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MADISON — Will Schmidt flies above Lake Mendota near the UW-Madison campus in Madison, Wis. on a water jet-powered flyboard Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

Schmidt invested in the apparatus after taking an initial test flight a year ago.

"The first day I did it, I quit my job" said the former entertainment coordinator who is now one of approximately 30 trainers working in the United States.

Tethered to a 37-foot fire hose connected to a jet ski, riders are lifted into the air by 1,000 gallons of water per minute which is diverted from the watercraft's engine.

"I can teach anyone to do it in about five minutes" said Schmidt, whose oldest customer so far has been an 81-year-old man.

"It's kind of unlike anything else. You feel like Iron Man."

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