Bet you didn’t know that a fitness tracker isn’t just for joggers. Those little gadgets can track swimming activity too. As in, laps, timing, heart rate, turn rate.
If you’re just getting started on your fitness journey, or your exercise routine is getting stale, swimming is a perfect low-stress activity to stay healthy. A waterproof fitness tracker that can track your swimming achievements is the perfect companion to push you to reach your goals and realize your progression.
Which Fitness Tracker is Best for Swimming?
This guide gives you an overview of the 12 most popular waterproof fitness trackers on the market. Hopefully, we’ll help you choose the perfect fitness tracker to help you monitor your swimming goals and achievements.
Top 12 Swimming Watches – Product Overview
Let’s go through our list of top-rated swimming fitness trackers. There’s a lot of information here, so we’ll try to give you an excellent summary to help you decide which one is best for you.
1. Moov Now
- MOOV NOW provides real-time audio coaching for running, cycling, cardio boxing, body weight (Moov 7 Minute+)
- Most advanced swim tracker - stroke type, stroke count, lap analysis, recommends ways to improve
- Tracks Active Minutes and Sleep
Weighing in light, the Moov Now is a well thought out fitness tracker made not just for swimming, but for cycling, running, cardio, and more. I know I said not all of us have a coach, but this little guy speaks to you, encouraging you to push further and faster, and audibly tells you how much distance you’ve covered. The heart rate monitor is a nice bonus, as many waterproof trackers do not support that particular feature.
The Moov Now bills itself as the most advanced swim tracker. It tracks stroke type, stroke count, lap analysis, and will recommend ways to improve your technique and workout. With three times the sensors used in basic fitness trackers, it provides real-time accuracy. 6-month battery life and sleep monitor is also integrated.
Reviewers seem wowed by the Moov Now’s ability to switch between strokes and recognize rests and turns. Several reviews liked the price and battery life and were impressed with the fit and weight (or lack thereof). One reviewer said the silicone band often gets dirty but was easy to clean with a soap and water wash.
2. Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
- Water-resistant up to fifty meters, now you can own the pool, run in the rain and recover in the shower
- Power through intervals to the beat of your favorite tracks with music storage on your Gear Fit2 Pro. Bullet Point : 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz
- Boost every session with fitness apps powered by Under Armour. Count every mile on Map MyRun, and stay on top of your nutrition with MyFitnessPal. Dust and Water-resistant : MIL-STD-810G and 5ATM
This tracker has music! It’s waterproof to 50 meters and gives you an all-day calorie burn and continuous heart rate monitoring, but you can listen to music, too!
The Gear Fit2 Pro pairs with fitness apps from Under Armor, such as Map MyRun and MyFitnessPal, giving you more than just swimming options for your workouts. But when you do swim, it will track time and distance, and stays on as it’s supposed to. Speedo has an app that pairs with it to give you more options for swimming data.
Samsung has made this tracker waterproof when switched to waterproof mode, so take note of that before jumping into the pool. The design is sleek and smooth, so it should be comfortable to wear in the water, and easy to clean regularly.
Plus, it has an incredibly easy to use charging dock, which charges the Gear Fit2 Pro quickly. Charging shouldn’t be a hassle. Samsung figured that out.
3. Garmin Vivoactive 3
- Garmin Pay contactless payment solution lets you pay for purchases with your watch (available for supported cards from participating banks)
- Personalize your watch with thousands of free watch faces, apps and widgets from our Connect IQ store
- More than 15 preloaded GPS and indoor sports apps, including yoga, running, swimming and more. Case material : fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover
This tracker offers more than just fitness tracking. It’s more like a smartphone light. Rated at 5 ATM (meaning you can wear it underwater), swimming is among the many fitness activities it will track, and it gives you data on your fitness level and how your body reacts to stress. It also syncs automatically so that you can view your results on a smartphone or tablet.
