Written by Dewy

How do I use the Apple Watch in the water?

Do you have an Apple Watch 2 or newer? Then you never have to worry about water damage if you suddenly end up in a rain shower. Even if you forget to take your watch off in the shower. In fact, you can swim up to 50 meters deep with Apple Watch. I tell you how to start a swimming workout.

Start a swimming workout

Start swimming workout on Apple Watch

Starting a workout is very simple. There are 2 swimming workouts on Apple Watch as standard: a workout for open water and a workout for in the pool.

  1. When I press the Digital Crown, the menu on Apple Watch opens.
  2. I open the workout app. This is a green icon with a runner.
  3. I scroll to the workout that is relevant to me (open water or swimming pool). I choose swimming pool.
  4. I start the workout.

During my workout

Swimming workout data

My workout starts immediately and Apple Watch records my data. Apple Watch shows my data, but I cannot use it further. So I don't receive any messages now. To protect my watch under water, the water lock automatically activates. Did I take a little break in between? Then I don't have to pause Apple Watch. He automatically recognizes rest. When I'm done and the workout stops, I turn the Digital Crown until Apple Watch beeps. This causes the water to disappear from the speaker.

What is being measured?

Measurement during swimming workout

Afterwards I view the statistics on my iPhone. GPS does not work in the pool and water can block my heart rate reading. What does Apple Watch measure in the pool? Well, for example, calories consumed, number of jobs and distance traveled. The built-in accelerometer takes care of this. GPS does work in open water. Only in freestyle.

Swimming without starting a workout

Water lock on Apple Watch

When I go to the swimming pool in the morning to do a few laps, I start a workout. On holiday I prefer to hang out in the water without being busy. In that case I don't start a workout. Still, I like to keep my Apple Watch on. If I do not start a workout, the water lock will not activate automatically. Fortunately I can also start it myself.

  1. I swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Now the control panel opens.
  2. I tap the water drop. Water lock is now activated.

Release water lock

Release water lock on Apple Watch

When the water lock activates, I can use Apple Watch carefree underwater. To cancel the water lock, I turn the Digital Crown until the drop fills the circle and I hear a beep. Now the speaker blows the sound inputs clean and removes the remaining water. The other inputs on Apple Watch are completely watertight.

Forgot water lock?

Apple Watch under water

Do I forget the water lock once? Not a big disaster. When I leave the water, I still activate the water lock and then release it again. Apple Watch still removes the remaining water from the sound inputs.


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