Join us this summer for GulfQuest’s Summer Maritime Academy program! Activities related to the theme “Celebrations and Shipwrecks” will be taught in the museum's classrooms. Cadets will also visit and experience GulfQuest exhibits related to the theme and hear from special guest speakers. Our cadets are led by GulfQuest Educators in a safe and secure learning environment. A snack will be provided daily; cadets will need to bring a lunch.


  • Weekly academies run Monday-Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • 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. Cadets will have the opportunity to order from the Galley on Friday.
  • Cadets can shop in the gift store on Friday.
  • Registration ends when the camp is full.


  • JUNE 12TH- JUNE 16TH
  • JUNE 26TH- JUNE 30TH
  • JULY 10TH- JULY 14TH

Celebrations and Shipwrecks!

Hablas espanol? Parlez-vous Francais? Or how about a British Tea time? Cadets in our Maritime Academies will join the State of Alabama in celebrating the kick-off of its three year Bicentennial Celebration by learning about the native and colonial cultures on the Gulf Coast. Cadets will celebrate with language lessons and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) inspired exercises as they learn about the history and culture of the people who came before us. Cadets will explore and experiment with the methods used by archaeologists below the surface of the sea as they recover artifacts from shipwrecks…. And these are just a few of the exciting activities cadets will experience this summer! Activities will be grade-level appropriate.


  • Explorer Class: entering 1st - 3rd grades
  • Journey Class: entering 4th - 6th grades


One Child: $170.00
Sibling Rate: $150.00

One Child: $190.00
Sibling Rate: $170.00
Prices include one t-shirt. Additional shirts can be ordered for $10.00 each.


Maximum class size: 15

Register by phone: 251-436-8901 (If by phone, please have the following information ready):

  • Cadet name, entering grade, age
  • Parent/guardian name
  • Address, phone number, email address
  • GulfQuest Membership number (if applicable)
  • Academy dates
  • Payment (full payment due at time of registration)

Click the link below to print and complete the registration and permission forms

  2. Register by email: return by email to no later than the Friday at 3:00pm before your child's Academy date.
  3. Register in person: bring completed forms to the main desk in the Lobby at GulfQuest no later than 3:00pm the Friday before your child's Academy date. No postal mail, please.
  4. Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation along with other important Academy details.
  5. Cancellation policy: For a full refund, you must give one week's notice.
  6. If you have specific questions about the academies, email us at, or call: 251-436-8901


When a sailor deserted his ship, he might do so by jumping into a boat or into the water in the dark of night. Now, when someone abandons a job, leaving others to do the work, they have "jumped ship."