LOCATION MATTERS

Essentials for operating: Our priority, your safety matters!

ESSENTIALS FOR OPERATING

HydroFly Spent a lot of time ensuring our operations areas are the best in the business. Finding the perfect location enables an experience like no other by no other. To enable the search here are a list of some of the things we took into consideration before choosing the perfect location:

Know your area of operation:

Our area of operation needed to be approved by our local Marine Safety Department, Roads and Transport Authority, Park Authority and local Council. Many facets of our operation needed to be factored in for our business to attain approval for Commercial use as a Commercial Hire Operative or more commonly referred to as Commercial Hire and Drive.

Pen Operations:

Pen operations were mainly required for our Flyboard Hire operation. It allow us to conduct instruction within the safe confines of an exclusively reserved pen area:

·         Designated cruising area that a hired Flyboard can operate in: (latitude and longitude of all applicable buoys).

·         The area is marked out by: (number, colour, location and distance of buoys or other method).

·         It will also be listed and referenced with an area chart/detailed drawing/photo of the circuit showing direction of travel.

Tides, currents:

Can greatly inhibit a first timer’s ability to control the board safely and within the confines of the Pen Area. In between instruction the Jet Ski hire (PWC) will remain off or in idle; during this time the PWC and Flyboard user may drift off course and out of our Pens limits. Before hire we assess the tidal currents, and end hire if unsafe or with an inexperienced user (a user without ability to control the devices).

Wind conditions:

Can greatly inhibit a first timer’s ability to control the board safely and within the confines of the Pen Area. In between instruction the PWC will remain off or in idle; during this time the PWC and Flyboard user may drift off course and out of our Pens limits. We do not operate in winds exceeding 60 km/hr. Your ability to stay within the air will be greatly reduced. Before hire we assess the wind conditions, and end hire if unsafe or with an inexperienced user.

Visibility:

Relates to your ability to see below the water’s surface. We are aware of the location of underwater obstructions and water depths. Marine Safety would generally require a survey before approving any pen operational area; alternatively they may be able to suggest a suitable area of operation for Flyboard activities.

Ocean, River, Lake Surface:

We need to know the type of water we will be operating in and what the consistency is of the waters floor. Are we operating in a river, a lake or the ocean? Is the waters floor sand, mud or reef? In the unlikely event of diving deeper than expected and hitting the waters floor; we needed to know the risks involved with each type of water and its floor type.

Example 1. We are operating in the ocean with a sand and reef floor we need to ensure:

a)      Sufficient water depths to reduce the risk of damaging our equipment and or a filled sunken hose entangling itself on the reef.

b)      The safety of the operators in the event of diving into a reef.

c)       Be cautious of sand running through the bearing system and jamming.

Example 2. We are operating in a river with a mud floor you need to ensure:

a)      The current of the river is not too strong.

b)      Mud can create a suction with a sunken hose.

c)       The safety of the operators when loading or unloading users on the Flyboard (eg. sinking within mud especially during low tides).

d)     Changes within the environment due to weather (eg. floating or semi submerged logs).

Water depths:

Are crucial to Flyboarding and operating in a safe environment. The rules and regulations for water depths will vary depending on the state or country in which we are operating. We recommend minimum 4 meters depth when rising higher than 2m or diving.

Under water obstructions:

The area in which we are operating needs to be well mapped out for any underwater obstructions. Dolphin diving is great fun but not if you were to run into anything. Sticking to our required depths, surveying our area of operation and either moving away from underwater obstructions or removing them from harm’s way.

Hazards within the area of operation:

Come in the form of anything from rocks, docks, moored boats, moorings, signs, and marker buoys etc. Knowing our states and countries requirements for operating in and around hazards. We recommend keeping a minimum distance of 60m away from hazards before rising higher than 5m or diving.

Weather conditions:

We always check the weather forecast for the day of operation before considering using the Flyboard. Weather will significantly affect many of the other essentials of operating the equipment safely. In the event of unexpected bad weather Flyboard, Hoverboard or Jetpack hire will be ended immediately returning to a safe location preferably on land.

Heavy surf / large swells:

The Flyboard is not designed to be used in an environment with surf or wash. The PWC could potentially flip or roll in these conditions or pull any user of the Flyboard out of the sky. We recommend to use the Flyboard in swells no greater in height than 1.5m.

Flyboard / PWC load requirements.

The Flyboard has been designed for one flyer and one flyer alone. Operating the Flyboard with any more than one person on the device could potentially lead to serious or permanent injury or even death.

There are many types of PWC’s on the market generally 2-3 seater; if you were to operate a Flyboard attached to a two seater we would only allow one PWC operator and one Flyboard user at a time. In the event of an emergency where we would be required to remove the Flyboard operator from the water they will have a seat to rest and stay seated. Operating with a 3 seater PWC will allow for a 3rd person or observer to remain seated on the PWC.

Age and weight restrictions:

The minimum age requirement on a Flyboard is 12 years. There is no maximum age requirement on the Flyboard; our oldest Flyboard operator was 68.

Whilst there is no weight restrictions required with the Flyboard we do not recommend anyone over 120kg to participate on the device. Apart from adding extra pressure on the PWC and Flyboard, it could also be potential for health issues to arise in a physically demanding and strenuous activity.

Emergency procedures in the event of an emergency:

There are many safety concerns regarding any water sports activity; Flyboarding is very similar to any of these activities. Most safety concerns ascending to an emergency procedure require a little common sense and a little understanding of the concern at hand. Some of the emergencies that may be applicable to the sport are:

a)      Collision.

b)      Loss of engine power of PWC.

c)       Grounding or stranding.

d)      Severe weather.

e)      Medical emergency evacuation.

f)       Fire.

g)      PWC operator falls off of PWC.

h)      PWC flips or rolls.

All safety concerns were addressed and the procedures involved for handling those concerns were formulated in a risk assessment and Safety Management Plan. We will cover some of these concerns within your practical training on the day of your Flyboard, Jetpack or Hoverboard hire.

Our Locations

We have specifically chosen two great locations at Pelican Beach, Main Beach, Queensland and Little Sandy Bay, Hobart, Tasmania. Our selection made for their natural beauty, ease of access, proximity to the beach and parkland and the availability of ensuring all conditions for safe operations were ticked off of the list. We hope to see you soon to experience an experience like no other. Unleash your inner hero!

 

 

 

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