I'll be a little bit of a rebel and ask, Why do you need a specialtiy rafting helmet?
Cause you might invert and smack your head on a rock, right? Or hit a tree trunk overhead, or smack a rock to one side.
Somewhat akin to what a skier or rock climber or bicyclist might do, right? And I for one already have all those types of helmets around the house. Several of each.
The rock climbing helmets seem to have the best resistence to penetration.
The bicycling helmet has the most energy-absorbing foam (and therefore the most floatation.
The skiiing helmets are in between the climbing and bicycling.
Now if the point of someone's kayak slams right into the top of your helmet, maybe you want a river / climbing style to resist penetration. Certainly if you were Trotsky in Mexico City in 1940, about to killed by an ice axe blow to the head, you'd want penetration resistence above other criteria.
But what if you smack at high speed into a rounded boulder as are often found in rivers? Then I think you want the energy absorption of styrofoam that bike helmets have the most of and ski and river helmets have some of.
My point is you probably already have helmets around the house that meet someone's certification for energy absorption and penetration resistence. Use one of those for your first few trip while you consider if you need any special features in a helmet (visor, headlamp attach point, monkey-cam mount, etc) and then consider if you want to continue with that other helmet or add another one to your collection.