How AquaSkipper Works
Every time you jump, the force of your weight compresses the fiberglass spring, causing the back foil to change its angle. From the same impact of your jump, the angled back foil is pushed downward to generate the propulsion.
The front foil is locked to a constant height in the water by the skimmer, which planes on the surface of the water.
The image above shows the AquaSkipper during the upward portion of the jump.
The second image above shows the AquaSkipper during the downward portion of the jump. The force of the jumping pushes down on the back foil and compresses the spring.
Using the Aquaskipper is a great way to add fun and excercise to your life style. As with any excercise programme, please consault a doctor before you use the Aquaskipper, especially if you have any pre-existing health problems or concerns.
1. Always wear a lifejacket.
2. Always wear water shoes.
3. Do not use the Aquaskipper if you cannot swim.
4. Never take the Aquaskipper out further than you can swim back.
5. Watch for strong currents or waves that may take you out further than you expected.
6. Always go with another person who can help if neccessary.
7. Do not ride close to other objects in the water.(ie boats or people)
8. Do not tow the aquaskipper with a boat or other water craft.
9. Drugs and alcohol must not be used when operating the Aquaskipper
VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE:
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES USE THE AQUASKIPPER ON ANY BODY OF WATER FOR WHICH YOU DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION. TIDAL AREAS LIKE THE RIVER THAMES CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND THE PERMISSION OF THE GOVERNING AUTHORITY MUST BE SOUGHT BEFORE ANY ACTIVITY IS UNDERTAKEN .
Before you use Aquaskipper remember to:
1. Check to be sure that the Aquaskipper is properly assembled.
2. Check to be sure the spring is set for the right wieght of person using the Aquaskipper.
3. Check the depth of water. The Aquaskipper must be launched from a dock or boat in at least 6.5 feet (2 meters) of water.
4. Check to see if there are any parts damaged or missing, including the plastic parts.
5. Check the water for such things as underwater plants, rocks and litter, etc. If the large hydrofoil gets caught on anything the aquaskipper may not stay afloat.
The Aquaskipper may be started from a dock or boat. The water should be calm, although smooth waves can also be present. Be prepared to fall in the water the first few times you try using the Aquaskipper!
The Aquaskipper will itself float. At any time you are in the water and tired, you can rest by holding onto the vertical frame.
Assembling Your AquaSkipper
There are nine easy steps to build your Aquaskipper, the first time you assemble it take your time and pay particular attention to the manual so you get it right first time. The process at the beginning should take you approximately 30-40 minutes as you decipher which part goes where. After that 10 minutes is all it take to get fully assembled and on the water.
Slide the steering shaft through the tube of the middle bar until it stops. The word 'AquaSkipper' should be up right. The weight label on the steering shaft should face forward. Next slide the bushing up the tube until it stops and then insert the bushing pin.
Connect the fibre glass spring to the centre hole of the curve bar by inserting the spring pin. Check to be sure that you use the end of the spring that has the thicker spacers.
To attach the curve bar to the bottom end of the steering shaft, insert the curve bar pin. To attach the fibre glass spring to the middle of the steering shaft, insert the spring pin. The hole you use on the steering shaft depends on the users weight.
Attach the small foil onto the canard with the canard screw. Use the hex wrench to tighten. Make sure the front of the small foil is forward, towards the skimmer. Fit the skimmer to the tip of the canard with the skimmer screw. Use a phillips screwdriver to tighten.
Attach the curve bar to the canard by inserting the curve bar pin.
Fit the two pieces of the large foil together. Insert the female screws in the bottom and the male screws on top. Use the hex wrench to fasten the two pieces together. To fit the large foil tips onto the wing, first slip on the narrow end and then the wider end.
Insert the right and left vericles into the right and left platform ends. Look for the labels indicating which side is which. Be sure to push the verticals all the way in to the ends of the platform.
Attach the large foil to the vertical frame. First put the screw head of one vertical into the larger hole in the foil and then slide it over to the smaller hole. Second, press the other vertical inward until the screw head goes into the larger hole and then release the pressure to allow it to automatically slide into the smaller hole. Important: Make sure the front of the large foil is forward, towards the platform.
To finish, insert the middle bar into the tube on the platform. Insert the middle bar screw and tighten with the hex wrench to secure.
Setting spring for user weight
To get started on the Aquaskipper, ensure you read through the instructions very carefully. Make sure the spring is on the correct setting for the person using the Aquaskipper. From the top, the settings are:
- Hole 1: 70-100lbs (32-45kg)
- Hole 2: 100-140lbs (45-64kg)
- Hole 3: 140-190lbs (64-86kg)
- Hole 4: 190-250lbs (86-114kg)
When going on the AquaSkipper for the first time, we suggest using the weight setting one step lower than your weight range. (one hole higher)
An optional floatation bouy is included for some extra flotation at the front. The AquaSkipper will float without the bouy; however the bouy will help the front end of the AquaSkipper rise to the surface. Beginners might find it easier to swim back to the dock with this attached.
Launching the Aquaskipper
- You need to launch the Aquaskipper from a dock or a boat in at least 6.5 feet or 2 metres or water in order to avoid the risk of hitting the bottom. Injury to yourself or damage to the Aquaskipper may occur if its too shallow.
- Hold the handlebar and lower the large foil down to above or under the waters surface.
- Stand at the edge of the dock. The foot that you are going to use to push off should be placed slightly over the edge of the dock. If your foot is not over the edge of the dock, you could slip and you will not get a powerful enough push to start. Put your other foot on the Aquaskippers platform.
- Rock forward, and as the skimmer reaches the water, give yourself a powerful push off the dock. Immediately start jumping! your toes should be against the front lip of the platform.
- You will need to lean forward and jump on the balls of your feet. Push down on the handlebar, but do not pull up as it may cause the small foil to come out the water.
- If the Aquaskipper starts leaning to one side or the other, use your body weight to counterbalance it.
For more speed and efficiency, move your feet back on the platform. To accelerate after you push off or if you need to recover from a stall, stand forward on the platform. You may use your arms to assist on every jump.
Turning made easy
When you turn, the inner foil will loose some lift. to counteract that, jump a liitle harder and lean your body to the opposite side. This action is opposite from turning on a bicycle.
For a righthand turn, turn the handlebar to the right, but lean your body to the left.
There are two options when you are ready to land your Aquaskipper. You can either stop jumping near the dock and the Aquaskipper will stop.( you'll end up in the water) or you can land on a dock. If you want to get wet dont read the following.
- Make sure there is enough space under the dock for the foil to move under it.
- Always come to the dock on your right or left side. Do not try and land straight on.
- When you are about 30 feet (10 metres) from the dock stop jumping and let the aquaskipper glide. (The distance you stop jumping may vary on the speed you are traveling.
- When the Aquaskipper is parallel with the dock, pull back the handle bar and step onto the dock with one foot.
CAUTION; The dock might become slippery when wet. Use extreme caution when choosing to land this way.