Saving Lives at Sea

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Aug 2015
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 04/08/2015 CRV Handling

Close-quarters manouvering in the marina for a couple of people to get familiar and ready for sign off on the practical training component.

6 12
Tue, 04/08/2015 MOSS update

New MOSS module delivered by Doug to a hardy few who were not on the MROC course or on MR1

5 10
Sun, 02/08/2015 CRV Handling

Training session for volunteers currently going through the Trainee -> Operational training phase to spend time on the helm of MR1 and practicing their close-quarters manoeuvring.

5 15
Jul 2015
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Wed, 29/07/2015 Observation Techniques

Theory Module, workbook, discussion

13 32.5
Wed, 29/07/2015 Sunday Trainee to Operational crew

The trainee to operational team carried out a range of skills based procdeures

navigation, GPS/Radar/MOB/course to steer/range/bearings

Helm, transits, tracks, maintaining speed in turns for search patterns, close manuovreing, speed pick ups, speed turns, heavy weather handling

Deck; touch and go on marks, pick ups,

crew rotation was practised for helm and deck, active closed loop communications and correct target reporting

5 25
Sun, 26/07/2015 Trainne to Operational crew training

The crew on MR1 carried out a number of tasks based around safe ship management,

Helm, tracking and transits, maintaining search speed. High speed manaouvring on targets in the water, fast pick ups. heavy weather handling was tested in the higher sea states outside of the harbour.

Navigation: working the electronic suite,radar (setting range marker) and GPS course to steer, MOB, plus visual navigation

Command process and tutoring

All crew particpated in the CRM process of positive confirmation on command communications

5 25
Tue, 14/07/2015 CRV Handling

We ran a boat handling session for a couple of trainees to get familiar with boat handling in tight spots. Manuevring in the marina, anchoring in the channel, coming alongside, departing, etc.

4 10
Wed, 08/07/2015 Area Familiarisation - Helm training

Area familiarisation - Onepoto - Onehunga - Titahi Bay - Green point - Plimmerton - Karahana Bay - Grandfather reef - Goat Point and harbour entrance lead markers - navigation markers in harbour

3 13.5
Tue, 07/07/2015 CRV familiarisation

Doug facilitated a practical session to locate all gear etc on both vessels. Started by paper exercise building on last weeks theory and then confirming amending or adding things by actually looking on the boats. Great turnout in bad weather conditions, rewarded with choccie biscuits. Thanks to Chris D and Jake for facilitating groups

14 28
Sun, 05/07/2015 Seamanship 1 Practical

Training session in Porirua Harbour working on a number of practical assessments for Seamanship 1 training module and Victim Recovery. 

4 12
Wed, 01/07/2015 Barging and mooring training

Move one x yacht from pile moorings to Mana Marina brest works

Move one x yacht from brest works to marina berth

3 9
Jun 2015
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 23/06/2015 Seamanship 2

James facilitated a discussion session working through the seamanship 2 module and signing off the theory aspect of this syllabus.

7 14
Sun, 21/06/2015 SAR communications practical

James ran a practical assessment on various SAr communication methods, including a refresher assessment of VHF certificate requirements

8 24
Tue, 16/06/2015 SAR Communications theory

James facilitated the theory session for SAr communications, including a refresher of VHF protocol

10 20
Tue, 09/06/2015 Crew Resource Management

Theory of CRM with inductees at PEMO concurrent with SAR comms run by James

looked at content of powerpoint and manual, brainstormed workbook.

looked at content of Dougs daybag and discussed reasons why each item was included

10 20
Tue, 02/06/2015 Area Familiarization and SAR Communications practical, at PEMO

Crew gathered to test their chart reading, communication, local knowledge, and radio skills.

Area Familirization (local knowledge) can be of great assistance when Coastguard are preparing to help someone in trouble at sea.  It is quite common for casualties to not know exactly where they are and to sometimes underestimate the risk that they have.

15 37.5
May 2015
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 30/05/2015 On water training

2 training sessions, first trainees2operational undertook man-overboard rescue scenarios using live patients in Porirua harbour. Then inductees were given a tour of the local area on MR1. Trevor and James were the Master and Instructors for both sessions.

