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Old 15 December 2012, 13:12   #1
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Kids helmets

Anyone have any good makes and models for kids helmets - I don't want to do their little squashes damage on hitting a few bumpy bits?

Kids are little - aged 6 and 4.

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Old 15 December 2012, 13:58   #2
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Look at some of the kayaking helmets
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Old 15 December 2012, 17:39   #3
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Some thoughts:

(1) With a 6 and 4 year old on board do you really want to be out in conditions where a helmet is useful?
(2) The most likely thing (in my opinion) to smack on getting a big lump wrong is your face into the console or other solid object. A helmet offers little protection to a face plant on solid object.
(3) I've been out in conditions there is no way I would take my kids in. In the hands of a good skipper (not me) the risk of injury is much reduced. Spend the money on training?
(4) There is a risk of NECK injury with an unsuitable helmet during 'high speed ejection' when it 'buckets' in the water. "proper" rib helmets are designed with this in mind. Childrens neck's are weaker than adults, and kayak helmets are probably not designed for hitting the water at 30 knots?
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Old 15 December 2012, 17:51   #4
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Many thanks. The "idea" is that if I put the power on (having had said useful training) and one of the nippers plonks onto the floor of the boat, something is better than nothing. I've been kayaking for 20+ years and always advocate wearing a helmet regardless of flat water training or hard white water, so I feel the sensible logic transfers to the RIB? All it takes is for a slightly misjudged angle or wave to create an unstable kid on the back (at any speed) who hasn't got a full grip on the handle. I'd rather pay for a helmet and have to never be able to justify its cost than not have it and always live in regret. I won't take the kids out on the boat in anywhere near rough conditions - and it gets rough quick up here. But your logic re unsuitable helmet with neck injury is spot on. Do most RIBers not give the children helmets then?
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Old 15 December 2012, 19:22   #5
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Do most RIBers not give the children helmets then?
I suspect most RIBbers don't wear helmets themselves.

The leisure users I have met who wear them do so for one of the following reasons:

(i) they are good at keeping the rain off / head warm.
(ii) it is a fashion statement
(iii) they are pretending to be in the RNLI!
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I suspect most RIBbers don't wear helmets themselves.

The leisure users I have met who wear them do so for one of the following reasons:

(i) they are good at keeping the rain off / head warm.
(ii) it is a fashion statement
(iii) they are pretending to be in the RNLI!
Lol. I had thought iii every time I saw it in a pic.
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1 Rain, hail, spray and salt water out of the eyes + keeps your head warm
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My daughter uses a Gath helmet. It's about protection from the cold, salt spray and rain rather than anything else. There's a full face safety visor option that she has. They come with seperate foam inserts for tailoring the fit.

It looks nothing like an RNLI helmet :wink: which she says falls into the wouldn't-be-seen-dead-in category.
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I suspect most RIBbers don't wear helmets themselves.

The leisure users I have met who wear them do so for one of the following reasons:

(i) they are good at keeping the rain off / head warm.
(ii) it is a fashion statement
(iii) they are pretending to be in the RNLI!
Bought a Gecko for (i), but the damn thing is so uncomfortable I hardly ever wear it worth considering ..
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(1) With a 6 and 4 year old on board do you really want to be out in conditions where a helmet is useful?
+1 ...

Four is very young to do anything except very very gentle stuff...they need to be able to judge the sea to some degree themselves or react if you shout 'wave' - (which is what I used to do once mine were about six/seven and started boating more.)

If you need a helmet something is not right.

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