Our Services and Our Team

About Us

Meet Our Team

We are young at heart and enjoy making the learning experience fun, realistic and practical. Galileo’s team of instructors are dedicated professionals in their respective fields of maritime training.

Classroom time is kept to a minimum so there is plenty of time spent in or on the water, at sea in our own training vessels, tenders, life-boats and rescue ribs including training in the school of engineering and our advanced firefighting facilities.

Our instructors are internationally certified and have a world of experience to pass on to you.

Anthony H Gould

Anthony H Gould

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Julius Valladares

Julius Valladares

Director of Training & Internal Audit

Thomas Sebastian

Thomas Sebastian

Chief Instructor - Fire and Survival

Shemaine Sebastian

Shemaine Sebastian

Chief Instructor - Health and Safety

Cian O'Fearghail

Cian O'Fearghail

Business Development Director

Sara Tjernström

Sara Tjernström

Superyacht Careers Advisor

Mary Mardsatool

Mary Mardsatool

Chief Instructor - Service Skills

Alberto Garcia

Alberto Garcia

Chief Instructor - Deck Skills

David Wright

David Wright

Chief Instructor - MCA & EHD Courses

Kanlaya Gould

Kanlaya Gould

Chief Instructor - Beauty & Grooming

Srisuda Sangwan

Srisuda Sangwan

Chief Instructor - Floral Arts & Presentaion

Philip Augustin

Philip Augustin

Chief Instructor – Wine Service & Mixology

Lionel Raiffort

Lionel Raiffort

Culinary Art on Board

Napakkamon Techat

Napakkamon Techat

Finance Manager

Nat Dachthongchai

Nat Dachthongchai

Residence Manager

Laddawan Tongduang

Laddawan Tongduang

Sales Admin. Executive

Want to join the team?

Galileo Instructor Vacancy

We are currently searching for people training instructors with IMO Model 6.09 certification: 

  • STCW: Fire Fighting (Basic & Advanced)
  • Medical and Engineering courses

To apply, please contact us with your resume. 

Our Courses

MCA Accredited 

Galileo provides a wide range of safety, security and first aid courses to meet the needs of superyachts and cruise line, merchant line and oil/gas rig owners, managers and operators. These courses meet and exceed the international standards established by IMO, MNTB, MCA, and ISPS.

Galileo also provides entry-level and advanced skills and service training for the superyacht crew. Superyacht crew courses include exterior deck crew, interior steward and stewardess, combined skills for deckhand/steward or stewardess, and culinary courses for yacht chef and experienced chefs who transition from a land career to an onboard career.

In addition to established courses, Galileo works with client companies to develop training programs that meet their own specific training needs and policies, providing consultancy services and also undertaking on-board security and safety audits with reports and recommendations.

Kickstart your journey

Career Options

It is a fundamental goal at Galileo to assist all our graduates who are starting or developing their careers in the maritime industry with career options and introductions to employer organisations and suitable vessels where they will be able to flourish and enjoy the success they deserve as fully qualified and certified seafarers.

Galileo works with some of the most professional recruitment agencies to ensure graduates a fast and efficient entry into the most rewarding jobs in the industry.

Our client companies and client captains are always eager to interview Galileo graduates because they respect the standards of training Galileo achieves and the MCA certification that owners and their insurers require.

In this respect, our success is measured by the successful careers Galileo graduates embark on and develop.

Professional Guidance

Consultancy Services

Galileo and its partner company, SGS Security Limited, provide consultancy to ship and oil and gas installation owners, managers and operators, in the following areas:

  • Security and Safety Audits
    Onboard and on-site reviews of security and safety arrangements with full reports and recommendations by qualified expert instructors and experienced consultants.
  • Training Course Development
    Galileo works with clients to design and develop training programs to meet the client’s training requirements for safety, security, first aid, fire prevention and fire fighting, protection and anti-piracy / terrorism and human factors. These courses can be delivered on board, on site or at Galileo Maritime Academy.
  • Crew Recruitment
    Galileo is able to undertake client projects to recruit experienced and novice crew to meet client’s requirements and train the crew to the client’s specification and to MCA standards and certification.

Join the team

Work as an Agent 

Galileo employs agents in certain countries who promote the courses of Galileo Maritime Academy to interested groups such as sailing clubs, schools and universities, catering colleges, armed forces resettlement organizations, career advisors, job websites, airline crew, and hospitality staff, etc.

Galileo provides all the necessary digital marketing and print media and the agents work partly through online social media and also in making presentations using Galileo’s video film presentations and brochures.

