Oahu Paddle Boarding 101: How to make sure your Hawaii Paddleboard Adventure is Safe & Fun

Paddleboarding in Hawaii The North Shore of Oahu is known for its world-class waves and as the epicenter of professional surfing. In the summer, however, the waters along Oahu’s North Shore are calm, crystal clear, and perfect for exploring by paddle board. If you’re visiting our North Shore surf school, join us for a paddle board tour through Turtle Bay, where we’ll spot sea turtles while cruising through the serene bay. If you’re thinking of heading out on an Oahu paddle boarding adventure with us in Hawaii or elsewhere, continue reading below for Oahu Paddle Boarding 101: How to make sure your Hawaii Paddleboard Adventure is Safe & Fun.


Choose the Right Paddleboard

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Before you head out on the water, it’s important to choose the right paddle board. Make sure the board is suitable for your weight and experience level. If you’re a beginner, choose a board with plenty of volume, a wide base, and a flat bottom, all of which will provide more stability. For more experienced paddlers, a narrower board will allow for greater maneuverability and down-the-line speed. Our paddle boards at JOB Surf Experience are perfect for all experience levels and are designed to cruise.


Check the Weather and Tides Before Your Hawaii Paddle Board Adventure 

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If you’re heading out on an Oahu paddle boarding tour with our surf school, we’ll make sure you’re setting out at an ideal tide. If you’re going on your own, pay attention to both the weather and tide forecast. High winds, strong currents, and changing tides can make paddleboarding dangerous. Be sure to choose a day with calm weather and a favorable tide.


Know Your Limits

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It’s important to know your limits when paddleboarding. Don’t attempt to paddle in conditions that are beyond your skill level. If you’re a beginner, stay in calm waters, avoid strong currents, and don’t stray too far from shore. As you gain experience, you can gradually explore more challenging spots. Our guides will keep you safe in the calm waters surrounding Turtle Bay when you join us for a Hawaii paddle board tour.


Explore with a Guide

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If you’re new to paddleboarding, join us for a guided tour. Joining a guided paddleboard tour with a reputable company like JOB Surf Experience can help you navigate the coast with confidence and explore some of the best spots on Oahu.


Respect Marine Life and the Environment

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The waters around Turtle Bay are home to a bounty of marine life, from sea turtles and dolphins to exotic fish and even monk seals. When paddleboarding in Hawaii, it’s important to respect marine life and the environment. Avoid disturbing wildlife, by keeping a safe distance and cleaning up after yourself to help persevere Hawaii’s natural beauty.


Bring Essential Gear

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Make sure you bring essential gear with you on your Oahu paddle boarding adventure. Paddleboarding essentials include sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of water. If you’ve got fair skin, consider wearing a rash guard or a sun shirt to keep your skin protected.


Stay Hydrated



Paddleboarding in Hawaii can be a workout, even on calm water, so it’s important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your paddleboarding session. If you’re paddling for an extended period, consider bringing a reusable water bottle with you.


Book your stay at Turtle Bay Resort to stay close to the action on the North Shore and to have unapparelled access to our North Shore Surf School for surf lessons, paddle board tours, beach yoga, and more. Book your Oahu paddle board adventure here.

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