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​Shark deterrent devices are available for Western Australian surfers and divers.

Monday 1 April 2019

500 more personal shark deterrents available

​An additional 500 rebates for scientifically proven personal shark deterrents have been made available for Western Australian surfers and divers.

The additional 500 rebates for scientifically proven personal shark deterrent devices takes the total made available to Western Australian surfers and divers to 4,000 devices. More than 3,400 of these devices have already been purchased, with almost 500 of those bought by surfers. 
 
The subsidy program, launched in May 2017, aiming to provide a world-first subsidy for WA water users as part of a smarter, science-based approach to shark hazard mitigation.

Our State's most vulnerable water users - surfers and divers - have two approved devices available for purchase.
 
The Ocean Guardian FREEDOM7™ is a device primarily used by divers; it can be purchased from a registered retailer involved in the subsidy program for $399. This product was the first device available through the program when it started in May 2017
 
The Ocean Guardian FREEDOM+ Surf™ is a device specifically designed for surfers; it can be used on multiple boards with the purchase of additional tail pad kits. This device can be purchased for $299 from a registered retailer involved in the subsidy program. It was added to the program in May 2018 when university testing showed it significantly reduced the chance of a great white shark encounter. 
 
Scientific reports on each device and more information about the devices, visit is available on the SharkSmart website.

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