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    Best smart watch for counting swimming lengths?

    Is there a reliably accurate watch for counting lengths when swimming? I suspect Garmin might be the way but Iíve never owned one. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dejjl View Post
    Is there a reliably accurate watch for counting lengths when swimming? I suspect Garmin might be the way but Iíve never owned one. Thanks.
    Don't they usually have a clock either end of the pool?

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    Garmin works well, been using my fenix 6 and prior to that the 945 can record lengths well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoppy View Post
    Garmin works well, been using my fenix 6 and prior to that the 945 can record lengths well.
    Indeed, Fenix 5 and 5x for me. Polar v800 was good as well and able to show which style was used.

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    Garmin just released the Swim 2 which should suit your needs. There aren't many reviews available yet, but this one goes quite in depth: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dcr...eview.html/amp

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    As always with fitness watches, take a look at dcrainmaker.com his reviews are in depth and very interesting. Not sure what his current swimming recommendation is, or if he has reviewed the Garmin Swim watch 2 yet as Iím sure this will be one to consider.

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    My 12 year old daughter swims around 6000m six days a week. I'm buying here one of the new Apple watches for Christmas. I'm not sure if it counts lengths but it does some other cool swimming related stuff.

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    I use my Garmin Fenix 5, great for me as I use it for hiking, running, MTB and road biking as well.

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    Garmin works but, as with all smart watches AFAIK, you need to give a good push off to show youíve started a new length and need to keep going during the length - so not great if swimming in a crowded pool.

    Using a dive watch bezel and recording every 10 lengths works best for me.

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    I use a Garmin Fenix 5, and it is amazingly accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @lf View Post
    Garmin just released the Swim 2 which should suit your needs. There aren't many reviews available yet, but this one goes quite in depth: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dcr...eview.html/amp
    I was going to suggest this. dont know how much better it will be than the multisport watches

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    The Garmin comes up most when asking the same question in Google.
    Have a look at the DC Rainmaker review site for more in depth info.

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    Thanks for all the feedback so far. A reliable length counter would allow me to totally zone out when swimming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dejjl View Post
    Is there a reliably accurate watch for counting lengths when swimming? I suspect Garmin might be the way but Iíve never owned one. Thanks.
    I bought the Garmin 735 xt , with waterproof belt for swimming trainings. I spent several days reading different reviews, and this model appeared to be one of the best price/purpose ratio.

    HTH

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    Maybe Iím missing a trick here, but in years gone by when I swam regularly I simply counted in my head! Surprised that anything more elaborate is needed, I used to wear a Casio f91 to record the swim time.

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    I just use a chromo or diver bezel. I know a length takes me 48 - 55 seconds, so it's not too difficult to work out how many I've done. At worst, I might be a couple out, so instead of doing 36 x 50m = 1nm, I might do 34 or 38. But, if I've done ~30 mins, I reckon I've had a reasonable workout...

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    Maybe Iím missing a trick here, but in years gone by when I swam regularly I simply counted in my head! Surprised that anything more elaborate is needed, I used to wear a Casio f91 to record the swim time.
    Good for you.

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