Able Seaman

A life of adventure. A lifelong career.

education requirements

HS/GED and Certification

expected salary range

$60K to $150K

training area


Duties include deckhand, helmsman, anchor and gangway watch, general maintenance, sanitation, equipment repair, lifesaving, damage control, and more. Lots more. Able Seaman is the Merchant Marine rank required for employment on most ships. Seems like a lot of great books start with someone taking a job as an Able Seaman. This can be an exciting adventure!

Here’s what you need:

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Industry training certification required

Link to Jobs and Other Cool Info:

Here’s where you get it:

Able SeamanAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG2 weeks
Able SeamanUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 week
Able SeamanUAA/KPC Kachemak Bay Campus – HomerNoUSCG3 weeks/40 hours
Advanced Fire FightingUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 week
Basic MeteorologyAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Basic TrainingAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Basic TrainingUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 week
Basic Training RevalidationAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Basic Training RefresherUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG3 days
Crisis Management and Human BehaviorUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG2 days
Crowd ManagementAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Crowd ManagementUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 day
First Aid/CPR/AED MarinerUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG1 day
Intro to Nautical SkillsAVTEC – SewardNoAVTEC12 weeks
Marine TransportationUAS Ketchikan CampusAASUSCG2-3 years
Marine TransportationUAS Ketchikan CampusOECUSCG1 year
Marlinspike SeamanshipAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Methods of InstructionAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG9 days
Proficiency in Survival CraftAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Proficiency in Survival CraftUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG4 days
Rating forming part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Rating forming part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW)UAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG3 days
Rating forming part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW) AssessmentAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
TankshipAVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 week
Towing Assistance Mate/SteersmanUAS Ketchikan CampusNoUSCG2 days
Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)AVTEC – SewardNoUSCG1 day
Basic Training RevalidationUAS KetchikanNoUSCG2 days
Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor CertificationAlaska Marine Safety Education AssociationNoUSCG Drill Conductor card2 days

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