Tow-in surfing is not permitted in protected waters, any gazetted water ski area, PWC restricted or prohibited areas.
Tow-in surfing is only permitted between the hours of sunrise and sunset.
The PWC operator must:
- Be at least 17 years old.
- Wear a kill switch lanyard on the wrist or attached to their lifejacket.
- Give right of way to all other aquatic activities such as swimmers and paddle craft.
Safety equipment requirements
The PWC must be equipped with:
- A rescue sled -
- of a minimum size of 90cm width, 1.2m length and 7cm thickness equipped with a minimum of five (5) grip handles;
- the load on which does not exceed the load capacity recommended by the manufacturer;
- An additional kill switch lanyard, which is wrapped around the handlebars;
- A marine transceiver as defined in the Navigable Waters Regulations 1958;
- An effective quick release floating tow rope;
- An effective bow tow line;
- A mask and a safety knife, each effective and each in a readily accessible location; and
- A suitable first aid kit.
When tow-in surfing, you must:
- Only tow one person at a time.
- Ensure the person being towed must hold a Recreational Skippers Ticket.
- Keep a minimum distance of 50 metres from any other tow-in surfing activity and 200 metres distance from all other aquatic activities.
- Not impede on the safe passage or navigation of any other craft.