In this June 24, 2011, photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Scott Oosting, left, and Dave Tuxbury, right, fly in Key West, Fla., with a new Florida Keys visitor offering called Jetpack Adventures providing human flight experiences. The flight apparatus is tethered by a 30-foot hose dragging a tiny boat with a pump that uses seawater as propellant. During training, the instructor remotely operates the vehicle, but as the participant becomes more proficient, he gains more control. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Rob O'Neal) / AP

KEY WEST — Visitors to the Florida Keys can now pretend to be, and actually fly like, James Bond, thanks to a new watersport.

Participants strap on a flight pack that looks like the one actor Sean Connery wore in “Thunderball.” A 30-foot hose tethers the apparatus to a tiny boat with a pump that uses seawater as propellant.

During training, a certified instructor operates the vehicle via remote control. Once they get the hang of things, participants can control their direction and altitude.

Erik Adams, manager of the Key West-based Jetpack Adventures, says the Florida Keys is the first region in the United States to offer the experience. Another operator in nearby Marathon begins business next month.

Jetpack Adventures charges $249 for the 1.5-hour experience, which includes half an hour in flight.