Galileo Maritime Academy

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Galileo Maritime Academy is a dedicated training facility for those looking to get a start in the superyacht world and maritime industry. We also provide updating and advanced training to professional seafarers already engaged in the merchant shipping, offshore sector, 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.

Galileo Maritime Academy has been training superyacht crew and other professional seafarers since 2014.

Our purpose built campus lays within the 200 acres of Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket, Thailand; the largest superyacht marina in S.E. Asia. These facilities include our MNTB and IMO compliant Fire Training School, a 3 metre deep Survival Pool, the School of Marine Engineering, Medical Centre, Deckhand training facilities and Interior Skills School. Afloat our training training fleet includes a 14m twin screw motor yacht, 15m 250hp Fast Rescue Boat RIB, Jetskis, tenders, and a Survival Craft and Rescue Boats facility.

We provide 20 MCA courses covering Basic & Advanced STCW 2010, the STCW Basic & Advanced updating 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. In addition we provide a full range of courses designed specifically for superyacht career entry - Deck, Interior, Engine.

The main campus consists of a modern student residence which houses 12 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 marina jetties are just a few minutes walk away.

All our Superyacht career entry programs now include accomodation and all meals with the ‘GALILEO RESIDENCE PACKAGE’. A unique crew environment in our comfortable on-campus accommodation. You will live, study, dine, and socialise with your course mates for the duration of your course – just like yacht life!

Or see our website for an unbeatable offer of a Double Deluxe Room or Pool Villa in our favourite 5 Star Beach Hotel - exclusive to our students.

'Why not combine your next maritime course with a holiday in Phuket, Thailand"

STCW Training Centres

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

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Customer Reviews

Galileo Maritime Academy reviews as published on Google:

  • Peter Harrison

    Peter Harrison

    Average rating: 2 months ago

    Course instruction was a good standard, meeting the requirements for updating knowledge, and refreshing the practical skills for applying treatments. In addition, the Academy is in a great location.

  • Barbarossa


    Average rating: 2 months ago

    I been in the yachting industry for 2 decades, I never seen any training school lack of education& communication and knowledge from top the bottom and failing equipment.words are not enough to describe .. dealing with them feels like banging your head against to wall save a headache and money .. and i am not only one , ppl scare to comment because they based around here and they have no other places to go .(edit: it amazing they never replied your mails, phones to ignore you best but reply this comment in few hours.. no need to look like you do care because you all know you dont )

  • Liam


    Average rating: 2 months ago

    Completed the STCW and Deckhand courses here they are very well run, very professional and organised with good content for the courses specifically, the yachting industry and Phuket in general. Always happy to help you with anything you asked
    I’d happily do courses here again

  • Helmi Rahman

    Helmi Rahman

    Average rating: 8 months ago

    The Galileo academy is one of the finest i have been so far, everyone had made my stay there so accommodating. From Shemaine who had administered my course, Cpt Clive for his patience to guide us on the course, his dedication to share all his knowledge and experiences were just priceless. Noah, for all the assistance and his wonderful food onboard, the cook lady for her delicious thai meals, Thomas for making delicious dinner, Paul for supporting and everybody else that i met along the way.

    I wish all of you the best and I certainly will come back for more courses later on! So not a goodbye but i shall see you soon!

  • Craig C

    Craig C

    Average rating: 2 weeks ago

    Did Fast rescue craft course here very professionally run and made it interesting to learn. All the staff were great.

  • John Lam

    John Lam

    Average rating: 27 May 2023

    What more can I say 5 ***** stars. I have completed many courses of the years and this is the best, bar none.... Shemaine and Tom are expectational operators and attention to detail to accommodate students requirements. The staff members who assisted with administration, teaching, preparing meals and behind the scenes need to be applauded for all their outstanding efforts to making this a great academy. I would like to personally thank, Noah who assisted with a lot of our training. He has a great work ethic and attitude, he is an assist to this company :)

  • Sabrina Franck

    Sabrina Franck

    Average rating: 22 May 2023

    I did my stewardess and Stcw course at the end of April and lived on campus. The facilities are amazing! Especially the staff, Shemaine, Tommy, Paul and Noah were all so so friendly. Along with Chesca too! If staying in, the food they provide is delicious. Will definitely recommend anyone and everyone to this place!

  • Micheal Lynch

    Micheal Lynch

    Average rating: 10 May 2023

    Galileo Maritime Academy by far exceeds all standards when it comes to meeting the requirements of an MCA STCW training facility.
    It is a true gem located in wonderful surroundings in Phuket.
    The management team and instructors are both professional and meticulous in all areas of STCW training which they provide to each student.
    The food, snacks, soft drinks, cold face towels, shower facilities and towels provided, are the ‘icing on the cake’ while enduring the challenging obstacles of each course.
    Training equipment, fire suits, life jackets , immersion suits etc are well maintained, thoroughly cleaned and laundered after each use.
    Having undergone similar training at facilities in US , UK and India, Galileo Maritime Training Academy exceeds my expectations in ALL areas where knowledge is shared and STCW standards are held in high regard.
    Big thank you to Shemaine, Tom, Paul and all the other staff who work behind the scenes to ensure this facility excels at being the leading International Maritime Academy in Asia Pacific, a title it truly deserves.

