Our eight-day combined Able Seafarer Deck/Able Seaman Course allows mariners to obtain their National Able Seaman Credential and the STCW Able Seafarer Deck through taking one course. This is perfect for mariners who have not taken Able Seaman or STCW Able Seafarer Deck previously.
This course consolidates training time and from two separate, one week classes in to eight days of training.
Please note: There are requirements for both the Able Seaman and the STCW Able Seafarer Deck endorsement. Please review the appropriate USCG Checklist with requirements here: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/nmc/checklist/
To obtain the Able Seaman, the following Sea Time requirements must be met:
STCW Able Seafarer Deck
Must meet the requirements for certification as RFPNW**;
**RFPNW sea service requirements: 180 days of seagoing service which includes training and experience associated with navigational watch-keeping functions, and performance of duties carried out under supervision of the master, mate, or qualified STCW deck rating per USCG requirements.
Please Note: The testing requirements for all levels of Able Seaman are the same. If you do not qualify for AB Unlimited initially, the mariner can receive an AB Special then later upgrade to AB Unlimited without any additional testing.