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Jetpack Adventures offers wild ride in Myrtle Beach

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It's Myrtle Beach's newest attraction that gives riders the chance to fly above the ocean, using a jet pack.

Tyler Boscia saw the jet packs when he walked down the beach on Monday.

"I can't believe I saw that. I've always wanted to be on a jet pack before. I've played video games where jet packs are there, and I've always wanted to be on one," Boscia said.

Jetpack Adventures owner Cliff Wingerter said that's a reaction he sees daily.

"People just have to stop, and take a look at it, and then they want to do it," Wingerter explained.

And it's easy to make that happen. Instructors take riders through a lesson that lasts about 15 minutes. During that lesson, they teach riders how to steer and operate the jet pack.

The movements are controlled by the rider, who moves the jet pack up, down left and ride but simply turning their head or moving their arms. But instructors said a little movement, goes a long way, so it's important to relax.

After strapping in, instructors communicate with the rider through a walkie talkie in the helmet and get ready to take off.

"It's a run, it really is. You can't describe it like anything else. I've surfed, wake boarded, skied, done all the water sports there are but there's nothing like this jet pack," Wingerter said.

But as News13's Kelsey Riggs found out, learning to fly is not always as easy as it looks.

"You're free, you're flying by yourself. You do have the hose attached to you but there is nothing else controlling you other than your own movements," Wingerter said.

But with some practice, instructors learned how to do tricks on the jet pack.

"If you fly on your back, it's like flying on a rail, but it's thin in the middle of your back and you have to balance on it while going 20 mph," Garth Price, Jetpack Adventures instructor and co-owner said.

But whether you're doing tricks and turns, or just flying across the ocean, the experience is one of a kind.

"Everybody is always looking for something new and different. You've parasailed, you've jet skied , let's try something different," Wingerter said.

To find out more about Jetpack Adventures, click here.

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