Traveling through every country in the Caribbean was an awesome trip, but I found myself occasionally becoming weary from each country being so similar, a luxury destination followed by another luxury destination. It was time to break out of that mindset and do something new. Something I had wanted to do since first seeing it on youtube a couple of years ago – FLYBOARDING.
There aren’t many companies around the world that offer flyboarding, the equipment is expensive, and fixing it requires sending the gear away etc. I hunted one down in St Lucia – Sea Spray Cruises, but be warned – flyboarding doesn’t come cheap at around $100USD per thirty minute sesh, but it’s literally one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Seriously. Skip a few nights on the town for this, it’s unreal.
WHAT IS FLYBOARDING?
Flyboarding is basically hovering over the water with jetpacks attached to you, the water propels you upwards and you’re attached to a jetski, who control the power/speed. You can jet underwater, and all the way up to 40 feet above the water. Somersault, backflips and all sorts of crazy stuff is possible once you get the hang of it, although I only had a forty minute session so that was a bit beyond my ability levels just yet!
HOW DOES FLYBOARDING WORK?
It uses the propulsion from the jetski that you’re attached to, so essentially you have the power of the jetski attached to your feet. The pilot of the jetski controls how high/fast you go, so you can signal to him what you want. As you grow in confidence he lets you go higher and higher, faster and faster. Then if you wanna act like a superstar, you can do the diving thing where you jet underwater and then emerge, hover, and dive again. But gents – make sure you’re wearing some ‘tuckable’ swimwear if you attempt this, injuries for misplaced dives hurt where it hurts most. You have been warned!!
If you’re an expert, you control it yourself, but for beginners like me this is how it works – and it works reallt well.
Fly boarding in St Lucia is certainly pricey but personally I think it’s worth every penny. I’m super careful with my money, and I’ll do it again as soon as I have the chance. Perhaps the coolest activity I’ve done all year. And you can pretend to be IronMan for a few minutes. Who doesn’t want that?!