Named an Outstanding Sailing School of 2010 by the American Sailing Association, Barnegat Bay Sailing School boasts a team of brave boatswains that teach how to command wind-powered vessels in various introductory courses. The three-hour Introduction to Sailing course teaches new wards the basics of being a helmsman, including how to hoist the main, trim the jib, and unscrew the jam jars. Each training trip embarks from the Cedar Creek Marina, where fledgling boaters will use the calm waters of Barnegat Bay as their tidal nursery. Meanwhile, a 40-page booklet instructs in boating practices, teaching novice mariners such important terms as mizzen-mast, amidships, and boat.
Cousins Dean Del Prete and Paul Sattler started playing paintball for fun in 1986. Noticing a lack of places to play or find equipment, the pair took advantage of this business opportunity and founded Cousins Paintball the following year, creating a one-stop shop for players. They started out with the only paintball field on Long Island, and since then, they have grown to encompass 10 New York locations with scenario and speedball fields. Today, teams equipped with full mask and semiautomatic paint markers wander across their 20- to 80-acre spaces, searching for the opposing team's flag. Eco-friendly paint ensures trees do not suffer lasting damage, and themes such as hide-and-seek and cops and robbers add variety to a full day of games.
At Precision Gymnastics we believe gymnastics is much more than a sport. It provides for lessons in goal setting, self-esteem, motivation and pride. It teaches the courage to believe in ones-self; along with discipline and superior mental and physical fitness.
There are certain golf shots that are best perfected away from the pressure-packed corridors of an actual golf course, and Manchester Family Golf Center maintains facilities to streamline off-course improvements. Along its driving range's 72 hitting stations, golfers practice their swings day and night to hit the balls farther and straighter with any clubs found in their bags or a museum's caveman exhibit. A waterfall emits calming vibes on the 18-hole miniature-golf course as players calibrate their putting strokes for the fast surface and topsy-turvy breaks. The center also boasts an indoor golf simulator, where golfers can play one of 15 digital golf courses in any weather condition. In addition, the center offers the services of PGA-certified pros who eagerly dispense advice on all facets of the golf game, including course management and scoring strategies.
After joining the South Atlantic League in 2001, the LakeWood BlueClaws didn't hesitate to make their mark. In less than a decade, the team won three league championships, including a landmark 2010 season in which they became the first club in SAL history to win the division in both halves of the season and go on to claim the title. As the Philadelphia Phillies' Class-A affiliate, the team has sent 50 players to the majors, including an eventual National League MVP and the 2010 Phillies' star 8-foot mutant crab at shortstop.
Since 1962, Ocean Ice Palace has given youngsters the opportunity to lace up their skates and participate in the healthy, active outlets of ice skating and hockey. The center is the vision of Dr. Leon J. Dwulet, who oversaw the building of the facility and whose daughter runs the show today. In keeping with its founding mission, the rink takes hockey seriously. Not only do instructors coach beginners through skating and hockey clinics, but the rink hosts several traveling teams and even furnishes hockey campers with dormitories in which to sleep. The rink also invites more casual skaters to visit for public skating sessions on weekends and holidays.