The Shark Shield SCUBA7 personal shark deterrent system has been designed typically for scientific, military and sports divers working in shallow inter-tidal zones with considerable water movement. All other forms of scuba diving generally use the universal FREEDOM7 unit.
The Shark Shield SCUBA7 is:
- The only scientifically proven and independently tested electronic shark deterrent, see the research here
- Mandated safety equipment in industries such as Abalone Diving, used by the US and Australian Navies
- Designed to reduce the risk of an unwanted shark encounter
- Comfortable, lightweight with an easy to wear neropene velcro pouch and tank electrode
- Lithium rechargeable battery, over 300 charge cycles
- Longlife battery, lasts up to 7 hours
- Depth rated to 50 meters (148 feet)
- Shark Shield unit (with enclosed battery)
- 0.7m antenna
- Stainless Steel Metal Plate antenna with velco tank attachments
- Velcro Pouch
- Universal Charger (will suit any voltage or frequency).
The Shark Shield SCUBA7 is a compact, versatile and light weight personal shark deterrent system, which allows you to explore and enjoy the oceans without fear.
The SCUBA7 unit differs from the universal FREEDOM7 unit in several ways to suit the specific requirements of working in shallow inter-tidal zones.
The unit incorporates a much shorter mesh antenna and an additional electrode pad, which have been designed to cause minimum water resistance and drag on the user. The antenna and electrode pad are required to be fully submerged in salt water to function and once this happens the electrode within the antenna and the electrode pad will emit a protective electric field.
The user simply attaches the main unit to their ankle region with the supplied velcro pouch. The additional electrode pad is then strapped to the Scuba tank.
How it works:
Shark Shield emits a protective electrical field via its antenna. The unique wave form elliptical field only affects free swimming sharks and to a minor degree rays and skates. The field generated by the Shark Shield is detected by the shark through its sensory receptors known as Ampullae of Lorenzini, situated on the snout of all predatory sharks. The unique and unfamiliar pulsing sensation emitted by the Shark Shield does not replicate that given off by a fish and does not attract sharks to an area. Shark Shield allows you to hunt, photograph or just swim with all other marine animals roaming freely in their ocean settings.
We encourage people to wear Shark Shield when working in or enjoying the sea to minimize the risk of shark attack but sharks can be dangerous and often unpredictable creatures. While extensive testing has been done and great care taken to develop and manufacture the Shark Shield range of products, it is impossible to guarantee that all sharks will be deterred under all circumstances. Water based activities in the presence of sharks is inherently dangerous and is not recommended therefore we recommend that if a shark is sighted that the user leaves the water.
A large pulsing current is emitted from the Shark Shield antenna to produce the protective electric field. When unintentionally coming near or in contact with the antenna it is possible that muscle spasms can occur to various degrees and therefore the user may need to make adjustments to limit contact. In addition anyone with a pacemaker, are pregnant, or has a health condition that could be effected by the electric field should not use the device. Such health conditions include heart disease, a history of heart problems, peripheral vascular decease, stroke, a history of fainting or epilepsy, or lung disease.
Additional accessories available for the SCUBA7 include:
- Carry Bag
- Carry Case - Standard
- Carry Case – Deluxe
- Carry Case - Charger
Battery pack life: Nominal 300 charges
Storage Temperature: Between 0C – 60C (32F – 140F)
Operating Temperature: Between 12C – 40C (53.6F – 104F) Lower temperatures will reduce the operating time
Dimensions of Main Unit (without Antenna): 80mm L x 140mm W x 35mm H (3.15” x 5.51” x 1.5”)
Maximum Operating Depth: 45 meters (148 feet)
Weight (unit only): 335 grams (11.8 oz)
Dry Weight (Complete): 950 grams (2.09lb)
Unit Operating Time: 6-7 hours when fully charged
In water weight (Complete): 69 grams (2.4oz)
Protective Field Strength: >1v/m @ 1m from centre of electrodes