Included: Surfboard, water shoes and a SPF 50 lycra shirt.
Surfing for everyone: Surfing is catching waves and riding on a surfboard, you don’t need big waves when learning. In Hawaii we prefer to use the longboard, which is stable and easy to stand on. In our beginner surfing lessons we show you how to catch the waves and ride the waves, they will show you what to do when you are in the ocean, so you can have fun and stay safe. Lessons really make a big difference when learning to surf. We have some of the best beginner waves on the island and we can usually find surf 365 days a year. Maui has many different surf breaks, that range from the very easy all the way up to the biggest surfing wave in the world.
All of Maui's Beaches are unique and have something different to offer. Only some beaches are suitable for swimming, and only some are suitable for surfing and other water sports. Remember that we are on an island, an there is a lot of ocean surrounding us. You should know where you are going, and what beaches are best for your chosen sport. Please be a responsible beach goer, and a good waterman, and know the conditions before you go. Please respect other beach users, always follow the local beach etiquette.
ISLAND GEOGRAPHY: The island of Maui has a volcanic geography, that makes for mostly rocky shorelines, We have our share of sandy beaches as well, and they are a precious resource. Some beaches are reserved just for swimming, and some are only for experienced ocean athletes. There are a few great beginner beaches as well, so please take care when entering the ocean, and when choosing which beach to access from. these could be some of the most important decisions you will make!.
BEACH TYPES: Our Island has many different types of beaches. These range from the gentle and friendly swimming beaches on the south shore like Kamaole 1, 2, and 3. And range up to the high surf, high energy beaches on the north shore. The high energy high surf beaches are for experts only, and are not good places to swim. if you are planning a family beach day, choose a user friendly beach. A user friendly beach has accessible parking, amenities like restrooms, and showers, and preferably swim at a guarded beach. Only a small number of Maui beaches actually have life guards on patrol, so try to chose one of these,.. Especially of you have small children, or a large group. There are many other beaches that offer different conditions, that are favored by different sports enthusiasts. Fishing for example s one of Hawaii’s favorite pastimes. You will see fishing from almost any beach, and rocky shoreline. You generally do not want to swim where people are fishing. But you may also see the local kids swimming and fishing in the same place. This does not mean that it is a good place for you to swim. Also there are many remote beaches, especially on the drive to Hana, that look like inviting places to swim, but be warned that these beaches can sometimes look friendly but can be dangerous. East side beaches have a reputation for strong currents that can sweep you out to sea. even from the shoreline. So experienced water persons only please. Generally there are nice sandy beaches in front of the hotels and resorts. But check to see if these have lifeguards. Many of these beaches are great for sunbathing, but may have deep water or may be unpatrolled. They will usually have signs saying swim at your own risk. etc. Always read and heed these warning signs.
Selected beaches: When you come to a lesson from Surf Club instructors we have already screened and selected the location based on our experience and our observations or the weather and ocean conditions. We know where to go, an we know each location in detail. When you become an independent surfer, you have the added responsibility of trying to decide where to surf yourself. This is by far the most difficult part of surfing, because locations and conditions vary so greatly. So if you have just learned to surf, it is best to stick to the beaches you know. The location where you had your lesson is usually the best bet, But always ask an instructor or lifeguard before swimming or surfing because conditions change daily.
Don’t be a sheep: Just because you see other people surfing a break, does not mean that it is a good place for you. The people there may have more experience than you, or know the hidden hazards at a spot. So do not assume that because other people are doing an activity at a location that it will be safe or advisable for you to go there. Simply following someone or copying them does not ensure that you will be in the right place at the crucial time. The Maui lifeguards are constantly pulling people out of the ocean who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. So please be sure to check with your instructor if you are thinking of going out on your own because they will usually tell you the safest options of where to go. Generally advanced surfers will go to the more challenging spots. So these are not good places for beginners. There are more user friendly locations to surf, where there the waves are gentle and you can hone your skills. Avoid large crowds, and remember that everyone is there to have fun too.
Sandy beaches and Rocky beaches: Sandy beaches provide the easiest access to the water. The sloping sand gives an easy place to enter and exit the water. Unless there is also shore break surf running. Entering the ocean over the rocks should be avoided. Do not launch kayaks and surfboards over the rocks, leave that to the experts. Find the safest place to enter and exit the water safely.
CONSERVATION: Our Island beaches have evolved over thousands of years, and the natural elements and biology is in a subtle balance. Our activity has an impact on the beach too so we should be mindful of the factors that affect the beach environment. Just offshore is a reef and marine habitat where many animals and plants make their home, the reef itself is made up from living animals called coral polyps, they build their calcium houses from the minerals in the seawater and build a living structure that protects themselves, but also protects the beaches from the wave action as well. The balance of the shoreline and reef line are interconnected, and any degradation of one will affect the other. Even if you do not touch the reef, your activity can affect the reef, chemicals in water runoff, sunscreen, and dirt in the water, with contaminate the water and negatively impact the water quality and in turn stress the reef. We want to preserve our reef and shoreline for future generations to enjoy, so we remind all our friends to be ocean aware, and respectful of the natural environment that we get to enjoy. There are many precious marine treasures that you can experience on Maui, and you can find a huge variety of underwater ecosystems and marine life if you go to some different types of beaches.
OUR OCEAN CONNECTION: The entire ocean is connected, so whatever you do on one part of the ocean affects every other part. so every little thing we do counts. We are connected to the ocean and the ocean is connected to us. Be aware of your surroundings, and be conscious of everything you do in the ocean.
A DAY AT THE BEACH: What to bring: Keep in mind that you are going to be at the beach for at least half a day. Bring a sturdy bathing suit, bikinis are ok but ladies might prefer to wear board shorts over their bikini bottoms. (Hey guys, board shorts are way better than speedos!) Bring your reef shoes (aquasox) if you have them, otherwise you can rent some. A rash-guard lycra shirt is advisable. Bring a towel and waterproof sunscreen. Bring dry clothes for after. Bring some water or other drinks, there are not always stores at every beach. Bring any medications you might need. If you want to stay all day bring a picnic lunch.What not to bring: Do not bring jewelry, lots of cash, better to leave them at home or in the hotel safe. Hold off on the electronics and expensive cameras unless you really have to. You will be occupied most of the time in the water and not have time for them and cannot keep an eye on them unless you have a family member on shore watching your gear. Remember: to always Lock your Car. And take the keys with you. (Do not hide your key in the gas cap). Some cars have electronic keys so you may need to buy a little waterproof case or pouch. If you do take your car key in the water make sure that it is tied securely into your shorts.