  • Dave Taylor

    Dave Taylor

    Average rating: 20 April 2023

    I completed my STCW and powerboat course here at Galileo and had a amazing time doing it! Shemaine and Tom were great teachers. Noah, Paul and all the other staff were top help also. The course is laid out extremely well and enables you to learn and have fun all together. They have great accommodations, swimming pool and recreation room with a pool table also.. Enjoyed everyday spent there. I have to mention Toms cooking aswel, it was delightful. Thank you to the team there. You were awesome! I wish you all the best!

  • Tom Prandle

    Tom Prandle

    Average rating: 8 April 2023

    Had a wonderful experience with amazing training. Staff and instructors were very helpful and friendly. All courses are organised and structured well with great facilities and accommodation.

  • Patrick Rowland

    Patrick Rowland

    Average rating: 8 February 2023

    I would not recommend this school to anyone, their service is bad, poor management, lack of willingness to work, the lady at the front desk is rude and was not helpful at all. I am still waiting for an email from them. I was trying to get some courses done while I am in the marina but they were able to make it impossible. I am glad I did not give them my money for the course.

  • Peter Jacops

    Peter Jacops

    Average rating: 29 January 2023

    Disabled Sailing Thailand Phuket Chapter would like to express our gratitude for the rescue course offered by Galileo Maritime Academy. The course was extremely well organized in all its aspects. Tom our instructor for the day, and his assistants, have demonstrated a high level of professionalism and dedication combined with friendliness. All participants unanimously declared it a very educational day and joined me with gratitude.

  • Aleksa Koljancic

    Aleksa Koljancic

    Average rating: 3 August 2022

    I did the STCW and Deckhand course at Galileo. The staff was super friendly and competent and the facility was great. Shemaine and Tom were great host's. They do their best to make you feel comfortable. I can really recommend this school.

  • Stu Moon

    Stu Moon

    Average rating: 2 August 2022

    Great place for STCW training on the far East which is MCA approved, great staff and great communication before and during the training, high level of training, highly recommended

  • Suchart Upanant

    Suchart Upanant

    Average rating: 24 July 2022

    World class institute for superyacht academy.

  • Lee Hafford

    Lee Hafford

    Average rating: 19 June 2021

    I just spent 4 days at Galileo Academy, i was there to renew 5 STW2010 certificates.
    The academy is set in a beautiful location in the Yacht haven and they have some very nice accommodation for candidates taking courses.
    Everything is well run there and the instructors were very professional, a big thanks to Thomas and Shemaine as they went out of there way to accommodate my needs and time for the courses.
    I highly recommend this academy for any courses you need, and there prices are very competitive compared to other training facility's in Thailand.

  • Arporn Gruadnok

    Arporn Gruadnok

    Average rating: 2 April 2021

    Greatly Facilities, friendly peoples, great foods on accommodations, good foods on 410 sailboat Catamarans, very helpful Skipper, Gunner

  • kailash thapa

    kailash thapa

    Average rating: 18 March 2020

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

  • Helcio Melo

    Helcio Melo

    Average rating: 16 March 2020

    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: 12 March 2020

    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: 22 February 2020

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

  • Hamish Brewer

    Hamish Brewer

    Average rating: 11 February 2020

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

  • James Foster

    James Foster

    Average rating: 23 January 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: 20 December 2019

    Impressive professional set up with friendly team members. Beautiful location

  • Baharudin Bahari

    Baharudin Bahari

    Average rating: 7 December 2019

    Very good maritime academy

  • Dany Longbow

    Dany Longbow

    Average rating: 29 November 2019

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

  • Torsten Lechler

    Torsten Lechler

    Average rating: 18 November 2019

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

  • Michael Johnston

    Michael Johnston

    Average rating: 8 November 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: 7 November 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: 7 November 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: 6 March 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: 13 January 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: 3 November 2018

  • Kan Nutakul

    Kan Nutakul

    Average rating: 23 September 2018

  • Nelis Bakker

    Nelis Bakker

    Average rating: 11 April 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: 9 January 2018

  • Alejandro Tracyraeder

    Alejandro Tracyraeder

    Average rating: 18 October 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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STCW Basic Safety Training (New Entrants)
U.K. MCA Approved STCW 2010 Basic Safety Training
Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR)
Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF)
Elementary First Aid (EFA)
STCW Refresher
Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Firefighting (UPFF)
Updated Proficiency in Advanced Firefighting (UAFF)
Updated Proficiency in Personal Survival Techniques (UPST)
Updated Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than Fast Rescue Boats)
Updated Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats
Updated Proficiency in Medical Care
MCA Approved STCW Basic & Advanced Updating Courses in Thailand
Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF)
Updated Proficiency in Fire Prevention and Firefighting (UPFF)
Updated Proficiency in Advanced Firefighting (UAFF)
Proficiency in Advanced Fire Fighting
Elementary First Aid (EFA)
Updated Proficiency in Medical Care
Medical First Aid at Sea (MFA) Course
Proficiency in Medical Care (PMC)
Life / Rescue Boat
Updated Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than Fast Rescue Boats)
Updated Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats
Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSC&RB)
Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (PFRB)
Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA)
Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) Course
Deck, Bridge, Dynamic Positioning, Navigation
Efficient Deckhand Course (EDH)
Superyachts - Engine
Approved Engine Course Level 1 (AEC 1)
Superyachts - Other courses
10 Day Superyacht Essential Training Program
15 Day Superyacht Career Training Program