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Personal watercraft (PWC)

Personal watercraft are fast, powerful and challenging to operate.

The You're in our sights campaign

The increasing popularity of PWC on the water means that it is important for people to know how to ride them safely and to follow the rules.

There are serious consequences for not complying with the rules, including loss of licence, heavy fines and loss of PWC.

The NSW Police Force and Roads and Maritime also have powers to seize and impound PWCs if riders have demonstrated dangerous behaviours.

The ‘You’re in our sights’, campaign is to remind all water users that Police and Roads and Maritime boating safety officers are keeping watch over our waterways.

Enforcement cameras have also been installed on the Georges River as part of trial to keep a constant look out for dangerous activity and support regular patrols.

Our goal is to change dangerous behaviour and create a safer waterway for everyone to enjoy.

Transport for NSW engaged a consultant to facilitate a stakeholder forum to discuss the behaviour of PWC riders and develop ideas to inform and shape strategies to respond to anti-social and unsafe behaviour on the waterways of southern Sydney. The forum was held on Monday 22 August 2016 at the NSW State Library. Below is the summary report.

Image: The "You're in our sights" campaign

Personal Watercraft Stakeholder Forum

Summary report

Download the report