Big Sky Innovations is Australia’s premier builder and original creator of the ‘Inflatable Pontoon’.
Big Sky Innovations is Australia’s premier builder and original creator of the ‘Inflatable Pontoon’. Celebrating our 10th year anniversary in 2022 since the launch of the first inflatable docking system in the world, we are recognised for our continuous innovations. A fully-owned and operated Australian company since 2013, our pontoons are designed on the Gold Coast and recognised as the world’s most portable, sturdy, heavy-duty floating platform.
Our methods and materials used in creating our pontoon structures have been used, not just by boating enthusiasts, but our customised designs have also been adopted for use by sporting associations worldwide and most recently by international marine biologists working in conjunction with Australian universities for coral restoration in the Great Barrier Reef.
Quoted by Channel 9 News as “game changing technology”, our passion is to keep creating innovative solutions that will keep things simple for you, so that you can simply enjoy life on the water.
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Pioneers of the Inflatable Pontoon
One advantage of living in Queensland is the abundance of gorgeous waterways, dams, and lakes. Gavin and Lydia always looked forward to their excursions but, like all boaties, experienced minor annoyances.
Lydia explains, “We love boating, but getting through the mud was unpleasant, and there’s potential hull damage when near the shore.”
Soon, Gavin was carrying her, then other family members and friends. “It was partly to be nice and partly to make cleaning the boat easier,” he jokes. “But eventually, it became a little annoying.”
The obvious answer was to buy a portable platform, but the couple found nothing that answered their needs. So, they decided to make one.
After years of R&D, they found the perfect formula. Finally, in 2013, they launched Big Sky Innovations (BSI) and their first pontoon. Made from PVC horsehair material, it was sturdy and easy to install, taking just 3-4 minutes to inflate and assemble.
They took their pontoon out to the lakes, and it was an instant hit. “We had massive interest from the boating community just from using it, and everything grew from there.”
With Lydia doing the marketing and Gavin designing, BSI took off. Demand increased, and soon there were requests for different designs. “People liked the convenience of the pontoon, so we started to make shapes for different needs,” Gavin says. “We currently have five types of inflatable pontoons from straight walkways to extendable decks, with more on the way.”
BSI soon gained considerable media attention and increased demand from the boating community and others who saw numerous innovative uses for custom-designed pontoons. Soon their designs were used by Olympic Swimming Pools, NSW Wakeboard Association, Polo Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef restoration project.
Gavin and Lydia’s passion for the outdoors and problem-solving didn’t stop there. Now the technology for inflatables had been perfected, they shifted attention to a new issue - this time, on land.
“We love caravanning with our dogs, but pets need to be safely contained. This means tangled leads or heavy, cumbersome fences. We knew our pontoons’ technology was ideal, and this led to InflataFENCE.”
InflataFENCE uses the same high-grade materials as their world-renowned Inflatable Pontoons to create an enclosure that inflates in minutes and securely fits vans and motorhomes - safely containing pets. It’s as hard as timber, weighs 14kg, and comes in a gym-sized bag for easy storage.
“The response has been incredible. Owners and their pets love the durability, ease, and freedom of the InflataFENCE,” the couple says.
“It has been amazing how adaptable our inflatable technology can be - we can’t wait to find more problems to solve.”