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Oct. 8, 1963 J- B. SHEA WATER SKI SAFETY CAP Filed May 29, 1962 INVENTOR.
JOHN B-SHEA United States Patent 3,106,184 WATER SKI SAFETY CAP John B. Shea, 28 Spence St., Chicopee Falls, Mass. Filed May 29, 1962, Ser. No. 198,671 3 Claims. (Cl. 116-114) This invention relates to wearing apparel and more particularly to a cap for water skiers.
It is an object of the present invention to provide a water ski safety cap that will serve to make the skier more visible when the skier is in the water.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a water ski safety cap that can be worn comfortably and will increase the possibility of the skier being seen by operators of boats in the area so as to prevent possible injury.
A further object of the present invention is to provide a Water ski safety cap that will not prevent freedom of action and doesnt interfere with the skier and will increase water safety and simultaneously be a novelty.
Other objects of the invention are to provide a Water ski safety cap bearing the above objects in mind which is of simple construction, has a minimum number of parts, is inexpensive to manufacture and efiicient in operation.
For other objects and for a better understanding of the invention, reference may be had to the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, in which:
FIGURE 1 is a perspective view of a water ski safety cap comprising the present invention; and
FIGURE 2 is a perspective view showing a modified form of the present invention.
Referring now more in detail to the drawing, a water ski safety cap made in accordance with the present invention is shown to include a flexible rubber cap 12 having a flexible and adjustable chin strip 14. Cap 12 is arcuately contoured to fit the head of an individual. An arcuately contoured plastic base 15 is fixedly secured inside the top surface of cap 12 and an opening of circular configuration 16 receives a hollow tubular tube 18 having a triangular brightly colored flag 20 secured at its upper end. Tube 18 is fixedly secured in base 15 and fixedly secured in circular opening 21 of cap 12 providing a rigid support for flag 20.
In operation, the wearer stretches the cap 12 over his head and places the chin strap 14 under his chin and ad.- justs it to conform to his chin comfortably. When the wearer is skiing the water ski safety cap provides visibility of the skier to boats in the area if he falls from the Water skis or stops skiing.
In FIGURE 2 a water ski safety cap 22 of modified form is shown to include an arcuately contoured plastic 3,1%,1i84 Patented Oct. 8, 1963 base 24 having a U-shaped configurated chin strap 26 fixedly secured underneath. The chin strap pad 28 is enlarged and has an opening 30 of oval shaped configuration to conform to the contour of the chin of the water skier. A circular opening 32 in base 24 frictionally receives a hollow elongated tube 34 having a colored flag 36 providing visibility for the skier to other water craft. Tube 34 is fixedly secured in opening 32 of base 24.
In operation, the base 24 is fitted to the top of the head of the individual wearing it and the chin strap pad 28 of chin strap 26 is placed beneath the chin and the chin of the water skier partially projects into the opening 38 thus firmly securing water ski safety cap 22 to the head of the wearer.
While various changes may be made in the detail construction, it shall be understood that such changes shall be within the spirit and scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claims.
What I claim as new and desire to protect by Letters Patent of the United States is:
1. A water ski safety cap comprising in combination a flexible rubber helmet, a chin strap integral of said helmet, adjustable means for said chin strap, a substantially arcuately contoured plastic base received by said cap contouring to the head of the wearer, a substantially elongated and hollow tube received by said cap and said base, and a flag secured to said tube of said base and said cap, the underside of said base secured within the upper, inner surface of said cap in contoured fit to the head of the wearer, and said tube secured within said base by means of an opening in said base and in said rubber cap, said opening and said tube being in frictional engagement, said chin strap depending in a relatively downward direction and said tube being angularly rearward and at an angle relative to the depending direction of said chin strap.
2. A combination according to claim 1, wherein said flag secured to said tube is rigid and substantially triangular and the upper surface of said flag is flush with the upper end of said tube received by said base and said helmet.
3. A combination according to claim 2, wherein said chin strap is fixedly secured within the under side of said base and said under side of said base is arcuately contoured to fit the head of the wearer.
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