Oceanside, Calif. – December 2013- Everyone wants to be a hero and Visit Oceanside is making it possible with its new “Hero For A Day” group team building program. Inspired by our nation’s military heroes, the program uses elements of Navy SEAL and US Marine Corps training to encourage communication, quick thinking, perseverance, teamwork and overcoming obstacles.

“With our close proximity to Camp Pendleton and rich military history, the new Hero offerings are a perfect fit for Oceanside,” says Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. “Whether visiting Oceanside for a corporate retreat or a family reunion, the Hero activities are not only a fun way to bring people closer together to create better communication and solidify relationships, but also help showcase the city’s natural coastal beauty and variety of recreational activities available to visitors.”

Groups can currently choose from two “Hero For A Day” programs including: Navy SEAL Bootcamp at the Beach and Rallye Camp Pendleton.

Navy SEAL Bootcamp at the Beach
Staged at North Harbor Beach in Oceanside, active and retired Navy SEALS’s create a custom designed environment where teamwork, accomplishment, persistence and new bonds of respect are the natural outcomes. Instructors guide participants through a course of rigorous challenges that can include team runs along the shore, races over cargo nets, commando crawling under camouflage, log push-ups, wheel barrel races and a series of military-style exercises aimed at pushing physical and mental limitations. Instructors put an emphasis on no team member ever being left behind.

This program isn’t just for the ultra-fit. All programs and levels of physical challenge are customized and moderated for each group. Program organizers take into account the group’s demographic, the company mission and desired program outcome.

Rallye Camp Pendleton
Rallye Camp Pendleton utilizes Oceanside’s close proximity to the largest military base in the western United States, Camp Pendleton, and emphasizes the three pillars of the Marine code: Honor, Courage and Commitment to Excellence. With all activities taking place on base, this team building program provides participants with a glimpse into where our nation’s heroes live, train and exercise along the largest undeveloped portion of coastline in Southern California. ”Rallye Pendleton” is a fun experience that builds camaraderie and morale among groups through team challenges such as racing through the sand at Del Mar Beach Resort, taking aim at the Paintball Park or brushing up on swinging skills at the Marine Memorial Golf Course.

For more information or to book a “Hero For A Day” program, visit dev.visitoceanside.org/hero-for-a-day/ or contact Visit Oceanside group sales at groupsales@dev.visitoceanside.org or 760-231-5720.

Staying in Oceanside
Groups can complement their team building activities with an overnight stay in Oceanside. The city offers a wide variety of accommodation options from luxury 10-bedroom homes on the beach to comfortable hotel rooms with kitchens. Many properties offer business travelers convenient amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, continental breakfast and conference and banquet facilities. Popular accommodations for business travelers include Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort, Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina, Residence Inn by Marriott Oceanside, Courtyard by Marriott Oceanside and Motel 6 Oceanside Coast Highway. For more information on where to stay, visit dev.visitoceanside.org.

125 Years of Oceanside
Founded on July 3, 1888, Oceanside is located along the beautiful Southern California coastline and considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside enjoys a rich history as an ideal place to stay and experience California’s casual spirit. The city boasts a number of important historical and cultural attractions such as Mission San Luis Rey (The King of Missions), California’s longest wooden pier, vintage 101 Café, 1920’s era Robert’s Cottages, Top Gun House, California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art. The city has served as a film location for dozens of Hollywood productions and was once the preferred getaway of many of Hollywood’s elite. Bordering Camp Pendleton, Oceanside has long enjoyed a strong relationship with the U.S. military and a deep commitment to the men and women serving the nation. Today, with 3.5 miles of sandy beach, a quaint New England-style harbor and a stellar year-round climate, Oceanside is a highly sought after location for enjoying active pursuits including surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, bike-riding, skydiving and more.

About Visit Oceanside
Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau is the official tourism marketing organization in Oceanside, Calif; promoting travel to the city for both leisure and group visitors. Visit Oceanside also operates one of the state’s official California Welcome Centers. With just one stop, visitors can find local, regional and state maps, purchase discount tickets to major Southern California attractions, make hotel reservations or shop for the perfect California keepsake. The Visit Oceanside CVB and California Welcome Center- Oceanside are conveniently located just off Interstate 5 at 928 North Coast Highway.  For more information, please call (800)350-7873 or visit dev.visitoceanside.org.

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JLK Communications

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