Saving Lives at Sea

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May 2011
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sun, 22/05/2011 Familiarisation training

TPR was taken out by a crew to spend some time familiarising themselves with the local launching ramps (as potential recovery/return locations for vessels rescued), the rocks in the area of those ramps and the best approach to them. Ramps covered were Plimmerton Boating Club and Pukerua Bay, stopping at Te Rewarewa Pt (known as Tea Gardens) to look at the rocks in the area and safe clearance distances, etc.

6 15
Thu, 19/05/2011 Day Crew Training

 Night time navigation using only visual means( no electronics Mana Island and surounding areas

5 15
Tue, 17/05/2011 Tuesday night towing practice

Pelorus was used to venture out to the outer mooring at Shelly Bay to attempt mooring and towing practice. Conditions across the bar were quite intense and we moved back into the shelter of the channel.

Practiced tying up to a mooring whilst manouvring against the strong winds and even stronger tide. Put tow line on bow, moved it to stern whilst spinning around into the wind/tide, crossed the line across to the other side of the stern and then back to the bow. Conditions made this tricky but with patience and practice we got there in the end.

6 12
Tue, 17/05/2011 Land Based training

 Land based Training , fire pump drill, refueling TPR, manovering TPR to dock, Heaving line throwing,

Trevor  Farmer, Ben & Jan Eskie , radio exercise with  truck on shore via Peloris comms exercies.

11 22
Tue, 10/05/2011 Tuesday night training

Both vessels used - boat familarisation, fire drills, abandonship and basic rope handling skills

10 20
Tue, 10/05/2011 Incident Management Team (IMT)


The Incident Management Team (IMT) started the evening working on a logisitics exercise determining the clothing sizes for all of the crews at Training.

Information was loaded onto a spreadsheet that will help the unit manage furture clothing purchases.

The IMT progressed into learning the skills needed for basic plotting of Lattitude and longtude to and from nautical charts

8 16
Thu, 05/05/2011 Day Crew Training

search exercise for marker set for 30 minutes soak. Found after on way to splash point. Also did anchoring exercises in Green bay. All good.

7 17.5
Tue, 03/05/2011 Tuesday night training

Both boats out on the water, plus two Incident Management Teams out and about in vehicles doing mobile communications.

Night time local area familiarisation, search training, communications, navigating to coordinates, etc.

26 65
Apr 2011
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 28/04/2011 Day Crew Training

 Time  16:00 to 19:00        Combination search patterns  in Mana  Bay area. 


6 15
Thu, 21/04/2011 Protector refuelling and crew training

A small team met the the North Fuels truck at the lift out dock and put the refuelling SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) into action.  This is a very important part of the operational process and any refuelling must be carried out according to the SOP and the refuelling procedure process which has been agreed to by the mana Cruising Club and the GWRC Harbours team.

6 3
Tue, 19/04/2011 Reactivation of Trust Porirua Rescue

Full check and restock of the Protector's equipment prior to a shakedown cruise to reactivate the vessel back into service.  Sea trails were successful and the Protector was placed back into service.

A note to all crew members. Alot of work by some unit members has been dedicated to get the Protector back into service so lets keep her clean and tidy.

6 12
Tue, 19/04/2011 Tuesday Training


  • Strip and check CRV Pelorus equipment
  • Run through pre-launch and post launch methods of readying vessel for sea
  • Practice launch and recovery
8 16
Tue, 19/04/2011 Incident Management Team (IMT)

A small IMT gathered at the base to work through some understanding of the principles of radio communication and the practicalities of mooring boats, the various lines and parts of a vessel.

We spent the evening using PRS radios as our communications tool as they are not monitored by maritime radio at Avalon and we would not be disrupting any marine radio traffic.  The contant use of radio is part of the IMT training programme and in the team is building its confidence in radio procedure, use and the passing and recieving of accurate procedure.

8 16
Tue, 05/04/2011 Personal Safety Theory Module

Tonight's training was held at the Porirua City Council Emergency Management Office where Paul Craven ran a Personal Safety theory module. There was a massive turnout tonight with 28 volunteers.

Some planning was also done regarding splitting up the training to different crews and evenings due to the large number of new volunteers.

28 56
Mar 2011
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 22/03/2011 Tuesday night training

New Volunteer training night, Introduction to navigation and local charts. Introduction to radio and procedures.

