Saving Lives at Sea

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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

Mon, 07/06/2010 Heavy weather and bar crossing

A low pressure system and strong NW winds over Sunday night created reasonably large swells that were rolling in over the bar at Mana on Monday. We took Pelorus out to practice crossing the bar while waves were breaking over it. Things to practice and focus on were:


Sun, 06/06/2010 Masters training

Masters training in the rain on Pelorus using a members JetSki as a training resource for towing and victim (in the water) recovery, etc.

Tue, 01/06/2010 Tuesday night training

When involved in a SAR event it is vital that all the crew know exactly where everything is on a coastguard vessel. Tonights training session involved starting on the bow of the vessel and working to the stern and discussing the use of every item, switch and valve.

Correct use of the emergency equipment like flares, EPRIB and fire fighting equipment was discussed. Fuel and electrical systems explained.

May 2010
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 29/05/2010 Masters training

The Masters group has been split into two groups with one group training Saturday and one on Sunday. Training was a continuation of the close quarter handling which involved berthing, touch and goes, three point turns etc.

The training is being conducted with the assistance of the senior masters from the Wellington Coastguard unit

Tue, 25/05/2010 Tuesday night training session

Porirua was being hit with a weather bomb on Tuesday night with very heavy rain and poor visability. Both vessels put to sea in a controlled exercise to check navigation skills and communications in these poor conditions. This exercise was being directed as part of their training by the Mana SAR team

Along side this training and in the warm and dry the Unit Training Officer ran the NZ SAR and Personal Safety modules for the newer members of the unit

Sun, 23/05/2010 Masters training

More boat handling. Also assisted Mana Cruising Club by moving Doug Page's boat out of it's berth in the marina and taking it alongside the club ready for his funeral service on Monday.

Tue, 18/05/2010 Night navigation training exercise

Training exercise with both boats navigating to various coordinates issued by the SAR team operating out of the base. Five points were selected and fed to the team responsible for coordinating the rescue vessels. Key training points were:

Tue, 11/05/2010 Tuesday night training

Three separate training sessions were undertaken.

One - the SAR team continued their training with plotting search patterns and coordinating simulated search plans

Two - Pelorus carried out anchoring practice and night navigation plotting waypoints and navigated around the grandfather rocks

Three - the third team were run through start up checks and basic equipment checks on the protector

Sun, 09/05/2010 Masters group training

The masters group is continueing the training with the help of the senior masters from Wellington.

Training this week was a continuation of the close quarter handling inside the marina, with three point turns within confined spaces, touch and go's and berthing practice.

Tue, 04/05/2010 Tuesday night training

Both CRV Porirua rescue and CRV Pelorus were used for close quarter work inside the marina. All crews used this opportunity to improve their helming skills.

Remaining crews were involved with general rope handling.

The training officer Paul Craven also conducted training interviews with the new members of the unit. These sessions are designed to set out an individual training plan for each member.

Sat, 01/05/2010 Masters training

More close maneuvering in Mana Marina. All participants were required to do 3 point turns in the marina arms, come alongside the jetty, nose into a berth without touching, reverse into a berth, pickup buoys, etc.

Part of competency sign-off procedure.

Apr 2010
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 27/04/2010 Practical training

Took CRV Pelorus out to do night time navigation in slight conditions to familiarise crew members with the approach into the Plimmerton Boating Club at night.

There are no navigation lights to aid in the approach to the launching ramp at PBC and as it was used as a landing point during the rescue of the crew from the sinking yacht a few weeks back it was helpful to identify the safe approach angles and places to avoid.

Crew members were then asked to plot a safe circumnavigation route on the GPS that took us around Tokaapapa Reef and back in on the leads into Mana Marina.

Sat, 24/04/2010 Masters training

Two Masters from Coastguard Wellington came in to assist with training of senior crew members towards becoming Masters.

Training today involved both boats out on the water doing boat handling and familiarisation to ensure that everyone is able to handle either vessel in any situation without having to think about it. This will be ongoing for over the next few weeks/months.

Tue, 20/04/2010 Tuesday Night training

Porirua rescue carried out navigation exercise around Mana Island. Exercise involved navigation using radar only making use of range rings and bearings to confirm postion. The crew also used this time to carry out a set of drills like fire on board etc

Pelorus was used in the inner harbour to give the crew some more close quarter helming practice.

Tue, 13/04/2010 Tuesday night training

Search patterns module delivered and practical close quarter work in heavy wind on pelorus with two crews

Sat, 10/04/2010 Saturday training with two vessels

Both boats at sea during Plimmerton fishing competition. Close quarter work between both vessels, helm practice and high speed work. Also carried out radio checks around region.

Tue, 06/04/2010 Tuesday night training

Ran SAREX exercise with simulated missing person in the water of Mana Island. SAR team designed search pattern and ran exercise directing pelorus through search.

Mar 2010
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 30/03/2010 Tuesday night training

Delivered the man over board (MOB) theory module then ran a practical exercise pulling a diver out of the water. Ran exercise on both vessels.

Tue, 23/03/2010 Practical Training

Three groups split up. One went out on Protector, one went out on Pelorus and the other stayed in the base and did radio work between both vessels.

The Protector crew took the boat out the channel and over the bar a couple of times to do some nighttime practice crossing the bar, holding station in the wind and navigating with the lights.

The Pelorus crew operated inshore under the Paramata bridge and in the marina doing manouvering, etc.

Tue, 16/03/2010 Practical Training

Practical excercises to plan and assess the best practice for tying a boat (CRV Pelorus) alongside the new Protector.

Issues were identified with cleat numbers, placement and size. These will be resolved in the near future.

An on the water towing excercise will put this to the test next week.


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