Forgive the pun, but we can really see Jetlev blowing adrenaline sports like paragliding, wakeboarding and jet skiing out of the water.
An upgrade on James Bond’s jetpack in Thunderball, this kickass contraption allows you to power not only through the air, but underwater too.
How does it work?
We weren’t kidding when we said this thing’s like a 007 gizmo. Essentially, it is a jetpack … except this one’s propelled by water rather than rocket fuel (which we assume, makes it a lot safer!).
The jetpack is connected to a 10-metre hose, which is in turn connected to a power unit that tows along as you go. That power unit drives the water through the hose then out through two nozzles on the pack, generating up to 420lb of lift.
At full power, the Jetlev can send you as high as 30 feet and speed you along as fast as 30 mph.
Is it safe?
Naturally, everyone who tries it undertakes a safety briefing and tutorial from a certified instructor beforehand. First time flyers don’t have total control of the Jetlev’s power – their instructor controls that remotely, making adjustments for stability.
Where can I try it?
There are “flight centres” in the USA, Antigua, Aruba, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. Check out the Jetlev website for more details.
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