“These are a few of my favorite things…” Oh, the joy of the holidays or any day for that matter. What’s great about the past year is how far we’ve come with gadgets that actually accommodate swimmers. Technology has come to swimming in a big way! Who knew that there was a way to help swimmers tell time underwater or record their laps underwater, or how about listening to their favorite tunes – underwater? It’s a brave new underwater world! Swimfolk love it! Let’s take a dive, shall we?
First off, when looking for an underwater device, please note that there is a difference between these two terms:
WATER RESISTANT and WATERPROOF!
Don’t be fooled. With some of these devices, getting caught in the rain will not damage the electronics. However, if that same device were dropped into a water filled tub, that would result into major problems.
WATER RESISTANT / REPELLENT means the device can not easily be penetrated by water because it has been sealed well and or been coated and/or treated for that purpose. If its rained on, the device will still operate.
WATERPROOF means the device can be submerged in water and the water should not get into it and cause it to malfunction.
Swim laps without counting, just enjoy your workout. Garmin will record them for you while you’re underwater. Plus, see stroke count, pool lengths, swim golf (yards at seconds in # of strokes), distance and water resistant to 50 meters. Plus, it’s a WATCH! If that’s not enough, it has a timer too for doing drills. It has a 12-month battery life (CR 2032 coin cell battery) with wireless capability. Swimfolk rave about this product!
First off, this underwater audio iPod comes with FREE black starter waterproof short-cord headphones. Plus, it includes, also for FREE, a 30-minute training session with Rebecca Soni (Olympic Gold Medalist), and 5 ounces of FitGoo (for a watertight fit), and 1 ounce of AquaGuard Pre-Swim Hair Defense. It’s a 2GB Apple iPod Shuffle made for underwater audio. It has a 15-hour battery life and is compatible with Mac and PC. It’s available in gold, blue, hot pink and nine other colors. One of the cons with anything in the ears while swimming is fit and movement, these may need to be adjusted to fit in those two areas. Users have put them underneath the swim cap to keep them in place. Over all, this product receives high marks from Swimfolk!
Evary Clip Waterproof 8GB Swimming Diving Waterproof Sports MP3 Player With FM Radio Headphones (Black)
If swimming and listening to music is a good thing, these waterproof (certified under the international Ipx8 water resistant standard) earphones attach to a swimmer’s goggles and give them 8 hours of listening time. They have an 8GB storage capacity, good for downloading music in MP3 and WMA format, with connectivity on a PC with a USB 2.0 or listen to the radio. These are great for underwater sound, but can be used for any sport.
Another nice music player is this IPX8 Waterproof MP3. Its 1.02 oz design can be affixed to the swimmer’s cap, goggles, behind the ear with a comfortable fit that doesn’t squeeze or pinch. Also, there is a magnetic charging USB port that supports MP3, WAV, FLAC. Like other MP3s, it has playback, repeat one, shuffle, and play modes. Please note that this MP3 plays underwater, two meters or more. If you like a deep dive, this would work well for you. Unfortunately, there are some cons with this technology with tiny print on instructions that are difficult to read and sometimes glitches with the sound, but over all good responses have been received for this product and their website provides adequate service.
This lightweight, poly carbonate plastic case with its aluminum designed back isn’t waterproof, nor water-resistent, but it does have pictures of swimmers available to choose. All the phone side buttons are exposed for use and the case has a coating that protects against scuffs/scratches. Case fits the iPhone 4, 4s, 5 & 5s. Plus, and it’s under $15.
Hopefully, for those who haven’t seen how technology has come to swimming, this ‘Favorite Things!’ list inspires. Each item tells us how far we’ve come in integrating electronics for swimmers. Please read a few reviews on these products and judge for yourself before you buy. If you already have something that you’re using, I’d love to hear from you and know what it is. Maybe it can be featured in a Swimfolk Review!
What’s your favorite swimming device? Lease a comment below.