Galileo Maritime Academy

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Galileo Maritime Academy is a dedicated training facility for those looking to get a start in the maritime industry, along with professional seafarers already engaged in the merchant shipping, offshore oil & gas, cruise line and superyacht industries. We are accredited by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of the UK Department for Transport (MCA) and approved to issue MCA Certificates of Proficiency to seafarers.

Our training facilities are arranged around our Crew Residence as a campus within the 200 acres of Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket, Thailand. These facilities include our MNTB and IMO compliant Fire Training School, a 3 metre deep in-Water Survival Pool, the School of Marine Engineering, Medical Centre, Culinary Arts School and Survival Craft and Rescue Boats facility.

Each month we provide 20 MCA courses covering basic STCW 2010, the STCW Refresher courses and advanced courses such as Advanced Fire Fighting, Medical Care, Survival Craft and Rescue Boats, Fast Rescue Boats, Approved Engine Course, Efficient Deckhand Course, Barge Supervisor, Balast Control and Ship Stability courses. In addition we provide Crowd Management, Disaster Prevention, Incident Management and Ship Security courses.

The Galileo Campus and Headquarters is located just 10 minutes from Phuket International Airport, within the 200 acre site of Yacht Haven Marina, the largest Superyacht marina in the Asia Pacific.

The campus consists of a modern student residence which houses 15 twin en-suite rooms set beside the 3 metre deep survival pool. As well as accommodation the residence also houses state-of-the-art training rooms, meeting rooms, a recreation room and hospitality training facilties. As the residence is strategically placed in the middle of the campus it means that all other training facilities and the sea front jetties are just a few minutes walk away.

Full board residence packages and transportation services are available.

STCW Training Centers

Galileo Maritime Academy have their training center located in Phuket, Thailand.

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Customer Reviews

Galileo Maritime Academy reviews as published on Google:

  • kailash thapa

    kailash thapa

    Average rating: 3 months ago

    Great tutor, helping staff and excellent facilities. I would comeback for any other training in future.

  • Helcio Melo

    Helcio Melo

    Average rating: 4 months ago

    Surely I recommend. Galileo Academy is beyond expectations. High quality facilities, well prepared and friendly professionals combined with the nice atmosphere, makes it a perfect environment for training. Keep it up! Thanks!

  • Rory Lalor

    Rory Lalor

    Average rating: 4 months ago

    Recently did my stcw refresher here. First time I did this was at a different school in Phuket in 2015. I noticed a much higher standard of training this time around. Tom the Filipino trainer is a good teacher. Certification (for stcw) is legit and they are listed in the MCA list if you check.
    No double pricing for Thais/foreigners that I could see. Something that is a real turn off.
    Facilities are great. Basically new. Plus they have made a replica multi level boat fire scenario from shipping containers.
    Negatives are hard to find. If I was to be overly critical I might suggest a better provided meal for the price you pay.
    Anyway, a legitimate training facility in lovely surroundings.

  • David Fleming

    David Fleming

    Average rating: 3 weeks ago

    Very professionally delivered training, great trainers and very good facilities.

  • Hamish Brewer

    Hamish Brewer

    Average rating: a week ago

    Knowledgeable and friendly team in nice facilities. A good experience.

  • James Foster

    James Foster

    Average rating: January 23, 2020

    Top quality maritime academy located on Phuket. They offer a variety of courses which are well organised and catered for. There is the option to stay at their on-campus accommodation (clean, convenient fully catered) or to find your own accommodation nearby.

    The instructors and staff are accommodating and friendly and the facilities are top-notch: rescue boats, motorboat, (on land) galley, a warehouse with a number of engines (for dismantling and rebuilding), a recreation room, living quarters, fire rooms (with fairly new fire fighting equipment for firefighting practice), pool and much more.

    The food provided is delicious. However, there are also some nice restaurants within walking distance.

    The location is ideal: not far from the airport, on the marina and surrounded by beauty!

    All in all, everything is to a high standard and provided for. The rest of your experience is what you (and your teammates) make of it.

  • Davina Pickering

    Davina Pickering

    Average rating: December 20, 2019

    Impressive professional set up with friendly team members. Beautiful location

  • Dany Longbow

    Dany Longbow

    Average rating: November 29, 2019

    2 days off shore...competent teachers...friendly crew on well maintained and equipped powerboats...ship ahoy

  • Torsten Lechler

    Torsten Lechler

    Average rating: November 18, 2019

    Nice training centre north of Phuket, qualified and friendly staff running you through the training

  • Michael Johnston

    Michael Johnston

    Average rating: November 8, 2019

    I recently attended GMA to do some refresher courses for my British Master Class1 CoC. The courses were excellent. The staff were very professional and the courses succinct and to the point.
    The facilities for the courses were excellent as was the accommodation and meals. The location was not too bad either.
    I will definitely be returning, and would recommend GMA to anyone looking to update their CoC's or further their continuous professional development (CPD).
    Thank you to everyone at GMA.

  • Francesco Gigliotti

    Francesco Gigliotti

    Average rating: November 7, 2019

    Everything was exactly as expected .... Tom and Shameine are two professionals (they have been on board for a long time and "they know of what they are talking about" - you know what I mean -) The crew helping them are very nice people capable of making you feel at home .... the Owner, Anthony, will introduce you to the secret of the vessels design , tell you story of the origin of the terminology commonly used nowadays and help you out promoting yourself optimizing your CV for the position you aspire to fullfil in this industry ..... Everything for me was worth every single € I've spent and the reason why I say this it's because I'm commenting this post sit in my first yacht "Mess" area ..... Ready for my first trip as a crew member after only few weeks from the end of my courses..... And check my age because I'm not a spring chicken anymore ..... Thank you GALILEO with all my heart

  • Christopher Tyson

    Christopher Tyson

    Average rating: November 7, 2019

    An excellent STCW 2010 course run by very experienced and competent personnel. The classes were conducted in a fun but serious manner, with the primary Trainers displaying an approachable but professional attitude. This, along with the STCW having MCA accreditation, I highly recommend studying at GMA. You won't be disappointed.

    Be prepared for a difficult fire fighting practical with full kit including BA set. There's no garden hose here!

    Special thanks to Tom, Shermaine, the Thai assistant trainers, and staff at the Academy.

  • Bonus Vita

    Bonus Vita

    Average rating: March 6, 2019

    Waste of money. There's no help at all to find a job after training and to be honest it a pretty basic training. You don't really learn that much. I don't recommend it.

  • Martin Graaskov

    Martin Graaskov

    Average rating: January 13, 2019

    If you live in SE Asia and need MCA approved STCW courses then this is the place to come. I completed STCW basic and advanced refresher courses here in December 2018. Facilities and staff all very good. Much cheaper than going back to the UK and I brought my family along and had a very nice break in Phuket too!

  • Marcé Theron

    Marcé Theron

    Average rating: November 3, 2018

  • Kan Nutakul

    Kan Nutakul

    Average rating: September 23, 2018

  • Nelis Bakker

    Nelis Bakker

    Average rating: April 11, 2018

    It's not real position of the Academy, hoop they remove it because taxi bring you there and before you are at the actual place you've been driving around for an hour. Real time 10 min from airport in the Yacht Haven.

  • Filippo Macciò

    Filippo Macciò

    Average rating: January 9, 2018

  • Alejandro Tracyraeder

    Alejandro Tracyraeder

    Average rating: October 18, 2017

    I studied STCW course at Galileo and was extremely impressed with the professionalism and knowledge of the staff and instructors. Highly recommended!

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