Whitewater safety

 Helmets for white water

Hemlet should:

  • Protect the wearer’s head from direct contact with hard or sharp objects which would otherwise lead to cuts, lacerations and fractures of the skull.
  • Absorb the energy of blows to the head that would otherwise cause concussion.
  • Protect as much of the head as possible without impairing vision, hearing or balance.
  • Stay firmly in place, even if the wearer is being thrown about in turbulent water.

(Ferrero. 2006. 103). Ferrero, F. (2006). White Water Safety & Rescue. Gwynedd. Pesda Press.

LCC Recommends Full Cut Helmets
Full Cut helmets protect as much of the head as possible including the ears and jaw.      Four examples are shown below.

Shred Ready Standard Full Cut
Palm Shuck
Sweet Rocker
WSRI Current Pro

Look for the following features:

  • The helmet protects the forehead and eyes.
  • The helmet does not ride up or twist even when the wearer is under water.
  • The helmet extends down far enough at the back to cover the cranium.
  • The sides of the helmet offer protection to the temple, ears and jaw.
  • The ears are protected from a sudden and forceful ingress of water, which can cause damage to the eardrum.
  • The chin strap fits comfortable and securely – it should not be held in place by a chin cup as these can dislodge in turbulent water.