Saving Lives at Sea

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Aug 2018
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
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
Thu, 12/07/2018 In Water Safety

Crew members completed there in water saftey training, covering a range of skills. some of these skills include treading water in full wet weather gear, crocodile swims, abandoning ship and getting into liferafts. All crew must under go this training before going on the rescue vessels.

7 14
Tue, 10/07/2018 Induction

Induction of michael chatterly and intro to personal safety

2 5
Sat, 07/07/2018 Dual vessel training, in restricted space to manouvre

Mana Rescue 1 and Mana Rescue2 worked through a training program that included;

close vessel alongside approaches, Towing set up and cennection, towing, and helm work.MOSS drills for steering failure, MOB, Fire were completed

5 40
Sat, 07/07/2018 MR2: Trainee group

Practical training in conjunction with MR1  Onepoto arm of Porirua Hbr - Moss drills, MOB, fire, grounding, engine failure - MR2 towing set up, crew introduction to MR2 handling using the long tow line &  barging up alongside   MR1 & manoeuvring.

MR2 at the end of the exercise was towed in an alongside Barged configuration from Onepoto to Mana Marina.

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Tue, 03/07/2018 Tuesday night Training

Area familiarisation  New crew stayed in marina. Ful empty and re pack CRV before going on water

4 8
Jun 2018
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 30/06/2018 Mixed crew training session, Navigation and Helm

 MR1 was used to suport navigation and helm training for operational crew 

Radar range and bearings, chart plotter way points, general helm work

5 15
Sun, 24/06/2018 Dual crew training session (Sunday MR1, MR2 Plimmerton Midwinter swim day)

two crews completed practical training after completing the towing theory module last Tuesday evening

Alongside the berth; towing checklist, tow safety, crew positions, command structure, access and laying out the main MR1 towline. bending on a messenger.

Communicating with the disabled  vessel and setting a safe working state, throwing the messenger, hook on and running out a tow line.

8 48
Tue, 19/06/2018 Towing Techniques

Towing techniques theory and ropework for barging model vessels

12 33
Thu, 14/06/2018 inductee interviews

Induction of mew member Shane Tindall

2 4
Tue, 12/06/2018 observation techniques theory

Obs technique theory run by Trevor Burgess

4 8
Sat, 09/06/2018 Dual vessel training, in restricted space to manouvre

Mana Rescue 1 worked in tandem with Mana Rescue 2 on close to shore searches, search patterns, on scene command, vessel command, helm control, close formation helm, coming alongside a moving vessel, MOB, Observation skills, CRM processes during a training session based in the Onepoto arm of Porirua harbour

MOB drills completed (2)

On scene command radio orders and search pattern planning

Anchoring (2)

Helm for 2 x trainee crew

4 32
Sat, 09/06/2018 MR 2 Training session

Sat, 09/06/2018

Mana Rescue 2 worked in tandem with Mana Rescue 1 on close to shore searches, search patterns, helm control, close formation helm, coming alongside a moving vessel, MOB, Observation skills, CRM processes during a training session based in the Onepoto arm of Porirua harbour MOB drills completed (2) Helm for 2 x trainee crew bar crossing.

3 24
May 2018
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 29/05/2018 MR2 familiarisation

MR2 Familiarisation again

2 4
Sat, 26/05/2018 MR2: Trainee group - Victim recovery and local area familiarisation

The aim of the training session was to build on the theoretical Victim recovery module and expand the area familiarisation learning beyond the inner harbour limits.0800- 1030 Shore based recap on theory Victim Recovery module.

5 40
Tue, 22/05/2018 MR2 familiarisation

MR2 familiarisation on the dock

4 8
Tue, 15/05/2018 Victim Recovery

Victim Recovery theory session run by Trevor Burgess

6 12
Apr 2018
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 24/04/2018 inductee interviews

inductee interviews for Alan and zane

both now officially trainees

well done

3 4.5
Sat, 21/04/2018 MR2: Trainee group - MOSS & CRM theory and practical

The aim of the training session covered the theory of MOSS drills and CRM, completion of risk assessment matrix, weather & tidal considerations prior to vessel deployment. This was followed with practical application on-water of the theoretical learning.  Other aspects of the session included local area familiarisation; navigation markers within the inner harbour area - pick up and release vessel from fixed mooring buoy - mooring a vessel between two piles.

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Sat, 07/04/2018 MR2 Trainee on water Induction

The training session was an initial introduction to MR2 with shore and on water elements, these consisted of; Launch, recovery and fueling - mooring the vessel to a pontoon - basic control functions, engine & steering - initial practical appreciation of helm and engine controls, practice steering along a lead lines  - Local area familiarisation; navigation markers within the inner and outer harbour areas - pick up and release vessel from fixed mooring buoy - theory and practical MOB .

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Sat, 07/04/2018 SAREX18 practical exercise

SAREX18 kicked off with a real call out for an overturned Waka. 

Coastguard Mana was activated using the standard callout procedure from our duty officer and then crew notifications by text message. The crew assembled at our base at the Mana Cruising Club and broke into an Incident Management Team and  a boat deployment team.

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Thu, 05/04/2018 SAREX18 Tutorial

Crew were briefed on SAREX 18 and then went through a faciliated workshop on GSMEAC and Incident Management Team activity

GSMEAC is an acronym that can be used for both Incident Management and its a briefing format.

G= Ground    where is the task/job/situation   

S= Situation           what is/has happened, a picture of the incident

16 40
Mar 2018
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 27/03/2018 Health and safety module

The new h & s module was delivered at PEOC to the majority of the unit.

20 members in attendance and 1 on skype from Invercargill.

