If you have an Apple Watch you know: If you didn’t track your swim, it feels like it doesn’t count!
When it comes to open water swimming, using a smartwatch with accurate time and distance tracking ensures you get the most out of your workout. Whether you are an avid open water swimmer or a newbie just starting out, make sure you’re logging all of your swims in the free MySwimPro app on your Apple Watch.
Why Use the MySwimPro App on Apple Watch?
You might be wondering: Why use a third party app when Apple Watch has its own open water swimming tracker? MySwimPro offers an improved experience compared to Apple Watch:
- Text on screen is bigger and easier to read while swimming
- Watch your heart rate in real time
- Keep a detailed log of your swims to track your progress
- Share a cool map graphic that shows your path
- Log workouts that count toward monthly challenge leaderboards
- Your workouts sync to Strava automatically
The MySwimPro app is free to download, and works with the Apple Watch Series 2, 3, 4, 5 and above.
Logging an Open Water Swim with MySwimPro
To start, head to the lake, river or ocean and suit up! Make sure Open Water Location Services are turned on for the MySwimPro app. Open the MySwimPro app on your Apple Watch. Scroll down and tap Open Water Swim.
Wait for the Location Accuracy to show Best, and tap Start Workout. Start swimming, and MySwimPro will track your distance, time, pace and heart rate.
When you’re finished swimming, turn your watch’s crown up to remove the water lock. Swipe to the right and tap End. Make sure you save your workout so it shows up on your feed in the app!
Review Your Analytics
After your swim, check out your analytics in the MySwimPro iPhone app. In your Profile tab, tap on your workout.
You’ll see a map of your route, and can swipe to the left to view a graph of your heart rate, including your minimum, maximum and average heart rate for your swim.
You’ll also see your total distance, duration and calories burned.
Share Your Swim on Social Media
Show off your hard work! Tap on your recently completed workout in your Profile feed. Tap the arrow in the top right corner of the screen to customize your shareable graphic!
Scroll to adjust the text color, background, size and more. When you’re done, tap Share.
Want more tips and workout ideas for open water? Download the MySwimPro app in the App Store and follow us on social media at @myswimpro.