Port Townsend Maritime Academy

An initiative of the Port Townsend School District and the Maritime Discovery Schools

Set Your Course for a Maritime Career

Knowledge -- Skills -- Experience

The mission of the Port Townsend Maritime Academy is to train and inspire Washington State's Future Maritime Workforce through innovative, rigorous, and hands-on educational opportunities.

The PTMA serves high school and middle school youth from around the Olympic Peninsula and is a Port Townsend School District Program run in conjunction with West Sound Technical Skills Center, the Northwest Maritime Center, Schooner Adventuress (Sound Experience) and Schooner Martha Foundation.

Registration is now open for the Port Townsend Maritime Academy 2019/2020 School Year! We are pleased to announce enrollment for the new PTMA!

Apply: At West Sound Tech (HERE)

Current Programs:

Now Enrolling for the first class of the Port Townsend Maritime Academy.

    • Open to all area Juniors and Seniors (PT, Chimacum, Quilcene, Poulsbo, and beyond!).
    • West Sound Tech Skills Center Satellite Program held at NW Maritime Center
    • Meets School Year 2019/2020 daily in the morning for 2.5 hours
    • Earn 3 Credits: English Language Arts, CTE, and PE.
    • Earn Coast Guard Credentials, Sail, Boat, work on Job Sites Weekly.
    • More information at: West Sound Tech Maritime

Port Townsend High School Maritime Career and Technical Education Classes (open to all PTHS Students):

    • Vessel Operations - 2nd Period at Port Townsend High School
    • Boatbuilding - 4th Period at Port Townsend High School
    • Maritime Robotics -
    • Maritime Manufacturing - 5th Period at Port Townsend High School

West Sound Tech - Port Townsend Schools - Summer School Programs.

    • Maritime 101: Adventures at Sea Summer Vessel Operations Class. Open to all school districts within WST consortium. Registration Opens on April 15th at West Sound Tech Website: https://www.bremertonschools.org/wstsc

Northwest Maritime Center/Port Townsend School District CTE Classes (open to neighboring school districts).

    • Schooner School is Back! Safety Training, a weekend aboard Schooner Adventuress, field trip to Seattle Maritime Academy and More! Registration is now open: https://goo.gl/forms/3tJRmUXzwIELPp1C3

Maritime Internships and Apprenticeships for High School Students.

      • Summer Internship aboard Schooner Adventuress
      • Summer Internship aboard Schooner Martha
      • Summer Internship at NW Maritime Center


For more information contact kwatson@ptschools.org


Adventures at Sea_for Kelley 2019_8.5x11 (002).pdf
Schooner School 2019 Flyer.pdf

Check out this awesome video of our summer school program aboard the Adventuress! "Adventures at Sea"

This could be you!

Liferaft Pool.MOV

Watch as Schooner School students enter a life raft as part of their Vessel Safety "Drill Conductor Course".


Practice makes proficient.

Watch a real Coast Guard Rescue where these same skills had to be put to the test (not by our students!).

Students in Schooner School and Safety on Ships Courses will earn their USCG Fishing Vessel Safety Drill Conductor Courses. Every commercial fishing vessel by law must have at least one person certified with this... and now you can see why!