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If you are interested in an exciting, in-depth course, check out this program.


Able Bodied Seaman and Lifeboatman Ltd.



This Able Bodied Seaman course is approved to include the Lifeboatman exam.

It states" Able Seaman (EXPLGU-001) course satisfies examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.405(a) for the "Deck General and Navigation General,"' "Deck Safety and Rules of the Road;" AND the "Practical Marlinspike Seamanship Demonstration" requirement 46 CFR 12.405(c); AND the written "Survival Craft" examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.409 for any endorsement as Able Seaman restricted to vessels without lifeboats.

However, you will have to show proof of 46 CFR 12.409, General requirements for Lifeboatman-limited endorsements. 4) The practical demonstration must consist of a demonstration of the applicant's ability to - (i) Take charge of a rescue boat, liferaft, or other lifesaving apparatus during and after launch; (ii) Operate a rescue boat engine; (iii) Manage a survival craft and survivors after abandoning ship: (iv) safely recover rescue boats; (v) Use locating and communication devices.

And, request review based on criteria after March 24, 2014.

This 40 hour course will cover AB rating for vessels without lifeboats. If you work on a STCW covered vessel you will need BT and Proficiency in Survival Craft.

This course also includes the USCG Approved practical demonstration of competency in Knot Tying and Splicing.


Subjects Include:
Marlinspike Seamanship
Shipboard Terminology
Rules of the Road
Aids to Navigation
Watchstanding & Helmsman Duties
Ship Construction
Cargo Handling & Stowage
Anchoring and Mooring
Fire Firefighting
Deck Maintenance
Shipboard Emergencies
Marine Pollution


So how many exams are there? There are two exams and a practical demonstration of competency in Knot Tying and Splicing.


  • Rules of the Road/Navigation: 50 questions: Need 70% correct or 35 correct.
  • Deck General and Safety: 50 questions. Need 70% or 35 correct.
  • Demonstration of competency in Knot Tying and Splicing. - 10 knots in 15 minutes plus a splice and whipping.

Required Knots include Bowline, Square knot, Clove Hitch, Sheet Bend plus six additional knots selected by the evaluator.








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