12 48
Wed, 27/05/2015 Water survival training

Arena pool,

use of PFD's, water survival techniques, huddle, help, crocodile, thrown items, victim recovery, liferafts,

9 18
Sat, 23/05/2015 Trainee 2 Operational session

Trevor Farmer assessed certain crew through a variety of skillsets on MR1. 2 'casualty vessels' operated by CG Mana members were also used to assist in the exercise. The skills worked on included: Victim Recovery, 1st Aid, Crew Resource management, SAR communications, Vessel handling.

7 28
Wed, 06/05/2015 5/05/2015 personal safety

Personal safety theory module 

3 6
Tue, 05/05/2015 5/05/2015 Towing SOP review and Victim recovery practical

Trevor presented the Towing SOP.
Various victim recovery procedures were then tried out on MR1. 

10 200
Mar 2015
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 31/03/2015 Towing module (theory)

James Pinchin presented the towing module and discussed differences between the towing requirements between TPR, MR1 and MR2.

10 20
Sun, 29/03/2015 Search Patterns

Took MR1 out in rough conditions near Mana Island and ran through some search patterns, establishing sweep width, man overboard drills, etc.

The session started off with a visit from the Wellington Maritime Police team to introduce themselves and run us through the software they use for defining search areas/patterns.

8 36
Tue, 17/03/2015 Crew Resource Management 1 (CRM)

Practical CRM1 module. MR2 on water  & consolidated training session ofr others in hut. Rotating crews.

13 26
Tue, 10/03/2015 Basic seamanship

Boathandling skills on MR2 in the marina. Tying alongside pier and berth. Rotating tasks. MR1 - deployed and recovered anchor. Rotated tasks.

13 26
Tue, 03/03/2015 Basic seamanship

Crew went through hot launch of MR2 and knots as per the training modules. Practiced throwing heaving lines, throw bags and life-ring. Also rope throwing around the poles at the end of the piers. Specific attention was given to three new crew members who we taken through the hot launch and recovery checklists and participated in the other activities as well.

14 28
Sun, 01/03/2015 Masters training

Barging, towing, anchoring, patiant transfer,fire, abandon ship, engine failier, start up , and shut down.

7 28
Feb 2015
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Tue, 24/02/2015 Basic drills

Neil Cornwell took crew through launch and recovery procedures for MR2, ropework (throwing) and walking MR2 around the piers. Steve Rolston took two of the newer people through tying knots. Three Masters and Senior crew went through MR1 familiarisation together.

13 26
Thu, 19/02/2015 Masters Vessel Familiarisation Training

Competency Assessor G Weatly familiarization with MR1 systems and manovering capabilities in and around Mana Marina area.

3 9
Tue, 10/02/2015 Overview of Mana Rescue 1 & hazard identification

Chris Darch facilitated an overview/familiarisation session on MR1 whilst James Pinchin facilitated a session on hazard identification on and around MR1.

13 26
Tue, 10/02/2015 Masters Vessel Familiarisation Training

15:00-System familiarisation.

15:30-Depart marina berth , close quartering manovering in marina area and in channel approaches.

18:00 Alongside

3 9
Tue, 10/02/2015 Masters Training session

Familarisation with helm control on Mana Recue 1.

close quarter manouvreing in nthe marina and around a buoy

3 7.5
Wed, 04/02/2015 Masters Vessel Familiarisation Training

14:30-System familiarisation.

15:30-Depart marina berth , close quartering manovering in marina area.

17:00- depart marina for bar area, conduct trials in moderate sea conditions.

18:30- Alongside 

3 12
Sun, 01/02/2015 Mana Rescue 1; training session

Early start to sunday morning with 6 crew working the new rescue boat,

Training was directed at masters who have to recertify onto this boat from the old protector and work completed included:  use of the jet unit, turns in place, use of the throttle/buck at low speeds to increase manoureving ability, speed work, sharp turns (for search patterns, S turns, maintaining station on a buoy and wharf, working around the pile lines (forward and reverse) coming alongside a vessell, control in choppy seas, quick stops and berthing.