The Vivoactive 3 comes with 15 preloaded sports apps and a battery that should last seven days without recharging (reviews say two days reliably if you’re using GPS and the heart monitor function). You’re able to personalize your tracker with watch faces, apps, and widgets from the Garmin store, and it pairs with your smartphone to offer smart pay and notifications, plus live stats while you’re swimming.
Download your workout to the Vivoactive 3, and it will follow along, counting reps, sets, and rest times. The band itself is a little bulkier than other trackers, but it is more of a watch band, so it’s easy to adjust.
A few reviews said the price was higher than they were planning on paying, but that the multi-function abilities (reading notifications from their smartphone while they were in the pool, paying for a post-workout smoothie through the payment app, etc.) made the price worthwhile. Most reviewers said they’d stuck with this brand because it was so durable and reliable.
4. Fitbit Flex 2
- Track steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes. LED display lights up to show progress toward your daily goal
- Ultra-thin, removable tracker hides in bands, pendants and bangles
- Swim-proof for tracking swimming, life-proof for wear in the ocean, shower, pool and beyond
Is there a Fitbit for swimming? YEP! For those of us that do not regularly wear watches or bracelets, this little FitBit is precisely what we’re looking for. It is made to track fitness, nothing else, and the size proves it is made for simplicity. It’s waterproof, it’s lightweight, and it syncs automatically. Couldn’t be easier.
The Flex 2 tracks your reps, laps, and activity length, including swimming, running, and cardio. It also tracks your sleep. There is no display, just a series of lights so that you can sync all data for perusal on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Reviewers loved the light feel and easy use of this tracker, and more than few had used theirs in all weather conditions and swimming pools for more than a year with no issues. Most reviewers noted that the very reasonable price was the main reason they chose this tracker and that they were pleasantly surprised at its durability and wearability.
5. Misfit Shine 2 – Speedo Edition
- Speedo Shine's advanced proprietary lap counting algorithm tracks lap count with industry-leading accuracy, as validated by Speedo in-pool testing, and works for all stroke types.
- Sync with the Misfit app to display laps, swim distance, calories burned and points earned. Wear it in and out of the water as it also tracks walking, running, cycling, light and deep sleep.
- Speedo Shine works seamlessly with Speedo Fit, Speedo's personalized swim tracking and planning app. Locate pools in your area and watch videos and tips from Team Speedo athletes and coaches to...
Speedo designed this tracker specifically for swimming. They’ve developed a proprietary lap counting algorithm, which works for all strokes. This tracker syncs with the Misfit app to display laps, swim distance, calories burned, and points earned on the smartphone app.
Speedo also has their proprietary app, Speedo Fit, which helps you plan and track your swim, plus the app finds swimming pools in your area (via the app) and gives you access to Team Speedo videos and tips to refine your technique.
The Misfit is waterproof to 50 meters, syncs via Bluetooth effortlessly, and does not require charging. Changing batteries twice a year is a snap according to reviewers and Speedo itself (replacement batteries are standard size, also, so inexpensive). While some reviewers wanted a display, most conceded that not having a screen was a perfect tradeoff for longer battery life, true waterproof ability and the aesthetics of the band itself.
And while some have had skin reactions to silicone or polymers, sensitive wearers usually have no issues with aluminum. The Misfit comes standard with two bands, black and white, a clasp, and one Action Clip, so you can use it in almost any condition and change up the style whenever you choose.
Reviews were mixed after the first release of the Misfit, but the Shine 2 shows what happens when a company listens to concerns and addresses every one of them. The Shine 2 has earned loyal followers for its simplicity, its ability to be synced to a variety of apps, and many could not stop bragging about how stylish and comfortable the bands are.
Both the silicone and aluminum bands earned equal praise, as did the accuracy of the counters and the true waterproof nature of the Shine 2.
6. Fitbit Ionic
- Start dynamic personalized workouts on your wrist with step-by-step coaching. Syncing range: Up to 30 feet. Certain features like smartphone notifications may require Android 5.0+. Syncs with Mac OS X...
