Shark Shield: Ankle or Kayak?
I am fairly new to long distance swimming, having taken up the sport after many years of no swimming (i was a sprinter as a kid). I will be participating in a 15 km event later in the year in waters where shark attacks have occurred (although not for many years). And as I have a serious (irrational) fear of sharks, I am considering swimming with a shark shield. However I am worried about 2 things:
2) It getting in the way during the chaos at the start of a race
Which leads me to my question..... do you wear the shark shield on your ankle, or from the support kayak? Is the range of the shark shield (presumably 5m according to the comment below?) large enough to safely use from the kayak?
I noticed in the thread http://marathonswimmers.org/forum/discussion/155/shark-shield-effectiveness/p1 , FOREVERSWIM says:
"I was far from the kayak which had the device turned on (the radius I believe is 5m). I take full responsibility to stay near my kayaker if I was concerned about being in the "shield" of protection."
Is this the general practice of marathon swimmers, or do some prefer to wear on your ankle?