To ride a PWC it is essential that you have an endorsement on your current motor boat licence. Personal water craft are sometimes referred to as jet skis, which is a brand name.
Anyone operating a PWC must hold an endorsed Motor Boat Licence.
The only way to obtain a Motor Boat Licence is to attend a BoatSafe Practical Tuition course.
See full list of Accredited Providers for Motor Boat licences.
To obtain a PWC endorsement, you must contact Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST) as they are the only accredited provider offering courses.
Surf Life Saving Tasmania (PWC Tuition)
Phone: (03) 6222 6555
0447 287 847
Bookings can also be made through the Surf Life Saving Website
- PWC must be registered and a registration label needs to be displayed
- The registration numbers must also be shown in a contrasting colour and should not be obscured by stripes and graphics and must be at least 75mm in height
- A Safe Operation Sticker also needs to be displayed on all PWC
- PWC can ONLY be operated by those holding the required PWC endorsement on their motor boat licence.
- You can check the validity of your registration through Online Services
Hours of Operation
A person must not operate a PWC between sunset and sunrise.
(Marine and Safety (Motor Boats and Licences) By-Laws 2013 – Clause 33 (5).
Freestyling means erratic and non-directional driving which can make it difficult for others to predict the motor boat’s course to avoid a collision. It includes wake jumping and tight turns such as donuts.
PWC (and motor boats) are not permitted to operate in a “freestyle” manner when within 200 metres of a swimmer, or 200 metres of the shore if a dwelling is within 100 metres of that shoreline.
|Equipment||PWC within Sheltered Waters||PWC within all other waters|
(2 red hand-held and
2 hand held smoke signals)
|Fire extinguisher |
(1x 0.75kg with 5BE Rating)
(Must conform to AS/NZS4280.1)
View Marine and Safety (Motor Boats and Licences) By-laws 2013 for safety equipment requirements (Part 2) and specifications (Part 3).
- You must wear a life jacket (PFD)
Riders have the option to wear either a PFD Level 50, 50S, 100 or 150 in smooth and sheltered waters.
Sheltered waters are considered up to 2nm seaward of land from Cape Grim in the far north west eastwards to Cape Portland and down the east coast as far as South East Cape. Sheltered waters do not include seaward of Maria Island or Bruny Island.
In all other waters, that is greater than 2nm seaward of land, all life jackets must be level 100 or greater.
Inflatable life jackets are not permitted on PWC
- A fire extinguisher must also be carried
- Flares, EPIRB, tow line and Radio are required outside Sheltered Waters
There are also a number of items of clothing and gear which will make your riding safer and more comfortable. Due to the water temperature in Tasmania, you should always wear a wetsuit, gloves and booties.
Impact resistant goggles or glasses are also recommended.
Throughout Tasmania there are areas which are prohibited to motor boats and PWC. Several of these areas are around popular swimming areas, notably Park Beach in the south and Stephensdale Bay on Lake Trevallyn.
All motorised vessels cannot exceed a speed of 5 knots when within:
- 60 metres of the shore, a wharf, jetty or another boat
- 120 metres of a swimmer, diver or someone wading in the water
- designated 5 knot areas around the state
Some designated 5 knot areas that may affect the operation of PWC are shown below.
Further information on Speed Limits and 5 Knot Zones is available on this website
There are several areas set aside as designated ski areas.
- In these areas the speed of 5 knots must not be exceeded unless towing a skier
- Freestyling and excessive speeding are not permitted
These areas include Lake Trevallyn and the South Esk River adjacent to the South Esk Drive, Hadspen and the River Derwent from Sorell Creek up river to the caravan park ramp.
Jet Ski Tasmania is the only PWC club in the state and is affiliated with the Australian Jet Sport Boating Club.
The aim of the Club is to provide members with a safe environment in which to operate for the various activities undertaken.
The Club’s activities include short and long course rides throughout the state as well as time trials, tours and fun events.
Visit their website at www.jetskitas.com