Flying any drone over water presents some unique challenges, so we always advise using caution and common sense guidelines when flying near the water. Unlike solid ground, visual navigation is less reliable over water because of the constant changes in geometry and texture. Although it's not waterproof, Skydio has the ability to safely fly over larger bodies of water and the Skydio 2 app adds additional safeguards to keep the drone securely tethered to your phone.
Pay attention to your battery level
When flying over water, monitor your Skydio 2/2+ battery level. While the Skydio app will alert you when the drone is low on battery, it is always best to stay situationally aware while flying.
Wind and moisture can, at a minimum, result in less than stable footage, and can often introduce dangerous flying conditions. Keep an eye out for any changes to the flight conditions which could damage your drone - check out Where can I fly my Skydio 2/2+? for more details and tips.
Use caution around still, reflective surfaces
Still, calm water is especially unsafe to fly over, as it can resemble a reflective, mirror-like surface that confuses the visual obstacle avoidance systems. We do not recommend flying Skydio 2/2+ at lower altitudes over still, reflective water.
Low relative-altitude flight over bodies of water may degrade or impair autonomous flight performance. Ensure that you have a strong GPS signal on your controlling device.
Make sure you're not in motion when launching or landing
Always launch and land when you and your boat are not in motion. Hand launching is probably best if space is somewhat tight, like on the deck of a boat. If there isn’t enough room to safely land on the deck, hand landing is an option but requires extra caution and practice. Check out our related articles for more tips.
At any time during flight (either following a subject or flying manually), tapping the Return to Home icon within the Skydio app instantly directs Skydio to return to your phone’s last-known GPS location. See this article for more: How does Skydio 2/2+ use GPS?
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