Summer Maritime Academies


Welcome to summer maritime academies, 2019!


Join us for GulfQuest's Summer 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

summer maritime academies 

June 10-14:  Reel Adventure!

Lights! Camera! Action!
Have you ever wondered about the JAWS of an apex predator? Or how GILLIGAN and the captain were SURIVORS on the island? And how did AQUAMAN breathe underwater? During this exciting week of Academy cadets will take some of our favorite nautical adventures from the big screen and dive in a little deeper to the details behind the stories! This academy is perfect for the movie connoisseur who loves, science, literature, art, and history! It will be a REEL ADVENTURE for all!


June 24-28:  Surfin' Safari

Let’s turn up the volume and put on our dancing shoes! Cadets will stay busy learning about the animated residents UNDER THE SEA in the Gulf of Mexico! The fun will continue into the estuary of Mobile Bay as cadets discover the other babies that grow up with BABY SHARK in our bay! The BEACH BOYS will inspire a surfin’ STEM project, and cadets will troubleshoot the litter issues our community faces UNDER THE BOARDWALK! Come SAIL AWAY with us for a week of fun!


July 8-12:  Lost in Literature

Let your imagination run wild in this Academy! Cadets will dive between the pages of the greatest adventures ever published to discover new and exciting ideas! Captain Ahab and Moby Dick introduce conservation and mammals, while Captain Nemo and the Nautilus take us on an underwater adventure in a submarine! Robinson Crusoe and Fritz Robinson will tutor cadets on ingenuity and survival, and Long John Silver will share an impressive story about buccaneers and buried treasure! During this week in Academy cadets will be challenged with creative art projects, challenging STEM activities, and fun in the exhibits!

Summer 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 Amy Raley, Education Manager.

Summer Registration Form - Click here


To succeed, we must learn how a job is done. Sailors must learn each rope by heart. Untying the wrong one could cause a catastrophe. This knowledge was so important that honorable-discharge papers were once marked "knows the ropes."