About Esperance Ocean Safety & Support

Ocean Safety & Support Esperance was founded by local waterman Mitch Capelli back in 2017 following the tragic death of teenager Laeticia Brouwer as a not-for-profit organisation that focussed on protecting ocean users in the water from Great White Sharks in form of education, training, experience, technology and research.

OS&S hosts annual FirstAid training, shark information nights, specialised Waterman training courses and regularly shares information to the local community and National media based on local experiences. We have collaborated with the Department of Transport, Surf Life Saving WA, Surfing WA, Surfing Doctors, WAFIC, AIAWA, Flinders University and more to provide the safest ocean environment for our ocean users.

Esperance has and still continues to be the site of many Great White Shark sightings, encounters and tragically deaths. It is our goal to minimise these attacks and prioritise human life.

Become a member

Gold Member - $50

You'll receive trauma kits, educational video links, voting rights, access to discount codes, newsletter updates and information.

Silver Member - $20

You'll receive voting rights, newsletter updates and information.

Bronze Member - FREE

You'll receive newsletter updates and information.


The Calm As Shark Bite First Aid Slam Pack was designed to do one thing, and do it well – stop people dying from shark bites. This kit lets you do it better and faster than any other kit you can buy or put together yourself – we’ve done all the legwork, found the best products and put them together in a compact, easy to use format that anyone of nearly any age or background can learn to use safely. Designed to fit snugly in your ski, and rugged enough to live in your car or boat.

Our Mission

To provide the safest ocean environment possible for our community group. We support the collaborative work of research with the input of experienced commercial fishermen and divers, to come up with a sustainable model for shark mitigation strategies. We aim to engage local ocean users, implement the latest technology and educate first aid procedures. By doing this, we will have created the safest ocean environment possible for both humans and sharks living as one in an ever-growing world.

We support our local community and prioritise human safety in the water.

Our Team

The Esperance Ocean Safety & Support Committee consists of...

Mitch Capelli

Founder / Chairman
(Teacher and avid waterman)

David Swan

Committee member
(Esperance VET and avid scuba diver)

Marc Payne

Committee member
(SMART drumline contractor, Abalone diver and Finding Salisbury founder)

Shelley Payne

Secretary & Treasurer
(Esperance Shire Councillor)

Lesley Arnott

Committee member
(Research Officer, Office of Rick Wilson MP, Federal Member for O’Connor)

Tom Innes

Committee member
(Surfer & Margaret River Board Riders founder)

Get in contact

To get in contact, please email oceansafety101@gmail.com or fill out the form below.