Able Seafarer - DECK
Course 252

This five day USCG Approved course includes theory, various practical assessments for Able Seafarer, STCW Section A-II/5 and written examinations towards the issuance of a qualified rating on your merchant mariners credential as Able Seaman.

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Course Description

Able Seafarer - Deck - Course #252
This five day USCG Approved course includes theory, various practical assessments for Able Seafarer-Deck, STCW Section A-II/5 and written examinations towards the issuance of a qualified rating on your merchant mariners credential as National Able Seaman. 

Any applicant who successfully completes Able Seafarer -Deck (MARTPT-731) course and who presents our Certificate of Training will satisfy:

  • The following assessments from NVIC 14-14 (Ch-1). 2.1.A, 2.1.B, 2.2 .A, 2.5.A, 3.1.A, 3.2.A, 4.1.A, 4.2.A, 4.3.A, 4.4.A, 4.4.B, 4.4.C, 4.4.D, 4.5.A, 4.6.B, 4.6.C, 4.7.A, 4.8.A, 4.8.B, 4.9.A, 4.11.A, 4.12.A, 4.13.A, 5.1.A, 5.2.A, 5.3.A, 5.3.B, 5.3.C, 5.4.A, 5.5.A, 5.5.B, 5.5.C, 5.5.E, 5.6.A, 5.6.B, 5.6.C, 5.7.A, 5.8.A, 5.9.A, 5.10.A, 5.10.B, 6.1.A, 6.1.B, 6.2.A, 6.3.A, 8.4.A, 8.4.B, and 8.5.A. Applicants who have successfully completed the Able Seafarer course need not present completed task control sheets for these assessments.
  • Provided application submitted within one year of the completion of training, the examination and demonstration of ability requirements of 46 CFR 12.405(b), 12.405(c) and (d) for Able Seaman.


Attention!: After successfully completing the course students must submit application for a National Able Seaman endorsement within one year. 

Students that are STCW- Able Seafarer-Deck candidates must also get the following tasks signed off onboard in order to complete assessments from NVIC 14-14 and have the required courses listed below. 


1.1.A Understand orders - Task Satisfied by taking RFPNW

Watch relief - Task Satisfied by taking RFPNW


Watchkeeping - Task Satisfied by taking RFPNW


Describe anchoring operations


Describe characteristics and function of deck fittings


Describe characteristics and function of line handling equipment


Describe berthing operations


Describe unberthing operations


Demonstrate anchoring procedures

4.6.A Demonstrate use of anchoring equipment
4.8.C Demonstrate rigging and unrigging a gangway
4.10.A Demonstrate use of cargo-handling gear and equipment access arrangements
4.11.A Trace out and describe a piping system
4.12.A Demonstrate use of cargo and equipment handling gear
5.5.D Adjust tension on mooring lines


Operation of survival craft and rescue boats - Task satisfied by taking PSCRB

Demonstrate surface preparation techniques

8.2.A Demonstrate painting techniques
8.3.A Demonstrate lubrication of shipboard equipment
8.3.B Demonstrate inspection of shipboard equipment
8.6.A Demonstrate use and maintenance of hand and power tools


Additional Required Courses:

  • Basic Safety Training #140 
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Lifeboatman) #146
  • RFPNW Assessments #251
  • Tankerman Dangerous Liquids #170 (recommended)

5 day class in Fort Lauderdale

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Required Materials

Rules of the Road Book, Highlighter (any color), Pencil, Pen, Safety Shoes or Steel-Toed Boots, Long Pants, Long Sleeved Shirt. All other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided.


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Treavor was an excellent instructor, primarily because he is ex-USCG and knows what he is teaching. He also keeps the class engaged occasionally with humor. Even though I hold some more advanced credentials than AB, the class was well worth my time. Thanks
Matthew, Friday November 2021
Able Seafarer - DECK
No suggestions for improvement, the front desk was very helpful. The instructor. Trevor was amazing, helpful and very considerate. He took his time explaining everything thoroughly to each of us.
Kristopher, Friday August 2021
Able Seafarer - DECK
This Place is great!
Blake, Friday November 2018
Able Seafarer - DECK
Everything was wonderful......great staff all around
Jimmy, Friday November 2018
Able Seafarer - DECK
More than I had ever hoped it would be!!!!
Zachary, Friday January 2018
Able Seafarer - DECK
A great instructor , he has a lot of knowledge about the course, thank you so much
Cesar, Friday September 2015
Able Seafarer - DECK
Sir or Madame,Instructors were Excellent ,highly professional .it was very informative course taught by First Rate have a Top Maritime School MPT.Very Impressed.Thank you.
Stephen, Friday July 2014
Able Seafarer - DECK
Great course! No improvement needed!
Timothy, Tuesday December 2013
Able Seafarer - DECK
Jeff made the course interesting and I could tell he had lots of experience because he was able to answer any questions students asked and he also showed pictures of the equipment from other vessels he worked on, which helped out a lot.
Clarissa, Wednesday March 2013
Able Seafarer - DECK