If you are close enough to the ocean to do day trips - IMHO - you should try one now / then.
Ocean City inlet is well marked and on calm days - fairly safe - often just a few large swells.
There is some fun fishing 1-5 miles out. Good area to cut your teeth and the gear you have will work fine.
Use live bait for small ( 2 -4 foot ) sharks in a chum line. There is good bottom fishing in fall for Flounder and near Thanksgiving - the inlet area often sees big Rockfish. You can not fish more then 3 miles east for them.
As others stated - the ocean can be dangerous - double check everything.
Only bad part - once you start going out in the ocean and catching fish - likely you'll be hooked.
Be sure to wash all gear off extra good - the ocean water is awful on equipment.
What could be more mundane than dying of old age or of natural causes when there is death by misadventure to be pursued ? Skip