Garmin Swim 2 GPS Smartwatch Can Track Your Heart Rate Underwater

Garmin Swim 2
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Garmin announced its latest swimming smartwatch, the Garmin Swim 2, promising hardened swimmers a new way to monitor their fitness, progress and health. The watch can be used in the pool or in open water to monitor heart rate at the wrist while also tracking distance, pace, SWOLF score, stroke count and distance per stroke. It can also track rests, timed sets, and log drills. If you like to exercise out of the pool, you can also log running and cycling.

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“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.”

The open-water swim mode uses built-in GPS for swims in lakes, oceans or rivers while additionally recording stroke distance, reports Business Wire.

A man swimming
Image: Garmin

Garmin Swim 2 is designed to be worn all day. It can also track steps, monitor sleep quality and more. With an array of connected features, the Garmin Swim 2 lets users stay in touch with the rest of the world, even while on the move. When paired with a compatible smartphone, it automatically uploads to Garmin Connect™, an online fitness community where users can analyze 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.

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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 for sale via Garmin’s website and Amazon. The watch comes in 2 colors: Slate and Whitestone. The suggested retail price is $249.99.

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