Founded in Jacksonville, FL in 2005, Portofino University provides certification courses and training for commercial and residential aquatic facility managers, technicians, contractors and owners. It includes one-on-one technical consulting as well as group training.

Custom classes are available. For more information, please go to our Portofino Pool University website.


Jack Manilla is an international consultant, entrepreneur, instructor, designer, and licensed contractor (#CPC056958).

Jack was retained by the Trinidad Ministry of Sports, a partnership with the Olympic Committee of Trinidad and Tobago, to establish island nation swimming pool maintenance and safety standards. He was also responsible for training and certifying island pool technicians.

Jack was also retained by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to train and certify Asian-Pacific fleet officers and crews on pool/spa operations and safety, during cruises in the western Pacific seas and porting in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

Participants from around the world come to Jacksonville to attend classes through Portofino University – from Europe, the Middle East, Far East, and South America; most recently from Santiago, Chile. Instructors are also periodically  retained to present courses throughout the U.S .