WHO WE ARE

Crew Training Solutions (CTS) was established in 2010 by a small team of maritime professionals from the UK and Italy. We have been providing training courses to the yacht and pleasure boat industry for more than 25 years.

We are a proud member of the International Association of Maritime Institutions, an association of colleges and educational organisations involved in providing training for personnel involved in the Yachting, Merchant Navy, Towing and Fishing Industries.

CTS is approved by International Yacht Training (IYT) Worldwide, the MCA and Marshall Islands Flag to offer a range of training solutions/courses including: STCW Master of Yachts & Code Vessels up to 200GT,  STCW Officer of the Watch, STCW Basic Safety Training, ICC (International Certificate of Competence) Sail & Power and more

In 2020, we opened our second training centre in Spain, in the heart of Palma de Mallorca. Accredited by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA),  International Yacht Training Worldwide (IYT), IAMI and Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA).

Crew Training Solutions is the only MCA ATP (Approved Training Provider) in Italy accredited for STCW Basic Safety Training.

We are also the only official Italy-based SQA centre for UKLAP Grade 1 exams, which is a mandatory requirement for issuing of the UK CeC by the MCA / UK Department for Transport.

Our partners SSY Charter and South Seas Yachting have been providing services including yacht management, sales/brokerage, and charter solutions for more than 25 years.

OUR TEAM

 Our team of yacht training course instructors have more than 225 years’ collective experience in the maritime sector.

All of our instructors are fully qualified, highly-skilled and have extensive experience at sea.

DANILO DEL TUFO Owner / Founder
Danilo is the founder of Crew Training Solutions and SSY Charters Ltd.
Having previously qualified as a lawyer, he brings the mindset needed to drive the business forward and surrounds himself with high-quality, knowledgeable and skilled colleagues - from highly experienced instructors, to diligent support staff.
JON GEDDES Director of Training
Jon joined Crew Training Solutions (CTS) in 2011 to deliver a MCA Master 200GT Oral Prep course and hasn’t looked back.
Alongside Danilo, Jon manages the daily operations of CTS. He is also the Director of Offshore Training Solutions, our UK based partner.
His depth of knowledge often exceeds expectations, and his training delivery style has a unique drive, passion and infectious enthusiasm.
DANILO FLORIO Instructor
Danilo Florio grew up around and on boats.
He previously worked as a deckhand on Motor Yachts for around five years before completing his CoCs with CTS in Naples.
Danilo then went on to shadow our lead instructors before being appointed as an instructor himself.
He has a natural ability to put people at ease and deliver training in a logical and clear way.
FRANCESCO PISA Instructor
With over 30 years’ experience in the yacht and commercial sectors of the maritime industry, Francesco brings a calm and open approach to our courses and can draw down on his experience to ensure our learners achieve their goals.
To this day, he remains active as a Master in command of large charter vessels each summer season.This real-world experience gives our students a real insight into their target roles.
ANGELO FERRARA Instructor
Angelo is a passionate sailor with a vast experience as crew and in command.
Angelo joined the CTS team as a student many years ago and went onto shadow our Director of Training before being appointed by the IYT and MCA as an instructor.
Angelo spends each season sailing as Captain onboard large yachts before returning to support our courses in Naples during winter months.
ANTONIO D'AGOSTINO Instructor & Examiner
Antonio has an extensive background in commercial shipping and Italian cadet training delivery, which affords him the depth of knowledge needed to deliver courses with CTS.
Antonio is recognised as a calm and approachable professional mariner by his students, which makes him the ideal person for the examiner role.