- Store and play 300+ songs, plus download playlists from Pandora
- Use built-in GPS/GLONASS to track pace, distance & routes and get Pure Pulse continuous heart rate tracking & real-time zones
With GPS and music abilities (even when your smartphone isn’t nearby), the Ionic brings quite a bit to the table with this updated Blaze. Waterproof and customizable, the Ionic syncs automatically from up to 30 feet away from your Bluetooth-enabled device, and will guide you through workouts via the decent-sized display.
You can track pace, distance and routes on land or in the water. Access apps for sports, music, and weather, as well as make payments on the go. The sleep monitor is automatic, and reviewers appreciate that it is well designed.
The Ionic comes with a large or small band, and reviewers were happy to note that if one of the band didn’t fit well or they felt like they wanted something different to wear occasionally, there were plenty of accessories available from Fitbit. The software is compatible with a wide variety of platforms, and the battery life is several days (longer if you turn off GPS when you’re not using that feature).
7. Nokia Steel HR
- 24/7 seamless tracking - Automatic walk, run, swim & 10+ activities recognized. Plus calories burned & distance
- Sleep monitoring - Sleep cycle analysis plus silent vibrating alarm with Smart Wake-Up to wake you at the optimal point
- Premium materials - Stainless steel, chrome hands, silicone sport strap
For swimmers looking for an aesthetically pleasing fitness tracker, this is it. Made to look like a watch, but function as a heart rate monitor and waterproof tracker, the Steel is designed to fit form and function.
Reviewers were enthusiastic about the long battery life. Though rechargeable, Nokia boasts that the Steel is capable of going without a charge for up to 25 days. For those that want to wear their tracker 24/7, that’s a huge plus.
Waterproof to 50 meters, this tracker automatically tracks ten activities. Whether you’re running, swimming, or walking the Steel will calculate distance and calories burned. An integrated sleep monitor also analyses light and deep sleep cycles and offers a Smart Wake-Up vibrating alarm, to help you wake at the best point in your sleep cycle.
If you want a stylish and basic waterproof fitness tracker, or wanting something classic looking instead of plastic looking, Steel is the right one, according to most reviewers. It offers a few extra bells and whistles but is an easy-to-use tracker that pairs with apps that track specific exercises (such as swimming).
8. Fitbit Versa
- Track your all-day activity, 24/7 heart rate, & sleep stages -- all with a 4+ day battery life (varies with use and other factors)
- Take your favorite music phone-free by storing 300+ songs or downloading stations from Pandora or playlists from Deezer
- Use 15+ exercise modes like Run or Swim (Fitbit Versa is water-resistant to 50 meters) to record workouts and connect to smartphone GPS for more precise real-time pace & distance
Water-resistant up to 50 meters, the Versa is built to complement (and mimic) your smartphone, with calendar, text, and app alerts sent straight to your wrist. There are more than 15 exercise modes, 24/7 heart rate monitor, and a sleep monitor installed, with a plethora of external apps from which to choose.
If you want to program in specific exercises, doing so on the app and syncing is made easy. And you can download 300+ songs or stations from Pandora or Deezer, meaning you don’t have to have your phone with you to enjoy music while you’re working out. Reviewers were pleased with the many ways to customize the display, bands, and apps, and the 4-day battery makes continuous wear simple.
The Versa gives you personalized guidance, on-screen workout, and insights to assist you in the making working out a challenge every time. And with the addition of apps, you should be able to find as many challenges as you want.
While there weren’t specific swimming exercises noted in the manufacturer pages, many users said the lap counts were accurate, and they’d had no problems with the Versa counting activity in the water accurately.
