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.
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 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.