Trinidad & Tobago selects Portofino University, JAX Consultants to conduct training at new $40 million National Aquatic Center

Jacksonville, Fla., October 3, 2016 – Portofino University, a subsidiary of Portofino Pool Services & Outdoor Living, Jacksonville, Fla., has been retained as a consultant to conduct advanced pool operation and maintenance training in Trinidad and Tobago. “All island commercial and residential aquatic facility managers, operators, technicians, contractors and owners are welcome to attend,” announced Jack Manilla, President and Founder of Portofino University.

The brand new $40 million National Aquatic Center in Couva, Trinidad is nearing construction completion and there is a good possibility the November 2016 classes will be held there. The new Aquatic Centre will be the only one of its kind throughout the Caribbean. It features a 50-meter competition pool, a 50-meter outdoor warm-up pool, and a 25-meter diving facility. The addition of the new facility will allow Trinidad & Tobago to attract a variety of international aquatic events and develop new national water sports teams, as the facility is designed to meet the International Federation for Aquatic Sports (FINA) requirements.

This is not the first time Manilla has been called upon to provide services to the island nation. In 2013, Portofino was retained by the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Sports to establish swimming pool health and safety standards and to train and certify pool operators. Previously, he conducted a live classroom 16-hour course followed by on-site, hands-on training for all participants at multiple pools located throughout the island. All 18 participants passed and were officially recognized as Certified Pool Operators, CPO®.

“It keeps getting better. We are thrilled to possibly be of one the first to conduct training courses at the new National Aquatic Center in Couva, Trinidad,” said Manilla. “I am looking forward to returning to the country to once again provide my services to help make Trinidad & Tobago pool operators the very best in the Caribbean. This year we will be presenting the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP®) 24-hour Certified Maintenance Specialist Course.”

Manilla will be assisted by Anthony M. Butler, Sr., National Director & Founder of E3 Business Group, Inc. who will present two additional business seminars: “So You Think You’re an Entrepreneur?™” and “Customer Service – The E3 Way.”


About Portofino University

Founded in Jacksonville, FL in 2005, Portofino University provides certification courses and training for commercial and residential aquatic facility managers, operators, technicians, contractors and owners. Portofino University teaches the application of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) principles in relation to the world of aquatics. Courses are offered both online and in live classrooms. Portofino training consultants have traveled throughout North America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. Visit

About Portofino Pool Services & Outdoor Living

Portofino Pool Services & Outdoor Living maintains, repairs and remodels commercial and residential outdoor and aquatic environments. Portofino also sells and installs pool equipment. An American, privately owned company, it is one of the largest pool service contractors in Florida, serving the northeast area of the state. Portofino is headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. For more information, visit

About APSP

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit or the Association’s consumer site,

About NSPF

The National Swimming Pool Foundation is non-profit organization whose mission is to increase aquatic activity through education and research. NSPF aims to make a difference by making pools safer, keeping pools open, and attracting more people to use pools, spas and aquatic facilities. They offer the world’s leading NSPF and Genesis educational products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. As a 501(c)(3), proceeds from their educational products fund research and help create swimmers through the Step into Swim campaign with a goal to create 1 million more swimmers within 10 years. To learn more, please visit, email, or call 719-540-9119.