I think NJ sailing school has a club attached to the school...they used to have mentors that would go out with their rental customers until they built skill and confidence and were approved to take the boats out by themselves. They have 26' pearsons and 22' capri's
They are on the Metedeconk River now.
True North Sailing School in Jersey City has a Club, they sail in NY harbor..( an hour from Barnegat, I know) They have 4 J-24's. Membership is pretty reasonable if you use it.
You'd get to sail in trickier waters and learn a little more about tides and currents, Rules of the road..etc..
Thank You...I will check it out...I see you are in Morgan, I work in Woodbridge, so if you are looking for inexperienced crew member for late afternoon or evenings, let me know...Also, Gladly swap fly fishing lessons (I am a part-time fly fishing instructor and direct all schools, programs and trips for a local fly shop) for sailing experience...