Over the years, we've helped ocean swimmers of all levels and backgrounds compete in some of the most challenging and prolific swim and triathlon series including IRONMAN, Nutri-Grain Series, Rottnest Channel Swim, Escape from Alcatraz and many individual feats including swims across the Pacific Ocean (Benoit Lecomte). We're always looking for partnerships to help support ocean athletes, and we're proud to be the official safety sponsor of the Salty Sports (Speedo SALT) Series. The Speedo SALT Series launched in 2020 as the only open water swimming series to feature events across the State of Florida. Working with destinations and local businesses, The Speedo SALT Series creates unique destination weekends, offering event activities Friday through Sunday.
Here's more from the press release:
Salty Sports Society announced a new partnership with Sharkbanz aimed to increase peace of mind for ocean swimmers. This scientifically proven shark deterrent technology will have a strong brand presence on the Speedo SALT Series. The six-event statewide Series is the only points based, multi-destination Series in the State of Florida.
Sharkbanz utilize powerful magnetic technology to create an effective shark deterrent that’s always on and requires no batteries and no charging. When sharks approach Sharkbanz, they detect the device’s strong electromagnetic field, which provides a sudden sensation that is thousands of times stronger than the signal produced by anything in a shark’s normal habitat. Consequently, sharks are deterred away from Sharkbanz. This cause and effect are analogous to having a bright light suddenly shined in your eyes in a dark room. You would not be hurt, but you would want to turn away.
Sharkbanz technology has been verified by independent third-party analysis groups including Western Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) as well as the School of Coastal Environment and the Department of Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University.
“We’re extremely excited to partner with Sharkbanz as our official Marine Life Safety partner on the Speedo SALT Series,” said Matt Dunn, Co-Founder, Salty Sports Society. “Sharkbanz has a trustworthy reputation in the open water space around the State of Florida. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to further educate swimmers on marine life technology and the safety options available to them."
“This partnership embodies our core mission: to empower people to enjoy the ocean to the fullest. By reducing the risk of negative shark encounters, swimmers have the peace of mind to focus on their daily training and competitive races,” said Nathan Garrison, Sharkbanz Founder.
The Series is designed with a “racecation” feel offering a la carte weekend activities from Friday to Sunday. A portion of Series proceeds give back to the Florida Beach Patrol Chiefs Association and the United States Lifesaving Association Southeast Region.
The Speedo SALT Series culminates each year with the Annual Buoy Ball to celebrate each Series end and to distribute the High Point Champion awards, including “The Rzy,” an annual award named after Fred Rzymek, who has hosted events and provided leadership in Florida’s endurance sports space for over 35 years.
About Salty Sports Society
Aquatic sports are the ultimate way to enjoy the water at its simplest. Water has the unique ability to calm, humble, and empower us. Salty Sports Society was founded with a simple mission; to craft unique open water swimming event experiences in memorable destinations.
We began by putting together a team with more than 150+ combined years of experience managing endurance sports events. We created attentive, thorough, unsurpassed water safety plans, and formed partnerships with destinations committed to showcasing and growing quality coastal lifestyles.
Our mission is simple, but our work is ever evolving. Whatever it takes to create the best events, that bring great people together, and allow them to travel, swim, and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
Our mission is to develop simple, effective, and affordable strategies to reduce the risk of a shark bite – providing peace of mind and protection to every beachgoer, swimmer and surfer around the world while also promoting marine conservation and education.
Remaining 2022 Speedo SALT Series Dates
Camp Alligator, Clearwater Beach, FL, June 17-19, 2022
Swim for Alligator Lighthouse, Islamorada, FL, September 10, 2022
Swim With Nick, Dania Beach, FL, October 1, 2022
Southern Cross, Fort Myers Beach, FL, December 3, 2022