Hale Koa Hotel guest and Military Discount with identification.

2055 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, United States

(808) 944-1966 learn to surf

Keeping the Hawaiian Tradition Alive with surf lessons

Frequently asked questions for surf lessons


Do I need to know how to swim?

Yes .

Do I need a reservation?

I highly making reservations either by walkup, call (808)-944.1966 or online.  To reserve your surf lesson you must pay in full so phone reservations please have your creditcard ready.

Do you pickup from hotels?

Sorry we do not pickup but we are walking distance from Waikiki and Ala Moana hotels.

What time is check in?

Please check in 15 minutes prior to lesson to fill out liability forms.

What should I bring to the lessons?

Bring water for after the lesson and some money if you want to eat something near by, and a towel to dry off.

How should I prepare for the lesson?

You may wear surf shorts or bikini bottom, longsleve surf jersey if  you don't have we do provide.  Don't put any sun block on the front of your legs and torso area because your surfboard will be slippery.  But do put sunblock on the back of your legs and neck.  Make sure to stretch your limbs and get ready for a fun time surfing  and yup a free workout:)


What is considered an open-group surf lesson?

An Open-Group surf lessons can be either you grabbing a group of friends and family or you joining other people. This type of lesson ranges from two people to large groups. The ratio of surf instructors to students are determined by the instructor which he/she will decide by the wave conditions, weather conditions, and the amount of people. Most group lesson ratios are one instructor to four students. Group lessons are a great way to meet people from all over the world and create new friendships and also learn about different cultures throughout many countries.  Students must be 13 years of age or older.

What is considered a private-Group surf lesson?

Private Group lessons are usually smaller groups. This allows more attention from the instructor. This lesson is designed for family and friends who want to do a surf lesson together without other people joining in. This could be a parent(s) and children, siblings, or 2 to 4 friends who want to make sure they are the only ones laughing at each other :).  Students must be 13 years of age or older.

You will have the chance to catch more waves and learn about the surf etiquette on how to catch your own waves, which waves to choose, how to find the right place to catch a wave, and much more.

What is considered a private surf lesson?

Private surf lessons are for a person who wants individualized attention and isn’t interested in sharing his/her waves with others:). There are many reasons why someone would request a private lesson: (A) He/she is not comfortable in the water, (B) He/she took a lesson before and wants to go for bigger waves, (C) He/she wants the focus of the instructor and does not want to wait for other people to catch a wave before his/her next wave, and (D) He/she is a child below 13 years old and is unable to paddle back after each wave and therefore needs a personal instructor for safety reasons.

Where do I park?

The Hale Koa Hotel has many parking available.  Please call (808) 955-0555 for prices.

Is the surf lesson tiring?

Yes surfing is tiring but it's a fun workout.

Is there female surf instructors available?

Currently we have only one female instructor-Jillian so if you desire a female instructor then please request as soon as possible.  Surf lessons is not her full time job.  


What is your payment and refund policy?

PAYMENT TYPES:  We accept good old fashion cash, creditcards: Master, Visa, American Express, Discover and JCB.  For reservations online you will be invoiced by Beach Boy Hale on Squareup and payment will be due as soon as you receive your invoice.  

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY:  Please provide 7 days notice if you decide to cancel for a 100% refund.  This will allow us not to over schedule surf instructors.  If you cancel the day of your reservation then you will receive no refund.  You have up to six days prior to your lesson to receive a 50% refund.  You can always reschedule your lesson.  If you are unsure of your lesson date and time we recommend not making reservations until you know for sure.  For online reservations please keep in mind that if you request a refund then Squareup (creditcard processing company) takes about 10-14 days to process your refund.

What are the times available for surf lessons?

We start our first surf lesson at 9:00AM then 11:00AM, 1:00PM and 3:00PM.  These times are not guaranteed due to weather and wave conditions.  In most cases the morning lessons are the best conditions.  We could do an earlier lesson but please request at least a week prior.

How deep is the water and is there sand on the bottom?

The water depth can vary with the low and high tide (3ft to 8ft).  The bottom is only coral/rocks but the surf area is very safe.  You may also see some turtles around.

How big are the waves?

The waves vary from 1 feet to 5+feet in height.

Are the surf instructors certified?

Surf instructors are CPR and Lifeguard certified through American Redcross.

Are you hiring surf instructors?

If you are certified to teach in Waikiki, Please fill free to fill out an application which you may walkup and ask a manager on duty.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. 

Contact Us

For any inquiries Please call direct at (808) 944-1966 or continue to fill out form. For reservations please go to Book now!

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Beach Boy Hale Surf Lessons

2055 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, United States

Main beach rental stand (808) 944-1962 or Surf lesson/rental stand (808) 944-1966



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