Elyse Frankcom, Professional Snorkelling Guide
Rockingham, Western Australia
My name is Elyse Frankcom and I work as a professional snorkelling guide on an Eco-tour for swimming with wild dolphins.
Safety is a big issue of course as we take many passengers into the ocean! We use your Shark Shields in regard to deter sharks while working!
I did not have my unit turned on while free diving with dolphins and was recently attacked by a 3 metre Great White Shark! My first reaction was to punch and then try pushing the shark away while a very brave passenger pulled the tail! I remembered my Shark Shield wasn’t on so I immediately turned it on and the shark dropped me and swam away as quick as it came!
I believe that if I didn’t turn the Shark Shield on, I would not be alive today! The Shark Shield saved my life as well as everyone around me in the water. Never again will I enter the water without my unit turned on!
Jon Schwartz, Kayaker
My name is Jon Schwartz. I was out in Honokohau Harbor in Kona kayak fishing with my wife today. While tying on a bait, I heard a splash, and we paddled toward it. Then a 12 foot tiger shark came up to check us out, it took a look at us and then started steaming for us.
I just got my Shark Shield the other day and so I didn’t think the charge would last the whole time we were out, so I had it at the ready, not expecting it would come to this. I had the antennae loosely coiled up in the back, and as it came at us I plopped the antennae in the water, and reached for the switch. My wife and I were hoping to God it would work. We didn’t know if it would. How would we know, I just read the manual two nights before in the hotel room. Well I turned it on, and thank God, it acted as if I annoyed it terribly, and turned tail with a splash and ran off.
I really actually owe my life to this thing; moreover it saved the life of my kid”s mom. This may sound like it’s too perfect to be true but it’s true, I only wish I had it on video. It’s the best $600 I ever spent!
Joseph Burke, Spearfishing Guide & Commercial Abalone Diver
Vanuatu, Tonga, Australia, New Zealand & Niue
As a spearfishing guide in Australia in the Coral Sea, often 200 miles from shore, I, Joseph Burke, have had occasion to swim with many sharks. My job is often to cut bait in the water with sharks to attract Dogtooth Tuna and other prized fish. As I am holding the bleeding fish the sharks are interested in me and are unconcerned with the other spear fishermen around me.
On average I push 5 sharks a day away from me as they came in for a feed on the bait I was holding. 3 years ago after the diver doing my job on the boat, a week before I was to arrive, was bitten by a bronze whaler I decided to try a Shark Shield. To my amazement I was unable to reach a shark to push it away with my spear gun because, at about 2 meters out, the sharks would turn away.
I never guide now without my Shark Shield and I have had occasion to use it on sharks in Vanuatu, Tonga, Australia, New Zealand and Niue.
It’s not as exciting diving with my Shark Shield but it is a lot safer.
Ian “Shark Gordon”, Shark Conservationist & Discovery Channel Presenter
Ian Shark Gordon Gordon
Biological Field Researcher
Presenter Discovery Channel Series
I have been involved with electrical shark deterrents since their inception in the early 1990’s. The original manufacturers of “Shark POD” (Natal Sharks Board of South Africa) sought my input to trial the new technology with a number of species of sharks including Great White Sharks off South Australia.
My many years of diving with these incredible creatures has led to a great respect and a firm belief that a shark protection unit that enables people to enter the water without fear will ultimately help to ensure the sharks survival in the future.
The incredible invention of the ‘Shark POD’ technology is a tribute to the dedication and perseverance of a company setting new ground.
My early scepticism changed when I witnessed sharks repulsed from baits set out to attract them. But it took me considerable time to leave the protection of a barred cage, protected only by an invisible electrical field. This I did to test the POD’s effect on sharks in a series of experiments – but it worked. I however do not recommend that this technology be used with Great White sharks in “hot spot” areas as a sole form of protection.
Over recent years I have followed the trials and eventual manufacture of the new ‘Shark Shield’. This unit is lighter and smaller than the old POD with a larger more powerful battery. It is also much more user friendly allowing greater flexibility of use. People often ask me, Does it work? – YES. But can I give a 100% guarantee against shark attacks? – NO. The one thing that stands out in my years of research is the unpredictable nature of the animal.
I firmly believe that in the vast majority of cases, when used correctly, it will repel most sharks, but it should not be seen as an invincible tool leading us to believe that now the ocean is our domain. And perhaps this is a good thing, a part of the planet we can not dominate.
With the help of ‘Shark Shield’, and if used correctly, we now have the opportunity to explore the oceans with less risk.
Tony French-Kennedy, Surfer
Cactus, South Australia
Just thought I’d let you know that I’ve just returned from 10 days camped at Cactus (Penong).
Surf every day, often 3-4 sessions. The shark Shield didn’t skip a beat, charged up easily in the car and didn’t bother the car battery, even though it didn’t really have the engine started throughout. Only time it went flat in the water was after about 6-7 hours over 3 sessions without a charge.