Good interactive session lead to some good discussion

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Thu, 22/03/2018 Night crew training, area familiarisation and radar navigation

crew split into navigation/helm and deck crew fir tonights training.

Nav/helm worked on course control and radar naviagtion in around the bar. Deck crew worked through landmark identifcation, calling navigation marks, manual depth sounding and mooring.

8 20
Thu, 15/03/2018 MR1 CRV fam

familiarisation exercise on MR1

crew took everything out and replaced it to ensure they knew what was on board and where it was

5 7.5
Thu, 08/03/2018 Incident Management Team, introduction to documents and process

Coastguard Mana are runing IMT training to support thevunits actions during SAREX18

crew worked through a basic scenario with the SARNZ documents for inital assessment, timelines, search scenarios, vectors planning, questions and resources that could be used.

4 8
Thu, 08/03/2018 Unit Induction

Unit induction session with 2 new inductees

3 6
Thu, 08/03/2018 CRV fam and rope handling exercise

Launch and retrieval procedures for MR2

roping MR2 around from slipway to finger berths beside MR1 to improve rope handling, CRM and teamwork







5 12.5
Sat, 03/03/2018 Sea Kayak training

A large sea kayak fest was being held at Ngatitoa Domain this weekend. Satuday bewteen 1000 and 1200 a group of kayakers worked with our crew to refine our kayker recovery procedures for MR1 and MR2. A combination of moored testing and free floating practise was used to develop and extend our recovery procedures.Recovery of a kayker and kayak, recovery of person in the water, multiple person recovery practises

5 15
Sat, 03/03/2018 SAREX18 training

 MR1 used the a kayak group that was heading to green point for on scene command, search pattern development and planning as part of pour SAREX18 developemnt training. We shadowed the kayak group out to Green Point  with MR1 working through the radio commands, search pattern vessel placement, station keeping and ship to shore communication considerations and methods

3 9
Thu, 01/03/2018 CRM 1 theory

CRM 1 theory with Zane and Alan

3 6
Feb 2018
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Wed, 28/02/2018 Victim recovery practical

Trainees and sarex volunteers did practical victim recovery of real 'victims' from both MR1 and MR2

victims simulated hypothermia and distress as well as stroppyness. Recovery over stern of MR1 was copmared to over the bags and also a stretcher was used from the stern

11 27.5
Wed, 28/02/2018 Segull rescue

Location: pile moorings - recover segull caught in fishing tackle, remove fishing hook & weight, release.

2 2
Thu, 22/02/2018 ropeworks and knots

Jason ran a ropework and knots session

4 12
Thu, 22/02/2018 personal safety

Doug ran the inductee session on personal safety

3 7.5
Thu, 15/02/2018 Water Safety training in the pool

2 instructors took 6 crew through the water saftey practical on thursday evening.

Crew went through the 5 minute float with no support, fitting lifejackets and how to use them, manaual inflation in the water, swimming as a team, use of the lifraft and then general water safety information to supplement the personal safety module

4 crew were given live Co2 canisters to practise a live inflation 

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Wed, 14/02/2018 Exercise Waitangi Day

MR1 with 3 crew went out to support Waka and other sea based activities in the Onepoto arm of Porirua Harbour.

Great day with lots of activiy on the water.  MR1 retained a presence in the area and went through helm and search pattern training with 2 crew. MOSS drills completed were MOB, injury, fire, collision, steering, pollution.


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Sun, 04/02/2018 exercise Delight

Delight grounded on mudflats near navigation leads. A 5bton vessel from Kyttleton ran aground at high water looking for safe anchorage. Training crew put a heavy bow anchor on for them and secured their lighter anchor to the stern. we will see if the float tonight and may ned to tow them off tomorrow on the 1400 high tide

6 15
Jan 2018
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Wed, 24/01/2018 Masters assessment helm training DARCH

General manouvering of MR1 in proptected water of the inner harbour

3 7.5
Tue, 09/01/2018 Night Training

MR1 with crew went for some helm and crew level training, close manouvering, pickups, line handling, navigation, observation .

The night went well and we completed some MOSS drills (MOB, electronic failure, Fire), the elcronic failure became an extended problem which tested the crew and was succesfuly resolved.

7 21
Dec 2017
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 14/12/2017 We are coastguard, this is what we do

The local sea scout unit organised to visit us, Alice a 13 year old was doing a leadership badge and had to organise an event so she asked us to do an education session for them. 18 sea scouts and associated leaders turned up and were treated to a rundown of the IMT room, shown a video and given a chat on 'we are coastguard', did some ropework and then had a wee ticky tour out and around grandfather Reef on MR2. They really enjoyed it and thanked us profusely. Well worth the dffort on our behalf to do good PR and sow the seeds for future crew?

8 20
Sun, 10/12/2017 Sunday training

Started by bringing Santa across from the fuel berth to the Mana Crusing Club children's Christmas party.

Followed up with some helm training under the bridges and in Paremata Harbour. 

3 12
Nov 2017
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 23/11/2017 Training search for sunken vessel

Upon reports of a vessel that had sunk on or near Tokaapapa Reef (Grandfather Rocks) yesterday, a trainee crew went out and did an area familiarisation around the rocks in an effort to also try and spot any evidence of a vessel or gear. 

A shoreline search was also performed from Plimmerton Boating Club back around the shore to Mana.

A man overboard procedure was also executed to practice the process of recovering a crew member as part of our MOSS safety system.

5 15
Oct 2017
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 19/10/2017 ropework skills

Seamanship and ropework skills put into practice by roping a concrete yacht from breastworks around to raft upto moored reat exercise in MR1 and then returned to breastworsks. Great exercise in teamwork and rope handling

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