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SUP for Free at Ala Moana Beach Park 

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What’s better than getting out of work and heading to the beach?  Especially when your off midday and Ala Moana Beach Park is located one block away.

This beach is popular with swimmers, surfers and stand up paddlers and it’s a great place to learn if you’ve never been on a SUP.

The City and County of Honolulu Parks and Recreation Department offers free Stand-Up Paddleboard lessons and an Ocean Cross-Fitness Course during certain times of the year. They provide all the equipment.  Even though I already knew how to SUP, I learned techniques on how to turn the board.  Before I started taking the class, I had never been on a prone paddleboard, a board with no paddle.

SUP is a great workout for your core, but the prone paddleboard forces you to use your arms.

The staff and volunteers always greet you with a big friendly smile.  You’ll go out with a lifeguard for a 30-40 minute session, depending on which class you take. The only thing you have to do is sign up, show up, and take a swim test once.   The class sizes are small, no more than 3-4 people at a time, and you can go at your own pace.

Once you get in the water,  soak in the Honolulu skyline – and enjoy the stunning views of Diamond Head, Waikiki and Kakaako.

Occasionally you’ll also see a few honus (Hawaiian Sea turtles) in the water.  (Take note: All sea turtles are protected by federal and state laws. Don’t touch them.)

The SUP and Ocean Cross-Fitness season just ended in mid-April,  but the next one starts again in September.

Parks.Honolulu.gov  Contact: Kterukina@honolulu.gov (808) 768-3039.

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