Anybody can fly a hovercraft. As long as you are able to stay upright and on your knees, you can do it alone. It might be a little while before you are actually hovercraft racing but we will teach you in no time. Remember to keep your weight forward in the corners to balance the weight of your hovercraft and remember to never let go of the throttle when you are traveling sideways. There are not too many permanent hovercraft racing sites in the UK and at Hovercraftracing.co.uk we pride ourselves on having a fast, interesting course with tight corners and a pool to fly over. If you don’t like the idea of hovercraft racing and would rather just learn how to fly a hovercraft, there’s no pressure, just take your time.
You are taught how to operate a 1000cc, single seater racing hovercraft and then are let out, two at a time around the specially designed circuit over land and water. You will each get two practice goes before the fun really starts and you get on with the racing. You will need to kneel down in the hovercraft in order to control it. Just bring outdoor weather gear – everything else you need is provided at no extra cost. A group of 12 doing another activity alongside hovercrafting, for example, should set aside 3 hours.
How does a session work?
Groups of up to eight are instructed on the handling and safety and then each person will get goes in 2 different hovercrafts before the racing begins. Hovercraft racing is quite physical so you will be glad of the rest while you recompose yourself and laugh at others.Anyone who has been hovercraft racing before is usually chosen to go first.
How long does a session last?
Generally 8 people should allow about 1.5 hours for the hovercraft racing. 16 people would be 3 hours. If you have an activity gift voucher or are here as part of a smaller group, your time will be less but you should allow at least an hour.