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Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors

75-5909 Ali'i Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #76 of 189 Activities in Kailua-Kona
Type: Surf Camps, Adventure
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Owner description: Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors are born and raised in the islands. Who better to visit when in Kona but the Natives! Surf with actual Hawaiian Lifeguards, take a Kayak Tour or learn how to Stand Up Paddle. HLSI is a family owned and operated Big Island Surf School. Come surf with our OHANA! Located in the Heart of Kailua-Kona On Ali'i Drive. South of mile marker 1. Situated between the Kona Reef Resort and Ali'i Cove. Across the street from Honls Beach Park (Wai'aha Bay).

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Ottawa, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My wife and I received surfing lessons for a wedding gift. As Canadians more used to snowboarding or skiing we had very limited expectations. The family feel of this business is evident throughout the experience from check in, in class lesson and surfing itself. Our instructor Jay was very patient and made every portion feel fun no matter how we... More

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New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I have taken a few surf lessons in the past (in California and Hawaii). I am by no means experienced or skilled (I am definitely a beginner). The lessons I have taken in the past were at other schools and in other places (not in Kona). I thought I would try surfing in Kona and this school came highly recommended.... More

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Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

My wife and I are in our 40's and are quite active but have never surfed. Our friends convinced us to give it a try. We went out with Jacob, and with some coaching and help, we both caught and surfed the first wave we tried. The bay that they teach in has a very predictable break, and the guys... More

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Sitka, Alaska
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

After arriving on the island, I decided to book a 2-hour group surfing lesson with HLSI. I had only one prior surfing lesson years before with a different company on a previous vacation. The professionalism & friendliness from HLSI was outstanding and I had a complete blast. When I arrived at the shop for the training video & paddling instruction... More

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Waterloo, Iowa
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

My sister and I took our first lesson from HLSI. It was an awesome experience! The opening ground school set the tone for fun and safety which was echoed by the instructors on the water. Each instructor works hard to make sure you have opportunities to stand up and are super encouraging!!

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HLSI, Manager at Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. On behalf of our entire HLSI team and ohana- mahalo for joining us and taking the time to share your experience with the world. We look forward to surfing with you again in the future! Aloha from Kona and team HLSI More

Camino, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

This was my grandson's first surfing experience. He loved it so much that he asked us to sign him up for another lesson.

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I chose this company because of their training/certifications and good reviews. My son (13) and I (45), took lessons from Jacob. It was a nice family owned surf school. We had a great time and Jacob made it very easy for us to learn. He was very encouraging and fun! Definitely recommend this company!

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Littleton, Colorado
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Our whole family (2 adults 40+yrs and kids 10 and 11) had a fantastic time surfing with HLSI. The instructors are positive, fun and safety was their first priority. Our kids loved it so much, they went again another day. They make you feel very comfortable on the surfboard and in the water- Highly recommend this family-owned surf school!!

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Layton, Utah
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I am 40+ and decided it is time to learn to surf so, I made my husband go too. :) It was the best activity I have EVER done on a vacation. I am serious. I love river rafting but surfing (even if I'm not great at it) is the best fun ever!!! I felt totally safe especially because if... More

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

30 minutes of instruction in the surf school with an ariel photo of the surf area. They also had some boards to practice paddling & stance on. Then an hour in the water. We paid for a 90 min group lesson and which ended up being 2 people per instructor. They were great with my daughter and by the end,... More

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