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Bear Grylls: My kids don't wear safety helmets

Published 12/06/2015

Bear Grylls
Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls doesn't make his sons wear helmets when they're paragliding.

The TV adventurer, who's battled the elements with the likes of Zac Efron and Channing Tatum, is facing a backlash after making the confession about his boys Jesse, ten, Marmaduke, eight, and six-year-old Huckleberry.

Forgoing a helmet is a direct breach of the rules set by the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association.

"People go mad [that I take my sons paragliding]. But I am really safe with it. We probably should have helmets and stuff like that but the thing is, I know how to do it safely," Bear told British newspaper The Times.

"The law would say: 'Do the helmet,' but I know the sport well, I know where the risks are."

The comment was quick to receive criticism, with industry expert Patrick Court voicing his concerns.

The paragliding pro, who runs High Adventure Paragliding, has always made sure his teenage daughter is safely equipped when she takes part in the hobby.

"If I took my own child paragliding I would make sure she wears a crash helmet, it’s a risky sport and you want to minimise that risk. For no extra disadvantage you are protecting your kid from an accident.

"There is risk involved in paragliding and as an instructor I advise that children are over 14. I wouldn’t want to criticise anyone for taking their children flying but I would put mine in a crash helmet.

"A similar thing is that if you take your child sailing it’s a good idea to make sure they are wearing a life jacket," he outlined, according to MailOnline.

Bear doesn't seem too concerned over the reaction to his comments though and has been tweeting videos of a man balancing over a 350m waterfall.

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