The course listed below is available for distance learning starting immediately.

The lecture portion of the course will be completed online, with an approved instructor. Upon completion of the course you will have one year to complete the assessments, simulations, lab exercises and final exam(s) at Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy. This portion must be done in person. To enroll in a distance learning course, you must first have the following items:

1. PC, Laptop or suitable tablet 2. Reliable High-Speed Internet connection. 3. Webcam 4. Microphone 5. Speakers

If you have the required items, please contact the Admin office at; 757-464-6008 or at and identify the course(s) that you require and they will provide you with schedule, cost and process your enrollment.


1765 | Able Bodied Seaman


Course Number: 1765
Course Length: 40 hours
Minimum Class Size: 2
Maximum Class Size: 18
Price: $1000.00

Please bring picture ID on first day of class.

06/01/2020 – 06/05/2020 – Online
07/06/2020 – 07/10/2020 
08/03/2020 – 08/07/2020
09/08/2020 – 09/11/2020
10/05/2020 – 10/09/2020
11/02/2020 – 11/06/2020
12/07/2020 – 12/11-2020







Any applicant who has successfully completed the Able Bodied Seaman (MIDATL-1) course and presents the Certificate of Training within one year of the completion of training, will satisfy the examination requirements of 46 CFR 12.405(a) for the “Deck General and Navigation General,” “Deck Safety and Rules of the Road;” and the Practical Marlinspike Seamanship Demonstration requirement of 46 CFR 12.405(c). This Able Bodied Seaman course does not meet any written or practical examination requirement for lifeboatman.

Upon completion of instruction and examinations, each student shall have a good understanding of the subjects in 46 CFR 12.405, and be proficient in knot tying. The level of understanding will be at least equal to the standard for passing the Coast Guard examination given in the Regional Examination Centers. Provided the candidate meets all other qualification requirements for the requested endorsement, those who pass all examinations with satisfactory scores will be considered to have demonstrated that they possess the knowledge required by 46 CFR 12.405 for this endorsement.

The examinations will consist of questions regarding:

  • Nautical  terms
  • Use of the compass for navigation
  • Running lights
  • Passing signals
  • Fog signals
  • Distress signals
  • Handling the wheel by obeying helmsman’s orders
  • Knowledge and use of the engine room telegraph
  • Pollution laws and regulations
  • Procedures for discharge, containment and cleanup
  • Methods for disposal of sludge and waste material from cargo and fueling operations

Recommended Study Material:
American Merchant Seaman’s Manual; 7th Edition William B. Hayler, Editor in Chief John M. Keever, Associate Editor 2003, 672 pp. Cornell Maritime Press/Tidewater Publishers P.O. Box 456 Centreville MD 21617 410-758-1075 800-638-7641