Under the direction of former Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association secretary Pat Leonardo, the Ocean City Sailing Foundation keeps the flame of wind-powered water sports alive. In the Great Egg Harbor Bay, the enthusiastic team of experienced sailors leads classes for beginners, experienced boatsmen, and aspiring racers alike. The foundation prides itself on its small class sizes, with a ratio of one instructor for every four students ensuring individual interaction and enough people for a well-refereed game of doubles tennis should they become marooned with racquets.
Tony Hoffman, a United States Coast Guard licensed captain, brings more than 35 years of fishing experience to his charter boat company. During guided fishing trips, he escorts groups out on the back bays and instructs them in the basics of fishing using on-board rods. The action takes place on the Family Fisherman, a 40-foot pontoon boat equipped with an open-air deck, a state-of-the-art stereo system, and the busts of famous bluefish. Passengers can cast a line at flounder, sea bass, and small sand sharks, enjoying views of the glistening New Jersey bays along the way.
Nimbus Flyboarding's personal watercraft contraptions are pretty much designed for one thing: delivering an adrenaline rush. The jetpack-like devices propel users with a powerful stream of water, sending them diving headlong beneath the water or soaring up to 60 feet in the air to hear the secret songs birds sing when they think they're out of human earshot. Though the whole thing can seem a little overwhelming at first, beginners shouldn't fret: according to the owner of Nimbus Flyboarding, most people pick up the basics within minutes.
Equipped with GPS, radar, and electronic fish-finding technology, you wouldn't think the Capt. Robbins is more than 60 years old. Rainbow Deep Sea Fishing's captain Victor Hartley purchased the storied vessel in 2011 and refurbished it the next year. The acquisition was a homecoming of sorts, as Hartley once worked on the ship as a child. Today, the Capt. Robbins ferries up to 125 passengers on fishing trips off the shores of New Jersey.
Not many restaurants run a jet ski business from the back of the eatery. But De Lazy Lizard Bar and Grill is a unique establishment that also runs Lizard Water Sports, an outdoor water recreation destination dedicated to jet skiing. Here, customers can rent a motorized watercraft to glide across the waters at varying speeds before returning to the restaurant to sample burgers and swap stories about racing dolphins that also rented jet-skis.
The ships that comprise Starlight Fleet's squadron of vessels each transport passengers across the waves on a variety of sea adventures. The Starlight ferries fisherman on four-hour excursions to hook sea bass, flounder, croakers and triggerfish, the captain using sonar, GPS, and a knowledge of the currents to identify prime fishing real estate. The Atlantic Star typically serves as a whale-watching vessel and is kitted out with a snack-filled galley and a touch tank filled with horseshoe crabs and other local sea life.
The company even boasts its very own pirate ship, The Dark Star, a custom-designed vessel built by Naval Architect Michael LeMole. It takes passengers on swashbuckling adventures during which they learn what a swash is and how to buckle it, as well as participate in treasure hunts and face painting.