What is a Flyboard?
Looking at the board, you’d think it was something straight out of a science fiction film. A Flyboard enables the rider to use water pressure to ‘fly’ above the sea. The science behind it all is surprisingly simple. The rider wears a life jacket and a helmet for safety, and stands strapped into a board, much a like a small wakeboard, which is connected to a jet-ski with a 10m pipe, which pumps water into the board. The jet-ski engine supplies the power to pump the water and into the board, and that’s what propels it upwards. The instructor will be on the jet-ski controlling the pressure.
It looks tricky – does it need much skill?
No, you just need good balance. You don’t need to have muscles like Iron Man to be able to zoom around like him. As long as you can keep your balance, you’ll be fine. It doesn’t take too long to master either. SeaRide Dubai offers a minimum 30-minute session where after a short safety briefing and instructions on how the board works, they will have you up and away in 15 minutes. If you spend more time, or try it regularly, you can be confidently doing tricks and back flips within a few sessions.
Is it safe?
All water sports carry some risks, and the Flyboard is a safe activity to try as long as you listen to your guide’s instructions. You’ll be given a life jacket and helmet in case you fall off your board, and even if you do come off, it’s a fairly smooth landing. You don’t have to be in very deep water to try Flyboarding, and SeaRide operates just beyond the harbour. The board allows the rider to rocket up to 10m above the sea, and remain connected to the jet-ski. You don’t even need to be able to swim, so anybody can try this exciting sport.