QUICK RESPONSE: Yes you can swim with your Apple Watch. Although Apple Watch isn’t waterproof is water resistant to up to 5 ATM, which means it can withstand a pressure of up to 50 meters below water.
You should be able to swim with the Apple Watch and do shallow dives, among other water activities provided you keep the above the safe limit.
Apart from letting you enter the pool, the newer Apple Watch models will go ahead and monitor your swimming at the pool as well as open water swimming. Only Apple Watch Series 2 and older are waterproof.
Which Apple Watch is Good for Swimming?
Apple Watch Series 7 is the latest and a good Apple Watch for Swimming. The watch comes with a bigger display which is always on. It is also two times faster than the Apple Watch Series 5.
This watch is available in various price ranges and colors. Apple Watch 7 will be able to withstand a water weight of up to 50 meters.
And will calculate the number of calories burned, pace, strokes, and laps done while swimming in the pool or at the beach or lake.
There are only two things you won’t like about the watch: it is expensive and can only keep a charge for about 18 hours.
Why Buy Apple Watch Series 7?
- Visible both indoors and outdoors.
- Performs so fast.
- Has the Water Lock feature.
- Has a display that is always on.
Why not Buy Apple Watch Series 7?
- It comes at a very high price.
- Come with awful battery life (keeps a charge for about 18 hours).
How to Start a Swim Workout
Since you now know Apple Watch can be worn when swimming, it is time to activate the swim workout to start tracking your swimming.
Initiating a swim workout on Apple Watch is not hard. Follow the simple steps provided below to start the Apple Watch swim workout:
- Open the Workout app on your phone (you can download the app from the Apple Store for free).
- Choose Open Water Swim if you are swimming at the beach/lake or Pool Swim if you are using a swimming pool.
- Choose More then tap to start the workout.
Note: When monitoring swimming Apple Watches that have the water lock will initiate the feature automatically. When the Apple Watch has the Water Lock feature active you cannot interact with the watch until the mode is off – in simple terms, Apple Watch will not respond to any touches.
The Apple Watch fails to touch to prevent it from making accidental touches, which might be a result of wetness.
How Do You Pause and Resume Swim Workouts on Apple Watch?
You can pause and resume swim workouts on Apple Watch by pressing and holding the side button and the digital crown altogether.
How Do I Dry My Apple Watch?
You definitely need to dry your Apple Watch thoroughly after swimming. To do so, rotate the Digital Crown as instructed by the watch to disable the Water Lock function.
Having rotated the digital crown a water eject process will initiate automatically flashing out the remaining/trapped water from the watch with the help of vibrations and a series of tones. If this process does not work consider performing a manual water ejection.
How to Manually Eject Trapped Water from Apple Watch
You will need to employ the manual means if rotating the digital crown does not activate the water ejection process. Ejecting trapped water from the Apple Watch is easy, follow the steps below:
- Open the Control Center from your watch by wiping the Clock face from the bottom.
- Tap the Water Drop icon (Water Lock).
- Rotate the digital crown to disable the water lock feature.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Shower with My Apple Watch?
You can wear your Apple Watch Series 1 and the latest models in the shower. However, ensure the watch does not come into contact with soap, shampoo, and other detergents.
Shampoos and soaps are able to leak into the watch through the tight seals and damage the watch’s glue. Also, don’t wear the watch while in the sauna.
Can I Swim with My Old Apple Watch?
It entirely depends on what Apple Watch model you have. Only Apple Watch 2 and above have a water resistance rating of 50 meters hence can go swimming.
You cannot swim with the older Apple Watch Series 1 because it is only splashproof. The only place Apple Watch Series 1 and the original Apple Watch can survive is in the shower.
Where Can I View My Workout Data after My Swim?
You can view your workout data from the Apple Fitness app. To do so launch the fitness app from your phone. Tap show more.
Choose the workout you wish to see. From here you can view the distances covered, strokes, the number of calories burned, laps swam, and much more.
Is My Apple Watch Waterproof?
Until today Apple has not been able to produce a watch that is waterproof. Apple Watch SE, Series 2, Series 3, Series 4, Series 5, and Series 7 are only water resistant.
That means, Apple Watch can get water damaged. Worst of all, the water resistance ability wears off with time and cannot be corrected.
However, you can prolong the Apple Watch’s water resistance capability by avoiding detergents, shampoos, saunas, drops, etc.
You will also need to avoid wearing the watch in deep waters as well during high-velocity activities like skiing and scuba diving.
How Long Can I Swim with My Apple Watch?
Apple watches are water resistant although not all, Apple says the watches (Apple Watch Series 2 and older) are water resistant up to 50 meters. That means Apple Watches can survive meter submergence for approximately 30 minutes.
How do I Swim with Apple Watch Apple?
To start a swimming workout open the Workout App, scroll to pool swim or open water swim, and tap start to start the swim workout.
For the swim pool option use the Digital Crown to set the pool distance to help the watch accurately calculate laps and distances. You can also use the three horizontal dots to set the time goal, calories, and distance.