OA Takes on the GRAVITY VAULT!!!!!

 In Ocean Academy

 By: Robert Scheiderman /Paraprofessional   

The classroom moved to the climbing wall on two occasions for Ocean Academy, as students were broken into groups and each given a day out of the OA classroom to experience a classroom of a different sort…a challenging vertical assessment of their team-work abilities, their coping skills and thought processes. Students were brought to Gravity Vault, a rock climbing facility located in Middletown, NJ that offers a physically and mentally challenging series of vertical and horizontal climbs that put decision making and forward thinking to task. Gravity Vault instructors geared students up in safety apparatus, gave an introduction to correct rock climbing technique and then put OA students to the task, challenging them to climb a series of walls.


Team building and decision making remained the theme of the day as Gravity Vault instructors indicated the best way to attack the obstacle at hand and offered advice toward how to build good team work among the climbers. Students climbed at separate intervals and encouraged one another as participate, and as observer; cheering each other on and offering advice from the floor. Each student climbed and several climbed each wall the facility had to offer.

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  • James Dolan

    I climbed all the way to the top of that rock wall! It was terrifying and awesome at the same time!

  • Lynn Newman

    OA taking it to new heights!!!

  • Tierney

    I must have climbed at least twelve different walls it was very exiting! My hands and arms where very sore after this.

  • Carlos Gomez

    I thought that was really fun and a lot of people faced their fears. I think it was good for everybody.!!!

  • Roberto Soriano

    I climbed up to the top about 4 times. It’s amazing to witness students and staff encouraging each other to reach the top.

  • Chris Kenney

    I almost reach to the top, but at least I’m fit for climbing.

  • Zachary C

    It was really fun to see all of OA coming together and supporting each other. Cheering on Mr. Corbett was the highlight for me.

  • Sarah

    I was not present to be apart of this trip, but I can definitely tell both students and staff has equal fun there. Encouraging each other to work hard and the motivation alone helped everyone have a great day. I think everyone who went on this trip learned an important life lesson, and that is to motivate each other and to never give up on something that might be too hard.

  • Rachel Strickland

    I made it all the way to the top on my first try!

  • Michael Sambucini, Jr

    I was actually there, and I must say, I had a lot of fun while learning great team working skills. I want to thank OA for taking us to such an amazing place to learn these skills. I hope to someday head back to this place so we can have a lot of fun once more!!!

  • Anthony Chase

    Sadly I could not go because I was still at district. I wish I did because I would have had a lot of fun.

  • kaitlyn stewart

    I actually had an amazing time on that trip. It was my first trip and I really hope we go on it again.

  • Elijah Spikes

    Hope everyone had fun. I did not want to go I don’t like rock climbing.

  • Judy Crosta

    Once again Ocean Academy soars to new heights! Great job everyone!

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