Saving Lives at Sea

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Mar 2017
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 28/03/2017 Seamanship 1

a comprehensive revision of the practical concepts of seamanship 1

anchor was inspected, measured recorded and stowed, various other aspects looked at

4 8
Sun, 26/03/2017 Sunday training and Z Energy filmiing

MR1 was used for helm practise in the morning, close quarter and speed drills with manuvreing.

in the afternoon we were filmed as part of the good in the hood promotion for Z Energy, Z Energy are a great promotor of support to Coastguard Mana

2 12
Sun, 26/03/2017 Good in the Hood, film session

Z Energy good in the hood was filmed at the Coastguard Base. 

5 15
Thu, 16/03/2017 2 boat sarex training session ending with 2 rescues

thursday evenings crew training was intended to be a multi scenario two boat sarex. plans changed when MR1 took debris into the impellor and had to return to base for a lift out a debris clearance.  When this was happening MR2 picked up an urgency call from  5.7 metre boat with engine troubles near the bridge off mana Island.

As MR1 came back into service a launch in the channel requested a tow back into B pier in the Mana Marina

the night ended with 2 tows and some good crew learning from the night

8 28
Thu, 09/03/2017 Training exercise Kayak recovery

4 crew particpated in a mini sarex to locate a distresses kayaker, establish communications and recover the paddler and kayak.

3 recovery scenarios were ran, 2 using throw bags and the 3rd using a towed recovery sling. On each occasion the paddler and kayak were recovered on bopard Mana Rescue 1

On completion of the exercise 2 crew were run through CRV fam on MR1.

Skills tested were; communication (radio, voice and crew), area fam, SAR planning, recovery planning, CRM, use of floating line recovery devices.

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Thu, 02/03/2017 transfer of crew to small boats and small boat tows

MR1 was used as the main vessel for an exercise to transfer crew from small boats and small boat tows.

tasks covered included, small boat rowing, coming alongsider small boat, transfer of crew to and from a small boat, towing on a short and long tow, dropping a drogue, extending a tow line. towing an empty small; boat hard on the stren and alongside.

Command taken by potential masters (Nixon, Clark)

Coms/Navigation by Sarge

Fire drill completed (white smoke from the nav station)

8 28
Feb 2017
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 23/02/2017 Thursday night training

Both boats were out on the water running through training towards operational status. Items covered included:

  • fire drills
  • MOB
  • observation techniques
  • area familiarisation
  • victim recovery (including dummy recovery)
  • helm
  • visual navigation
  • radar ranging
  • towing
9 27
Thu, 16/02/2017 Night training, navigation, helm.

MR1 used to set up for departure, then out to sea for normal training.

MR1 developed a power and vibration problem and we returned nto base to lift the boat and inspect the jet drive system,  some weed was found at the intake and two small but solid sticks were found inside the and outside the impleeor.

Crew had a chance to experience a propulsion problem and the liftout and relaunch process. MR1 was taken out to sea for a test and all tested out to normal standards

5 15
Thu, 09/02/2017 Tow training

Training in the Onepoto Arm of Porirua Harbour with MR1 towing MR2 as the "victim". Cover the full evolution of planning/assessing, setting up a long tow, towing at speed. Also covered towing alongside and line throwing.

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Sun, 05/02/2017 Navigation and helm training to Kapiti Island

Training trip to Kapiti Island and back, via Hunters Bank and Kapiti Boating Club.

Covered basic passage skills as well as heavy weather handling. 

Finished off with a rescue of a runabout SE of Mana Island.

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Sat, 04/02/2017 Fishing competition support and training

We got MR1 back into the water after having maintenance done and headed out to patrol the area and do some training while the Petone Working Mens Club fishing competition was on. 

Lots of helm time for crew plus navigation.

4 16
Sat, 04/02/2017 Fishing competition support and training - afternoon

Navigation and heavy weather helm training while the Petone Working Mens Club fishing competition was on. We navigated down the west coast to Ohau Point and back, before doing some manouvring helm work in the marina.

