Summary: I really needed a waterproof watch that would track my fitness, and especially act as a lap counter. The Garmin Swim Watch was advertised to count strokes, track distance, calculate strokes per length, and give a SWOLF score, plus other things.
Summary: I should have read up more on this watch before purchasing it. I'm training for my first triathlon and can't always swim in a standard/measured pool. I wanted a watch that would tell me the distance of my workout in shorter pools or open water swims. This watch will not do that.
I bought this to not have to worry about counting ...
Mike Fray, Amazon
7 September 2015
Summary: I bought this to not have to worry about counting the lengths. It doesn't always work. I have to look over the results and interpret them. Most of the time it counts lengths properly, but then it might count 3 or 4 lengths as only 1.
Summary: My swimming is more or less consistent per 100 intervals, but the watch shows ridiculous values regarding stokes and pace. It recognises a distance rather accurately though. I was hoping for a better accuracy from the Garmin Swim.
Summary: Disappointed. I swim a mile (breaststroke) every day in a 25 meter pool, and have used this device for over a month now. In that time it has only once correctly counted the 64 lengths. The only positive is that it has motivated me to do the extra 3-8 lengths to make the counter read 1600m.
Summary: First of all, one of the pins on the strap had a manufacturing flaw so it didn't fit in. It couldn't not be worn immediately so I would have had to go through the return procedure and then get a new one.
Summary: I hadnt realised ( should have read the techincal detail more closely i guess) that the smallest distance that you can set for a lap under 'Custom' is around 18 metres which is longer than my lap pool at 13.5 .
Summary: For me, the watch overestimates the number of laps that I have done by around 25%. So my swim sessions of 1000m appear on the watch as 1200 to 1300m. The primary purpose of the watch is to measure laps, which it fails to do. This explains the low score.