A helmet is one of the five essentials for kayaking (four for canoeing) and whitewater rafting. A helmet needs to protect your head from bumps from rocks, paddles or other boats or boaters. Whitewater helmets come in a variety of shapes and sizes which means that, no matter what size or shape your head is, you should be able to find a helmet to fit. One of the first decisions in buying a whitewater helmet is whether you want a full face or a standard cut model. Many boaters like the extra protection of a full face helmet, but others prefer something lighter. Full face helmets are especially useful for paddlers who do a lot of steep creeking where rocks can be more plentiful than water. We carry a variety of models from Sweet Protection, Shred Ready and NRS and we're happy to advise you on which model will work best for your situation.