Geoff Moritz - Director of Youth Programs & Head Sailing Instructor
Geoff Moritz is a lifelong resident of the Jersey Shore and a lover of all things along the waterfront. He grew up sailing a 22’ O’Day and a 35’ Choy Lee Ketch. Geoff has many years as a level I, and level II sailing coach teaching Opti’s, Lasers, and 420s. He has raced in many prestigious regattas, both in blue water and in the bays. His passion is for the Chesapeake Bay Log Canoes, which is one of the oldest sailing fleets in the US, racing them for over 12 years. These are fast narrow boats, 27 to 35 feet in length, known for having two very tall masts and a shallow draft, sailed by having multiple crewmembers on hiking boards. An all-around waterman, when not racing the Log Canoes, Geoff enjoys fishing, and crabbing with his two young children. He is known for his enthusiasm when introducing the natural wonders of the local waters, and sailing to children, especially to the students at FOBH’s Shark River Sailing and Science Academy. Geoff has worked in education for 12 years mostly in early education, in elementary schools, and as a lead teacher for younger students in private educational programs. In 2016 he began working in the summers with FOBH as the Director of the Shark River Discovery Camp, and backup Head Sailing Instructor and Waterfront Director. He is a graduate of Monmouth University holding a master's and a bachelor's degree in Corporate and Public Communications. A part of Geoff’s success in education and as an instructor stems from his managerial skills obtained when working in business as a project manager, and account relationship manager. In 2020 Geoff became a department head and senior staff member, accepting the position of Director of Youth Programs and Head Sailing Instructor in charge of all youth sailing and science programs at FOBH’s Shark River Sailing and Science Academy.
Rusty has a deep respect for the ocean and the Shark River estuary and takes an active role in their stewardship. He has said that he always discovers something new whenever he comes to the water. He is an avid kayaker and snorkeler and is often seen cleaning litter while exploring. He is very happy to find like-minded people who also care about the health of the Shark River Basin. Rusty and his family are one of the few people who have been granted Lifetime Member of the FOBH. As a parent of one of our students who attended many of our summer programs a few years ago, he enjoys helping other parents and children improve their knowledge of sailing, nature, and the marine environment. He has served as Dock Master, the Marine Science Head Instructor, and Discovery Camp Leader, and continues to assist our programs. As Dockmaster, he is the managing director of facility operations, the supervisor of any volunteer efforts, and the liaison to local governments. You will often find Rusty at our locations, making repairs to boats or the facilities, if you stop by, say hello. Rusty is a certified marine electronics installer (NMEA), CPR Certified, and Water Treatment Specialist – EWQA. He has been an instructor for Sylvan Learning Center, a NJ certified substitute teacher for K-12, a field guide with NJ Marine Science Consortium, and a GIS map technician for Lake Como Environmental Commission, and SRCC. He holds a bachelor of arts in English: Creative Writing, Editing, and Critical Analysis from William Patterson University. Rusty is also a theatre technician with Monmouth University and has held the role of Technical Director, Master Carpenter, Set Designer, and Playwright.
Director of Adult Programs and Membership
Open Position, applications being accepted .
This position is department head in charge of offering adult sailing lessons and managing volunteer and member activities. This is a mainly a weekend position working from May to October. Applicants must have US Sailing instructor certification, NJ Safe Boaters certification, CPR and First aid training, and both sailing and power small boat handling skills.