We review the Garmin Swim watch with length counter

Garmin Swim

Garmin Swim

Since we tested our first lap-counting swim watch a couple of years ago, these gadgets have grown in popularity. Like others, the Garmin Swim uses an accelerometer to monitor movements from your wrist and count laps. It can automatically detect which stroke you’re doing (as on most other models, it can’t measure laps when you’re doing drills but you can manually log them).

It’s compact and slim and doesn’t hamper your stroke. We found the buttons a bit too sleek for easy use during our hardest sessions. You can alter the display and, when you pause for a rest, it becomes inverted so you can see clearly. Its biggest selling point is when you upload your data and start exploring on Garmin Connect.

Anyone already using a Garmin for bike and run training will appreciate the familiarity, while anyone new will like the clear graphs and the level of detail is great – as well as charts showing pace, stroke count and efficiency score, you can see time for each length, and download the whole lot as a .csv file. However, there are simpler swim watches around for half the price; or you could just go the whole hog and buy Garmin’s excellent all-rounder GPS, the 910XT, which is also a pool monitor.