In NSW, jet-powered surfboards are classified as personal watercraft (PWC). You must hold a PWC licence to drive one on NSW waterways.
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What is a jet-powered surfboard?
The jet-powered surfboard is powered by an electric or petrol jet motor that operates as a surfboard. The vessel is designed to be operated by a person standing on the hull. The maximum speed of the vessel is 25-30 knots.
In NSW, these vessels are classified under the Marine Safety Act 1998 as a personal watercraft (PWC).
Use on NSW waters
Jet-powered surfboards are subject to the following as per the requirements to operate a personal watercraft (PWC) in NSW.
They must not be operated in the Personal Watercraft Exclusion Zone.
They must not be operated between sunset and sunrise.
Operators of an engine-powered surfboard are required to hold a PWC licence.
Engine-powered surfboards require PWC registration, unless exempt from registration under clause 85 of the Marine Safety Regulation 2016. The owner and operator must ensure a vessel registration number is clearly displayed on the craft.
PWC licence holders between 12 and 16 years of age must not operate the PWC at more than 10 knots.
Riders must wear an appropriate lifejacket for a PWC as specified in clause 120 of the Marine Safety Regulation 2016.