“In 2015, my friend Joy Roach and I, both passionate openwater swimmers, decided to swim 25km openwater off an island in Seychelles. We had planned our swim off the west coast of the island of Mahe – which we subsequently learnt was known bull and tiger shark territory. The Maritime Safety Authority was understandably reluctant to sanction our swim at all! Both being moms, living on the sharky east coast of South Africa, and having many more ocean adventures planned, the NOSHARK devices had been a family non-negotiable…. So guess what we got for Christmas 2014! We changed our swim route for the authorities, flashed our NOSHARK devices, and got our permission. The Mad Mermaid swim was an epic for us all.
The devices were a critical part of the safety of our event. The peace of mind they provided, while they pulsed away silently below the surface, was massive, and allowed us and the crew and family to relax and focus on the task. We had backup units on charge on the support boats, which we used for the second half of the swim. While we can’t supply visual evidence of deterring sharks on this or the many subsequent swims, we are pretty confident that the units have sent a few Big Guys packing. They are now an integral part of our openwater swimming. We are co-dependent!
The device is small, compact and light, and fits over a neoprene cuff onto the ankle. With the new units there is no shock to the swimmer, and no drag-effect on one’s swimming. The unit has a battery life of 6h and is wall-charged. There is of course a bit of a gasp-factor at the price, for surfie South Africans, but they are truly the best investment an ocean-swimmer, surfer, spearfisherman or scuba diver can make. They don’t give you the licence to be insane, but they do liberate you to play in the Home of the Greats.
The technical backup on the units, both within the Eastern Cape and from the NOSHARK international home is exemplary. Our huge thanks to Ron Short of NOSHARK US Head Office for his interest in our swimming and for his ongoing assistance with units and excellent technical backup. Thanks to Murray Elliot, the local agent in Cintsa, East London for his willing and personalised service.”
Open Water Swimmer
Laughing Waters (Aquatic & Environmental Research and Consulting)
On September 21, 2015, Attila Manyoki, 2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year nominee, swam the Molokai channel in Hawaii, a site of many recent tiger-shark attacks, in a record 12 hours 2 minutes while wearing NoShark.
2015 World Open Water
Swimming Man of the Year nominee
“I’ve been in and on the Floridian waters my entire life. As an avid spearfisherman in the Gulf, sharks are common. Recently, my dive partner, JP, won a NoShark at the St Pete Open tournament, and started spearing with it. That same summer, my 11 year old son started spearfishing with me. Concerned for his safety, more than mine, I purchased each of us a NoShark, to keep him safe, and provide me more confidence, while he’s in the water On a recent spearing trip with my buddies, I watched the NoShark work. We were spearing in 110 feet out of Fort Myers. As I was ascending to the surface, I saw a shark swimming in on me. Of course, I forgot my NoShark. This shark was all over me, and after poking him with my gun several times, it finally decided to swim off. The very next dive, the identical situation happened, but this time, I remembered to put my NoShark on. As I was ascending to the surface, a larger shark came swimming in on me. However, when he got 20 feet from me, he did a lightning bolt u-turn, and I never saw him again. Holy crap, it worked! It’s the biggest no brainer in the water. Have more confidence on your next dive with NoShark. Great product.”
Fort Myers, FL
Father of junior Spearfisherman