Like all great innovations, the world’s only protective swim cap started with an “ah-ha” moment. In 2013, David Burns was coaching a swim team practice doing backstroke drills with 40 kids in the pool when Madeline, his daughter, hit her head on the wall. She started crying in pain. While David and his other coaches checked on her an older swimmer hit her head even harder–and had to leave the swimming pool with what turned out to be a minor concussion. Later, David remarked, “what do I need to do to protect you–get you a helmet?” Madeline replied “PLEASE!” and the idea for the Hammer Head Swim Cap was born.
As if meant to be, Theresa and Ken, swim parents to swimmer Kaden, were sitting poolside. They knew David was on to something. As a Dentist, Ken went home that day and came back to practice with a banana-shaped, non-porous foam insert to try inside a basic silicone swim cap. It did what we wanted! It helped to buffer the impact of accidental collisions with the wall or other swimmers. As a bonus, the cushion inside created a wrinkle-free exterior dome surface, eliminating drag for racing. So, Theresa and David proceeded with a patent search and sourcing the talent of Hammer Head engineers, designers, and eventually the manufacturer.
Fast forward to today–David, a 20-year swim instructor and coach, Theresa, experienced in establishing the business infrastructure, strategy, and manufacturing, are co-founders of Mako International, LLC dba Hammer Head Swim Caps.
The company was created to design, manufacture, and market Hammer Head Swim Caps for the United States and abroad.