6 30
Jan 2015
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 31/01/2015 Support vessel for Mana Ocean Challenge

Coastguard Mana took out CRV Pelorus and a crew to spend some time on the water and support the Mana Ocean Challenge as a safety vessel while 7x 6-man waka-ama raced for 39km between Mana and Paraparaumu.

3 22.5
Fri, 30/01/2015 Mana Rescue 1 sea trials

Mana Rescue 1 was launched on the 24th January and today was the first sea trial.  work included refuelling, manaouvreing in comfined spaces, 360 turns in place, sitting on a buoy, slow, medium and high speed turns.

The boat performed well with no problems occurring, Mana Rescue 1 and our masters are now in training mode as the masters must re-certify on the boat which has a diesel driven jet unit (the old boat having twin outboards)

6 24
Fri, 30/01/2015 Maiden Voyage

 14:30- MR 1 system checks prior to sea trials, started first time.

 15:15-Maneuver to fuel berth, load fuel

 15:30 -Depart for full power trials Onepoto arm of Porirua harbour.

17:30 Back alongside, sea trials completed.

5 15
Nov 2014
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Sat, 29/11/2014 Crew training

Practical training on Pelorus towing around a dinghy half-filled with water in confined spaces around the bridges in the channel. Lots of manouvring and 'challenges'.

The dingly was then put on anchor while the crew performed helm and rope handling excercises on the pole moorings.

6 27
Thu, 27/11/2014 Damage Control & Basic Repairs (theory)

James Pinchin facilitated the second part of this module at PEMO.

10 20
Tue, 25/11/2014 Helm training

Advanced helm training for Jacob. Gery and Carl working the lines doing tow line setups (both long tow and rafting up alongside).

  • Different approaches to departing jetty
  • Coming alongside
  • Rafting up
  • Long tow of jetty under the bridges
  • MOB under the bridges
  • String up a line between poles in the marina
  • Manouvring and holding station in gale force winds
4 12
Sat, 22/11/2014 Personal Safety and MOSS

Mark ran a practical training session at the base to go over the Personal Safety (suitable use of wet weather gear, PFDs and other safety gear) as well going through the SSM manual (now called MOSS) to learn about the various parts that make up the Safe Ship Management systems that we use in the unit as a commercial operation.

This is the practical sign-off component of the theory modules that were taught in the classroom previously.

4 10
Thu, 20/11/2014 Damage Control (theory) & Basic Repairs

James Pinchin facilitated the first part of this module which included a visit to the Titahi Bay Fire Station and practical training with fire extinguishers. The theory module is expected to be completed next week.

13 26
Tue, 18/11/2014 Tuesday night theory on tides

Practical training session on tides , calculating tides and using the nautical alminac to do secondary port calculations.

6 12
Sat, 15/11/2014 Heavy weather

After rescuing a yacht we headed out onto the Mana bar to do some heavy weather training on Pelorus in the breaking waves kicked up by 30-40kt winds. The windsufers were out in force and we managed a couple of crossings out to Tokaapapa Reef before heading back in.

4 4
Thu, 06/11/2014 Working with Aircraft (theory)

James Pinchin presented this theory module at PEMO.

13 26
Oct 2014
Date Title Teaser Turnout Total Volunteer Hours
Thu, 30/10/2014 CIMs Introduction (theory)

CIMs Introduction (theory) presented by James Pinchin at PEMO.

13 26
Wed, 29/10/2014 BoatMaster

BoatMaster course facilitated by Wgtn CG.

2 5
Tue, 28/10/2014 Inboard Motor Maintenance

Session 4 taken by Trevor Burgess at the Mana Cruising Club.

9 18
Wed, 22/10/2014 BoatMaster

BoatMaster course facilitated by Wgtn CG.

2 5
Tue, 21/10/2014 Inboard Motor Maintenance

Session 3 taken by Trevor Burgess at the Mana Cruising Club.

11 22
Thu, 16/10/2014 Towing/rafting up (theory)

Towing theory facilitated by James Pinchin at PEMO.

16 32
Wed, 15/10/2014 BoatMaster

BoatMaster course facilitated by Wgtn CG.

2 5

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