Lifeboatman & Lifeboatman Limited: National


The Lifeboatman credential allows the holder to serve in the capacity of lifeboatman on any US vessel when the manning so requires.


NMC Checklist for Lifeboatman
CFR Reference: 46 CFR 12.407, 12.409

RECENCY: No requirement for recency.


DECK EXAMINATION GUIDE: ESS 7-1, 7-3. At this link, you will find two Deck Examination Guides.  If your qualifying service for the license began before March 24, 2014, you may opt to be examined under the procedures of the old Deck Examination Guide.  The old guide’s examinations are significantly less difficult in most cases than the new guide’s.

To Apply for the Credential

Application Procedure

 Credential Assistance

If you need help determining your eligibility or completing your application, please email us at Credential Assistance.