Frequently Asked Questions
January and February
Daily by reservation only.
Mondays and Tuesdays by reservation.
Wednesday through Sunday – 1 hour after sunrise until 1 hour before sunset
April through July
Every day from 1 hour after sunrise until 1 hour before sunset
Tuesdays by reservation
Mondays, Wednesday – Sundays 9am until 3 pm
(extended hours by reservation)
September and October
Mondays and Tuesdays by reservation
Wednesday through Sunday 1 hour after sunrise until 1 hour before sunset
WE WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY SEPT 23rd
WE WILL ALSO BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY OCT 10th but you can find us at the Explore The Outdoors Festival at Live Oak Landing and try a Hydrobike for free! (Don’t worry we will be back in time for the Sunset BBQ ride that evening.)
November and December
Daily by reservation
How hard is it to ride?
Not hard at all, unless you want it to be. Cruising speed is around 5 mph and takes about as much effort as walking. If you are looking for more exercise, you can get up to 10 mph. Depending on your needs, the Hydrobike can provide a nice easy cruise or a calorie burning workout.
How old do you have to be to ride a Hydrobike?
We have no age restriction however riders must be able to reach the pedals. Usually that is around 8 years old and about 56 inches tall.
How wet will I get?
Typically, you won’t unless you choose to. In a light chop your feet will likely get splashed a little. In a heavy chop or in ocean swells up to half of you will get wet. The Hydrobike is stable enough to jump off of and climb back on to safely so if you want to get really wet, you can!
Can I buy a Hydrobike?
Yes! Simply contact Emerald Coast Hydrobikes and we will be happy to arrange a demo.
Can I use it for fishing?
Yes! The Hydrobike can quietly go where most other boats can not (in as little as 18 inches of water). Plus the elevated seat gives you a great view of the water and habitat. An optional rod holder is available and the decks have plenty of room to strap on a tackle box and cooler! By the way, we offer a Hydrobike designed just for fishing enthusiasts. Check out “The Angler” on our sales page.
Is it just like a bike?
More or less, yes. The main difference is in the steering. If you turn the handlebar too sharply, the rudder will act more like a brake than a rudder. You will quickly realize that a little is actually a lot. Overall, the steering is surprisingly responsive and easy to control.
What should I wear?
In short, whatever is comfortable and weather appropriate. Shoes are optional. Some people like to wear tennis shoes while others bring flops and store them in the console. Weather can be hard to predict, especially in the spring and fall so layers are a good idea and there is plenty of room in the console to stow them. We do not recommend overly loose or flowing pants or skirts because they can get tangled in the bike chain. With all that said, keep in mind that the sun can be very intense here in Florida particularly when you are on the water. A breathable or thin long sleeve shirt can provide protection from the sun as can thin pants, a hat and sunglasses. Waterproof sunscreen is also a good option. If your skin is not used to getting a lot of sun, please understand that even a short amount of unprotected exposure can be brutal and you will not feel it until it is too late. Protect yourself with clothes or sunscreen so you won’t have to go through a few rough and crispy days. We would much rather see you back on the water the next day!
What should I bring?
The console has ample room for plenty of gear plus two drink holders (sorry, but no alcohol)
What you bring is up to you but we recommend that you consider the following items;
-Sunglasses with a floating leash
-Weather appropriate clothing
-Towel/change of clothes (if you plan to get wet)
-Necessary personal medication, especially for any known alergies
In most cases you and your stuff will not get wet but we do offer dry bags to protect against a water fumble or other potential electronic tragedy. We also have many of the above items and you will be able to order them when you make your reservation.
Can I ride a Hydrobike in the Ocean?
Yes! In fact Hydrobikes are designed to handle up to 4 foot swells!
Hydrobikes and a Washington State Commuter- “I have never written a testimonial before. This machine has made such a difference in my life that I am glad to share my experience publicly. It will be two years, the first of June, since I have started riding my HydroBike. I have logged over 1400 miles to date (April 28th 2003). It is a part of my daily commute. I live on an island in Puget Sound and travel just about 2 miles one way. I ride year around which puts me in all kinds of weather and sea conditions. I am truly amazed at the stability of this small craft. I have taken on 3 ft. swells and 30 m.p.h. gusts of wind and still felt safe. I tell people that I have a life time guarantee on the motor. The motor (ME) gets a good aerobic workout and gets me to work. This allows me to spend my money in other ways besides workout facilities, outboard motors, oil, and gas. I think this also helps preserve the quality of Puget Sound by not putting gas, oil, and noise into this vital body of water. Traveling at 3-5 mph I am able to enjoy the Sound in a way that I can not when I am in a motor boat traveling at 25-30 mph. There is an interaction of natural forces and my energy that allows me to become a part of my surroundings. This little machine has also given me local identity. I am known as “that crazy guy that rides a bike on the water”. It has also become an icebreaker. I am not sure of the value because I am a fairly private person. However, in the field of social interaction I do like that I am able to allow almost anyone willing to get on it a chance to ride it. In the age range of 7 to 70. With a motor boat it would not be practical to let just anyone take off with your boat. These are the reasons that I feel the HydroBike has made a difference in my life.”
I received the Hydrobikes and brought them up to my lake house in East Texas last Saturday. Well, Tropical storm Lee was sending rain bands across us and we had a 20-30 mph gusting wind. We got a much needed 3″ of soaking rain in Tyler county, which is the third county west of Louisiana in the middle of East Texas. I could not stand it, so on Sunday I assembled one of the bikes, in the rain, and tried it out. We had no problem in the wind, and I crossed the lake many times. My kids loved it, and my skinny 12 year old son easily controlled the craft. A coast guard officer visiting relatives in the area was very interested in the Hydrobike, and I let him try it and he loved it. I asked him about the wind, and he said it was blowing 20 nautical miles per hour with gusts nearing 40. Two design features of the Hydrobike that keep it from being blown sideways in the wind are the pontoons and the rudder. Your pontoons are deep enough in the water to act as keels, and prevent “crabbing” in the wind. Also, unlike a canoe, or even a kayak, there is very little surface area on the craft for the wind to push on. Now, some of the gusts I encountered were enough to push me sideways on long traverses of the lake. But I could easily compensate with the rudder, which also adds to the amount of “keel”. In fact, in deep water with the rudder in it’s lowest position, it acts as a daggerboard as on a catamaran. I consider the experience a rather extreme test of the craft, and am well satisfied with the performance exhibited. Anyway, next week I am going to take them to the beach and go beyond the third sand bar and fish. I hate wade fishing at the beach as I know what is out there in terms of bull sharks and stingrays…….. “