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 available and the decks have plenty of room to strap on a tackle box and cooler! By the way, Hydrobikes is currently developing a product just for anglers! You will find details on our site as they become available.
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!
Fun & Easy!
Cruising the Neighborhood: It’s Fun & Easy! “I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much we are enjoying our Hydrobike. After recently retiring, I wanted to increase my exercise and fun level too – and the Hydrobike is perfect for both. It’s great fun, easy to pedal, scoots along fast, and I get the side benefit of toning up at the same time. I feel like a kid again, riding my bike around the neighborhood, just now it’s the waterfront neighborhood. The design of the bike is exceptional – lighweight, handy carrying straps for easy entry into the water from our dock, sturdy and stable platform, and easy to set the handlebars and seat ergonomically correct for different height riders.
My bike was in demand for our recent Father’s Day picnic, and we had riders from 8 to 72 years old and they all loved it. My favorite time to ride is early in the morning or after the sun goes down. I have to sneek out of the house if I don’t want Buster, my dog, to go with me. As soon as he sees me heading for the dock and my bike he starts whining to go with me. He’s never cared for going out on our 25′ Parker fishing boat, but he definitely loves being close to the water on the Hydrobike. I commend you and your company on your service as well. I was thrilled to get my bike as quickly as I did, and your quick and personal responsiveness to calls and EMAIL is so refreshing.”
A Perfect Fit!
“I have worked as an engineer at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the past 26 years. I had been looking for a pedal powered water bike for some time and researched the various models that were commercially available and finally decided on the Hydrobike. It is even better than I had imagined! What an incredible design! Everything went together perfectly. The majority of the parts are corrosion resistant, (aluminum, brass and stainless) which was a big concern for using it in our salt water environment and the hulls are virtually indestructible. I weigh about 235 lbs so I was worried about stability. No problem at all. I can stand on one pontoon and the bike is still completely stable. It is really fast and easy to handle, just like riding a bike on the water. It was almost effortless. It handled the rough water with no problem, went into the wind easily, and was a pleasure all round to use. You can operate it in really shallow water by moving the conveniently located handle attached to the drive unit and trimming the drive unit up until the propeller is barely in the water. The designer thought of everything.”