This is a real question that gets asked a lot at trade shows and by casual observers. We are direct in our answer, no sugar coating . It is a sport in water in a variety of uncontrolled marine environments using gasoline powered jet ski pumps, it has risks as all water sports. You can lessen the risks with training, proper care of equipment, and monitoring your environment. The risks can never be reduced to zero, be patient and careful with your progression in the sport, from your first day, to your practicing for an open competition. If you are looking for a zero risk activity, you will want to look elsewhere.
The most obvious danger of any water based sport is, of course, drowning. Using a proper Personal Floatation Device (PFD) is mandatory for all participants in hydro flight sports. Just as having confidence in your ability to stay afloat is the best remedy for falling off a kayak or surfboard, hydro flight participants will spend time in water floating and waiting to fly. Properly built hydro devices such as the Jetblade and the X-Jetpack have additional floatation built in to assist. However relaxing and confidence in the water prevents panic. Taking swimming lessons is an easy confidence-builder for anyone who will be out in open water.
Although the speeds involved in hydro flight are less than those in recreational personal watercraft usage, logic tells us that hydro flight participants can be at higher risk of head trauma than some other water enthusiasts. Height, obstacles, objects under water and falling or colliding with the jet ski are the immediate risks. Wearing a water sports helmet can help reduce the impact of these collisions, but nothing substitutes for proper training and a good throttleman. Knowing the topography of where they’re playing and practicing good technique will keep most of them safe.
Another universal danger in all ocean sports is trauma from marine life such as coral and jellyfish. Don’t touch any marine life or coral; be aware of your surroundings at all times. Common sense rules.
Here are some universal water sports guidelines:
TEN TIPS FOR SAFETY…..