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Swimovate Pool-Mate Swim Watch

Swimovate Pool-Mate Swim watch is for counting laps and stokes, or when it comes to a watch for monitoring heart rate during swims the Heart Rate Watch Company has done its homework.

Swimovate Pool-Mate

No company has yet come out with swim watches solution that will count laps and stokes (an accelerometer) combined with an accurate heart monitor. We have searched high and low for an optimal solution and while there are good solutions for strokes, laps and heart rate a unified solution does not yet exist.

Lap and Stroke Counting:

The Pool-Mate by Swimovate was produced in conjunction with two-time Olympic swimming medalist and world record holder Nick Gillingham of the UK. In our opinion these are the best quality accelerometer based lap and stroke counting watches having demonstrated over 99% accuracy in over two years of testing.

It is widely acknowledged by swimming coaches and experts that reducing your stroke count per lap, regardless of the stroke type used, is the key to improving your swimming times and efficiency.

While we agree that the Pool-Mate is not the most attractively designed watch we have seen, it is the efficiency and accuracy of this tool that has left us impressed. Granted you probably wouldn't want to wear it to the office but for swimming your good.

Heart Rate While Swimming: Swimovate Poolmate To The Rescue

While few people have the time to stop during their swims to check heart rate, recording your heart rate during a swim and downloading it for later analysis can prove to be very beneficial. To this end the Suunto Memory Belt, which comes with the Suunto Training Manager software, is the best tool we have ever found. It's not cheap at $169, but it works and the data recording and firmware are all built in to this waterproof chest strap. Unfortunately this device was discontinued in 2011.

Polar came out with their Polar RCX5 swim watch in 2011 but some have reported issues with consistent signal. Swimovate is planning on coming out with a heart rate monitor that does laps and strokes in early 2012 and if it works well it will be a clear breakthrough in swim specific technology.

Most Polar watches will record heart rate while swimming but Polar does not recommend pushing any watch buttons while in the water as it may compromise the water-resistance of the watch. Polar's Wearlink chest strap has a 5KHZ signal which will transmit the data to the watch and you can later observe it when out of the pool or download it to Polar's personal trainer software for later analysis.

So, while Polar watches will work for signal transmission and data recording during a swim we do not recommend that you actively use the watch while in the water. This means DO NOT push any buttons until you are out of the water.

For Those Who Wish To Have Laps, Strokes and Heart Rate Data:

If you want to achieve lap data, stroke count and heart rate while swimming we would recommend combining the use of a Swimovate Pool-Mate swim watch with either the Suunto Memory belt or with a Polar watch that has data downloading capabilities. These are the two methods we know of where you can actually get and record all of your swimming data.

When it comes to being serious about helping you find the best swim watches and swimming solutions there is no better source than the Heart Rate Watch Company. Give us a call at 866-586-7129.

Rusty Squire, rsquire@heartratewatchcompany.com, copyright 2013

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