Riding a Water JetPack

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A water jetpack is a $30,000 piece of equipment that provides a kick-butt, adrenaline-filled activity. It’s like a coaster-less roller coaster. Anyone, from 5 to 92+ can try it – you don’t need to be able-bodied. People who are partially paralyzed and those lacking great strength can enjoy this ride. You don’t even need to know how to swim, you just need the ability to remove your face from the water if you fall forward.

How and Where?

The water jetpack has a handheld controller that lets you maneuver around and do tricks. A wireless headset in your helmet connects you to an instructor who talks you through every step. Your body is the main way to control the jetpack, not the controls. Many people say that they feel as though they’re on a suspended roller coaster with no cars or rails. 

A session on a water jetpack runs between $90 to $250 depending on where you are. They can be found Jetpack America in Nevada, Hydroflying Watersports, in Florida, and Orland Jetpack in Orlando, Florida.

Why Does It Work?

It turns out that big science explains how it works. It all has to do with Newton’s Third law of motion, which says that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. As the water or air is pumped out of a jetpack’s bottom, it is pushes against the surface of the water or the ground, which pushes back with equal and opposite force. If the force going down is stronger than the force of gravity, then the jetpack will move up with you attached.

When you strap into that jetpack on your next trip, remember to give a shoutout to Newton and the physical laws that govern us all.

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