Maritime Academies


Welcome to maritime academies!


Join us for GulfQuest's Maritime Academies! All rising 1st-6th graders are eligible! Academy activities related to each theme will be taught in the museum's classrooms. The curriculum for each Academy has strong STEM components, mixed in with art, music, and fun! During Academies cadets will also visit and experience GulfQuest exhibits related to the Academy's theme each day, and hear from special guest speakers. Our Academies are led by GulfQuest Educators in a safe and secure learning environment. A snack will be provided daily; campers will need to bring a lunch.

Ship's Log (Important info)

  • Weekly Academies run Monday-Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Rising 1st-6th graders are eligible.
  • Parent/guardian signs cadet in/out each day in GulfQuest lobby
  • Drop-off/pick-up details included in registration confirmation
  • Cadets bring own lunch; GulfQuest will provide a snack
  • Registration remains open until Academy is filled


Academy Prices
$100.00/$75.00 for each additional child
$140.00/$100.00 for each additional child

Boarding Pass (Registration Information)

  • Maximum class size: 15
  • Minimum class size: 8 (If class registration does not meet minimum, class will be cancelled and you will be notified one week in advance.)
  • Register by phone: 251-436-8901 (If by phone, please have the following information ready):
    • Cadet name, age, current grade
    • Parent/guardian name
    • Address, phone number, email address
    • GulfQuest Membership number (if applicable)
    • Academy dates
    • Payment (full payment due at time of registration)
  • Register by email: download and complete the registration form (below) and return by email to
  • Register in person: download and complete the registration form (below) and bring to Visitor Services at GulfQuest. No postal mail, please.
  • Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation along with other important Academy details.
  • Cancellation policy: For a full refund, you must give one week's notice.
  • If you have specific questions about the Academies, email or call the Education department.



We "grease the skids" to get something accomplished. When a new ship is ready to launch from inclined shipways, grease is used to overcome weight and inertia. On greased skids, a large vessel will slide easily into the water.