Shark shield

Gday.... I have done a search and read quite a bit about Shark Shields and I am still in 2 minds wether or not to buy one as there is mixed oppinions.... I am swaying towards getting one mainly as Ryan T and Canarvonite recomended them from previous posts.... I will be spearfishing and searching for crays mainly around GI, the 5 and Rotto.... Being a pom and not growing up next to the water, I just cant get over the uneasy feeling that there might be a big toothy shark waiting to come and gobble me up, especialy with the increased amount of sightings and attacks around the metro waters... I only just started diving but I really love it and if a shield can make it easier to feel comfortable in the water then so be it... So if anybody would like to help convince me that it wouldn't be a waste of money feel free to comment...I have found a new freedom 7 for $565, does that sound like a good price????

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go for it

Sun, 2011-03-06 15:00

I use one when diving and surfing, gives you apeace of mind when you are sitting out the back of guillotines surfing.

 

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thats what i have also

Sun, 2011-03-06 15:08

And as much as people say that it may not work, I feel better about it  the idea of sharks is OK in my head. The idea of 3 meters plus scares the SHIT out of me!

It gives me piece of mind and when I dive with my buddy, she doesn't stray too far off when we are doing our deco as it just makes you feel that little safer. The freedom 7 is what i have and about the same price. easy to use, quick charge but do be warned... if you are in a metal boat as I have, turn it off on the back board! Once inside, it shocks through the metal floor!!!!

When diving for crays however, I tend to get myslef into holes and sit on the bottom etc and then it can be a pain as you touch it and it'll zap you.I f it's on your noggin, its a good bolt; but id rather that than nothing at all.

 

 

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Sharks Don't eat Poms...lol

Sun, 2011-03-06 15:11

However I'd still buy one for $500...because I'd want to make sure I had every possible protection available...

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hahaha

Sun, 2011-03-06 16:05

I would love to think that was true....

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Sharks Don't eat Poms...lol

Sun, 2011-03-06 15:11

However I'd still buy one for $500...because I'd want to make sure I had every possible protection available...

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Get one

Sun, 2011-03-06 15:29

I got mine not long  ago at the begining of summer and it certainley gives me peace of mind as I lost the nerve

to dive with all the recent sitings and attacks. just watch the videos on the web site and look up the post the girl who was bitten at garden island not long ago posted, just dont make the mistake of lying on it with your nuts! or letting it hit you in the head.

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haha yea I have the most

Sun, 2011-03-06 16:03

haha yea I have the most clumsy dive buddy so If he is wearing one too then I expect to get a few zaps... I read about the girls own version on here and I work with a guy that amazingly survived a wrestling match with a 5 m white off Rockingham... With those stories its enough to put anyone off!!! I will get one!

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peace of mind benefit.

Sun, 2011-03-06 17:51

( peace of mind thing) but thats about the best results i feel you'll get. i dont use one but have had blokes on the boat who have and were regularly getting bolted. What i have read is that if a premeditated shark has you in its sights you'll stand little chance with or without one. If you could get in contact with a commercial diver im sure they would be a wealth of knowledge

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The whole idea

Sun, 2011-03-06 18:12

is to deter them before they get to the point where they bolt for and attack you, you only have to watch any video of sharks

to see they do spend a bit of time checking out their prey before attacking and as they cant get close enough they bugger off

before getting too close about 6m before! watch the video where they have one attached to a big dead tuna it wont even approach it

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wetsuit warehouse

Sun, 2011-03-06 19:33

Just found them on here.... they seem to average $680 on most places I look, even on the US sites but this place sels them for $589 if anyone else is looking for them.... http://www.wetsuitwarehouse.com.au/gear/product/Shark_Shield_Freedom_7

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Southcity is spot on in my

Mon, 2011-03-07 08:49

Southcity is spot on in my mind -  if a big white has you lined up and is on an attack charge by the time it gets zapped your a gonna anyway.  That being said there are more encounters with big white being more exploratary than being on a final attack charge so definately worth the money (and possible pain).  It does increase your chances of getting out unscathed but nothing is certain.  Rather have one than not.

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I agree

Mon, 2011-03-07 09:06

Nothing gauranteed but the fact they like to check you out first rather than charge in from nowhere and attack means if their receptors are irritated and becomes too uncomfortable for them then hopefully and I stress HOPEFULLY! they leave without attacking, having said that I dont think i would be getting in the water if I saw one before hand with or without a shark shield!