Rules for tow-in surfing on NSW waters
Here are the rules you must follow as a tow-in surfer or vessel driver to keep yourself and others safe.
Tow-in surfing is when a personal watercraft (PWC) tows a person on a surfboard onto a breaking wave. You can only do this in open waters at surf breaks where there are no other surfboard riders.
You can drive your PWC without an observer when tow-in surfing. In this case, you must follow these special rules.
Both the PWC driver and the tow-in surfer must:
- have a PWC licence
- have a first-aid certificate
- wear a lifejacket.
The PWC driver must:
- only tow 1 person at a time
- give way to all other water activities
- keep a minimum distance of 200m from all vessels and people in the water
- carry the required safety equipment.