When you're swimming for fitness or in training for competition, you're clocking up a lot of time in the pool. If you're lucky enough to have a swim coach with you all the time then undoubtedly your swim sets will always be fresh and interesting. If you're in it on your own, then swimming lengths in the pool can be a little repetitive. Your mind may begin to wander and you can easily lose track of the number of lengths you've completed and where you are in your training set. The answer to your problem? A swimmers watch with built-in lap counter.
There are a few swimmers watches on the market. Poolmate watches by Swimovate are some of the most popular. With a few different models, available in a choice of colours, Poolmate are cornering the market on wearable swim timing devices.
Poolmate watches feature an automatic lap counter. Primitive lap counters had a button or clicker which you had to press at the end of each lap, which could always be forgotten about or accidentally pressed. Leaving you with an inaccurate reading at the end. Poolmate watches can tell when you've turned at the end of the length and automatically update the lap counter within the watch. Not only will these watches count your laps, they'll also time your laps and tell you the total distance you've covered so that you can get accurate data on your swimming and track your improvement.
Swimovate have recently updated the design and hardware of their popular Poolmate watches, now called the Poolmate 2, they're available in black, grey, blue and purple. Then there's the Poolmate Pro, which has some added special features. PoolMate Pro includes added PC functionality. Using Swimovate's expertly developed software, the best swimming watch for serious athletes, the PoolMate Pro will download session data onto your PC, making it easy to quickly analyse your results and start improving your swimming.
The Poolmate HR goes even further than that and monitors your heart rate plus more! The product is tagged as “The most advanced swimming watch ever produced” and it's easy to see why. With a sleek and stylish design this watch really does have everything to keep the nerdiest of swimmers happy for many hours dissecting and analysing their swim data. Read on below for the full list of features...
Heart rate in and out of the water - Most heart rate monitors do not work under water. The PoolMateHR has been specially designed for swimmers so it will transmit when in the pool. View your heart rate on the watch during your swim and download afterwards for further analysis. You can also use it as a heart rate monitor out of the pool for other activities.
Chest Strap: The chest strap should last many years, and features a user replaceable battery. The battery is a CR2032 that is readily available.
Automatic lap and stroke counting for each lap - The PoolMateHR has all the swim monitoring functions including laps, strokes, speed, distance, calories, stroke length, strokes per minute and efficiency which are automatically calculated from your arm movements. In addition to the set by set information shown by the PoolMate and PoolMatePro, the PoolMateHR downloads data for each individual lap you swim.
Vibrating alarm - The unique vibrating alarm alerts you when you have swum a certain number of laps, distance or time interval- a really great innovation to keep track in the pool.
Tough but stylish - The PoolMateHR has a sleek but tough design with sapphire crystal glass and a ceramic bezel so it stands up to the hardest swim session and is suitable for everyday wear too.
Users - Multiple user function. Up to 3 swimmers.
Downloadable and rechargeable - The PoolMateHR comes with it’s own USB pod which charges the watch and downloads the data to your computer. The battery should last a few weeks with normal use so won't need charging too often.