By Susan Farewell
One look at the waves in Maui and you’re going to wish you knew how to surf. Easily done. With the right surfing lessons, you can be a “Beach Boy” in a day. The trick is to not just walk up to any surf school cabana and hand over the credit card. Do some homework.
- For starts, find out what the student/instructor ratio is. There should be at least one teacher for every three students.
- Make sure the instructor is with you the entire time you’re on the water. None of this, “Okay, we’ll catch up with you on the beach in half an hour.”
- Check to see if your instructor is WSI-certified (Water Safety Instruction). On state beaches, this is required. Not so on county parks and beaches.
- Confirm that all gear is included in the quoted price.
One place that fits the bill is Island Style Adventures, right in front of the Westin Maui Resort & Spa (though you don’t have to be a guest there). Lessons start at $70 per person for a two-hour session and include 20 minutes of water safety education and a primer on technique. It’s right on Ka’anapali Beach and has a policy you’ll like. If you’re not standing on your board in the first lesson, the lesson is free.