Able-Seaman Course

Classroom: $1295

10 days

344 Aquidneck Ave.

Middletown, RI 02840

40 hours

  • Course Details 
  • Prerequisites 
Course Details 

Take the Next Step up the Hawse-Pipe with Your AB Certification

Confident Captain offers the Able-Seaman unlimited course bundled with Proficiency in Survival Craft (Lifeboatman Limited) and Marlinespike. Per the USCG, these courses can no longer be taken separately.

Confident Captain’s 72-hour course covers formal classroom training in deck safety, general deck duties, general navigation and rules of the road in addition to marlinspike seamanship and the 24-hour Proficiency in Survival Craft (Lifeboatman Limited) curriculum. Confident Captain offers in-house testing following the course.

Take Advantage of our Bundled Course Discount

Confident Captain offers an enrollment package which allows students to take both the AB Certification program and Master 100 Ton Captains License course at a discounted price. Contact us for more information!

Prerequisites 

The prerequisite sea-time experience will differ with the exact AB license for which the candidate is applying. In order to enroll in an Able Seaman course, all candidates must be 18 years of age and meet the following applicable criteria:

Able Seaman – Unlimited

  • 3 years (1080 days) service on deck of vessels operating on the ocean or the Great Lakes


Able Seaman – Limited

  • 18 months (540 days) service on deck of vessels of 100 Gross Register Tons (Domestic Tonnage) or over in a service not exclusively confined to rivers and smaller inland lakes of the U.S.


Able Seaman – Special

  • 12 months (360 days) service on deck of vessels operating on the oceans or navigable waters of the U.S. including the Great Lakes


Able Seaman – Mobile Offshore Unit (MOU)

  • 12 months (360 days) service on deck of vessels of at least 65 feet in length operating on the oceans or navigable waters of the U.S.


Able Seaman – Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV)

  • 6 months (180 days) service on deck of vessels operating on the oceans or navigable waters of the U.S. including the Great Lakes


Able Seaman – Fishing Industry (FISH IND)

  • 6 months (180 days) service on deck of vessels operating on the oceans or navigable waters of the U.S. including the Great Lakes

Able Seaman – Sail: 6 months

  • (180 days) service on deck of sailing school vessels operating on the oceans or navigable waters of the U.S. including the Great Lakes

Additional Certifications for Captains:

Course Dates:

How Does it Work?
  1. Register for Course by choosing Dates below.
  2. You will receive details by email from your Instructor.
  3. Participate in the entire course.
  4. Take and pass your exam with us.
  5. Receive Course Completion Certificate.
  6. Fill out your USCG application using our Guide.
  7. Send your application and certificate to the Coast Guard.
  8. Get your Captain’s License.
How to Document Sea Time

In order to properly document sea time, candidates must fill out the Small Vessel Sea Service form and transfer all of their sea time information to this document. Please note that one form should be used for each vessel and that the owner, operator, or master must sign off on the time for the form to be valid. If the candidate is the owner of the vessel, he or she may sign off on his or her own sea time.

A day is defined as eight hours of watchstanding or day work, not to include overtime. On commercial vessels where a twelve-hour workday is authorized and practiced, such as on a six-on, six-off watch schedule, each workday may be considered for one and one-half days of service credit. Required sea service is specified in months or years, which are then converted to days, i.e., one year means 360 days and one month is 30 days. Service other than on deck is given half credit (e.g., 1 day credit for every 2 days served) and an approved training program may substitute for all except 30 days of the service requirement. On vessels of less than 100 gross tons, a day is considered as eight hours unless the Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection determines that the vessel’s operating schedule makes this criteria inappropriate, in no case will this period be less than four hours.

Need Help?

Need help deciding on the right course?

Contact us at captain@confidentcaptain.com

We also have a License Assistance Program to help you.

Need help applying for your license?


Get In Touch

ADDRESS:

344 Aquidneck Avenue Middletown, RI 02840

OPENING HOURS:

9 AM to 5 PM

PHONE:

401.849.1257