training

Vessel familiarisation training on Phoenix Rescue. Then moved into tow/barge line handling session alongside the breastworks in the marina, practicing line handling, communications/coordination between helm and person managing the line, etc.

5 15
Tue, 23/08/2022 Tuesday night training

Ran through multiple emergency drills with new crew:

  • MOB
  • Fire
  • Abandon ship
  • Anchoring
6 18
Thu, 18/08/2022 Thursday Night IMT/Nav

Crew came together to work through IMT actions over 4 x marine resce scenarios

6 18
Tue, 16/08/2022 Tuesday night training

Moving a yacht in the marina for someone. Talked through emergency procedures:

  • man overboard
  • fire, leading into
  • abandon ship

Ran through the steps required for each with the new recruits ready to perform practical exercises next week.

7 21
Thu, 11/08/2022 Thursday IMT/Navigation

Crew worked through a rnge of IMT based navgation and information . plotting the postions and reviewing land marks

9 27
Tue, 09/08/2022 Tuesday night training

Area familiarisation and navigation trip with new recruits to show them around the local area. 

Left Mana, entered Titahi Bay, down to Green Point, across to Mana Island to find the club moorings, visited the ranger station, back to Plimmerton Boating Club and then home.

5 17.5
Fri, 05/08/2022 Thursday Snr Crew endorsement training

Phonix Rescue - heavy weather  fam,bar crossing and Moss drill MOB

3 13.5
Thu, 04/08/2022 Thurs Senior Crew

Heavy weather helming inside Mana Island, David practising on radar.

Ended up with a bilge pump alarm going off that could not be cleared so had to return to base and report.

Peter Ward also onboard as deck crew and learning local area fam.

6 12
Tue, 02/08/2022 Tues Recruit Crew

Conor ran the recruits through the monthly maintenance check for Phoenix Rescue. Started on CRV Fam until an issue with the trailer attachment ended the evening and a debrief happened before crew departed.

5 10
Mon, 01/08/2022 Monday Night Training

Phoenix familiarisation for all crew.  Launched,familiarised handling vessel.

Undertook MOSS drills

 Man Overboard x 2

Collision/Structural Breach

Medical Emergency (Secondary Drowning, fractured ribs with punctured lung, hypothermia)

Abandon Ship


4 48
Jul 2022
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 28/07/2022 Thurs Senior Crew

Crew trained in navigation with tidal drifts and finished with some IMT work

7 21
Tue, 26/07/2022 Tuesday Night Recruit Training Group

Tara led Stephen through assessment for SHED and Keeping a Good Lookout (also know as Observation Techniques). Also ran Stephen, Deano and James through some local area fam, MOB drill and Recovery then Fire drill alongside the jetty in the Marina.

Conor supported as Senior Crew

Trevor Skipper for the night and was helming

6 12
Thu, 21/07/2022 Thursday Snr Training

Crew worked through navigation and IMT skills with John and Trevor

10 30

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