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Garmin’s New ‘Swim 2’ For Pool & Open Water Swimmers — I Am Skeptical. (Sorry.)

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘garmin.com’, of course.


It BETTER be better than the Fenix 5
in Open Water
BUT it doesn’t have a gyroscope. 

Click to access my post from last year. Actually I did a couple of posts on this topic.


This Garmin amused I. I do NOT consider myself a swimmer. Given that I do live in a lake community, with beach rights, I do swim ‘open water‘ in the Summer — but, I do live in New Hampshire, and this year, Summer was about 3-weeks long. (SMILE). If I am travelling, and staying at a hotel with a pool, I will swim, religiously — but I do not go swimming, in pools, other than when I am staying at a hotel (which is ~ 20 — 25 days a year).

That this ‘baby’ doesn’t have a gyroscope cracks me up.

GPS does NOT work underwater. That is why you need a gyroscope. The gyroscope is supposed to backfill data IN BETWEEN GPS reading. With the Fenix 5, with a gyroscope, this was still the challenge. The Fenix 5 did not keep up between GPS readings.

I HOPE Garmin has fixed all of the ‘open water’ issues in this — the ‘Swim 2’. As a huge Garmin fan (as well as a Garmin shareholder) I always want Garmin to WIN. Thus, though I am skeptical I am rooting for this watch to be a winner.

I did a bit of research. It, at its core, is a Garmin Forerunner 45 — with the special software adding $50 to the price. Interesting choice. It would appear that what Gramin was most concerned about was the $250 price point.

Well, I will keep an eye on this as I do with most Garmin watches. I will check the Forums.

No I am not going to get one. As I started off, I am not a swimmer.

I will be happy to share any feedback or updates you share with me. Thank you.


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by Anura Guruge