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.

kid learning to surf on land

Small Class Sizes

Students get individual attention and focus. Class sizes range from 2-4 students per instructor so our instructors are never overwhelmed.

Soft Surfboards & Fins

Students learn on sturdy foam surfboards that significantly reduce injuries and boost confidence. We also use soft rubber fins to make falling extra safe.

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safe practice waves for beginner surfers

Safe & Uncrowded Waves

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

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.

Trusted By

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.

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We Pick Up & Drop Off

Pick up and drop off in urban Honolulu is included for all lessons. We pick up and drop off anywhere from Downtown to Kahala. All of Waikiki is included. For more information on our pick up services click below.

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Student Requirements Who Can Take Lessons?

This program is an introduction to surfing for students with little-to-no experience. Both boys and girls are welcome to participate.

No Surfing Experience Needed

These surf lessons are for students with little or no surfing experience. We aim is to introduce children to surfing and create a strong foundation on which they can continue.

Students Must Be Able To Swim

To take surf lessons students MUST be able to swim. By “able to swim” we mean they must be able to tread water for 1 minute without assistance.

Ages 9+ Welcome

We’re currently accepting students 9 years old or older. If your child is younger and interested in learning to surf, please contact us for information on exceptions.

Our Students Grow as Individuals

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Healthier

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.

friends at the beach

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. Surfing connects students with the community.

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Questions?

Call us at (808) 517-5010, send us an email here, or check out our FAQ below.

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*Kama’aina pricing is only available for permanent residents of Hawaii — and will be verified.

Kid’s Surf Lesson

249.99 / person

99.99 / person*

Get a lesson that’s optimized for safety—and where you’re guaranteed to surf or your money back!

You’ll start with a 1-hour land lesson—where you’ll learn general ocean safety procedures & practice your surfing technique before you even get in the water.

Then you’ll spend 1-hour in the surf: reading, catching, and surfing as many waves as you can handle!

Every lesson includes . . .

  • 50 SPF Rashguard
  • 50 SPF Zinc Sunscreen (Non-Eye Irritating)
  • Cold Bottled Water
  • Fresh Towels
  • Whey Protein Shake (Low Sugar) & Snacks
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Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

What happens after I buy?

After you buy you’ll receive an order confirmation email and a registration email with next steps.

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 in Waikiki. Occasionally conditions will warrant having the lesson at other south shore locations.

What if the weather/conditions are bad for surfing?

On days when there is no surf or bad conditions we will cancel lessons and notify parents

How many students will be in the class?

Class size will vary between 1 and 4 students per instructor.

Still have questions?

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