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You do not need to enter the ocean to find rough water. I have been boating in some nasty seas in my life, and I do not like it unless I am on a large ship - like an ocean liner. It's good practice, though. I am now a fair-weather boater. I used to take my boat out after storms for practice. There's no other way to get the feel of it.
These cheerful twins are offshore (which to me means ocean - not coastal) in Florida, not in rough water, but it is a good instructional video.
hah - first thing in rough seas is to put on a pfd, close the forepeak hatch and stow the decks. Then make sure you've got a spare fuel filter handy for when the sediment in your tanks clogs the filter and stalls the engines. And bring in all your lines...