18 45
Tue, 15/03/2011 Tuesday night training

Land-based training with a large turnout. Activities performed included:

  • set up pump, fill drum, empty drum, shut down and pack up fire pumps
  • practice throwing heaving lines across from the lift-out bay to the launching ramp jetty
  • manouvering CRV Pelorus from pier to pier with ropes
  • knot tying, joining ropes, etc
19 38
Tue, 08/03/2011 Tuesday night training

two vessel training, both boats carried out series of MOB exercises. This was followed by tow pick ups and general vessel information. 

17 34
Tue, 01/03/2011 Tuesday night training

Both vessels carried out a practical Radar exercise. Pelorus was sent out to hide and TPR was tasked to find them using Radar only.

A second group of new trainees attended a theory session on the NZSAR system. 

19 38
Feb 2011
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 22/02/2011 Tuesday night training

Regular training night for all volunteers. We had lots of the new volunteers turn up, along with a good number of existing crew, even though the conditions weren't that great with light rain.

Both boats were used to rotate crew through practical training as well as a group doing training in the hut.

Pelorus was used to put crews through a practical session of rope handling, effective on-board communication and boat handling by doing an excercise with the poles beside the rail bridge.

Tue, 15/02/2011 Tuesday night training

Local area familiarisation for the large number of new volunteers. Took both boats out going from place to place identifying their names and important information.

Training was interrupted at the end by a callout.

Tue, 08/02/2011 Tuesday night training

New volunteer induction. Bar crossing training in heavy seas followed by rope handling, communication and manouvering exercise on Pelorus.

Interrupted by callout for report of drifting boat.

Tue, 01/02/2011 Tuesday night training with new recruits

12 new potential volunteers responded to the Kapi-Mana newspaper article requesting new volunteers. Those new volunteers attended a introduction by the President and Training Officer to let them know what would be expected of them and how they could help.

The rest of the existing crew tested both the fire pumps to ensure their operation and to also keep themselves familiar with priming and starting them.

Both vessels then went out for "local area familarisation" to show the new volunteers around the local are and introduce them to the vessels.

Dec 2010
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 30/12/2010 Tuesday night training

Training was in two sessions.

Group one attended the Police debrief for the SAREX carried out a couple of weeks earlier. The second group completed vessel checks on TPR

Sat, 11/12/2010 Masters training

Close quarter handling, berthing etc in gale force north westerly's followed by man over board, holding station and anchoring drills. 

Tue, 07/12/2010 Tuesday night training

Crew split into two sections, one crew carried out all required vessel drill, including fire, abandon ship, grounding, Man Over board and fuel spills.

The second crew completed the personal safety module. 

Nov 2010
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 23/11/2010 Tuesday night training

On the water training for some crew on Pelorus in Paremata Inlet.

Planning for upcoming activities were also performed in the hut.

Tue, 16/11/2010 Tuesday night training

After participating in a full police SAREX on Saturday the unit on Tuesday re-ran the exercise using TPR, a SAR team in the hut and the UTO acting in the role of police, Westpac rescue and the media. The idea of the exercise was to use the learning from the Saturday to improve the speed and accuracy with which the unit reacts to a genuine event. 

Sat, 13/11/2010 Police SAREX

The unit participated in a full Police SAREX simulating a missing boat with five POB possibly in the water. The SAREX involved Mana and kapiti coastguard units and NZ police vessels 

The unit supplied TPR and a full SAR team 

Tue, 09/11/2010 Tuesday night SAREX

Briefing by NZ Police in preparation for the upcoming SAREX (Search and Rescue excercise) up at Kapiti this coming weekend followed by a training excercise with Porirua Rescue searching for a large rectangular liferaft that was deployed by CRV Pelorus out near Mana Island.

Search patterns including Creeping Line Ahead and Expanding Box were used to search for the leferaft in a simulated excercise.

Tue, 02/11/2010 Towing theory module

Thoery training module on Towing Techniques

Oct 2010
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 26/10/2010 Tuesday night training

NZ SAR theory module was run for new members, pre-launch checks were run for both vessels, the protector ran MOB and boat handling skills

Tue, 19/10/2010 Tuesday night training

Coastguard is required to work under the set of maritime rules and regulations. Tonight's theory session was the Coastguard module "Legal Considerations". This modules covers the rules to be followed before, during and after rescue. 

Tue, 12/10/2010 Tuesday night training

Training was in two sessions

Group one ran a set of exercises over a set course. This involved helm work, navigation and vessel salvage. this was a timed exercise and is designed in a competition format. all the units crews will be run through this exercise.

