Published on: 20 July 2016
Christ Church Grammar School has recently taken ownership of four very important aquatic devices – Shark Shields. The Shark Shields will be shared amongst those using the ocean as their learning environment, including surf lifesaving, scuba diving and surfing participants.
“Given the frequency of shark sightings and interactions in recent times, we felt we needed to do more to mitigate the risk and alleviate the anxiety some students feel when they get into the water,” said Allison Gould, teacher-in-charge of Surf Cadets.
“Providing the safest possible setting for our boys has always been a priority. Our Year 11 and 12 leaders assist with water safety, strategically placing themselves on rescue boards with eyes scanning for hazards. With the addition of Shark Shields, the boys can feel safer and more confident in the water.”
Upon delivery of the Shark Shields, the Year 11 leaders attended an information session with Mark Morrissy, Neil Saggers and Allison Gould. Following this session, the Cadet leaders Shane Mogan, Chris Pine and Cameron Duffy disseminated the information regarding operation, care and safety procedures to the cadet cohort.
Shark Shield is the world’s only scientifically proven and independently tested electrical shark deterrent. It consists of two electrodes which, when submerged, emit a three-dimensional electronic field surrounding the user. When a shark is within meters of the Shark Shield, the strong electronic pulses trigger muscle spasms in their snout, resulting in a high level of discomfort. Consequently, the shark turns away from the electronic field, thereby protecting the user.
You can review published test results on the Shark Shield Scientific Research page or find out more at www.sharkshield.com.
Caption: L to R Julian Ming (ex CCGS and NCSLSC Instructor), Cameron Duffy, Shane Mogan, Chris Pine, Allison Gould (Teacher in Charge Surf Cadets)