Able Bodied Seaman/Lifeboatman Limited


This 40 hour Able Bodied Seaman course is approved to include the Lifeboatman exam. It will cover AB rating for vessels without lifeboats. If you work on a STCW covered vessel you will need Basic Safety Training and Proficiency in Survival Craft.

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

It states - Able Seaman 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.


  • Marlinspike Seamanship
  • Shipboard Terminology
  • Rules of the Road
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Watchstanding & Helmsman Duties
  • Ship Construction
  • Cargo Handling & Stowage
  • Anchoring and Mooring
  • Fire Firefighting
  • Towing
  • Deck Maintenance
  • Shipboard Emergencies
  • Marine Pollution
  • Survival Craft Operation and Management (practical component)


Rules of the Road/Navigation: 50 questions: Need 70% or 35 correct.

Deck General and Safety: 50 questions. Need 70% or 35 correct.

Lifeboatman: 50 questions. Need 70% or 35 correct minimum passing score.

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.