Able Seaman

Our Able Seaman course satisfies the requirements for any Able Seaman document (Unlimited, Limited, Special, OSV, Fishing, Sail and MODU, this course has a prerequisite of a minimum of 180 days of sea time). In order to receive a license from the Coast Guard, you also need to submit a certificate of completion for Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC). This course is often completed in conjunction with Basic Safety Training (BST). The class provides you with the fundamental knowledge and information for working on deck regardless of the size of vessel or its area of operation.

In this class, you will prepare for the exams and gain a foundation in:

  • Rules of the road
  • Aids to Navigation and Charts
  • Lookout & Helmsman
  • Deck General
  • Deck Safety
  • Marlinspike

The best part for you? This is an in-lieu-of-exam course, which means all the USCG exams are taken here in a relaxed and familiar setting. Upon successful completion of the course, you present your Certificate of Training to the USCG National Maritime Center or USCG Regional Exam Center. Special Note: This course is most frequently completed in conjunction with the PSC/Lifeboatman course and Basic Safety Training.

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Compass Courses’ passion is to provide current and future seafarers with the knowledge, understanding, and proficiencies they need to be successful and safe through quality training on a reliable schedule.






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110 West Dayton Street, Suite 110
Edmonds, WA 98020


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