Physiological data that included heart rate and breathing rate of the participants was measured using a biometric smart technology shirt, with built-in textile ECG & respiratory sensors, and collected during the entire experience process.Learn More ->
A simple research exercise designed to identify the emotional and physical reaction a boater might experience to the surprise of an accidental fall and the shock of ending up in the water.Learn More ->
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Have you ever leaned way back in a straight chair, balancing on the back two legs, and almost fallen over, catching yourself at the last second? That is the first step leading to the shock factor. That big, and perhaps even half expected action that caused you to gasp in surprise?
Now imagine that you were not expecting it at all…like an accidental fall overboard into the water from your boat or a dock. But you don’t catch yourself and your gasp of surprise is perfectly timed with your entry into the water.
The result is the Shock Factor…an accidental fall overboard causing an uncontrolled gasp when you hit the water that can compromise your ability to swim, or even survive.Learn More
The Shock Factor experience has been created to demonstrate that no matter how experienced a boater you are, how well you can swim, how nice the weather, or how close your lifejacket might be... (other than having it on)... when you are boating, there is an ever-present risk that an accidental immersion can cause you to have your worst boating day ever.
The Shock Factor experience was a simple research exercise designed to identify the emotional and physical reaction a boater might experience to the surprise of an accidental fall and the shock of ending up in water. A series of ‘experiences’ were created to simulate surprise immersions and candidates were recruited and selected at random to participate. Each was put through a series of experiences and their responses recorded both by cameras and with specially designed shirts to measure their vital signs, like heartbeat, respiration, and volume of air intake.Learn More
Participants were recruited from the boating community. Their experience ranged from novice to a few professionals, from powerboats to sailboats to paddle craft.
To add water to the mix, two dunk tanks were specially constructed. Similar in physical size each was wide enough to be safe for an unexpected dunking and deep enough that the subject would experience an immersion similar to falling overboard. The only difference was one tank had been heated to near body temperature (35 degrees) and the other was at about 17 degrees… an average Canadian lake water temperature.