Able Seaman (Any Ratings)

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QUALMI-1: Able Seaman (Any Ratings) 

COURSE LENGTH: 44 HOURS (6 DAYS)

Course Description:

This course provides classroom and practical training to mariners who wish to obtain an endorsement to their U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner’s Document as Able Seaman with Lifeboatman Limited/PSC (limited to service on vessels not equipped with lifeboats). The course meets the following U.S. Coast Guard requirements. Any applicant who has successfully completed the 6-day (44-hour) Able Seaman course and who presents the Certificate of Training within one year of completion of training will satisfy the following requirements:

The written examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9 for the “Deck & Navigation General /Deck Safety” and “Deck General & Safety / Rules of the Road” examination modules for any Able Seaman endorsement; AND The practical (knot tying) examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9 for any Able Seaman endorsement; AND The training requirements of Section A-VI/2 and Table A-VI/2-1 of the STCW Code restricted to service on vessels that are not equipped with lifeboats provided that they have also satisfied the requirements of Table A-VI/1-1 for Personal Survival Techniques and Table A-VI/1-3 for Elementary First Aid; AND the written “Survival Craft” examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.05-9 for an endorsement as Lifeboatman Limited (exam module 441xx).

Ideally, students attending the course should have completed a minimum of 6 months underway on vessels over 15 Gross Register Tons to be eligible for the Able Seaman – Special (Offshore Supply Vessel) endorsement. Additional sea time, tonnage and vessel length requirements must be met for AB – Special, Limited or Unlimited ratings as well as STCW Basic Safety Training course attendance. The course is also useful to mariners and others who wish to obtain training in basic seamanship and rescue craft operation skills. In most cases, the students for each course will normally have backgrounds that meet or exceed the ideal entry standards stated above.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Navigation Rules, International and Inland
  • Marlinespike Seamanship
  • Advanced Marlinespike Seamanship
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Nautical Terms & Ship Construction
  • Anchoring, Mooring and Line Handling
  • Maneuvering and Ship Handling
  • Pollution Control and Prevention
  • Fires, Firefighting and Fire Prevention
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Shipboard emergencies
  • Emergencies and equipment
  • Personal Flotation Devices
  • Abandon Ship and Rescue at Sea
  • Introduction to Piloting Navigation
  • Magnetic and Gyro Compass

Examination:
Examinations are designed to test a students knowledge and comprehension of the tasks, safety and deck general knowledge required of Able Seamen. The examinations are similar in format and content to the examinations given at the U.S. Coast Guard Regional Examination Centers (RECs) and are accepted by the U.S. Coast Guard in lieu of their examinations.
Practical assessment and written examinations:
Part 1 – Complete an Eye Splice or Short Splice within 15 minutes AND, Successfully tie ten (10) knots, bends or hitches including four (4) mandatory and six (6) additional
Part 2 –Written examinations:

  • AB Deck General and Navigation General 50 Questions, 70% minimum passing score
  • AB Deck Safety and  Rules of the Road 50 Questions, 70% minimum passing score
  • Survival Craft exam 50 Questions, 70% minimum passing score.
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