I love paddling but tying the boat on and getting gear around is a hassle. This year I plan to wear a helmet while sea kayaking because it did save my life while trying to do a roll in whitewater. The front of the helmet was driven so hard into my head that my forehead was bleeding WITH the helmet. Low water and waves can cause me to tip and 2 seconds later the helmet could save me from a nasty gash way out in the boondocks. And besides the helmet will keep my hat on!