Global Leader in Marine Suspension Seating

feel better. travel farther.

Changing the game of marine suspension seating.​

who we are

SHOCKWAVE is a Canadian company with a global presence, originally founded in 1965. We design and manufacture marine suspension seats for professional and recreational boating markets. It’s our commitment to continual improvement, rigorous testing, safety standards and innovative shock module design, that protects boaters from the shock of wave impact.

Our Team

Every company’s success is a result of its people. Our team works with passion and dedication through each and every role. With state-of-the-art technology, superior design and quality components, we make the open-water accessible to customers.

our passion

We work hard to find the best solutions that offer boaters an experience they would never have imagined. As avid boaters ourselves, we understand what our customers value most – and we create the best marine suspension seats in the world to provide a safer, more comfortable and exciting ride.

SHOCKWAVE S2 S3 Helm & Crew Seats

Our products

We offer a broad range of products, providing customers with a wide choice of product solutions. Within our professional product line we offer unlimited customization, allowing for mission specific designs.  Our products are built with simple yet rugged construction, so they are easy to own. This translates to a lower total cost of ownership: Less training, lower maintenance, longer life, and better performance.

About SHOCKWAVE - Made in Canada

proudly canadian

SHOCKWAVE products are welded, assembled, painted, and built in North America with materials supplied from our high-quality, high-performance partners; FOX Defense, Corbin Seats, Speedway Engineering, IGUS and BSCI Energy Management Systems, to name a few.  Customers can be assured of the finest quality workmanship.

From Vancouver Island to Alaska

Building the first shockwave prototype

In 2001, David Smith tested the first SHOCKWAVE seat prototype on his journey from Vancouver Island up to Alaska in a 24-foot aluminum boat he built himself.

the nortwest passage

Testing under
real-life conditions

To understand exactly how our products perform, we put them to the test in some of the toughest conditions on earth. In 2010, SHOCKWAVE president David Smith completed an 8.000-mile journey using SHOCKWAVE technology. He took an 11-meter open-hull RIB from St. John’s, Newfoundland, over Canada through the Arctic Circle and the Northwest Passage, around Alaska and back home to Victoria, BC.

in-house testing


While we test and measure our components and seats in related environments, we also use a number of other in-house analytic and testing methods to ensure absolute safety and ultimate performance.

We perform “Drop Testing” in house to verify component strength and suspension performance

We use SolidWorks Simulation software to analyze millions of variables that may cause stress on the components and parts of all our products

All major components are broken down for validation and tested individually

All of our products are
tested on the water



Both our Single Axis Suspension and Integrated Control Environment (ICE Console) systems are patented and manufactured by SHOCKWAVE. Through years of development and testing, we have been able to develop a system that is powerful and easy to integrate, bringing you the ultimate in marine shock mitigation technology.


certified performance

We constantly test and measure our products and have built them to be industry leading. All SHOCKWAVE products meet or exceed specifications and requirements for certification in both Canada and the US.

SHOCKWAVE products are capable of mitigating dynamic exposure to levels below acceptable limits, as specified in ISO Standards 2631 Part 1 (1997) and Part 5 (2001); sections 14.4- of ASTM F1166-07

The suspension travel prevents the seat from hitting the suspension stops during an acceleration event 10 times the acceleration of gravity with an occupant up to the 95th percentile male in weight


All SHOCKWAVE products are designed with corrosion prevention in mind, and we use only the best, premium non-ferrous materials available today.

  • All aluminum components are grade 5052 or 6061-T6
  • Chromate Coated S5 Modules for Increased Corrosion Protection
  • Welded and formed components are powder coated to exceed salt spray
    ASTM specification B-117 (equivalent to method 509.5 from MIL-STD-810G)
  • Machined aluminum components are hard anodized to military specification
    MIL-A-8625, and pass salt fog testing method 509.2 from MIL-STD-810G
  • 304 and 316 stainless steel is used for all steel brackets and machined
    components; 304 and 316 stainless steels pass method 2 salt fog testing
    from MIL-STD-810G


level 1


The spring rate increases as stroke increases. It is impossible to fully compress the air in the air spring at the end of the stroke. The spring rate ramps up to 3000lbs at full compression.

level 2


The cushion material is an energy absorbing foam developed for NASCAR seats, providing an extra level of protection.

level 3


Should there be the unlikely event of decompression, the shock absorbers have a rubber bump stop internally that will prevent the suspension from bottoming.


ACCURIDE is a feature that provides immediate confirmation that the FOX Float H20 shock is set correctly for your body weight. It’s an effective and intuitive system that brings the ultimate riding experience to our clients.

  • Manual Air Pump
  • Pressure Gauge in 10lb Increments
  • Adjustable Extra Volume Canister
  • ACCURIDE Decal to Provide Quick Check of Ride Height


Our seats are designed to take abuse and are warranted to withstand heavy accelerations with full-occupancy in some of the roughest conditions open water provides.

SHOCKWAVE Seats are designed to withstand separately applied accelerations when occupied by the weight of 5th to 95th percentile occupants, including gear; in the case of ICE Modules and Control Pods, this also includes installed gear and equipment.

support for the sport

Salmon, Tuna - you name it. Shockwave is there testing product, meeting our customers, sponsoring and participating in events and supporting  salmon enhancement initiatives.

About SHOCKWAVE - Fishing Derbies

salmon enhancement

Shockwave has supported BC Salmon Enhancement efforts for years, through local Derby sponsorship and participation and direct product donations for the Salmon Enhancement Society’s Silent Auction.  BC Salmon Enhancement is actively supported by Shockwave’s Owner – David Smith.

who we work with


About SHOCKWAVE - Partners - Fox Defense
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