THE use of helmets in surf boats in competition and training will not become mandatory until October 1 next year.
Surf Life Saving Australia's CEO Greg Nance made the announcement this week.
He said after consultation with the Australian Surf Rowers League and states and territory centres, the SLSA had extended the testing period of the new safety measures.
The measures included extensive training and education programs to ensure that the helmets were correctly fitted.
Mr Nance said SLSA was also undertaking independent testing of personal protective equipment against Australian Standards.