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“SUP is fun and easy”

Stand Up Paddle Lessons -- Rainbow Watersports Adventures
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: FUN is our mission! Learn to stand up paddle in a calm bay and a lush river where you are greeted by sea turtles, fish, and peacocks. Along the way, our friendly instructors, all of whom are certified lifeguards, will teach you the skills to be confident stand up paddlers. We guarantee that you can stand up and that you'll have a great time with us. Come by yourself or with a group. Join a group with other paddlers, or take our popular private lessons. Private Lessons are 2 hours and photos are available free of charge. We are available from sun-up to sun-down. We do not have set times; we go when it is convenient for you. If your time permits, come experience our spectacular Sunset Lesson. Ready for even more paddling fun? Join us for our astounding coastal adventure (come see the dolphins!) or our Twilight GLOW paddle, where the boards light up the ocean floor! Stand up paddling with Rainbow Watersports is an ideal activity for paddlers of all abilities, experience, and ages (4 and up). Come drink in our aloha spirit and enjoy what many visitors are calling “the best activity on the island”!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Decided to try SUP at the last minute and called up Rainbow Watersports and they were able to take my family of 6 on the sunset tour. We arrived and were greeted by Rohan and Grace. Both were incredibly friendly. After a short lesson we were off in the ocean and then down the river for our 2 hour tour (3 miles round trip). We are fairly active and we all did fine with SUP, although one of my 11 year olds was a little pokey. No problems, Grace stayed back with him and we all had fun. We didn't see too much wildlife, but did see a few turtles. Overall I think I like the SUP better than our surfing experience but I think the kids liked the surfing. However they certainly enjoyed SUP as well.

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TheOahuTraveler, Owner at Stand Up Paddle Lessons -- Rainbow Watersports Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

Thank you for SUPing (Stand Up Paddling) with us! In truth, the whole trip up the river and back is 1 1/2 miles. That's right -- we are a "No Child Left Behind" school -- we take care of our young paddlers! :)

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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We spent two hours yesterday morning with instructors Heidi and Roan. We were a group of four adults and two kids. Both instructors were knowledgeable, experienced and just plain fun to spend time with. Started out in Haleiwa Bay, and then went down the nearby river. So beautiful, peaceful, and saw lots of turtles. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, easy to learn adventure. They are really the best!

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TheOahuTraveler, Owner at Stand Up Paddle Lessons -- Rainbow Watersports Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

Thank you for the review! Our instructors go through more training than any other school that I know of. That's because we know if they're awesome, your time with us will be awesome. I'm glad you had fun paddling with us -- we had fun paddling with you and your family!

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

We are two active middle age novices and Heidi was an awesome, patient, fun instructor. It was so easy, scenic and so enjoyable. It was definitely worth the money and we feel comfortable enough now to go anywhere and SUP! Loved seeing the turtles and scenery in the quiet river she took us to. We are very pleased with our experience.

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TheOahuTraveler, Owner at Stand Up Paddle Lessons -- Rainbow Watersports Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

Something that sets your experience apart is that besides having a lot of fun, you will learn how to be a confident and skilled paddler so you can paddle anywhere else. Hey, we wrote The Stand Up Paddle Book -- we know what we're talking about!

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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Just back from a great trip to Oahu full of hikes and surfing. Rainbow Watersports lead us on a stand up paddle board trip that was perfect for all levels, Loved it!

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TheOahuTraveler, Owner at Stand Up Paddle Lessons -- Rainbow Watersports Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

You're right -- unlike surfing or other water sports, stand up paddling is perfect for all levels of ability. We are even equipped to take disabled persons paddling! From age 4 to 104, from couch potato to triathlete, and from non-swimmer to swimmer, anyone can come enjoy paddling with us.

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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Rainbow Watersports goes above and beyond to make your first SUP experience wonderful. They really think about the details--boards are chosen to guarantee you are successful, drinks are provided, attention is given to weather. They really want you to have a great experience and that comes across. We cannot say enough wonderful things about Rohan. He instantly made sure that we were comfortable on the water and geared the lesson to our skill set.

If you can go at sunset do it! Between the sea turtles swimming under you and the lovely calmness-- it was a perfect experience. In fact we enjoyed it so much that when we got home, we emailed Heidi to see if she had suggestions on a board purchase. Needless to say, we are now the proud owners of two boards and have had 3 wonderful experiences on the water at home. The lesson really gave us what we needed to be successful not just on vacation, but long term. Thanks guys!! You rock!

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TheOahuTraveler, Owner at Stand Up Paddle Lessons -- Rainbow Watersports Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

I am so excited you got your own boards at home! The more people there are in the world with big smiles on their faces paddling around, the happier I am. Glad we could help instigate happy family experiences.

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