If you feel that you have the skills and time available for this work, please send us your resume and explain why you are suited and motivated to become an agent for Galileo Maritime Academy.

fRIENDS & colleagues 

Our Partners

Galileo is fortunate to work closely with organizations that bring expertise and excellence to activities that complement Galileo’s vision of becoming the world’s best maritime academy in terms of trainers, training standards and facilities and value for money. 

The organisations we partner with are listed below:

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

The MCA is the United Kingdom government agency responsible for the safety of all shipping and seafarers.

The MCA examines and enforces compliance with IMO and MNTB training standards and procedures for the maritime industry and is widely regarded as the “gold standard” for international certification of shipping and seafarers.

Galileo is the only MCA accredited maritime academy in the Asia Pacific region approved to provide Certificates of Proficiency for 21 STCW courses.

Thanyapura Sports Training Centre

Thanyapura Phuket, Asia’s premier sports destination, offers world-class sports facilities and professional coaching to optimize your potential body, mind, and soul.

Facilities range from Olympic swimming pools, tennis courts, top-class gymnasiums, cushioned running tracks, a health clinic, a Wellness Center, restaurants and Asia’s only sports hotel.

Galileo’s residential maritime academy is located close to Thanyapura and uses their fabulous pools for in-water training, their theatres for lectures and the Sports Hotel when the number of course participants requires.

SGS Security Services

SGS Security Services, offering the highest standard of security training and facilities, is based close-by to Galileo and works with Galileo in providing experience and expertise in maritime and land facility protection and security.

In conjunction with SGS, Galileo provides consultancy for security audits, facilities protection, ant-terrorism and anti-piracy for all types of vessels and oil & gas installations.

DmB Yachting Group

DmB Yachting Group is an international Superyacht recruitment agency specializing in finding and securing the best Superyacht crew globally.

Built on a foundation of industry expertise, the desire to help people succeed and genuine passion for yachting, our proud partnership with DmB expands the avenues available for Galileo crew graduates to find the right placement onboard.

Island Spirit Sailing School 

Established in 2001, Island Spirit is the most experienced yachting company in the Gulf of Thailand. Whether you are looking to learn to sail, charter a yacht, buy or sell a yacht or just looking for in on cruising here in the Gulf, Island Spirit is the place to go.

Their Sailing school operates year-round from their base in Ocean Marina Pattaya and through the partnership with Galileo Maritime Academy, in Phuket as of October 2019.



Anthony H Gould, AFNI FRGS

Anthony has a distinguished career history as CEO and President of international public listed companies across the UK, USA, Asia, and Australia, including transportation, shipping and cargo handling companies. In early 2014 he acquired a substantial holding in Galileo Maritime Academy and has been responsible for the company’s expansion and development as a world class maritime academy. An experienced trans-ocean yachtsman and navigator, Anthony was the Chairman of the Cruising Association (UK) and a long standing member of The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. He has owned several sailing and power yachts and has been a regular contributor to maritime publications.

Yacht Haven Marina

The family behind Yacht Haven Marina, which is the largest superyacht facility in Asia, and several other commercial port and ship yard facilities, shares our vision for the future of maritime training in the Asia Pacific and providing a unique standard of excellence in the region. That vision is fast becoming a reality as Galileo’s facilities at Yacht Haven are quite outstanding and together we are creating a “university campus” style for the Galileo Maritime Academy buildings and specialist schools such as marine engineering, survival craft and rescue boats, advanced fire fighting, in-water survival and security.

Bill O’Leary

Bill is a multi-ticketed professional mariner who arrived in Thailand in 1987 as crew on the famous racer-cruiser “Stormvogel”. He joined Amanresorts at Amanpuri as founder of Amancruises, a major Asian superyacht charter operation. Over a 21 year period he managed more than 60 vessels and trained their crew. He founded pioneering boat building and marine maintenance operations in Phuket and is currently working with the Malaysian Government’s Sovereign Fund, Khazanah Nasional, where he plans and develops luxury yachting facilities, marinas and integrated tourism projects for Johor Bahru and Langkawi. Billo’ is a Thai citizen with his permanent home in Phuket. He is the co-author of The Southeast Asia Pilot.

Hamish Macpherson

Hamish served as a British Petroleum executive in various countries before joining Bank of Butterfield in Bermuda and then Hong Kong, where he specialized in Trusts and Fiduciary Services. He is currently Chairman of Wyvern International, an investment advisory group and served as consultant to several banks in Asia. He manages a private equity portfolio of investments in over 20 international business ventures, including mineral resources in frontier markets in Africa. Hamish holds a BSc degree (Kent) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Kanlaya Gould

Kanlaya studied law at Ramkhamhaeng University and assists with Galileo’s legal affairs. As a qualified beautician and stylist, she is a consultant instructor at Galileo for courses involving personal presentation and grooming.

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