If you are a swimmer and you want to use an Apple Watch, you should know that not all models are suitable for swimming. Only the Apple Watch Series 2 and newer models have water resistance up to 50 meters and can be used in the pool or in the ocean. The first-generation Apple Watch and Apple Watch Series 1 have some level of water resistance, but they are not recommended for use while swimming.
Some of the features that make the Apple Watch Series 2 and newer models good for swimmers are:
- They have a water lock mode that prevents accidental taps on the screen while swimming. You can activate this mode by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and tapping the water drop icon. To deactivate it, you need to turn the Digital Crown until you hear a beep and see water droplets on the screen.
- They have a built-in GPS that can track your distance, pace, and route when swimming in open water. You can use the Workout app to start an open water swim workout and see your metrics on the screen. You can also sync your data with third-party apps like Strava or Swim.com.
- They have a swim-proof heart rate sensor that can measure your heart rate while swimming. However, this sensor may not work well in cold water or if you have tattoos on your wrist. You can also pair your Apple Watch with a chest strap heart rate monitor for more accurate readings.
- They have a swim tracking feature that can automatically detect your stroke type, count your laps, and measure your calories burned when swimming in a pool. You can use the Workout app to start a pool swim workout and set your pool length. You can also see your splits and sets on the screen or on your iPhone .
These are some of the features that make the Apple Watch Series 2 and newer models good for swimmers. Of course, you should also take care of your Apple Watch by rinsing it with fresh water after swimming, drying it with a soft cloth, and avoiding exposing it to soap, shampoo, or other chemicals. ????