Summary: A great concept complicated and made unworkable by inaccuracy and nightmarish software. Connects but doesn't transmit data 65-70 percent of time. Complicated software installation and intermittant operation and POOR customer support by email at least...that is to say NO response to my queries at all...enough said I hope.
Summary: Lots of different opinions on this gadget.. Got it yesterday and went swimming. Swam in perfect conditions, got my own lane, but It didnt count my laps, margin of plus minus 1-4 laps. I wouldnt trust it as a lapcounter. I want to know if I swim 1000 och 1050m.. Ok that wasn't that bad, but when it comes to laptimes its totally worthless, I swam in my own tempo, same tempo all trough 1000m, got different laptime totally, all from 14s to 35-45sec.
Leaky watch. Shoddy workmanship. Stopped working after less than a month
Java Man, Amazon
4 September 2012
Summary: Problems with this watch: 1) It does not count the laps properly: sometimes it adds extra length for no reason. 2) The USB transceiver that wirelessly retrieves the data from the watch does not work well with previous Garmin devices (I owned Forunner). Now I spent four hours to upload data from my old forerunners. 3) The device leaks badly, even though I "avoid operating the watch's buttons under the water".
Summary: I'm an ex-college swimmer and big into anything that is latest technology, however, this is one piece of equipment that I plan on getting rid of. First of all, it is soo inaccurate. It consistently miscounts my laps completed (FYI it is set on the correct pool length). Many times when I touch the wall and it is showing 75 yards when I did 100 yards.
Summary: I bought this hoping that it would accurately record my laps in the pool. First of all, my unit leaked. That is it got water inside it on the first swim. I haven't had a chance to return it to garmin yet, but what a pain. Additionally it seems to think my freestyle stroke is a backstroke, that I go 525 meters instead of 400, that I swam a total of 1250 meters this week when I only swam 700 or so.
Summary: My first trial was across Folsom Lake. The watch displayed 550 yards across but only 325 yards returning. hmmm Pool lap counting is also hit or miss. It usually under-counts. I can only rely on the timer. Also, it is huge on the wrist. All in all a big disappointment.
Downgraded review Great device VERY poor documentation
Howard J. Sidorsky, Amazon
16 August 2012
Summary: SEE UPDATE BELOW: I love this device but here is why I gave it a 3 (probably should have given it less.) After spending hours with the device reading and rereading the documentation I still could not get the Swim to upload data. Fortunately I am retire and had the HOURS to spend trying to get it to work. If you looked at the information on the Garmin site and want to have it create the information and a graph like the this one from their site, FORGET it.
Summary: My wife bought for me this Garmin Swim watch at Amazon as a present. I am returning it after having tried it for three swimming sessions. The problem with it is that it does not count the laps properly: sometimes misses one and sometimes increases the count by two, very erratically. I found myself paying more attention to the watch than to my swimming (I am sure the other swimmers may have found amusing how I tried to get a missed lap counted by shaking frantically my...
Summary: I was worried this unit wouldn't pick up my turns, but instead it's adding laps at random at the rate of 1 in 5. Over 2000 meters in a 25 meter pool (80 lengths) it counted about an extra 16 lengths. It also misidentified my stroke on many occasions. I can't see how to edit the data post swim so I can at least see afterwards what I did.