Re: Newbie to the site and boxing
Good to see the enthusiasm.
I'd be a little concerned if they are trading shots without headgear on but at walk in stage I imagine you're just doing a couple drills on parrys, slipping, blocking etc. It is not the goal of the drill to get hit or try to hit the other person(when you first start anyway) therefore headgear is not necessary.
If it is contact stuff and you think you could get marked then I'd throw on headgear anyway. Even competition style headgear is better than nothing. Just don't forget some vasoline on your face too, this will stop the cuts.
Best of luck training mate, keep us updated.