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Thu, 02/02/2017 Heavy weather training

Training on the bar in heavy weather on MR2 (the small boat). Training items covered:

  • crossing the bar
  • turning on the bar (aborting crossing)
  • man overboard safety drill
  • travelling at speed:
    • into the sea
    • beam on to sea
    • following sea

Breaking waves across bar. Travelled into Titahi Bay to experience large seas in 25-30kts.

3 9
Jan 2017
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 26/01/2017 Basic CRV handling and area familiarisation

Basic helm training in marina and into Paremata harbour.

Area familiarisation into the boat sheds on the NW of Paremata harbour, around the corner into Browns Bay and further into the harbour at low tide.

3 7.5
Thu, 19/01/2017 Basic CRV handling

Basic helm training in the current and wind under the bridges for a couple of new recruits.

Excercises on the pole moorings to challenge helmsman, test line handling and encourage clear communications.

4 10
Dec 2016
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 08/12/2016 Tow 30ft launch to travel lift

We assisted a member of the public to tow an old 30ft launch with no engine from a mooring in Paremata Harbour to the travel lift at Mana Cruising Club to be trucked away.

We used this as a training opportunity to set up a barge tow and practice manouvring a large vessel alongside our small rescue boat.

3 4.5
Sun, 04/12/2016 MR1 Compass Swing to set deviation card

MR1 taken to the outer approaches where we boxed the compass to set a deviation card for  our records.

Deviation cards are part of the survey requirement and we have to keep the card on record in our MOSS manual and a copy is kept on the boat

2 2
Sun, 04/12/2016 CGM crew members family orientation

family members had a session inn the protected area of onepoto arm, general crew positions, manouvreing. Finished the session with a seagull rescue by the suplemented crew, Sebastion the seagull was cut free from a net and taken back to shore for further care

5 7.5
Sat, 03/12/2016 Tawa Christmas parade

Crew attended the Tawa Lions christmas parade using 4WD and MR2 

5 17.5
Nov 2016
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 08/11/2016 Operations based training session, taking a NZ Metservice observation buoy to Fishermans Rock

MR1 dropped an NZ Metservice current buoy at Fishermans Rock just after slack tide, Met service get hourly updates from the buoy and can plot the bvuoys track and speed.

During passage trainee crew tracked opur passage using a chart and transit lines to determine when we would be on station at Fishermans.  Pass age notes were kept for the return journey

MOSS drills completed, Fire (2), sick/ill/injury (1) MOB (1)

7 24.5
Tue, 01/11/2016 CRV familiarisation on MR1

A small but dedicated crew did some in depth checking of all of the hidey holes and lockers on MR1, checked to grab bag contents and checked the charts. Notices to Mariners corrections applied to Kapiti Island charts. The anchor was laid out and checked 20 m of chain and 70m of rope marked with red tags  1 for every 10m 50 m marked with a blue tag so 60m was 1 blue and 1 red and so on.

5 10
Tue, 01/11/2016 Operations Hut

Adding coastguard signs to the new ops building and removing internal cabinets, fixing spouting

2 8
Oct 2016
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 29/10/2016 Thursday night training operational crew and trainee masters group

MR1 and MR2

Helm, close quarter work, touch and approach in sea/wind, pick up and drop crew, search pattern speed/turns, maintain planing speed.

Navigator, search pattern "creeping line ahead" courses, timed short legs, safe long legs, danger zones

worked with MR2, dropped search target, set datum and drift, established 2 vessel creeping line ahead combined search

Tested radio coms with radio tech on board (safety brief by email, practical brief PFD, MOSS safety on board)

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Thu, 27/10/2016 FTMT

Search for simulated missing diver from known splashpoint and drift after 10 minutes buoy had been deployed from MR1 for us and splashpoint and driftafter 10 mins relayed. Good comms practice for recent VHF trainees!

splashpoint 174.50.369E 41.04.369S 17.56

10 mins drift 174.50.388E 41.04.424S  18.06

Located 174.50.460 E 41.04.520S    18.27

left to drift went in to Karehana bay and did some nav calculations estimated drift to be approx 160 M

went back to search and recoverd at position 174.50454E 41.04.493S at approx 19.15

