Whenever you are paddling on a river it is important to wear a specialist kayaking helmet to provide you with the appropriate safety cover should you capsize and bang your head whilst paddling.
How to choose and wear a helmet
Use this guide to help you choose a helmet. It should fit well and be fastened so that it does not move on your head. It should also be specifically designed for paddling.
1. Your helmet should provide you adequate protection for your forehead, temple and back of your head. It should fit snugly but not tight so it’s uncomfortable.
2. It should sit no more than two fingers distance above your eyebrows. This ensures that it provides the adequate protection to your forehead and temple.
3. Your helmet should be secured using the straps so that it will not slip backwards when you move it.
6. The chin strap should be done up and not allow more than two fingers gap in underneath.
3. Always choose a helmet that is certified.
On rivers it is important to always wear a specialist safety helmet. A large amount of kayaking injuries occur on the banks and side of the river, so keep your helmet on and buckled when you are close to the river and scouting. Every boater can recall a time when their helmet has saved them when scouting, so keep it on until you are safely well away from the river.
A full face helmet might be a good consideration if creek boating or paddle fast shallow rivers