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Jetlev jetpacks coming to Mission Bay

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Water sports are about to get a whole lot more exciting in San Diego. Starting this weekend, you can pay to get the ride of a lifetime on a jetpack that lets you fly over the water.

Anyone who was ever dreamed of flying or walking on water can now make it a reality. Pumping out 1000 gallons of water per minute, this ground breaking flight system takes riders to new heights.

"Jetpacks have been around for a while, but the key with the Jetlev is using water pressure to lift yourself in the air," said Dean O'Malley of Jetlev Southwest.

The jetpack allows pilots to fly as high as 30 feet in the air. If height isn't what you are after, then the jetpack can scoot you along the water at more than 30 miles per hour.

How does it work?

Weighing only 28 lbs., the ultra light pack made out of carbon fiber is hooked up to a jet ski motor. That motor sucks water in and forces it through the hose and out of the nozzle.

"What you'll see it's really about fine movements and small adjustments, it's not like cranking the thing around," said O'Malley.

First time riders will fly with an instructor controlling the unit, so you are always in good hands.

"So throughout your entire flight you're getting second by second instructions on what to do," said Chris Herman of Jetlev Southwest.

One flight, which can range anywhere from 15-25 minutes, starts at $159. There is something for everyone and for the daredevils there is always the dolphin dive.

"One crowd fav is going under water and doing the dolphin dive and submarines, that kind of stuff," said Herman.

Riders must be at least 16 years old and weigh a minimum of 90 lbs. San Diegans can try the jetpack out for themselves starting Saturday at the Mission Bay Sports Center.

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