Swim With your Band! - The Best Waterproof Trackers for The Swimmer in You
, by Anusiya M, 6 min reading time
With many smartwatch makers adding 'waterproof' to the list of features, swimmers have a variety of devices to choose from.Waterproof rating is one for the most important factors, along with trackers to measure lengths and strokes for those who want a wearable for the pool. So, are you one of those who cant decide which one to pick?We hope that by the time you are done with our comprehensive list you will have made up your mind!
What is Waterproof Rating?
Most waterproof gadgets are rated based on IP and ATM standards.Most gadgets given an IP68 rating are said to be " dust tight" and protected during complete submersion in water; while a device with a 1-ATM rating can withstand up to 10 metres pressure underwater.Assessment of the device's threshold for pressure is important to understand the depth to which you can take them.
Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
This waterproof device also gives you real time swim tracking data. A light device with a 1.5-inch AMOLED display that lets you move with ease in the water and view your pool performance.It can withstand up to 5 ATM (50 m depth). A waterlock mode ensures that upon hitting the water the screen doesnt confuse the water for user swiping the screen.The watch comes with a Speedo On app that lets the user measure lengths, distance, time and also SWOLF- a swimming efficiency measure. In all it is a good-looking and efficient tracker at a reasonable price (18,000 INR, Amazon).
Samsung Galaxy Fit
Cheaper than the Gear Fit2 Pro, priced at 10,000 INR on Amazon, this tracker is smaller (11.2mm thick) and waterproof to a depth of 50m.The design makes it easy to swim with. It too has a water-lock feature similar to the Gear Fit2 Pro.Though it does not have GPS, the motion sensors a quite accurate, and the Galaxy Fit makes a good choice for an all-day fitness tracker that can be worn in the water as well.
Fitbit Inspire HR
This is Fitbits cheapest swim tracker. It can recognise breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly or freestyle (front crawl), and can record swim duration, distance, lengths completed and pace.You first need to turn on swim tracking from the exercise app on the device and set the pool length to get accurate data from your swim. The tracker is lightweight and works well till depths of 50m in swimming pools only.The screen allows for you to view data in real time making it a good choice at the reasonable price of 10,000 INR (Amazon).
Garmin Vivosmart 4
Like most Garmin wearables, the Vivosmart 4 is also waterproof and works well up to depths of 50m in a pool. This lightweight and slim device can auto track your activity.You can set your skill level and pool size on the device itself. The Vivosmart 4 only collects minimal data, it can provide you with the duration of your swim and the number of lengths you completed.The device syncs to the Garmin Connect app on your phone, allowing you to get a better look at your swim performance. Garmin Vivosmart 4 is available on Amazon for 11,000 INR.
Fitbit Charge 3
A great tracker for the pool, it also tracks your activity in the water. Fitbit's SmartTrack tech, gives the Charge3 the ability to recognise when the user is swimming, capture swim lengths, duration, distance and pace.The only issue with this device is that the user cannot view the swim data on the device in real time. The data can only be viewed on the companion app.For accurate data, you need to calibrate the pool length on the app before you get in for a swim. Priced at 20,000 INR on Amazon, we actually expect a lot more from this device and Fitbit.
A simple, lightweight, and accurate tracker, though a little old now. You cannot view the data on the device while in the pool.The companion app is essential to set the device into swim tracking mode, and to also record the metrics such as stroke type and rate, distance, lap times, stamina, etc.The companion app also has coaching features that offer you a feedback on your performance. It is available on Amazon for 17,000 INR.
Huawei Band 3 Pro
A budget tracker (6,000 INR, Amazon), its frame and fit are similar to The Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro. It has an AMOLED screen that allows you to view your data in real time. The watch is suitable for pools as well as open waters up to a depth of 50 m.It also allows you to customize your targets - distance, duration, calories burnt, else you can just swim and let it do its work. The device not only identifies the strokes- butterfly, backstroke, freestyle, and breaststroke - but also records the number of strokes, swim speed, arm pull frequency, laps, distance and average SWOLF (a measure of swimming efficiency).You can view workout time, distance, average speed, calories burnt, etc. only once you unlock the screen. The data is also available to view on the companion app on your phone.
Withings Pulse HR
A simple fitness tracker. It recognises when you hit the water automatically and measures the duration of your session and calories spent. It is calibrated for 25m and 50 m pools and optimised to measure for breaststroke and crawl.The tracking works once you swim for at least 10 minutes continuously. The results are not accurate if the pool is packed or your movements are not regular. The data can only be viewed on the companion - Health Mate app.A great plus to this wearable, is that it factors your swim time into your day's activities. It works well up to a depth of 50 m in a pool and is available of Amazon for 25,000 INR.
Xiaomi Mi Band 4
A low-cost tracker (2,500 INR, Amazon) with impressive features. The Xiaomi Mi Band 4 in addition to the basic tracking, gives you stroke type, average stroke rate, pace, calories burned and also SWOLF.It is easy to set pool size, lock and unlock the screen. You can read the screen during your swim as well with no issues.The companion app works to give you a detailed breakdown of your swim performance. Overall, it makes for a great budget all in one tracker.
Honor Band 5Costing 9,500 INR on Amazon, the Honor Band 5 is probably the cheapest fitness band thats also good in the water. The device has a waterproof case that withstands being submerged for up to 50 m depth.It can track swimming stroke types, distance covered, laps and calories burned. It can also provide a SWOLF analysis of the data to give you better insights to your performance.You will need to select the mode on the band and then start swimming. You can view the data on the device or on the companion app.
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