New safety gear which could eventually be used at surf lifesaving competitions has been unveiled on Queensland's Gold Coast.

Three teenage competitors have died at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships at Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast since 1996.

That has prompted Surf Lifesaving Australia to investigate the use of safety equipment for its competitors.

Today champion lifesavers Naomi Flood, Phil Clayton and Shannon Eckstein trialled three different floatation vests and helmets at North Kirra where next month's Australian championships will be held.

All three were largely unimpressed with the safety equipment.

The gear will not be used at this year's titles, due to begin on April 15, unless individual competitors choose to do so.

However high visibility vests will be worn and there will be risk assessors in each competition area.

 

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