Want to try Paddle Boarding on your next visit to Oahu? Try standup paddleboarding (SUP lessons) for free at Ala Moana Beach Park. This beach is popular with swimmers, surfers and stand up paddlers and it’s a great place to learn Oahu Paddle Boarding if you’ve never been on a SUP.

Oahu Paddle Boarding for Free

The City and County of Honolulu Parks and Recreation Department offer 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.


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SUP is a great workout for your core.

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.

Related: Things To Do On Oahu – Top Bucket List Experiences in Hawaii

Ala Moana Paddle boarding

Enjoy the views while you SUP in Ala Moana.

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.)

Related: Oahu Travel Guide – Best Beaches, Hikes and Ultimate Experiences

How to sign up

The SUP and Ocean Cross-Fitness season typically runs in April and September.

You can try Oahu Paddle Boarding for free at Ala Moana Beach Park. Contact: Kterukina@honolulu.gov (808) 768-3039.

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