Surfing Lessons: A Family That Surfs Together Stays Together


As a monk seal residing in Poipu Beach, I’ve seen my fair share of surfers – novices all the way to professionals, and boy does it look fun! Surfing is a characteristically Hawaiian sport that interests people of all ages and abilities and Poipu is the perfect beach to learn, especially if you are a beginner – you just have to find the right instructor.

surflessonslider1-940x350If learning to surf is on your family’s bucket list, check out the Kauai Surf School, conveniently located in Poipu. The Kauai Surf School has been busy teaching beginners how to surf Kauai since 1999. They offer all kinds of classes that can cater to your party, whatever you may be looking for. Just remember, all students must know how to swim.

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If your family would like to incorporate surfing lessons into your broader travel itinerary, consider their group lessons. These lessons last about 2 hours (with 30 minutes reserved for independent surfing afterwards) and are designed for 4 people/instructor. The small size insures individual instruction. They are priced at $75/person. If you have a larger group and are still concerned about individual instructions, consider their private group lessons designed for 5-6 people. These lessons also last 2 hours and are priced at $350/5 people and $400/6 people. Though not as intimate, these private group lessons are offered at a slightly lower price per person.

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If learning to surf is the main item on your family’s agenda, consider the Kauai Surf School’s Family Surf Clinic. These clinics are private and last for 3 days, with 2 hour sessions each day. Each lesson builds on the previous one which means you and your family will leave with a deeper understanding of the sport of surfing. Equipment is included, and you’ll leave with a piece of Kauai Surf School paraphernalia. The family surf clinic is designed for 3-6 people and costs $750 total. Want to schedule additional days? Great! It’s only and additional $50/person/day.

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For surfing enthusiasts who are interested in spending most (if not all) of their trip mastering the art of surfing, take a look at the Ohana (Family) Surf Camp. This family surf camp is an ideal way to eat, sleep, and breathe surfing while in Kauai (see this video). The camp can last as long as you’d like (6 day minimum) and includes the following: stay at the Kauai Surf School Surf House, gourmet breakfast, lunch, and dinner, transportation to and from the airport, activities (snorkeling, hiking, etc.) while not surfing, and unlimited instruction from the experts at the Kauai Surf School. The best part? The instructors at the Kauai Surf School will design the camp completely around your family and their desires – this is your vacation after all. The camp is priced very reasonably at $200/person/day for 5-8 surfers and $225/person/day for 3-4 surfers. This is a great way to plan your entire trip to Kauai if surfing is high on your list.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out these reviews on Yelp from dozens of people who have worked with my friends at Kauai Surf School.

In their own words, “a family that surfs together, stays together” so make your booking today! It will be a vacation to remember.

Contact Information:
Kauai Surf School Website:
Phone Number: 808.651.6032
Address: map
Reservations are required and all members of the party must know how to swim.


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