Saving Lives at Sea

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Mar 2011
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
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. 

Tue, 13/07/2010 Advanced masters handling training

Advanced helming  of Pelorus 

Sun, 11/07/2010 Sunday masters training

Towing/barging training

Sat, 10/07/2010 masters squad training

Close quarter handling inside the Marina

Tue, 06/07/2010 Visit to Maritime Operations Centre and RCCNZ

On our regular Tuesday training night a group visited the Maritime Radio and Rescue Coordination Centre (RCCNZ) for a walkthrough and presentation on the operations.

Sun, 04/07/2010 Sunday Masters Training

Training session with two boats and a full crew on towing. Focused on the initial part of assessing, planning and getting a line to the towed vessel.

Sat, 03/07/2010 masters squad training

Carried out handling assessment 

Jun 2010
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 29/06/2010 Tuesday night training

It's one thing to be able to set up search patterns and navigate the rescue vessels but the most important aspect of a search is actually being able to spot the person or vessel you are looking for in the water. For this reason the unit spent the evening studing the oberservational  theory module. This module covers the theory and techniques used to effectively locate missing people and vessels etc.

Sat, 26/06/2010 saturday masters training

This was a continuation of the masters training programme. This session concentrated on setting up and implementing search patterns

Tue, 22/06/2010 Tuesday night training

Both boats out doing radio communications checks with some radios that we are trialling to replace the current VHF radios. General night time navigation also practised going from location to location.

Sun, 20/06/2010 Masters squad training

Two boats sent out to perform a SAR exercise that involved people in the water (buoys) out near Mana Island. The master of Trust Porirua Rescue was tasked with setting up an initial search pattern at a specified Datum.

Later, Pelorus also joined the search as a 'civilian' vessel and was tasked by the master on TPR to assist with the Expanding Box and Creeping Line Ahead search patterns.

Sun, 20/06/2010 Plimmerton mid-winter swim publicity and training

Both rescue vessels attended the mid-winter swim off Karehana Bay to provide on-water assistance and for publicity purposes. Once the swim was finished the vessels proceeded out to do some training on search patterns.

Tue, 15/06/2010 Tuesday night training

This is the training session that turned into the real thing

Training was a communication and navigation exercise using both vessels and a SAR team in the main base with the main focus being good and clear communications following on from the SAR communications theory module which was run the week before.

Sun, 13/06/2010 masters squad training second group

Both boats were used training was close quarter in Marina, transfers between vessels while under way and man over boat

Sat, 12/06/2010 masters squad training

A continuation of the masters training. As there was a high wind training involved berthing and close quarter with the protector in the marina. This was followed by Man Overboard pick ups and holding position practice in 2 metre waves off the coast of Mana Island

Then the smaller Pelorus rescue was taken out to practice crossing the steep waves that were being generated on the Mana bar

Tue, 08/06/2010 Tuesday night training

Good communications are vital in all aspects of Coastguard work. So this training session involved the SAR tutor running the unit throught the SAR Communications theory module. Items covered were:

1/Internal and external communications
2/ VHF
3/ Distress communications
4/Communicating with aircraft


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