Able Seaman/Able Seafarer Deck (ABASD) – San Diego, CA

Our eight-day combined Able Seaman & Able Seafarer Deck 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 nor STCW Able Seafarer Deck previously.

This course consolidates training time from two separate one-week classes into 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:

Able Seaman

  • AB Special – 360 days deck service on navigable waters of the U.S.
  • AB Limited – 540 days deck service on vessels 100GT or more, not exclusive to rivers & smaller inland lakes of the U.S.
  • AB Unlimited – 1080 days deck service on Great Lakes or Oceans (including Near Coastal waters).


STCW Able Seafarer Deck

Must meet the requirements for certification as RFPNW**;

  • While qualified as an RFPNW, have seagoing service in the deck department of: 540 days, OR 360 days and complete approved training.

**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.