Hovercraft Advice


Plan your cruise: Make sure you are aware of your craft (and your own!) limitations and plan accordingly – carefully check weather forecasts and be aware of pull-out locations and sheltered spots. Make sure someone knows where you are going.

Fuel: Pay close attention to fuel management and re-fuel in a safe way and in a safe place. Make sure you carry enough fuel for your journey (always include a 30% minimum reserve). Know your craft and your limits: Plan your route according to both. Don't overload your craft! An overloaded craft will be operating near or at its limit – any minor weather change could push it over that limit! Keep within the law: Before operating ensure that your intended route will not infringe local by-laws, navigation restrictions or wildlife sanctuaries.


Be Prepared: Full safety equipment must to be carried and checked - carry out a craft preflight check every time you stop! Make sure you have suitable clothing for all forecast conditions (getting wet can be extremely dangerous – always carry spare clothing!). Carry a basic first-aid kit, clean water and an emergency repair kit with you at all times.

Comms: Make sure you have some way to summon help in an emergency (e.g. marine VHF radio – check reception, mobile phone – check it works where you are going, flares, etc).

Don’t drink and drive: You know it makes sense. Alcohol badly affects your responses and judgement


Operate with consideration: Operate with due consideration for others at all times – watch your fan/prop blast and make sure bystanders are kept well clear when manoeuvring on land.

Noise: Use minimum speed and throttle when close to populated areas, people or wildlife.

Avoid beach buzzing: Try not to go past the same area more than once an hour. Stay away from populated beaches, shorelines or public areas unless no other route is available.

Watch your speed: Adjust your speed to suit the conditions or waterway regulations and take extra care when close to other water users.

Take care of the Environment: Don't damage plants, vegetation or disturb wildlife. Stay at least 100 metres away from feeding birds on water or mudflats and keep a safe distance from crocodiles, hippos, seals and cetaceans (dolphin, porpoise, etc.)