Garmin has unveiled the Garmin Swim 2, a GPS swimming smartwatch that can be used in the pool or in open water to monitor heart rate at the wrist. The new watch also tracks distance, pace, stroke count and distance per stroke. In addition, it features advanced features for timed sets and logging drills, as well as a new auto rest feature.
“No matter where you decide to swim, the new Garmin Swim 2 will track your workout,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin Vice President of Global Consumer Sales. “Designed for all types of swimming enthusiasts, from frequent fitness swimmers to competitive, masters or open water swimmers, this GPS smartwatch will not only help you train better in the water, but also monitor other key health metrics throughout the day.”
In addition to monitoring underwater wrist-based heart rate during swim activities, the Garmin Swim 2 records distance, pace, stroke count, stroke type and SWOLF score to help gauge swimming efficiency. The open-water swim mode uses built-in GPS for swims in lakes, oceans or rivers while additionally recording stroke distance. For those who prefer swimming in the pool, the Garmin Swim 2 includes features such as drill logging, custom workouts, timed rests and pacing alerts.
Designed to be worn all day, the Garmin Swim 2 tracks steps, monitors sleep quality and more. With varying connected features, when paired with a compatible smartphone, it automatically uploads to Garmin Connect, the online fitness community where users can analyse their activity, track their progress and create custom workouts. Directly from the wrist, users will be able to receive text messages and view social media updates, emails and more.
The Garmin Swim 2 features up to 7 days of battery life in smartwatch mode; up to 13 hours in GPS and optical heart rate (OHR) mode; and up to 72 hours in pool and OHR mode. It is available now in slate or whitestone and has a suggested retail price of US$249.99.