Private Surfing Lesson: Two Hours of Beginner Instruction

4.5 (15)
Honolulu, US
4.5 (15)
Honolulu, US
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Experience the thrill of surfing with a private lesson tailored to your skill level. Whether you're a first-time surfer or still getting the hang of it, this two-hour beginner instruction will have you riding the waves in no time. Start with a land lesson to learn the basics and safety rules, then hit the water with our certified CPR and lifeguard instructors. They will guide you in catching waves, getting to your feet, and maintaining balance while ensuring your safety and fun throughout the lesson. Children 10 and under or weak swimmers are required to have a one-on-one private lesson, ensuring personalized attention and a comfortable learning environment. Join us at Kaimana Beach Hotel in Honolulu for a private surfing experience that you can enjoy at your own pace.

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  • Suitable for 1-1 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Personalized surfing experience
  • Suitable for first-time surfers
  • Proper introduction to the sport of surfing
  • Instructors help you catch waves and get to your feet
  • CPR and Lifeguard certified instructors
  • Local guide
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Looking to catch some waves and experience the thrilling sport of surfing? Look no further than our Private Surfing Lesson: Two Hours of Beginner Instruction. This personalized lesson offers a unique and individualized surfing experience, allowing you to surf at your own pace and receive one-on-one guidance from our experienced instructors. Whether you're a first-time surfer or someone looking to improve their skills, this lesson is perfect for you. Get ready to have the time of your life as you ride the waves and immerse yourself in the world of surfing.

What to expect?

During this two-hour lesson, you can expect to learn all the fundamentals of surfing. We'll start with a comprehensive land lesson where our instructors will provide you with a proper introduction to the sport. You'll learn about positioning yourself on the surfboard, paddling techniques, maneuvering over waves, turning the surfboard, and the correct surf stance. Once you hit the water, our knowledgeable instructors will be by your side to help you catch waves, get on your feet, and ensure your safety throughout the entire lesson. By the end of the session, you'll have gained valuable skills and confidence to continue your surfing journey.

Who is this for?

Our Private Surfing Lesson is suitable for both beginners and those who have tried surfing a few times but are still getting the hang of it. We welcome all individuals who are eager to learn and enjoy the thrill of riding waves. Whether you're a adrenaline-seeking adventurer or simply looking for a fun and unique experience, this lesson is designed for you. It's important to note that children aged 10 and under or weak swimmers are required to have a one-on-one private lesson for their safety and optimal learning experience.

Why book this?

This Private Surfing Lesson offers numerous advantages that make it an irresistible choice. By opting for a personalized session, you'll receive focused attention from our instructors, ensuring a faster learning curve and a more enjoyable experience. Our instructors are not only passionate about surfing but are also CPR and Lifeguard certified by the American Red Cross, guaranteeing your safety throughout the entire lesson. Additionally, you'll have the freedom to surf at your own pace, enabling you to build confidence and progress at a comfortable rate. So, if you're looking for an unforgettable surfing adventure with individualized guidance and impeccable safety standards, this is the perfect choice for you.

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To make your experience as convenient as possible, our meeting point is located at the Kaimana Beach Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. You'll find us in the front shops. Prior to hitting the waves, there will be a quick land lesson to ensure you have a solid understanding of surfing techniques and safety rules. We provide all the necessary equipment, including surfboards, so you don't have to worry about bringing anything. Just come with your enthusiasm and eagerness to learn! Whether you're a solo traveler, a group of friends, or a family looking for a memorable activity, this Private Surfing Lesson is an ideal choice for all water enthusiasts.


Customers who have experienced our Private Surfing Lesson have raved about their time with us. They appreciate the personalized attention they receive from the instructors, allowing them to progress quickly and confidently. Many guests have highlighted the instructors' expertise and friendly demeanor, making the overall experience enjoyable and memorable. The emphasis on safety, with all instructors being CPR and Lifeguard certified, has received high praise as well. Whether it's the thrill of catching their first wave or the joy of conquering a new skill, our guests have expressed immense satisfaction with this private surfing experience.

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking



4.5 (15)


What a fun and awesome staff! After a busy week of snorkeling, body boarding and such, we were feeling our 50s by the time we made our way to the Kaimana for surf lessons with Kai Sallas' Pro Surf School. We met Turner when renting a paddleboard, and immediately warmed up to him as he described the water and waves around the Kaimana. We were still a bit nervous about our ability to surf, but turned up for our lessons and couldn't help but be buoyed by Turner's enthusiasm and encouragement. He's a treasure to the school and hotel, and I just wish we had been there a few more days to take another lesson!


My 5.5 year old daughter and I took a private surf lessons with Kai and Lowen today and had an amazing time. She stood up and caught on immediately. It took momma a little longer but they were super patient and I finally got the hang of it. The beach was very private and the waves were perfect. The kiddo now wants to be a professional surfer!


