Lessons

We offer Private Stand Up Paddle lessons with expert instructors for all levels from beginner to advanced paddlers.  We don't offer the cheapest lessons but we like to think that our lessons are the best value for your money and highest quality instruction you will find anywhere.  

Our proven coaching methods are guaranteed to improve your paddling (and have a lot of fun at the same time), no matter what level you are at.  Scroll to the bottom for some references on Tripadvisor.  At Blue Planet we also have the biggest fleet of performance rental boards and paddles in Hawaii, so we can always provide you with the best gear available for your needs, not some waterlogged old beater board like you get at some other places.

We also offer bi-monthly  free SUP clinics for customers interested in purchasing a board at our shop.

For advanced paddlers we offer: Weekly Wednesdays Coaching and Time trial.

 

Requirements: Almost anyone can learn how to stand up paddle, please let us know if you have any medical conditions we need to be aware of.  You do need to be flexible enough to stand up from a kneeling position.  Although the board is attached to you with a leash, we do require that you can swim well enough to keep yourself afloat if you fall off the board.  If you are not sure if you can, or have not been in the water for a long time, don't worry, you can still learn to Stand Up Paddle but please first take swim lessons with our partner Chris Day at oahuswimacademy.com.

 

Beginner coaching:
Learn from an expert and have fun from the first try.  We guarantee that you will be able to paddle on your first day and will learn the basics without the frustration of learning by trial and error.  By learning good technique right from the start you will avoid getting used to bad habits that are more difficult to "unlearn" later.  Our first priority is that you have fun and enjoy your first experience, our second priority is that you learn the basics of SUP and will also introduce you to more advanced techniques that will shorten the learning curve.
 
Intermediate coaching:  
We will customize the lesson to your needs.  After assessing your skill level, we will work on specific techniques using drills to help you advance quickly to have more fun on the water.  One lesson can be equal to months of learning by trial and error on your own.
 
Advanced coaching:
Our instructors can help you perfect your technique with personal attention.   The fastest paddlers in the world are the ones that always work on improving their technique and efficiency (not just their fitness).  We can also help build a personal fitness/ training plan for you to help you reach your goals.  When you are ready, our trainers can take you on a guided surf tour to uncrowded surf breaks, on longer distance and downwind runs and help you prepare for races.
Click here for more information on coached downwind runs with Robert Stehlik (for intermediate and advanced paddlers only).

Surf Guide service:  
If you are an experienced SUP surfer, we can take you to the best spots on the island.  We have the local knowledge to find uncrowded, quality waves depending on the conditions.  We will coach you on important local knowledge like shallow reefs, channels, etiquette, and show you where to position yourself to get the best rides.   Let us help you catch the best waves of your life.  
 
Best results are achieved with one on one training or two students per instructor.  We also offer, on request: personal fitness/ diet consulting, goal setting,  training plans, race preparation and strategy, downwind paddle technique and long distance training.  

To watch a lesson video with two young girls (7 and 9 yrs old), click here.
To watch a video of a recent downwind paddle coaching (for advanced paddlers), click here.  
For a video of our recent race workshop with video stroke analysis, click here
 
Schedule/ Instructors:
Private lessons with Robert Stehlik, owner of Blue Planet Surf and co author of the Zen Waterman blog, are offered on weekdays between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm. Lessons need to be booked at least one day in advance, based on availability, first come first served.
We also offer lessons with other professional paddlers including Jenn Lee, Kainoa Beaupre and Nicole Madosik, including weekends. Lessons on Oahu's North Shore can be booked with Kevin Seid, owner of Everpaddle and Surfing lessons (prone) can be booked with Len Kelemoana Barrow.
 
