Garmin Swim: Preview

Read our preview of Garmin's latest must-have gadget, the Garmin Swim



by Annie Rice

Garmin Swim

We have waited patiently for a Garmin training device tailored specifically for swimmers, now finally the wait is over. We are excited to provide a sneak preview for the new Garmin Swim. The global leader in satellite navigation has just announced the launch of their first swimmer-specific training watch. And what a watch it is; providing all the features and functions that you’d expect from a Garmin gadget with a few extra perks.

What is it?

Garmin Swim is a hyper intelligent training device designed exclusively for swimmers. The idea is that you focus on your technique rather than trying to keep track of how many lengths you’ve swum. It tracks everything from your stroke type to your pace and distance, and then enables you to upload, view and compare your workouts at Garmin Connect. The watch is available to buy now from Wiggle at a retail price of £129.99.

What does it offer?

  • The watch automatically knows what stroke you’re doing. It tracks the number of lengths you complete in a session, the stroke count, distance and pace.
  • Records drills and timed sets whilst calculating the swimmers’ SWOLF scores, (measurement of efficiency based on stroke count and time per length), for maximum results at any level. 
  • Ready to go straight out of the box. All you need to do is tell it the length of the swimming pool you train in and you’re good to go.
  • Battery life of approximately one year.
  • Includes a built in alarm clock for those early morning swims.
  • Syncs to Garmin Connect (LINK), a free website to track progress, set goals and share workouts.
  • The wireless technology means your workout data is automatically uploaded to your computer as soon as you’re within range.
  • Slim and lightweight design so it won’t drag you down or slow swimming time.

They say:

“No longer will you need to count laps you can trust Garmin Swim to do the maths. Not only that, Garmin Swim logs distance, pace, stroke count and stroke type and calculates swim efficiency to help improve your times and technique,” says Andrew Silver, Garmin Product Manager Fitness EMEA.

We say:

Our pulse rate races every time we hear Garmin are releasing a new product, and if this lives up to Garmin’s usual credentials then it is sure to be a superb training device for triathletes and swimming enthusiasts alike. We can’t wait to get our hands on a Garmin Swim, so watch this space for a full review in the near future.

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I've had and used the Finis Swimsense and the Forerunner 910XT, as well as the Polar RCX5. The Garmin Swim has been the best of all of them for pool work. It's simple, the battery lasts a really long time, and unlike all the other devices in the category it allows you to record drill intervals (although it won't identify which drill you've done). Another puzzling omission (which is present in the Swimsense) is autopause when you stop between intervals - instead, you have to press the pause button and then once again when you continue. The upside to this is a feature lacking in the Swimsense...a three second countdown until you push off. 

All in all - recommended!


Posted: 13/09/2013 at 23:02

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