I was on a training swim out front of the Andaz Resort in Maui when I heard a motorized boat or vessel nearby. When I popped up to see where and what it was, there was a Maui Ocean Safety lifeguard on a jet ski telling me to get out of the water right away because of a shark nearby. He was making a fin signal over his head and telling me to get out. Naturally, I looked back to shore (Mokapu Beach) and the 100 plus yards looked a little further. I wasn’t wearing turtle cologne or anything but didn’t want to have to out race a shark, so I calmly asked “Can you pull me in?”
I quickly hopped up on the water stretcher attached to the back of his jet ski along with two lady snorkelers and we got pulled back to shore. Growing up in a concrete jungle, I always had a little fear of the ocean, but I’ve conquered my fears and really enjoy open water ocean swims. The Tiger Sharks are something I always have in the back of my mind and I’m glad I didn’t have to face this one. This incident was scary and exciting and I am very thankful for the swift response of the Ocean Safety team. I think if I did swim the 100 plus yards to shore I would have set a new record. What’s even better is I caught the whole incident on my Gopro Hero 3 camera, I never do training swims with it but on this day I had it on. Its a shark tail I will never forget. The Andaz Resort Staff and Beach Crew are amazing! Mahalo to everyone and especially the lifeguard Terrance Shimada that pulled me out to safety.
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