My husband and I wanted to try surfing while visiting Oahu and we were so glad we did. It was so much fun, our instructor Jake was fantastic, and we haven't stopped talking about it since. The location was great, as you can stand in the water if you are tired from paddling and take a break before catching the next wave. We would book again with the school in a heartbeat when we go back to Oahu.


We were too late for a group lesson, so we ended up doing a private lesson for our family of four. Lucky for us, it was with Kai Sallas himself! He was so down to earth that we didn't realize we were with the longboard world champion. And thankfully, he was very patient! You hear so many horror stories about people (who don't know what they're doing) getting hurt or hurting others when trying to surf (actually happened to a friend of our's). And if you're lucky enough not to injure others or get injured yourself, not many people actually are able to catch a wave. That's the hardest part - way more than standing up on the board. Because Kai pushes you with the wave as it comes, all you have to do is stand (the way he tells you to), and you're surfing! Then, you get to come home with brag photos!


My 9 year old wanted to learn how to surf. With a quick in office orientation as to how to surf, we drove out to the beach and within 15 minutes, my son was surfing. Low waves in shallow water, but he was up and doing it. The clincher was that they provided Go Pro pictures right from the edge of the surf board (for an extra charge)! The only thing that would have made it better was if Kai had shown up himself. My son was so happy! They provide the water shoes and rash guard too. The water is shallow which would be good for a nervous person, but it there are also reef rocks making it a potentially dangerours location to surf. For a young person it might be hard to navigate the reef rocks and think about surfing.


Enjoyed the lessons. The instructors were great. The location was very poor as we learned to surf in shallow water with a reef floor. The concern over injury impacted the lesson. On the last run of the lesson my daughter hit the reef and got a very nasty cut which impacted the next couple of days of our vacation.


My daughter and husband have never surfed. I used to because I grew up on the PCH and well, it's just what you do! This surf lesson was recommended via our concierge at The Waikiki Marriott Resort & Spa. My husband booked a private lesson for he and my daughter. We met down in the surf shop later in the afternoon. The lesson took place right there in the shop with Lowen; basic 'how to's' on getting up ; paddling out; leg placement and balance. The boards are blue foam. We were by a kind of rundown van shuttled out to a less busy beach away from Waikiki. Shoes were lended to both and we assumed rash guards would be too. My husband swore that he asked and that was confirmed upon booking. No rash guards were supplied; trust me.. You need these. The instructor was cool and nice enough. Both my daughter and my husband were able to surf within minutes of being out in the ocean. My daughter ended up loving surfing so much, she wants to go do more over the summer. That was a plus! NOT having rash guards was not , as both her and my husband were pretty rashed after an hour of surfing and hitting course sand and reef. The boards could have been a little better in quality, as well, as the lessons aren't cheap! The other issue we had, was being told that having a 'go pro' to video or film the session would render 100% loss of the device. That may be or not be true. We didn't chance it. After the session the instructor offered to air drop us the video and pix of both for $75 a piece if we gave him cash on the spot. I didn't have that much cash on me. He said he would upload them and we could get them from the shop the next morning via credit card. We wanted them! The next day we called and the girl that checked us in for the prior days lesson said we could have called the day before and she wished she had known. There were no uploaded pix. She said she would call us with the pix which we could them get via Dropbox later that day. She never called. It was 4 days after we returned back to the Mainland and several calls before we got these pix. Island time? I don't know. Improvements could be made.. the lesson itself was great .. maybe a better place and the lesson not in the shop. Rash guards are huge and updated equipment to match cost is key too. They could also have some sort of package so the customer knows the photos will be pricey and optional. It seemed tacky to do that after and then take so many calls to get photos that cost NOTHING to video;not that I am saying they should be free, but $150 for two is a lot. We were also entitled to a small discount by booking this surf school via our concierge and we never got it. 3 stars and on the fence whether to return or recommend.

Amie N

We had a lesson for our 10 & 12-year-old kids and couldn't be happier! The whole team - Manu, Jake & Makani - made them feel right at home and allayed any nerves. Once the kids got in the water, Jake & Makani were super patient, extremely encouraging, and seemed as excited as our kids were at the whole experience. The fact that the surf spot is away from the crowds (and there were a ton of people surfing near our hotel in Waikiki!) made it easy for us to watch and enjoy. We'd definitely recommend this shop, and will be repeat customers the next time we visit!


My lesson with Lowen was great and I found it was easier than I had anticipated to get up and stand and actually surf. I highly recommend.

Saloni W

The instructor was wonderful, very patient and helpful, the waves were perfect for a beginner, and the environment created was lovely. Would recommend, 10/10!
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-29 23:35