Our Story

The Story Behind Hammer Head®

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 at a local country club pool with 40 kids in the pool when Madeline, his daughter, hit her head on the wall doing a backstroke finish. 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 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. We knew David was on to something. As a Dentist, Ken went home that day and came 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. So, Theresa and David proceeded with a patent search and sourcing the talent of our engineers, designer and eventually our manufacturer.

Fast forward to today. David, a 20-year successful experienced entrepreneur and swim coach along with 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 in the United States and abroad. 

Our Mission is to make every aquatic athlete safer and more confident in the water.

  • Give swimmers a cap designed to minimize accidental and repetitive injuries in the pool
  • Give racers a cap that is both comfortable and fast
  • Give parents a cap with greater value, built with strength and durability

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