Water walking, flyboarding, jet packing, jetlev - whatever you call these water jet experiences they are all really quite mad and they are here now in the UK! You might be forgiven for thinking this is the stuff of movies, but you can actually fly above or walk on water using water-powered jets that will propel you out of the water and into the air.
Yes, we thought it sounded far fetched too, but these water jet sports like flyboarding are the latest adrenaline-fuelled activities that are causing quite a storm out there on the water. Of course, you won't just be left to pilot your new fangled vessel yourself, there are fully experienced instructors who will be out on the lake or sea with you to ensure you learn to fly on your board safely. Read more...
• A thrilling ride in a totally unique Seabreacher • This is a semi-submersible jet-powered watercraft • Ride on and in the waters around Victoria Docks • Reach speeds of up to 60mph on & 40mph in the water
This was the question we all asked at Intotheblue HQ when we first heard about the crazy activity of flyboarding. In essence, it’s all about using the pressure of the water being jettisoned out that propels you up and into the air. The gadget you are attached to varies, as all the mad inventors have come up with different designs for their fly boards and jet packs.
We’ve got water-jet powered devices that look like proper jetpacks on your back, flyboards that are not dissimilar to skateboards for the water, jet bikes and even a sort of surfboard with an onboard motor, so don’t even need any waves to carve the water like a surfer.
Whichever H20-charged weapon you choose, it’s going to be all about the balance skills. And sheer guts too. Luckily the guys and girls out on the water with you are all experts at this jet packing malarky, so you're in safe hands. We reckon we'd have trouble just standing up on these gadgets, but the pros even do fancy tricks, which look something akin to a jet powered dolphin gliding in and out of the waves.
The thrill of flying above the water with your jetpack
Indeed, when it comes to packing a punch out on the water, these jet experiences can't be beaten. Just imagine how fast your heart will be pumping when you're immersed in the water waiting for the moment the instructor turns on the jets. Wait for the water as it gurgles along the hoses. Within seconds the pressure literally mounts and as water is jettisoned from your kit and you are lifted out into the air - now that's some experience!
But how do you steer a water-jet powered crazy thing?
As for how you control these gadgets, again it depends on which jet-propelled discipline out on the water you’ve gone for. The jetpack-style JetLev set ups have handlebars type controls, whilst others rely on the eagle-eyed instructor in the boat to regulate the water pressure. On a Jet Surf, you’ve got a throttle button and cable in your hand, so you can accelerate as you wish. Utterly bonkers, but totally brilliant and ideal for the flat waters of the UK.
If you’re looking for a totally different water sport to try, we think all of these flyboarding and water-jet experiences around the UK are the perfect solution. And believe us, none of the sessions will be watered down for beginners, it’s crazy waterborne power all the way!