When To Use Surfing Helmets?

surf lessons South Australia surf helmets

Surfing and helmets do not seem and sound so good together. Maybe you haven't even seen a surfer use one while they surf.  It may sound really bizarre and irrelevant but being cautious is not. Most surfing related injuries concern the head. Getting hit by your own surfboard or the reef in the head can drown and cut your body.  The purpose of using a helmet is to absorb any impact that can happen to your head. It prevents neck, spine and head injuries that can give you lifetime damages.

Surf Lessons Adelaide says that you can always opt out of using a helmet while you surf but an added layer of protection will not hurt.  Here are the best times to on when to use a helmet while surfing.

  1. When there is a reef break. Reef breaks happen when there is reef in a certain portion of the water and the waves break in that portion. Even if the wave breaks the waves still continues. It is good to have your head protected in places or surf areas that have reefs. If by any chance, you hit your head on a reef without a helmet, it can cause serious injuries.
  2. Surfing big waves. There are extreme surfing areas and extreme surfing sport where the waves are enormous that can be considered both a dream and a nightmare. Riding this kind of wave perfectly is every surfer's dream, it can be so satisfying and fulfilling but absorbing the weight and energy can cause tragic injuries.
  3. Crowded surfing lineups. If you surf in a crowded beach, getting hit by a surfboard is high and when you do. It can give you great injuries especially if the fins hit you first.
  4. Beginner surfing and surf lessons. If it is still your first time riding and catching a wave, it is good to have a simple precaution like a helmet. Being a beginner, you are still getting used to the waters and the waves.
  5. Extreme weather. If you still want to surf in spite of the extreme weather conditions, you may consider using a helmet. Too much wind and cold can prevent developing a surfer's ear and too much heat can protect your scalp from the UV rays.
  6. Learning young surfers. A kid's skull is fragile and protecting it from the unpredictable waters can be a life saver. Kids tend to be more adventurous when it comes to surfing. They like to explore and discover new things. Using a helmet especially when they are unsupervised must be considered.
  7. Surfing alone. Solitude while surfing is how some surfers want to spend their time. If something not good happens while you surf and you are alone, no one will be there to help you out right away. Using a helmet when you are alone can lessen the chance of you fainting because of a head injury.

It is not a must to wear a helmet while you surf because this can affect your performance but if you have a bit of jitter when it comes to the sea, wearing a helmet can lessen this. If you want more surfing tips, read more from our blog!