The Hovertrax 2.0 has a great safety feature called Everbalance that makes it much easier and safer to get on and off the board.
Even complete hoverboard newbies like the guys below can use it safely.
If it is your 1st time, I do recommend a helmet, wrist guards and elbow pads. Knee pads would round it out to completely protect you. The bigger, older, and heavier you are, the more important this safety equipment is.
Don’t push yourself too much during your first rides, but have fun!