Jet-powered surfboard

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.
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