Divers have been using a scuba diving helmet since the 17th century, and professional divers, as well as diving enthusiasts use various types of modern helmets today as well. The classic image of a diving helmet is that of a round, sturdily built metal helmet with a hermetically sealed transparent window allowing divers to observe the underwater environment. Modern-day helmets have become significantly more lightweight than their predecessors and are also easier to use than professional grade helmets, allowing them to be used by virtually anyone who has at least a basic understanding of the diving process.
A diving helmet is generally used by professional divers who need to maintain constant communication with the surface, or are required to perform dangerous feats that wouldn’t normally be easy (or even possible, in some cases) to perform without specialized scuba diving gear. Deep water diving in areas where the depth, water pressure and temperature are at extreme levels also requires the use of a helmet. Since properly designed helmets are quite light and offer excellent protection and ease of movement, they can also be practical assets when it comes to exploring areas and habitats where divers need extra protection to avoid being bitten or injured by dangerous sea creatures.
Standard copper hat diving helmets are designed to be secured by strong bolts, while also offering proper neck protection. These are the most popular, heavy and highly protective types of helmets still in use. Lightweight helmets are easier to manage and are generally built from materials such as fiberglass or light metal. Examples include Kirby Morgan, Radcliffe and Gorski helmets. Finally. “air hat” free-flow helmets are a secondary design developed in 1968 and still in use today. They are considered the most practical and convenient alternatives to standard and lightweight helmet constructions.
There are many benefits to having a scuba diving helmet. First of all, it is designed to isolate the diver’s head entirely from the water, eliminating the chance of ear injuries or impaired vision. The helmet offers a perfect visual that allows divers to examine and explore the underwater world in perfect detail. Most importantly, helmets remain in place and continue to supply the diver with life giving air, even while he/she is unconscious. Also, a diving helmet allows for convenient communication with the surface and with other divers. Wearing a scuba diving helmet is generally not of significant necessity for most recreational divers, but if you’re serious about achieving the best results and enjoying the highest level of safety while scuba diving, it can be a helpful addition to your scuba diving gear.
The choice of design and functionality depends on your needs, but you must always pay special at how it fits: you will want a snug fit so that you won’t be in any danger it will pop off, but it shouldn’t be too tight either. Also, you will also want plenty of padding for increased comfort and safety, as well as high quality lining. Finally, make sure you can handle the weight of your scuba diving helmet and that it has an even weight distribution, so that it doesn’t disturb your balance.