Can I use my Apple Watch for swimming?

Can I use my Apple Watch for swimming? ...

Is there anything the best Apple Watches cant do? The Apple Watch Ultra and its Depth app have once again shifted the baseline upwards of what people should expect from an outdoor watch. And given its wide diving capabilities, the Apple Watch Ultra is also your best bet for shallow-water activities, such as swimming in a pool or open waters.

Other Apple Watch models may be used for swimming, even if they aren''t quite as powerful as a diving suit as the Apple Watch Ultra. Apple Watch Series 2 and newer models may be used for swimming in the pool or open water; its only Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch (1st generation) that aren''t suitable for swimming (should anyone still have those).

How to swim with your Apple Watch

Pool Swim and Open Water Swim are two swimming workouts on all waterproof Apple Watches. The main difference between these two is that in Pool Swim mode, GPS is turned off, and the watch measures distance using the accelerometer and the information you have given it during Open Water Swim. During Open Water Swim, GPS will only provide distance when you do a freestyle stroke.

Water between the sensor and the skin may alter heart rate measurements, which makes it difficult for watches to read your pulse. Despite the fact that water between the sensor and the skin is the same issue when sweat light shone through liquids increases frequency, making it difficult for watches to read your pulse. Calories will be monitored using the built-in accelerometer during swims.

Watering with your Apple Watch is encouraged in this Apples guide. (Opens in a new tab)

Whats the IP rating of the Apple Watch Ultra?

The use of the Apple Watch Ultra for water-based activities will turn heads, not just because it has the most extensive screen on any Apple Watch to date, but because it can be used for recreational swimming, showering, and water skiing.

Apple does not disclose information about the IP rating of the Apple Watch Ultra, but we may make an educated guess about it using the information available on its website (opens in a new tab). What is certain is that the Apple Watch Ultra has a water-resistance rating of 100 meters under the ISO standard 22810:2010 and is EN13319-compliant.

Even the two Apple Watch models that are not recommended for swimming (Apple X) are IPX7 rated, and any subsequent models have a water-resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. As a result, the Apple Watch Ultra is safely sealed better than all of these models.

With the Apple Watch Ultra, swim (and dive) the extra mile.

Despite the watch''s water resistance of up to 100 meters, Apple recommends the Apple Watch Ultra for recreational scuba diving. That''s because the onboard sensors only have gauges that measure depths down to a maximum of 131 feet (40 meters), which also appears to be the maximum depth to which recreational divers are certified to descend, according to (opens in a new tab).

For snorkelling, underwater pool swims, and shallow free-diving, you''ll need to familiarize yourself with the Depth app (opens in a new tab) app on your Apple Watch Ultra it shows the actual time, your current depth, the session''s maximum depth while you''ve been underwater.

When your Apple Watch Ultra is submerged, the Depth app may open automatically, or you may begin a session manually by opening the app or pressing the Action button if you have selected the dive option. The Depth app may then open automatically when your Apple Watch Ultra is set.

Better be safe than sorry

The Apple Watch Ultra is as capable as a swimming and diving companion, but it does not make sense that underwater activities are risky. Even the Depth app does not provide decompression stop information, gas analysis, or other recreational scuba diving capabilities; wearing the watch will not turn you into a diver, and proper training/supervision is critical for less experienced divers.

The Apple Watch Ultra is a great choice for diving and swimming enthusiasts. While it may not rival Garmin Descent Mk2i, its 36-hour battery life may not be comparable to Garmin Descent, but it is more than capable of giving information about the time spent in water.