Summary: Garmin Swim works almost as expected. The only problem is when detecting some strokes it makes some mistakes and some over/under counts occurs. You have to be careful specially with backstroke where most of overdetections happens.
Adequate for counting laps and yards, but needs improvement
Richard Wang "richard wang", Amazon
10 January 2013
Summary: I took a chance on this Garmin Swim, and am mildly satisfied with it. It's great because you don't have to worry about counting laps and yardage any more. The thing I don't like about it is that there is no 'auto-pause' feature like on other Garmin watches. That means when you're doing interval sets (which are about 99% of swim workouts), you have to press the pause button when resting and press it again when the interval starts.
Summary: I'm still getting used to swimming with a watch, but so far I'm pleased with the GS. The reason for the 3 stars (and not more) is because I'm having problems with it adding/shorting lengths. Now, this may be just me being an inconsistent swimmer and still learning and trying to be come more efficient, but this is getting a little frustrating. Also, when using aids like paddles or a pull buoy, it does not recognize my stroke.
Summary: It's nice and I still use it, but it struggles to detect lengths properly. I find myself waiting at the end of each length, as still as possible for it to detect I've finished a length. 20-30 seconds later it recognises the break and I can start the next length. This doesn't make for accurate overall statistics. Sometimes it thinks 1 length was actually 2 ... The online GarminConnect website is average - it won't allow me to edit lengths to correct them. e.g.
Summary: Watch works fine, counts laps accurately, menu is easy to use. BUT, the website is terrible. Spent 90 minutes trying to download and install software, but it just won't work, and the watch isn't recognised by my computer. Buy the watch if you don't need online data etc, but avoid if this is an important feature for you.