Why Our Program Is The Safest Way To Surf

Keeping your child safe is our #1 priority. Our students learn to surf with the very best instructors, equipment, and waves.

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Safe Practice Waves

Students practice surfing on gentle uncrowded waves. Students learn at waves where they feel safe and not intimidated by other surfers.

Sunscreen Is Mandatory

All students get complimentary sunscreen with every lesson. Students get unlimited access to 50 SPF Zinc Sunscreen AND 50 SPF Rash Guards.

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safe practice waves for beginner surfers

Small Class Sizes

Students get individual attention and focus. Class sizes range from 2-6 students per instructor so our instructors are never overwhelmed.

Students Are In Good Hands With Highly Qualified Surf Instructors

All instructors are thoroughly trained and vetted to provide students the best surfing experience possible. All instructors have the following qualifications.

red cross lifeguard cpr certification

RedCross CPR & Lifeguard Certified

ocean experience certification

Decades of Ocean Experience

full background check certification

Full Background Check

after school programming certification

Certified in After School Programming

Meet Your Instructors

Cody Sawyer

Cody is a proud alumni of Saint Louis School (2008). Born and raised in Kahalu’u, he’s been surfing as far back as he can remember. As a college job, Cody began giving surf lessons in Waikiki where he was eventually made the Operational Manager for Koa Beach Service, Waikiki’s largest beach service.

Cody is certified by the DLNR as a Surf Instructor and by the American Red Cross for CPR/First Aid and Lifeguarding.

Nathan Wade

Nathan worked for Cody as a surf instructor in Waikiki while he attended UH Manoa. He later attended and graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law. He is now a licensed attorney for the State of Hawaii. He spends every minute he can in the ocean!

Nathan is also certified by the DLNR as a Surf Instructor and by the American Red Cross for CPR/First Aid and Life Guarding.

Our Students Grow as Individuals

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Healthier

Get off the couch! People don’t realize how healthy surfing is because it’s so much fun. But surfing burns major calories! It’s no wonder surfers are notoriously fit.

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Happier

You’ll love the look in your child’s eyes after they accomplish what they didn’t think was possible. It’s a fact, surfers are happier. Surfing has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, as well as stimulate positive self image.

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Confident

From the outside, surfing looks impossible. Few think they can do it. We use surfing as a tool to teach students that anything is possible with enough preparation, patience, and grit.

…and as Community Members.

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Social

We encourage students to support one another and bond through their shared surfing experience. Surfing is about encouragement, friendship, and proactive attitudes.

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Cultural

Surfing is an intricate part of Hawaii’s history. Surfing is rooted in our culture and way of life.

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Connected

Surfing isn’t just for beach bums. Some of the most important people in Hawaii are surfers. Our after school surf program connects students with the surfing community.

Who Is This Program For?

This program is an introduction to surfing for students with little-to-no experience.

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No Surfing Experience Needed

This program is for students who have little-to-no experience surfing. Our program is aimed at introducing children to surfing and creating a strong foundation on which they can continue.

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But Students MUST Be Able To Swim

To take this program students MUST be able to swim. Lessons will take place in gentle waves—so strong swimming is not required. By “able to swim” we mean they must be able to tread water for 1 minute without assistance.

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Grades 5th Through 9th Welcome

We’re currently accepting students in grades 5 – 9. If your child is in a lower or higher grade and interested in our program, please contact us for information on exceptions.

Ready to Signup?

Register now for our Spring 2019 after school surfing program.

After School Surf Program How Our Surf Lessons Work

Our students have everything taken care of—from pickup to drop off—they’ll have a great time!

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We Pick Up Kids & Drop Them Off

Students are picked up in a deluxe van after school at a designated pickup spot, taken surfing, and returned to the school approximately 3 hours later.

surf lesson equipment: towels, surfboard, water, sunscreen, rash guards

All Equipment Is Provided

Students have unlimited access to everything they need: surfboards matched to their body and ability, rash guards, sunscreen, towels, and bottled water.

The Daily Routine

1. Students Are Picked Up After School

When students have lessons (depending on their plan) they are picked up by their instructor at Saint Louis School after class, between 2:30 – 3:00pm.

2. They Go Surfing At Diamond Head With Their Instructor

Students are driven to Diamond Head Beach Park. We may surf at other locations if the conditions are poor at Diamond Head for any particular day.

3. We Provide Everything

We provide towels, rashguards, sunscreen, bottled water, and surf boards for students. Students only need to bring their swimwear. We advise students to use boardshorts for surfing.

4. Students Surf For 1 Hour

Students will get to surf for a full hour, conditions depending.

5. Students Return To The School At 6:00pm

After surfing students will rinse off, dry off, and hydrate. Then students will be driven back to Saint Louis School by 6:00pm. Parents will be notified if there are any delays.

All Plans Include Bonus Activities

On days when surf conditions are sub-optimal students will participate in bonus activities including: yoga, snorkeling, and ocean photography.

Yoga

Snorkeling

Ocean Photography

Our 2019 Partner School

Saint Louis School

Saint Louis School is the only all-male day school in Hawaiʻi offering a college preparatory education to students in grades Kindergarten through 12. Saint Louis is a private Catholic school under the sponsorship of the United States Province of the Society of Mary, or the Marianists, based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Step 1: Choose Your Plan

We know you’re busy—that’s why we offer 3 different plans to fit your unique schedule. Choose the plan that works best for your family.

 

All plans are monthly plans. The program will go for 4 months but payments are made month-to-month.

2 Days Per Week
$1,220 / month
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Pick Up & Drop Off
All Equipment
3 Days Per Week
$1,440 / month
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Pick Up & Drop Off
All Equipment
5 Days Per Week
$2,000 / month
Monday - Friday
Pick Up & Drop Off
All Equipment

14-Day Money Back Guarantee

If you have any concerns we offer a full money back guarantee if your unhappy within the first two weeks of the program.

14 day money back guarantee

Spring 2019 Schedule

Students will be picked up from school between 2:30pm and 3:00pm (after classes). They will be returned to the school between 5:45pm and 6:00pm.

Plan First Day of Program Last Day of Program
2 Days Per Week 1/29/2019 5/16/2019
3 Days Per Week 1/28/2019 5/17/2019
5 Days Per Week 1/28/2019 5/17/2019
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Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

What happens after I buy?

After you buy you’ll receive an order confirmation email with next steps. We’ll call you to set up a time to FaceTime you and your child.

Can I try the program first?

We don’t offer trial periods BUT we do give full refunds for the first 14 days of the program. If your dissatisfied for any reason simply contact us to receive a full refund.

Will you provide photos?

We will take complimentary photos of the students surfing but photos will be taken in the later months of the program when the students surfing is at it’s best. We will also periodically take photos of lessons and other activities.

Can I (the parent) join the surf lesson?

We don’t recommend parents attend surf lessons because it will make children nervous. However, parents may wait on the beach and observe the lesson in progress. We do NOT allow parents to join students in the water or during the land lesson.

How can I know if my child is a good swimmer?

This is a common question. Children do not need to be expert swimmers. A child is a good enough swimmer if they feel confident in water over their head and can tread water for at least 1 minute.

Where will the students be surfing?

Students will mostly be surfing at Diamond Head Beach Park. Occasionally conditions will warrant having the lesson at other South Shore locations. Parents will be notified anytime we do surf lesson at places besides Diamond Head Beach Park.

What if the weather/conditions are bad for surfing?

On days when there is no surf or bad conditions we will provide other activities including yoga, snorkeling, and ocean photography.

How many students will be in the class?

Class size will vary between 2 and 6 students per instructor.

Still have questions?

Contact Us

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