Group two completed the NZ SAR theory module 

Sun, 10/10/2010 Heavy weather training

Took Pelorus out over the bar in 25-30 kt NW winds to practice boat handling in large waves.

Also did close-quarters maneuvering in marina in the strong winds.

Sat, 02/10/2010 Masters training

Training today was tow pick ups and various barging situations 

Sep 2010
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 25/09/2010 Masters training

heavy weather handling in three metre seas and 30 knot winds 

Tue, 21/09/2010 Tuesday night training

The protector carried out helm and navigation exercises using radar and GPS to navigate by. The SAR team in the hut gave the vessel various GPS locations to travel to. 

Pelorus carried out bar crossing exercises 

Sun, 19/09/2010 Sunday helm training

As there was a sharp steep sea left over from the frontal storms on Saturday the opportunity was taken to do some bar crossing activity along with some MOB practice and general helming in large wave patterns 

Sat, 11/09/2010 Saturday helm practice

Pelorus was used for close quarter helm practice within the marina and then out into a choppy sea for Man Over Board and station holding practice. 

Tue, 07/09/2010 Tuesday night training

Navigation and radio exercises. 

 Exercises were carried out between the SAR team and Porirua rescue. The exercise was arranged to give both the SAR team and the boats naviagtion team practice at entering positions into the chart plotters, giving distances and degrees to targets along with doing ETA's to target practice.

All instructions relayed through radio

Aug 2010
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sun, 15/08/2010 masters squad training

Training involved barging the larger Porirua rescue to Pelorus and using Pelorus to bring the protector into the marina. The purpose of the exercise was to gain an understanding of how the vessels react when towing and barging a much larger vessel. 

Tue, 10/08/2010 Tuesday night training

Tonight's training was a simulated rescue. CRV Pelorus was the a vessel in distress and was sent to sea to hide. Porirua rescue was then tasked to go look for Pelorus. The exercise involved the master correctly tasking the crews, setting and running the search.

When Pelorus was found Porirua rescue then had to carry out a tow pick up and return Pelorus safely back to the marina  

Sun, 08/08/2010 masters squad training

Today's session was a continuation of the towing and rafting exercises using TPR as the towing vessel and Pelorus as the vessel in distress. Up and down wind approaches were practices along with rafting out at sea and also in enclosed waters 

Tue, 03/08/2010 Tuesday night training

"Man Over board" is the last thing the master of a vessel wants to hear and it can lead to a very dangerous situation if the crews and masters don't respond quickly. So MOB drills are run through almost every time the vessels go to sea. 

Sun, 01/08/2010 masters squad training

With 20 - 30 knot winds and 3 metre seas training today involved heavy weather handling and towing exercises. The towing exercises involved using CRV Pelorus as a vessel in distress the trainee masters on Porirua rescue practised up and down wind approaches, throwing the tow line and set up long tows.  

This was a good exercise for the trainee masters in helming Porirua rescue in the correct position and for the crews to practise their line throwing technique 

Jul 2010
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 27/07/2010 Tuesday night training

Coastguards main role is saving lives at sea at mostly this involves helping others. However tonight's exercises involved what happens when things go wrong with a coastguard vessel. Exercises included fire on board, sinking and abandoning ship. Because coastguard vessels are often at sea in poor conditions it is important that these exercises are practised regularly so that they happen automatically should something go wrong. 

Tue, 27/07/2010 masters squad training

Advanced helming using the pelorus for one of the Masters development group under guidance of a senior Wellington Master

Sat, 24/07/2010 masters squad training

Training involved advanced handling techniques for one of the masters development group under the guidance of a senior master from Wellington  

Tue, 20/07/2010 Tuesday night training

This training involved the final stages of training for one of the master development group. Training was under the guidance of a senior master from the Wellington unit. Both boats were used in simulated exercises with the trainee master being set a number of problems to deal with. There was also some night towing and barging exercises both a sea and in the marina 

Sun, 18/07/2010 Sunday masters training

We brought all the trainee masters together today to do a towing/barging training session with the main aim to develop a standard way of doing things so that those procedures can be passed down through the rest of the unit over time.

Practiced tow pickups and barging before moving into the marina to work on barging and putting towed vessel into a marina berth.

Sat, 17/07/2010 Saturday masters training

Continuation of Masters group training. Close quarter handling, followed by sea exercises 

Tue, 13/07/2010 Tuesday night training

Night exercises, Man over board, close quarter work. 


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