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.