Will I get an electric shock?

Shark Shield Technology works by emitting an electrical signal between two visible stainless steel electrodes which are located at the top and bottom of  the antenna, depending on the model. If you come in contact with this  electrical field you will feel it. 

 

If using the FREEDOM+ Surf on a board under 6'6" you are likely to feel it, particularly when duck diving you'll feel it on the fingers. Generally on a board over 6'6" with volume, you will not feel it at all unless you touch the electrodes. 


So that you don't feel it on boards under 6'6", we recommend using the FREEDOM+ Surf - SHORTBOARD or Tail Pad / Antenna - SHORTBOARD. 

 

Historically, our customers have told us that feeling the electrical field provides comfort by knowing the device is active.

 

To produce a protective electrical field of an effective size the electrical signal needs to be strong. When accidentally placing your hand near or on the antenna the electrical field may cause stimulation of the surface  muscles of the skin. This may differ for each person and the feeling is similar  to that of a static electrical shock.  

 

The amount of stimulation is minimal if accidentally touching the  antenna while it is fully submerged. The reason for this is that the easiest  path for the electrical signal is to flow, is between the two electrodes  through the water, rather than through the user.

 

A higher amount of stimulation may occur if the user accidentally lifts one of the electrodes out of the water with their hand or other parts of their  body. The reason for this is that the user then becomes part of the current  path between the two electrodes.

 

For comparison sake, Ocean Guardian only emits up to 85 volts of electric power; whereas, electroconvulsive therapy used to treat depression  would be between 225 volts and 450 volts. Therefore, the Ocean Guardian shock  will only be  light and would not effect you in anyway other than a little  shock. 

 

Recommendations;

  • Keep the antenna submerged at all times.
  • If using a SCUBA7 unit (for diving), then it is recommended that you wear a wetsuit.
  • If using a FREEDOM7 for scuba diving or snorkeling, to reduce the risk of the antenna accidentally  touching your body then secure the initial length of antenna from the  electronic housing to your fin. The method of attachment should be with  something similar to a plastic cable tie. Do not use a metal fastening device or a system that significantly covers the antenna electrode.
  • We recommend using the FREEDOM+ Surf SHORTBOARD and Tail Pad / Antenna SHORTBOARD on boards under 6'6"
  • If you're experiencing shocks on your hand with eSPEAR we recommend you use a dive glove

 

WARNING: A large pulsing current is  emitted from the Shark Shield  antenna to produce the protective electric  field. Anyone with any electronic medical device (EMD) such as a pacemaker, who  is pregnant, or has a health condition which could be affected by the electric  field, should not use the device. Some examples of health conditions include  heart disease, a history of heart problems, peripheral vascular decease,  stroke, a history of fainting or epilepsy, or lung disease. Users  unintentionally being in close proximity,  or in contact with the antenna,  may possibly suffer muscle spasms in varying degrees; we recommend that users  may need to make adjustments to limit contact in these situations.