Training with a swimming watch?
- Did you ever notice an extra or missing length, or wrong stroke detection?
- Did you ever wish you could edit the data, so that it is acccurate and reflect what you did?
- Do you wish Garmin Connect (and other web sites) would allow better analysis of your swimming data?
- Swimming watch tools includes both an editor and file viewer,
- The editor allows you to delete, merge, split and change Stroke or pool size
- Supported devices: Garmin Swim, Forerunner 910/920, fénix 2 and Tomtom Multisport
- Read the User's Guide and start editing and analyzing your data.
What Swimming watches are, and how they work
If you are swimming competitively, or just for fun, chances are you probably want to swim faster. Physics tells us that speed at the pool, is the product of stroke length and stroke rate.
Stroke length is defined as the number of yards/meters covered with each stroke, and stroke rate is the number of strokes per unit of time (usually strokes per minute). Moving you arms faster will increase you stroke rate and therefore your speed. Stroke length can be improved by working on your technique, reducing drag, increasing glide, changing your position and being more efficient.
Let's say you're practicing a new technique and want to calculate your stroke rate, stroke length and speed. You can do it by using a clock and counting your strokes while swimming down the pool. Keeping track of everything on a piece of paper.
But who wants to do maths while swimming? And what if you want to have detailed results for each length? This is how swimming watches can help. They work by monitoring how your arm/body moves through water using accelerometers.They count strokes, lengths, keep track of time, and do all the math, providing you with stroke length, stroke rate, speed, and stroke detection, for each length. You will be able to analyze you data, and maintain a log. You'll be able to tell if you're improving or not, and if all this work is paying off.
Swimming watches are very accurate...most of the time. Unfortunately, depending on your skills and environment (crowded lanes), data will sometimes show some inaccuracies. Here is Advice from Garmin on how to improve accuracy and reduce errors in the data
- Why am I experiencing errors with my pool swimming distance?
- Can traffic from other swimmers in my lane cause distance errors when Pool Swimming?
If you follow this advice, you data will be fine most of the time. If you still have errors in you data, feel free to use this site. At this time, it is only compatible with the Garmin Swim, forerunner 910/920 and Fénix 2 devices, but if there is enough interest. Support could be expanded to other devices.
If you don't train with a swimming watch yet, and considering buying one, here are links to manufacturers and excellent independent reviews form DC Rainmaker
Multi-Sport (Triathlon) watches with swimming mode