Pricing:
1.5 hr. private lesson/ coaching: $90 for students with own equipment (same price for 1-6 students).
or $120 includes all equipment for one student, we recommend a private lesson with 1-2 students for best results.
We can add additional students for just $30 each (lesson for two people= $150, for 3=$180, etc., six student maximum per instructor/ class, click here to book the lesson online.  The hourly rate is $60 per hour for the instructor for surf guide and downwind coaching services, plus $30 per rental board if you don't already have a board.
You can also reserve the lesson by calling Blue Planet Surf Shop at 808 596 7755.  Our goal is to offer a great value and make sure you have a great experience (see the tripadvisor ratings at the bottom of this page, our guest book and our shop listing on Google for many positive reviews written by satisfied customers).  We accept cash or credit/ debit cards, a 4.7% Hawaii GETax is added to the above rates.  Please scroll down for a map of the standard lesson meeting place.
 
Intermediate and advanced private lessons where student provides own equipment are available for $60 per hour (min. 1.5 hr. per lesson=$90 min. per lesson) or $300 for six hour block (= four 1.5 hour lessons or $50 per hour, pre paid).  This is a flat hourly rate for up to 6 students (with own equipment) and can be split between students.
 
Rates for weekly or biweekly personal fitness training programs available on request.
 
For information on lessons and pricing, please read all the information on this page, when you are ready to book a date and time for a lesson, please contact:
Robert Stehlik, owner and head instructor,  Blue Planet Surf Shop: 808 596 7755
Qualifications:
We have been teaching Stand Up Paddling for over 6 years and our instructors have developed advanced coaching techniques that are customized to the students abilities and strengths.   Robert Stehlik is a PSUPA certified instructor and instructor trainer, for more information, visit: http://www.psupa.com/find-instruction/
Blue Planet Surf Gear, LLC has been in business for over 20 years and is fully insured. Our instructors are CPR certified.  Robert Stehlik was featured as one of the best SUP instructors in the US by SUP the mag.  Click here to read the profile.
 
Blue Planet Surf Shop
540 Ward Ave.
Honolulu, Hi 96814
 
 
Lesson signup form/ waiver.  You will be required to sign the signup form/ waiver before the lesson.  You can help and have more time for the lesson by bringing the filled out form to the lesson.  Please follow the link and in the google docs window, choose file, print, this will open a pdf that you can print out, fill out/ sign, and bring to the lesson. 
 
Location: Private lessons can be held at various locations, depending on the lesson requested.
Unless agreed otherwise, the standard meeting place is at the second to last beach shower at the Western end of Ala Moana beach park, across from the concessions and bathroom buildings, see map and street view below.
 
 
Homework:  To watch our video with basic instructions to be better prepared for your first lesson, click play below:
 
For a video of one of our free SUP clinics, click play below.
 


Rental Equipment:
Blue Planet has a large fleet of high quality rental boards, so you will always be using quality equipment that fits your size, weight and skill level:
Click here for a current list of available rental boards at Blue Planet Surf Shop
For SUP paddle tecnique posts and more, please visit the Zen Waterman blog
 

This is a video of the second SUP lesson with Jenna (9 yrs old) and Quinn (7 yrs old). They both did very well and mastered basic stroke technique and turning manoeuvers on their second day out. It took me months to learn this stuff! Good job girls. Aloha! 

Video service:
On request we can film, edit (with music or voice over by coach) and publish on the web (choice of public or password protected link) a custom video of your SUP lesson for $20 to $50, depending on the time spent editing.  We can also make a DVD of your lesson for an additional $10.

Also available: Private Surfing Lessons with Len Barrow

Rate:  same as SUP lessons: $90 for 1.5 hrs of instruction plus $30 per rental board used, 2 students max.

Private Surf Lessons for all levels with Len Barrow.  Len has been getting rave reviews from his students, satisfaction guaranteed.  Please stop by or call:
Blue Planet Surf Shop at 808 596 7755 
or Len Barrow directly at 808 852 9789, 
or 
e-mail Kelemoana@yahoo.com for details.

 

For swim lessons, please contact our partner, oahuswimacademy.com