Galileo Maritime Academy

Superyacht Career Entry Courses

Discover how you can build your very own successful superyacht career while traveling the world in luxury and style!

Develop new skills & meet new people
Enjoy excellent earning potential
Experience unlimited travel opportunities

As with taking the first steps in any career, having a thorough knowledge of the particular industry, a strong education in the necessary skills required in your first role along with a good understanding of the potential paths of progression are all essential.

With Galileo Maritime Academy Superyacht Career Entry courses, we prepare our crew graduates to confidently enter the superyacht industry. This is achieved through ensuring that each graduate receives a world class practical training experience and the gold standard of maritime certifications, delivered by passionate and professional instructors with years of industry experience at our state-of-the-art training facility located in Phuket Yacht Haven Marina.

The Training Programs & Certifications

Galileo Superyacht Career Entry courses start at just 48,500thb with our 8 day Fast Track training program through to 15 day full career certification option. There is a range of choice for you depending on the areas that you intend to specialize in as well as having the time and budget that suits your lifetime goals.

On this page you can find more information about each of the certificates available, and how these benefit your career in the long term as well as being sought after by captains who are looking for skilled and capable crew members.

8 Day Fast Track
10 Day Essential Training
15 Day Fully Certified

8 Day Fast Track Program

Duration: 8 Days

Price: 48,500 THB

This course is designed to provide graduates with the mandatory qualifications required to apply for their first job on board a superyacht.

This career entry package includes:

MCA STCW 2010 Certificate of Proficiency

– Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF)
– Elementary First Aid (EFA)
– Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
– Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR)
– Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA)

Galileo Powerboat, Tender and Ribmaster
Food Hygiene Level 2 (FHL2) Certification

Please note that the price for the 8 Day Fast Track Program does not include accommodation that is included as part of the 10 and 15 day training options.

10 Day Essential Training

Duration: 10 Days

Price: 88,000 THB

This course is designed to provide graduates with the qualification they will need to begin on a specific career path as a Deckhand, Steward/Stewardess, Engineer or Chef. Inclusive of the Galileo residence package, a crew environment is created for the trainees enrolled, living and studying at our headquarters for the duration of their course.

MCA STCW 2010 Certificate of Proficiency

– Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF)
– Elementary First Aid (EFA)
– Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
– Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR)
– Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA)

Galileo Powerboat, Tender and Ribmaster
Food Hygiene Level 2 (FHL2) Certification

Plus your choice of either:

Steward/Stewardess Certificate of Proficiency
Deckhand Certificate of Proficiency
MCA Engine Course Level 1 (AEC1)

This program does also include accommodation and meals for the duration of your training valued at 1,600thb/night

15 Day Essential Training

Duration: 15 Days

Price: 130,000 THB

This course is designed to provide graduates with everything they need to stand out from the crowd when interviewing for their first role on board, by covering multiple proficiencies as a Deckhand, Steward/Stewardess, Engineer or Chef.

Inclusive of the Galileo residence package, a crew environment is created for the trainees enrolled, living and studying at our headquarters for the duration of their course.

With invaluable career guidance provided by our experienced team of instructors, this course has been the platform off which most of our crew graduates careers have been launched.

MCA STCW 2010 Certificate of Proficiency

– Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF)
– Elementary First Aid (EFA)
– Personal Survival Techniques (PST)
– Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR)
– Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA)

Galileo Powerboat, Tender and Ribmaster
Food Hygiene Level 2 (FHL2) Certification

Plus your choice of either:

Steward/Stewardess Certificate of Proficiency
Deckhand Certificate of Proficiency

or

Deckhand Certificate of Proficiency
MCA Engine Course Level 1 (AEC1)

This program does also include accommodation and meals for the duration of your training valued at 1,600thb/night

Get Everything You Need for
Your Superyactht Career

About The Training

What is the MCA STCW Qualification

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978 sets minimum qualification standards for masters, officers and watch personnel on seagoing merchant ships and large yachts.

The prerequisite for working on any maritime vessel over 24 meters begins with the STCW 2010 Course, consisting of 5 separate modules. As our network of industry partner superyachts and recruitment agencies consist exclusively of vessels over 24 metres, it is mandatory to first have this qualification before application for your first job onboard.

For those not holding an STCW 2010 certificate already, we offer the highest caliber of STCW 2010 training courses available in the world, conducted using state-of-the-art facilities and equipment all accredited by the British Government Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). The MCA STCW is widely considered the gold standard of STCW certifications available and recognized in 174 International Maritime Organization (IMO) states. It includes the following modules:

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF)

This module deals with the necessary precautions to minimize the risk of fires aboard ship. It examines how fires are caused and the proper means of extinguishing them. The course includes practical training in the use of fire-fighting equipment and the use of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for fire fighting and rescue. The practical live fire fighting training takes place in the Galileo fire training facility and in our IMO/MNTB model fire ship.

Elementary First Aid (EFA)

This module is a mixture of theory and practical sessions offering essential knowledge on how to provide immediate basic medical care at the scene of an accident or other medical emergency.

Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR)

This classroom based module provides basic induction training in safety procedures and accident prevention, and to familiarize novice crew with the employment conditions and working environment onboard.

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF)

This module provides knowledge of essential prevention and survival techniques, including theory and practice sessions, investigating causes of distress, knowledge and use of equipment, launch and recovery of life rafts, preparation for survival, personal survival skills and use of search and rescue organisations. Exercises are carefully supervised and can be undertaken by non-swimmers.

Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA)

This module is for crew who do not have designated security duties, but must still be aware of key security issues, such as : threats to the maritime transport industry, maritime security definitions, security roles and responsibilities, company and ship security requirements, security threat levels and security measures and procedure.

Career Path Options

Specific Module Information

Deckhand Course

Designed by Galileo to provide each graduate with the knowledge, skills and practical on board experience to undertake all the responsibilities of a Deckhand working on a luxury Superyacht.

Practical experience at sea in each of the following areas

  • Docking, undocking and mooring a yacht
    Basic seamanship, basic navigation and chart work
  • Safe working practices and anchor handling
  • Proficiency in Personal Watercraft
    Proficiency in Small Boats and Tenders
  •  Proficiency in Rescue Boats Operation and Control
  • Exterior cleaning, care and maintenance
Approved Engine Course Level 1 (AEC 1)

The MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC1) is aimed at giving a wide and general appreciation of basic marine diesel mechanics and electrics and also an understanding of the Chief Engineer’s responsibilities.

  • Principles of the operation of a marine diesel engine
  • Performing fundamental system preventative maintenance
  • Diagnose and determine cause of engine failures and effectively implement repairs
  • Practical experience on how to safely operate a marine diesel engine
  • Practical experience on performing a marine diesel start-up and shut-down procedures
  • Basic marine electrical system measurements and marine ancillary equipment
  • Practical experience on performing a marine diesel engine operations
  • Engine operator responsibilities and knowledge with International Maritime regulations
  • HSE standards and upkeep of maintenance records
Food Hygiene Level 2 Course
The Food Hygiene Level 2 course provides trainees with knowledge of basic food safety practice as well as the hazards and risks to food safety. The course content follows the Food Standards Agency.
  • Personal and kitchen hygiene
  • Risk assessment and control measures
  • Food temperature control and its importance.
  • Cross-contamination risks
  • Food hazards and how to avoid them
  • Basic navigation, buoyage, chart work and small vessel ECDIS
Steward/Stewardess Course

Designed by Galileo to provide each graduate with the knowledge, skills and experience to undertake all the responsibilities of a steward/stewardess working on a luxury Superyacht.

  • Interior cleaning, care and maintenance
  • Barista training
  • Silver service training
  • Wine handling and service
  • Cocktail making and mixology
  • Floral arrangement and presentation
  • Laundry and garment care

 

Powerboat, Tender and Ribmaster Course

This course provide each trainee with practical knowledge, experience and skills for safe boat handling as required by competent crew for powerboats, tenders and RIBS of less than 10 metre length.

  • Driving, control and docking of vessels less than 10 metres
  • Fenders and ropework for docking and mooring
  • Anchoring, ropes, chains and anchor types
  • Safety on board, man over board drills, command and control responsibilities
  • VHF equipment, communications and look out duty
  • Weather, safety equipment and planning
  • Engine start/stop, trim, fuel and electrical systems up to 250 HP
  • Basic navigation, buoyage, chart work and small vessel ECDIS

What To Expect

Galileo Training Experiences

Jet Ski Riding

Part of our Superyacht Career Entry Personal Water Craft module will give you the chance to learn to jet ski, next to the beautiful mangroves of Mai Khao located right on the doorstep of Galileo Maritime Academy.

Island Adventures

Explore Phang Nga bay and the hundreds of islands located within. This exciting day out is part of your Superyacht Career Entry course. Learning how to navigate your way through this tropical landscape is an experience like no other.

Hands On Training

Our practical hands-on-training on board Superyachts located at Phuket Yacht Haven Marina will give you the opportunity to get a feel for what its like to be a crew member for the day.

 

Night Markets

A trip to Phuket is not complete without a visit to the vibrant night markets. Whether you want to pick up some gifts or try some of the local cuisine, this an experience in itself.

 

Beach Sessions

Take some time to visit the stunning Nai Yang beach after your course is completed, just 15 minutes away from the academy. A renowned spot for superyacht crew to go and mingle in the evening after a day in the office.

VIP Transport

Wherever you want to visit, travel in style with Galileo’s very own VIP minivan transport service. Available at great rates for Galileo students and the perfect way to embark on any Phuket adventure.

Wake-board & Water-skiing

Learn to not only waterski and wakeboard yourself, but to be able to teach others. Another part of gaining the skills to work onboard a Superyacht that is always remembered fondly by our crew trainees.

Exotic Food & Drinks

No maritime experience in the tropics is complete without enjoying an authentic beach lunch with your fellow crew trainees

Rescue Boat Sessions

Learning to pilot the fast rescue boat is a hair raising experience. Pilot her through the shallow waters of the mangroves and maneuver through the amazing seascape found outside Phuket Yacht Haven Marina, where Phang Nga bay meets the Indian Ocean.

 

Private Swimming Pool

Don’t forget that Galileo Maritime Academy has its very own swimming pool, perfect for you to cool down and relax after a great day out at sea, or learning to fight fires as part of your basic security and safety training.

Fine Dining

The Yacht Haven Deck restaurant, just a few hundred meters away from the Galileo crew residence and in of one of Asia’s largest Superyacht marinas. With a broad western and Thai menu, this is a great place to enjoy some great dishes while planning your career path.

 

Private Games Room

Galileo Maritime Academy’s recreation room provides a fantastic view over Phuket Yacht Haven Marina, which can be enjoyed after a day of training with a game of pool or while kicking back and watching a movie.