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