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26 January 2017, 14:02

Is there some way to accurately record my distance if I am not swimming in a pool?
Marked as answer: tfarabaugh on 26 January 2017, 14:27

bernfield wrote:

Is there some way to accurately record my distance if I am not swimming in a pool?



The watch does not support open water swimming using GPS, it is for pools only. Supporting open water swimming is much more complicated than pool swimming (which involves counting strokes and figuring out the stroke length). GPS cannot be detected underwater so it would need to time the GPS signal attainment with the split second the watch is above water on each stroke (assuming you are doing a stroke that brings your arms out of the water). What most users who want open water swimming do is to use freestyle mode and put the watch in their cap or on a safety buoy behind them so it stays out of the water. You will then get distance but will lose swim specific metrics, however.

I hope this helped answer your question. If so, please mark it as a solution so others can look for it if they have the same question.

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    26 January 2017, 14:27

    bernfield wrote:

    Is there some way to accurately record my distance if I am not swimming in a pool?



    The watch does not support open water swimming using GPS, it is for pools only. Supporting open water swimming is much more complicated than pool swimming (which involves counting strokes and figuring out the stroke length). GPS cannot be detected underwater so it would need to time the GPS signal attainment with the split second the watch is above water on each stroke (assuming you are doing a stroke that brings your arms out of the water). What most users who want open water swimming do is to use freestyle mode and put the watch in their cap or on a safety buoy behind them so it stays out of the water. You will then get distance but will lose swim specific metrics, however.

    I hope this helped answer your question. If so, please mark it as a solution so others can look for it if they have the same question.

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