Best smartwatches for swimming

Whether you’re trying to smash your PR, want to track your training in the pool or in open water, or just enjoy taking a dip, here’s a list of smartwatches we recommend for swimming. They are all water-resistant, ATM rated, smartwatches suitable for swimming pool and fresh water swimming, and some are suitable for salt water swimming too.

Google Pixel Watch 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Google Pixel Watch 2

  • GPS and 4G LTE connectivity¹

  • Pace Training²

  • Water resistant up to 50 meters³

  • All-day body-response tracking

  • AMOLED and Corning® Gorilla® Glass display

Experience the perfect blend of style and functionality with the Google Pixel Watch 2 – your ideal swimming companion that keeps you connected in the water. It’s water-resistant capability of up to 50 meters³ makes it a handy tool during your swimming sessions. Dive into the world of smart fitness tracking with its advanced design, perfect for tracking your swim strokes, recording the length of your sessions and more in the pool. With the new Heart Rate Zone² and Pace Training² features, you can now stay on top of your swimming goals effortlessly. The watch’s all day battery life⁴ and durable build will keep you ready for any adventure in and out of the water.

Best Android smartwatches for swimming

Samsung Galaxy Watch4

  • GPS + cellular connectivity²

  • Uses Samsung Health 

  • ECG measurements¹

  • Blood Pressure monitoring²

  • Blood oxygen level tracking 

  • Body composition tracking⁴ ⁵

  • 5ATM/IP68/MIL-STD-810G3 

The Samsung Galaxy Watch4 is a powerful fitness companion you can wear to the gym, the pool, and the drinks afterwards. It runs on Wear OS 3, which uses Fitbit’s technology to ensure the best in fitness tracking, including heart rate, blood pressure and blood oxygen saturation measurements. While you’re swimming, the Samsung Galaxy Watch4’s AMOLED display will show you distance, lap time, strokes available at a glance mid-swim. Plus, it monitors SWOLF, perfect for those who want to hone and analyse their swimming efficiency. And if you want more analytics, you can download third-party swim apps. Samsung Galaxy Watch4’s 5ATM and IP68 rating means it can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes at a time, so you can venture into open freshwater, into the pool, and even dive up to 50 metres. Plus, with MIL-STD-810G durability, the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 is resistant to dirt, dust, and sand, and can withstand a variety of extreme conditions.  

Smartwatch accessories for swimming

Your smartwatch will be able to track your laps, measure your pace, and handle underwater activity, but the key to having a great swim is accessories that can keep up with you.  

Whether you’re in playing water sports in the pool or doing some open water swimming, you need a watch strap that’s as water-resistant as your smartwatch and doesn’t degrade easily. If you’ve got an Apple Watch, the Apple Watch TPU waterproof strap is flexible and lightweight, making it an excellent companion. If you have a Samsung Galaxy Watch4, the Extreme Sports Band and Classic Sport Ridge Band are both great options. If you have a Google Pixel Watch, the Active band is both durable and waterproof.

Terms and conditions

¹Requires 4G LTE wireless service plan (sold separately) to use mobile functionality. Compatible mobile service and roaming may not be available on all operator networks or in all areas. Google Pixel Watch 2 and Android companion devices must use the same operator network. Contact operator for details about current restrictions, network performance, compatibility, and availability. Watch connects to compatible 4G LTE networks but 4G LTE service, speed and performance depend on many factors including, but not limited to, operator network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength and signal obstruction. Actual results may vary.

²Some features may require a Fitbit account, mobile app and Fitbit premium membership. Not intended for medical purposes, but may provide information that can help you to manage your well-being. Consult your healthcare professional for questions about your health. 

³Google Pixel Watch 2 is designed to comply with a water protection rating of 5 ATM under ISO standard 22810:2010 when manufactured, but it is not waterproof. Water resistance is not a permanent condition and decreases or is lost over time due to normal wear and tear, repair, disassembly or damage. Dropping your device may result in loss of water resistance. Google Pixel Watch is designed to be used in shallow water and should not be used for activities involving water at high velocity or high temperature. Some Google Pixel Watch bands are not water resistant. Learn about cleaning and caring for the Google Pixel Watch. After any exposure to liquid, we recommend drying the watch and band because, as with any wearable device, it's best for your skin if the band is clean and dry.

⁴Maximum battery life is approximate and is based on testing using pre-production hardware and software. Charging times are approximate. The use of certain features will decrease battery life. Battery life depends on the features enabled, usage, environment and many other factors. Actual battery life may be lower.

¹ ECG and BP feature only to be used by 22 years+. For accurate BP readings, monthly calibration required by GP or BP monitor and arm cuff. Requires a Galaxy smartphone running Android 7.0 or above. 

² Available to all Vodafone Pay Monthly Mobile customers on a Red Plan. You will use the allowance from your current Pay Monthly or SIM only plan to call from your Samsung Watch. For initial set-up, wireless network and pairing with an Android smartphone with OS Android 5.0 or newer and at least 1.5GB RAM required. 

³Water resistance rating of 50m under the ISO standard 22810:2010. It is not suitable for diving or high-pressure water activities. If the device or your hands are wet, they must be dried thoroughly prior to handling.  

⁴ DO NOT measure your body composition if you have an implanted pacemaker or other implanted medical devices. 

⁵ DO NOT measure your body composition if you are pregnant. 

⁶ Availability of BIA may vary by country or region  

⁷ Intended for general wellness and fitness purposes only. Not intended for use in detection, diagnosis, treatment of any medical condition or disease. The measurements are for your personal reference only. Please consult a medical professional for advice.