Before you fly: Frequently Asked Questions
So what is a FlyBoard?
The FlyBoard is an accessory that attaches to the jet discharge of a Personal Watercraft (PWC). The PWC is the “engine” that propels the FlyBoard through the air and water using the thrust created by the PWC.
How long does it take to learn how to fly?
The average person will be flying in 2 to 5 minutes and learn the basic maneuvers within 20 minutes.
Does it take a lot of strength to fly on the FlyBoard?
Not even! All it takes is basic hand and feet coordination so if you can stand up and walk, the odds are you can FlyBoard! You don’t have to be Iron-man to fly like one.
How does it work?
Specially designed water nozzles located below the unit provide the lift using the water flow from the Personal Watercraft (PWC). The FlyBoard Pilot becomes the propulsion unit while the PWC is the engine that drives it.
Is there a weight or size limit to use the FlyBoard?
We can successfully fly anyone up from 100 lbs to 350 pounds. There is no height limit and our standard equipment will accommodate anyone with a shoe size between 4 and 15.
Will I be able to float in the water when on the FlyBoard?
Absolutely! Although the FlyBoard weighs about 45 pounds on dry land, it’s built-in buoyancy makes it virtually weightless in the water. Your Certified FlyBoard Instructor will teach you the proper techniques for maneuvering in the water.
What is the minimum age requirement?
We can teach anyone 13 and older with a parent or legal guardians’s permission.
Will the FlyBoard push you underwater if you fall?
No. Our Certified FlyBoard Instructors are trained to observe safety and release the thrust as soon as the flyer enters the water. You will float to the surface in less than 2 seconds.
How high will I fly on my first flight?
Our beginning pilots will learn to do most basic maneuvers at approximately 5 feet above the water. Although this may not sound like it’s very high, the average person will be almost 11 feet above the water at eye level.
What should I wear?
You should come prepared to go swimming. We will outfit you with a Wetsuit for your flight so wear a comfortable swimming suit.
What should I bring with me?
A dry change of clothes is suggested but not required, a towel and a valid form of identification.
Do I need to be a strong swimmer in order to use the FlyBoard?
Absolutely not. We do encourage our riders to be able to at least swim as this may give them more confidence in the water however a life jacket will be used at all times so even non swimmers would be welcome.
Who controls how much power/how high the FlyBoard actually goes?
The amount of power is controlled by the person on the Jet Ski by how much they press the accelerator. This controls the amount of water being propelled through the hose to the FlyBoard. The amount of power does not 100% correlate to the amount of height the FlyBoard goes as the user can adjust their height levels by balancing on the board one way or the other.
Do we fly in the rain or bad weather?
As long as wind speeds are not higher than 25 miles per hour and there is no lightning we are good to fly! In the case of unsafe weather we can reschedule.
Is there a high risk of injury involved in this sport/activity?
As in most sports the risk of injury increases as the athlete pushes the extreme limits. The risk of injury at the beginner and intermediate level is very low. This is partially due to the level of safety precautions taken in every experience and also the use of helmets and life jackets. The FlyBoard itself does also absorb a lot of the fall if someone were to lose control. Inexperienced users would/should never be taken to heights where losing control could cause any injury but even if this were to happen there are many avenues to take in avoiding injury. All of this makes FlyBoarding a relatively safe sport as long as safety precautions are followed.