Breaking hard 5-6ft on occasion but hardly noticed the Shark Shield (mounted on the board), except the odd kick after getting cleaned up and rolling in the white-water, resulting in the antenna wrapped around the fins and electrode on the board deck. But that was easy to fix with a couple of spins of the board freeing the electrode.
Very happy to have it in the water for my last session, when I was out by myself about 7pm and a shark fin appeared about 20ft away straight in front. Nevertheless, thinking that discretion is the better part of valor, and mechanical equipment usually fails when you really want it, I paddled in (feeling very relieved and confirmed in my use of the Sharkshield). Psychology is everything when it comes to enjoying time in the water…
All the best
Wayne, Professional Coral Diver
Karratha, Western Australia
In the past 10 years I have done around 12,000 dives in open waters as a professional coral collector. For about the last 5,000 dives, I have used the Shark Shield Mariner and had it cable tied to my hooker line. In those 5,000 dives only once has a shark come into me. In this instance it was a large hammer head that came in to about 4 meters, then flinched and shot off. I did not see the shark for the rest of that dive.
When I take other divers out for a day and they do not use a Shark Shield, they have sharks come in on them an average of once every 2 dives. In the past 5000 dives I have onlys seen 4 sharks, all of which were off in the distance; I think this also speaks for itself. Recently, a friend of mine was pinned down for 30min by a 17ft shark while were were out on a dive together. It toook me a while to find him, but once I arrived the shark took off because I had the Shark Shield on and we never saw it again. Again I think that this speaks for itself.
I am in the water over 220 days of each year doing around 5 dives a day. I make it no secret that in a lot of places if I didn’t have the Shark Shield on, I wouldn’t dive. No question. Shark Shield has proved itself to me in those 5000 dives. Why anyone would get into Australian waters without one is a mystery to me, it’s cheap technology that will save your life one day. I know what its like to be alone in the water and have a huge shark circling you when you don’t have a Shark Shield. It has never happened to me with a Shark Shield on.
Professional coral diver
Joey Rago, Surfer
I used my Shark Shield for the first time this weekend and loved it! I rode my 6’10 quad fish surfboard and didn’t even notice it was on the board. The media should be ashamed of themselves for spreading false propaganda about this device. I looked back as I was paddling as fast as I could and the electrode antenna was completely submerged at all times. The surfing conditions would have to be really terrible for it to be skipping around on the surface of the water. I really relaxed in the line-up this weekend thanks to Shark Shield.
Stephen Waites, Sailing
Glenelg, South Australia
To whom it may concern,
My name is Stephen Waites and I have been operating daily Dolphin swim tours out from Glenelg, South Australia, now for 7 years (started January 2001). I started using the Shark Shield devices after there were a couple of Shark fatalities in the area in which we operate from.
We started by using one Mariner Shark Shield, but have now upgraded to three. This is so we are able to offer our swimming customers full coverage of protection.
Temptation trails two mermaid lines from the Stern of the vessel, five metres apart in which the swimmers hold onto. In the centre of these lines we run the three Shark Shields at two metre intervals.
We would never operate a Dolphin swim without these devices.
Ray Klefstad, Diver
I was wearing a Shark Shield while diving off Florida in the gulf. We were about 20 miles off-shore diving some wrecks. My friend had caught a small black fin tuna which we cleaned off the stern of the boat. We later jumped in and the area was swarming with brownish sharks (I’m guessing Lemon Sharks). There were also many large jewfish and barracuda hanging around the wreck.
We continued to free dive around the area, but there were sharks everwhere. At one point, I heard my buddy scream from the surface.
I looked over and one of these sharks was charging right at him from the depths. I quickly turned on my shark shield and swam closer towards him. We both approached my buddy and the shark clearly reacted to the shock from the Shark Shield and bolted away.
We got out of the water and decided not to clean any more fish over the side of the boat in an area we were diving.
Attila Izdebski – Surfer
Cactus, South Australia
As a dedicated surfer of 37 years I never really gave sharks a lot of thought, sure I am as tuned in to local conditions as possible. I spent many hours in the water at Cactus in the 1970’s to 1990’s experiencing no major shark issues, perhaps my Karma contributed to my good fortune?
At 55 years of age I now tend to think about sharks more, perhaps this is normal as we get older & closer to our expiry dates? I just like to thank Sea Change Technology for the Shark Shield “Surf product”, as it gives peace of mind surfing the Mid Coast & West Coast of South Australia. On those days of long lulls between sets & wave conditions being fairly random, I now feel less exposed wearing my Shark Shield.
I have several boards that are all fitted for the Shark Shield Surf unit. Embracing change seems difficult for older crew, surfers especially seem slow to adopt something that potentially will save their lives & enhance their enjoyment in the water. I must admit it took a few sessions to get used to the Shark Shield, although the perceived encumbrance of the antennae did not occur. I now would not surf without one & thoroughly recommend all surfers to embrace the technology, if not for themselves but their wife’s/girlfriends & families.