4 12
Tue, 25/10/2016 CRV familiarisation and rope handling

Review of MR2 layout from memory and then rope throwing and line handling. Using ropes only and no walking ropes around the MR1 mooring bay, the vessel was ropehandled across and back under control at all times. The crew were also tasked with implementing CRM principles at all times. The second task was to move MR1 across the mooring bay whilst turning it through 180° and maintaing at least 3 ropes in contact with the jetties at all times. This also tested the SAP concept and was hard to execute at first. The crew then evolved processes to increse efficiency and decrease errors.

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Thu, 20/10/2016 FTMT

Pilotage, GPS nav and route running, entry into Tirau Bay and Moss drills

4 14
Thu, 20/10/2016 Masters Training 20.10.16

First session back for trainee masters.

Moss drils conducted on way out 

Loss of power, Man overboard in marina

Gps route out to green bay , Helm training for Jason on quartering moderate seas.

Into Green bay stop at 10M contour then continue on single engine into 2M of water looking at terrain and landing options. 

Man overboard pickup in green bay with various methods used and pickups in heavy weather.

Gps Route over to Hongeka bay and then PBC back to mana Marina.

4 10
Tue, 18/10/2016 intro to CRV familiarisation

Using templates for MR1 and 2 trainees and inductees took apart the vessels questioning what bits were for, naming them and restowing them with the idea that they will know where everything is and what it is for. Doug facilitated MR2 and Trevor Farmer did the MR1 session. Crew will later be asked to fill in blank template from scratch without reference to the vessels!

9 22.5
Thu, 13/10/2016 Thursday night operational crew training

Boat start up and safety process,discussion on CRM proces of command, challenge and SAP

MOSS emergency drills, Capsize, Fire and Abandon Ship

Carried on to do search patterns in close proximity to land and based the night on sector search which tasks the helm, on scene command and navigator

4 10
Wed, 12/10/2016 On Scene Command

OSC theory and turn practice in carpark

intro to nav theory

7 14
Tue, 11/10/2016 observation techniques theory

Obs techniques theory and seamanship 1 knots all at PEMO

9 18
Sun, 09/10/2016 MOSS emergency drills and seamanship

crew gathered to run through a training plan that included the practical application of crew resource management (CRM).

CRM is an important part of crew training and is the basis of how we work effectively and safely as a team. Todays training was about getting the induction crew to use the process while running through a number of routine processes (getting MR1 safe and ready for sea) and the practical application of  our emergency drills, Medical, Loss of propulsion

We then went onto practical skills in anchoring and establishing cross transits for anchor watch.

6 30
Tue, 04/10/2016 CRM 1 review

Review and in depth discussion of the principals of CRM and the need for it to become an active process not just a module signed off.

8 16
Sat, 01/10/2016 CRM 2

Crew Resource management 2 run by RCI and Senior master Graham Weakley of Wellington Unit.

Involved 4 hours of theory followed by 4 hours on the water on Phoenix rescue a 6.8m Naiad hard top with twin 150 outboards. The on water session included various scenarios designed to challenge our crew management. Excellent learning all round and a great experience. Thank you Graham!

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Sep 2016
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Wed, 28/09/2016 Water Safety training PFD and liferaft

Induction and recertify crew attended a session at Te Rauparaha Arena pool

subjects covered;

flotation without PFD,staying together, donning and use of PFD, water entry, manually blowing up PFD, use of liferaft, entry and exit of liferaft, swimming in PFD and wet weather kit

session run by Jacob and Gerry

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Wed, 28/09/2016 Pool Session - Personal safety

Pool session covering

Safety breifing.

Wet weather gear usage and wear.

floating unaided in wet weather gear with no PFD inflated

Pfds & boyancy aids usage , fitting and limitations , Manual and gas inflation of pfds , Fitting a offshore lifejacket to a person in the water as a team.

Swiming with pfds non inflated and inflated.

