I am a beginning kayaker and I seem to be at a crossroads. I recently witnessed a friend of mine take a nasty bump to the head breaking his nose and leaving him with two black eyes. Since this incident I have been very tentative in the water. I have considered a facemask and I was wondering if anyone with some kayaking experience would be able to enlighten me on this topic. I have seen several people wearing these for protection, but I am sure they are tackling more difficult runs than someone like me who is tooling around the playparks. Any feedback is appreciated!