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

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 sea time requirements for both the Able Seaman and the STCW Able Seafarer Deck endorsement.

To obtain the Able Seaman, the following Sea Time requirements must be met:

Able Seaman

  • AB Special – 360 days of time on navigable waters.
  • AB Limited – 540 days on vessels over 100 GT
  • AB Unlimited – 1040 days of sea time

STCW Able Seafarer Deck

Must be qualified as RFPNW and meet the following:

  • 360 days (while holding the RFPNW endorsement) and have completed approved training.


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 Able Seaman Special then upgrade to Able Seaman Unlimited without any additional testing.

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