What is the difference between Lifeboatman and Lifeboatman - Limited?

Understand what sets Lifeboatman and Lifeboatman Limited apart, and which certification is right for your maritime career.

2 mins read・Apr 20, 2022
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Lifeboatman is for vessels equipped with lifeboats as well as liferafts, rescue boats, and other survival equipment while Lifeboatman - Limited is for vessels that only have liferafts, rescue boats, and other survival equipment.

According to 46 CFR 10.107:

This means that if you are going to work on a vessel that has lifeboats such as the ones below you need to hold a Lifeboatman.

If you are working on vessels that only have lifecrafts, rescue boats, and other survival equipment then you only need Lifeboatman - Limited.

We recommend checking with your employer on what type of Lifeboatman they need you to have.

How many sea days in the deck department do I need for my Lifeboatman?

The sea service requirements for Lifeboatman and Lifeboatman - Limited are dependant on if you've taken an USCG approved Course.

USCG Approved Course?

Sea Days Required

With a USCG Approved Lifeboatman or Lifeboatman - Limited Course

180 Sea Days in any department on any vessel on any waters

No USCG Approved Course

360 Sea Days in any department on any vessel on any waters

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Nate Gilman
Nate Gilman

Nate has over 15 years of professional maritime experience and has hawsepiped his way to a 3rd Mate Unlimited Endorsement with full STCW compliance. He is proud veteran of the NOAA Commissioned Corps.

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