9. Suunto Spartan Sport HR
- Suunto Spartan watches use a state-of-the-art color touch screen with a wide viewing angle that offers great visibility outdoors, even in direct Sunlight
- With 80 Sport modes pre-installed in the watch, Suunto Spartan watches are ready to go for nearly any kind of activity right out of the box
- For demanding adventures, Suunto Spartan Ultra comes with up to 26H battery life with good GPS tracking accuracy
As far as the name is concerned, this one got it right. The Suunto Spartan Sport has more than 80 preset sports modes and the specific metrics to go with them are precise. While swimming, it will track distance, pace, and SWOLF. It is water resistant up to 100 meters.
On land, this tracker will measure your pace, speed, distance, altitude, heart rate, calories burned, plus it supports cycling. Several apps are compatible, and there’s 12-hour battery life in training mode. Many reviewers were regularly getting several days’ worth of use out of one charge, though.
Reviewers loved the waterproof function, and swimmers, in particular, were very happy with how well it tracked laps and heart rate while in the water. A few people were skeptical about the size of the Spartan Sport, but said after wearing it for a while, they were happy with how lightweight and comfortable it fit.
10. Huawei Band 2 Pro
- Built-in GPS and continuous heart rate: monitor your heart rate and track your workout routes without your phone
- Scientific sleep tracking: keep track of light, deep and REM sleep stages to make your sleep truly restful; PMOLED display
- 5ATM water-resistance: support all day wear, rain, and even a swim in the pool, which allows you to dive into becoming a better you
Serving as a heart rate sensor, a GPS, an in-depth continuous sleep monitor, and a water-resistant fitness tracker, the Band 2 offers 21 days of normal usage (workout mode and GPS limit battery life, as with most electronics). One button brings up the workout app, which measures intensity, time, intensity, and recovery and provides feedback post-workout with analytics and data.
The Band 2 Pro is functional without a smartphone within a certain range, something a lot of users were looking for in a fitness band. And when synced, you can share data and challenges with your friends and family, making workouts fun and social.
Reviewers were very happy with the comfortable band, and the display was noted as very easy to read, even in bright light. A few were frustrated with the lack of apps available, but customer care informed them how to integrate the apps on their smartphone with the Band 2, which seemed to resolve those concerns. Overall, the price was a big selling point, and having an easy to operate interface was a bonus.
11. Samsung Gear Sport
- Gear Sport is swim-ready and water-resistant up to 50 meters
- Get accurate, all-day fitness tracking, easy calorie entry and personal coaching
- With Samsung Pay NFC compatibility, easily make a payment from your wrist
A smartphone-like water-resistant tracker that is designed to work within the Samsung family of phones, home products, apps, and headphones, the compatibility of the Gear Sport is great for techy people. The battery life seems solid, the band is comfortable, and even in sunlight, the display is easy to read.
With calorie entry and tracking, plus personal coaching, users love the smooth operation, and all noted that the look of the Gear Sport was a big selling point. You can download several display modifications, and apps are easy to find and install.
This tracker counts steps accurately, and the sleep monitor is detailed enough to help you adjust if that is your goal. You can send short, preloaded messages from the display, and you can control music on your Bluetooth devices from it.
In all, if you’re using the Gear Sport for swimming, biking, running, or walking, this is an eye-catching and accurate choice.
12. Polar V800 Sports Watch
- Built-in GPS keeps track of your ride, run or hike measuring your speed, distance and route
- Create and customize profiles for different sports and get exactly the data and guidance you need for each
- Combines training load with 24/7 activity data for true recovery status
The Polar V800 boasts one benefit that others do not: It will monitor your heart rate while swimming. Billing itself as a “triathlon” watch, you’ll be able to track your progress while running, cycling and swimming with ease. Post workout analysis helps you up your game for the next time and keeps you creating more goals to meet and exceed.
The built-in GPS keeps track of your ride, run, or hike and measures your speed, distance, and route with accuracy. Combining the training load with 24/7 activity data gives you true recovery status. You can create and customize as many profiles for different sports as you need, giving you an accurate measurement for progress regardless of which activity you choose regularly.