Help position , Group huddle and croccodile swim. 

Life raft usage , getting in and out of a liferaft and righting an upturned liferaft. 

8 16
Sat, 24/09/2016 Induction of new crew to MR1

3 new crew members were taken through the initial parts of the units induction program today.Coastguard Mana was also stood up by police for 2 tasks in the area;

(1) boat requiring a tow (2) person in the water from a kayak. Both tasks were sorted with the help of other boats in the immediate area and Coastguard Mana was stood down.

7 10.5
Tue, 13/09/2016 Towing module review

A night to review the towing module from last week and complete workbooks

4 8
Sat, 10/09/2016 Towing module (theory)

Worked through thetowing module with some discussion on previous operations. finished the night with a review of the tidal drift buoy that we depoloyed for  NZMetService on 28 August.

7 14
Aug 2016
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 11/08/2016 Masters training 11.8.16

Mock Search exersise for diver 


Out to tidal diamond A put lit danbouy in water for 12 mins to soak then measured drift against diamond calcs 


then undertook a expanding box search and located the marker at 8 minute mark 

recovered marker and headed to green bay for local area fam at night then return to base 

4 16
Tue, 09/08/2016 seamanship 1

Trevor facilitated intro to seamanship 1 practical knots and towing scenarios at PEMO

8 16
Thu, 04/08/2016 FTMT

further refinement of chartplotting and route fixing

5 15
Jul 2016
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 28/07/2016 FTMT

Training on MR2 chartplotter route to Onepoto Wharf

Charted positions of waypoints entered on land and run as a route to check. Modifications made en route and then run in reverse. Great training session highlighting deficiencies in charted positions and chartplotter functions

5 15
Tue, 19/07/2016 Area Familiarization (2nd session)

small group continuing an overlook of the inner harbour area and the approaches  (NZ4632) and the wider operating area (NZ46 Tory Channel to Kapiti)

Bringing in common transit lines and navigation features

5 10
Thu, 07/07/2016 Masters Training

Practical navigation training using GPS waypoints and routes . Out on leads and around G/Father rocks to Hongoeka bay 5M contour. Then over to Green bay 10M and 5M countour waypoints using highway and other modes to track crosstrack error and back to base via the leads checking waypoints that were set from Masters training charts.

3 6
Jun 2016
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 30/06/2016 Masters Training 30/6/16

Plotting chart positions for masters training waypoints on chart and plotting common Routes for Masters Training.

2 2
Tue, 28/06/2016 Local area familiarization chart NZ4632

review for crew on the characteristics of our primary training and transit area, and working in the Onepoto and Pauahatanui arms of the inner harbour

8 16
Thu, 23/06/2016 Masters Training 23/6/16

GPS Training on MR2 , Plotting positions on chart and having each crew memeber plot the lat and long and confirming at the end . Then inputing all waypoints in the GPS unit and completing Rods list of competencys for trainee masters in the GPS unit.

3 9
Thu, 23/06/2016 Masters Training 23/6/16

GPS Training on MR2 , Plotting positions on chart and having each crew memeber plot the lat and long and confirming at the end . Then inputing all waypoints in the GPS unit and completing Rods list of competencys for trainee masters in the GPS unit.

3 9
Thu, 16/06/2016 Masters Training 16/6/16

Navigation ex out to Green bay using GPS to safe entrance into green bay , Man over board pickup drills and return to base by gps and taking transits and fixes on return.

4 12
Tue, 14/06/2016 Practical SAR coms

A mix of theory revison and practical on the use of comprehensive SAR coms and its use in on scene command and land based support

7 17.5
Wed, 08/06/2016 Masters Training 8/6/16

First training session for masters in the new year , Jacob as acting master so Rod can get a baseline. Out ti Hongoeka bay on inshore line and on way simulated engine faliture anchored up in 5M contour at Hongoeka Bay and carried out anchoring , fire , collision and discussed formulation of new sops for MOSS manual. and reunrned to base traveleing on the outside line of grandfather rocks to SWM.

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