SharkBanz – The Magnetic Shark Deterrent

This winter, my family and I decided that we wanted to start a new hobby that we could do all together.  Outdoor adventure is more my style so I convinced the family that snorkeling would be worth a try.

One weekend the five of us loaded up in the car and went to a local dive shop.  $700 later, we had all the gear we needed. It wasn’t until we were half way home that I learned of my wife’s fear of sharks.  I did everything I could think of to get her to understand that shark attacks aren’t common and the chances of her getting eaten were pretty much less than the chances of her winning the lottery.  But her fear remained.

We practiced in the pool for days. The kids took to it like they were born for it, but looking at the bottom of the pool got boring, fast. So I did some research and found a nice beach on the west coast of Florida that would be ideal for our limited snorkeling skills and away we went.

Outfitted in our gear, we approached the water looking like a family of Jacque Cousteau look a-likes that we thought we were.  The plan was for me and the 2 older kids to go ahead and venture out in the deeper water while my wife and 8-year-old would stay somewhat closer to the beach.  Seeing how this was our first time in an uncontrolled environment we didn’t think it prudent to take our 8-year-old daughter into water where she couldn’t just stand up if things got to be too much for her.

We were doing it!  It was great!  We were seeing all kinds of fish, conch shells, and live starfish!  I thought it was perfect!  Granted, being at a beach, the water wasn’t REALLY clear.  We had about 8-10 feet of visibility, but what we could see in that 8-10 feet was amazing.  After about 10-15 minutes of swimming along with the older kids, pointing out all the cool stuff I could see, I look back to check on the rest of the family, only to see that they weren’t even in the water- they were actually ON THE BEACH!

Seeing as how the older kids were holding their own, I left them and made my way back to see what was going on.  This is when my wife tells me that unless I can get her to water that was extremely clear, she’s done snorkeling.  Seeing the confused look on my face, she explains that there are sharks in saltwater and she was scared out of her mind the entire time (15 whole minutes) she was in the water.

We finished the day at the beach with all 5 of us enjoying ourselves, but not like I had intended.  Three of us spent most of the time reveling at the underwater environment while the other two made sand castles and collected the shells that we brought back to the beach.

Back at home a few days later I brought up that we should make another excursion and got a fairly frosty response.  It was time for me to research again.  What could I do to make my wife more comfortable in the water?  Short of making a trip to the Caribbean and finding clear water, I was stumped. Enter the SharkBanz.p13500341SharkBanz are magnetic shark deterrent wrist bands for surfers, snorkelers, swimmers, and beach-goers. They add peace of mind to the everyday ocean swim, surf, or snorkel and sounded like just what I needed to get my wife back in the water.

Using a SharkBanz is easy, you simply wear it around your ankle or wrist and when a shark gets close the SharkBanz “scares it away”. My wife’s fears were valid, most shark attacks occur in murky, shallow waters off the coast where there are a high number of swimmers and sharks sharing the same space.20160514_sharkbanz_ami_3155 In a murky environment, sharks rely heavily on their electro-receptors instead of their eyes to “see” what’s around them. They possess the most sensitive electro-magnetic sense of all known animals, and use it to judge distance, shape, and even the heart rate of other animals near them. 20160514_sharkbanz_ami_5451Most of the time, sharks get it right and leave people alone. Occasionally, they don’t. Sometimes when relying on their electro-receptors, a curious shark may bite a person in order to figure out what he or she is. These unprovoked “hit and run” attacks are the most common type, and Sharkbanz are an excellent defense against them. As the shark approaches a person wearing Sharkbanz, magnetic waves coming from the band disrupt its electro-receptors and it quickly turns away. sharkbanzReceiving her new SharkBanz, my wife couldn’t wait to try it out.  We headed to the same beach, with much higher expectations.  Wearing her SharkBanz, my wife enjoyed the underwater exploring as much, if not more than the rest of us did. We had finally found a hobby that the entire family could enjoy.  All thanks to a comfortable to wear, confidence boosting piece of technology that made my wife’s fears virtually disappear.  $65 dollars is a small price to pay for that kind of reward!20160514_sharkbanz_ami_2438Now, I must admit, in full disclosure, that we haven’t seen any sharks in the time that we’ve been snorkeling, but in the western Florida coastal waters, that doesn’t mean that they haven’t been there.  Peace of mind goes a long way to making a day at the beach enjoyable for the whole family.

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Comments

  1. vickie couturier says:

    i havent heard of one of these before,,how interesting,,that would be nice to have if you have sharks in the area

  2. Julie Wood says:

    This is an incredible invention and anyone that is going in water where there are sharks needs to make sure to have a shark deterrent on! It can save your life.

  3. Interesting product. I’m glad that it let your wife enjoy the water.

  4. sarah brushaber says:

    interesting idea!! thx

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