If you’re looking for a tracker that interacts with you, this one gives you immediate feedback after you’ve exercised, and alerts you if you’ve been inactive for a specific amount of time. Polar offers bike mounts, sensors, and online resources to make your tracking fully integrated, as well.
A Guide to Purchasing a Swimming Tracker That’s Best For You
A water-resistant tracker is different than a waterproof fitness tracker designed for swimming. Choose wisely, and you will save yourself quite a bit of frustration, and get motivated to improve your fitness levels.
What are the Benefits of Using a Fitness Tracker for Swimming?
We’re not all Olympic swimmers, and most of us don’t have a coach. Having a tracker on your wrist is like having a cheering section.
When you keep a record of your swimming routines, you hold yourself accountable. This drives you to continue getting better. Set your goal, meet your goal, then set more goals. Pretty soon you’ll find yourself miles from your starting point and feeling fit and proud. Well, maybe that’s just me, but you’ll like how you feel, trust me.
Fitness trackers can also help you develop a program to keep you on track and striving for better results. Setting your program to swim two laps breaststroke, two laps butterfly, then two slow army crawls, etc. allows you to focus your energy on pressing forward instead of thinking about how many laps you’ve done and what stroke to do next.
When you’re feeling tired, glance at your tracker. You’ll see you have half a lap to go and realize your next goal isn’t as far away as you thought.
Keeping records also helps you look back at where you began. Say you started off only being able to swim for 30 minutes before you were too exhausted to continue. Now you’re reliably up to an hour after only a few weeks. That’s some progress!
Not all pools are marked nor are a standard size. So measuring distance can be difficult without a tracker. Measuring laps, strokes, or length of activity can help you attain your goals, regardless of where you’re swimming. Without feedback, you’re guessing at how far you’ve been swimming, which is not very helpful in your fitness journey.
How to Choose the Best Swim Tracker
Generally speaking, a fitness tracker should not only motivate you to get more exercises but also to live a better and healthy life. See also my article on 10 reasons why it rocks to use a fitness band.
Each person will have different needs in a fitness tracker. These are the most common features that are available throughout various trackers. You have to decide which are the most important to you, keeping in mind other fitness activities you take part in that you may want to track.
Additional Options and Things to Consider
These options that can be also found on fitness trackers but may not be necessary for you. More features typically means more expensive, also tends to affect the size of the device. This is where you need to decide what features you can and can’t live without.
- Comfort – you DON’T want to be distracted and fiddling with your device while you’re mid-stroke.
- Heart-rate monitor
- Real-time data displayed on your wrist or would you sync it to a phone or computer after your activity? This has a direct impact on the size of the device.
- Want to track other athletic activities?
- What phone apps does it work with?
- and style, of course. Can’t forget style! Customizeable display, interchangeable bands, big or small…
Swimming and Tracking – Final Thoughts
Remember when choosing that your primary objective is to be able to track your progress. If you swim daily, make sure you select a tracker that is measuring laps, lap length, and activity time. If you swim occasionally, but workout on a regular basis, choose a fitness tracker that is waterproof and is accurate on several types of activity tracking.
If you never work out but want to measure your progress as you utilize swimming as a healthy activity, choose something simple, accurate, and stylish.
Is your life crazy busy, where daily charging would be a hassle? There are several options that will work for you, then. Look specifically for a tracker that is either known for having long battery life or choose one that has replaceable (instead of rechargeable) batteries.
Price is something to take into consideration, as well. If you’ve never had a fitness tracker, choosing one on the lower end of the price scale is an excellent way to dip your toe in the tracker market.
But if you’ve been using one for a while and are looking to upgrade, especially if you’re integrating swimming into your routine, do not hesitate to spend more. Often, the big hitters in the fitness tracker market have invested a lot of research into making a truly waterproof, accurate, and easy to use fitness tracker. It will be worth the investment, as you won’t have to replace your device every few months or even yearly.
Above all, enjoy tracking your progress.