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Able Seaman Surgeon Bay Beginning 7/29/24 Lacrosse, WI

Able Seaman 07/29/2024

All registrations are made at Explorers Guide Midwest.

Jul/29/2024 -  Aug/02/2024
08 am07 -  05 pm07

Event description:

Able Seaman 

All registrations are made through Explorers Guide Midwest

This class is scheduled for July 29-Aug 2 - 2024.  Attendance is required all days of the course.  This is a deposit to hold your seat in the course.  The remainder is due 1 week prior to the start of class.  Course is in LaCrosse, WI

Price: $895

This course is NOT for the PSC checkoff

You will have to show proof of 46 cfr 12.409   General requirements for lifeboatman-limited endorsements.  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; and (v) Use locating and communication devices.

Request review based on criteraia after march 24, 2014

Checkoff  Sheet is for the National endorsement for lifeboatman limited. Please note this is not for PSC.

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

Subjects Include:

  • Marlinespike 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

Sea Service Requirements

Able Seaman is a deck rating that requires qualifying sea service experience and training. The rating you will receive depends on your qualifying sea service time.

AB Unlimited - 1080 days of qualifying sea service experience on the deck of vessels operating on Great Lakes or ocean waters. AB Limited – 540 days deck service on vessels 100 GRT or over, not exclusive to rivers & smaller inland lakes of the U.S. AB Special - 360 days of qualifying sea service experience on vessels operating on any navigable waters of the US. AB Fishing - 180 days of deck service on any navigable waters of the U.S. "Combi" is not deck service (Valid only on fish processing vessels). AB OSV (Offshore Supply Vessel) - 180 days of qualifying sea service experience on the deck of vessels operating on any navigable waters. AB Sail – 180 days of deck service on sailing school, oceanographic research vessels powered primarily by sail, or equivalent sail vessels on any navigable waters of the U.S (Valid only on sailing school vessels.) AB MODU – 360 days of service on vessels 65 feet or over on any navigable waters of the U.S

License Requirements

The minimum requirements for Able Seaman Rating are:

● Be at least 18 years old. ● Be a U.S. Citizen ● Speak English ● Be TWIC eligible - Please check the TWIC site if you have any convictions


So how many exams are there? There are two exams and a practical demonstration of competency in Knot Tying and Splicing. If you fail one exam, you can retake that exam  twice. If you fail it a third time, you must repeat the class. This is the National Maritime Centers directive.

  • 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.

Have more questions? Feel free to call us at (920) 773-5500.

The first set of Exams is included in the price of the course.  If you must re-take an exam, there is a $40 proctor fee per student, per session.  This is payable directly to the proctor.  You may re-test at any of our scheduled courses for no charge.