Saving Lives at Sea

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May 2010
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
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.

Feb 2010
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 23/02/2010 Practical Training

No data

Tue, 16/02/2010 Practical Training

No data

Tue, 09/02/2010 Practical Training

First training session with new Protector. Off-water walk through of new systems, procedures, etc.

Tue, 02/02/2010 Practical Training 02/02/2010

Hopefully we will see quite a few of you tonight when we will be going through the new way we plan to run call-outs and SAR work and also talk about specialisation of roles and the new protector.


Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours

Basic chart-work session (one of two hosted by John Bass at PEMO. Essential session for those enrolled for the upcoming GPS course.

10 20
Thursday night training

New radios on TPR, Pelorus, vehicle and base. Operations, repeater sites, communication areas and networks using marine chart to locate and identify radio channel operating areas Joined at 2000 by Carl Nixon for heaving line throwing

2 3
Sunday training session

CRV Pelorus:

Launch and recovery, basic handling, area fam, radio test

2 5

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