The Able Seaman course will assist qualified candidates for all Able Seaman (AB) grades. Course includes considerable text material, numerous illustrations, some essay-type questions and answers. Most multiple-choice questions and answers are taken from the latest Coast Guard exam questions. Questions are separated by subject and ranked in ascending order of difficulty. The current version of the Able Seaman course consists of four books: Able Seaman Volume 1, Able Seaman Volume 2, Navigation Rules, and Lifeboatman.
Able Seaman Book 1 contains the following chapters: Introduction to Able Seaman and Lifeboatman Certification; Basic Principles of Watchkeeping; Nautical Terms and Ship Construction; Marlinspike Seamanship, Purchases, and Safe Work Practices; Anchoring, Mooring & Line Handling; Maneuvering and Handling; Fires, Firefighting & Fire Prevention.