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Personal Watercraft (PWC) Handbook

Access links, rules and tips on the safe driving and operation of a PWC on NSW waterways.

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Operating a PWC

A personal watercraft (PWC) is a vessel with a fully enclosed hull that may be driven standing up, lying down, sitting astride or kneeling. It includes jet-powered surfboards.

Whether you’re a new or experienced PWC operator, the following links and publications provide practical information on safely operating a PWC and following NSW boating rules.

Always apply care, courtesy and common sense when riding your PWC.

PWC safety and rules

Information on PWC safety and rules in NSW includes:

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Laws change, so make sure you stay in touch with any updates by visiting:

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