Frequently Asked Questions

Fenix 3 - Swimming issues

As you can likely tell, the Fenix 3 is not a "swim watch" per se. It's more a mountaineering, kayaking type watch ...

I have read that the 50m pool is ok to be used for swimming laps with the fenix3, whereas the 25m ... not so much.

The following from the Garmin website:

Discrepancies in distance may be caused by multiple sources:
  • Inexperience in lap swimming
  • Switching stroke type mid-length
  • Stopping or walking mid-length
  • Dramatic changes of speeds mid-length
  • Performing drills that affect arm motion
  • Interruptions from pool traffic
  • Failing to set up pool size properly
  • Using a pool that is too small for your level of swimming proficiency

To decrease the amount of discrepancies:
  • If resting between lengths, use rest intervals
  • Use a strong push-off from the wall with a long streamlining (glide) phase
  • Swim continuously throughout the length at a consistent pace
  • Use one stroke type throughout each length
  • Continue to strive for a consistent stroke pattern
  • Try switching the watch to the other wrist
  • Use drill log 1 for drills that affect arm movement
  • If missing lengths as a strong swimmer, consider using a standard-sized pool 2
As swimming technique improves with the use of the above instructions, distance accuracy will improve.

1 If drill log is not available; use rest intervals for drills that affect arm movement.
2 If lengths are being missed (under-counted) in a small pool (25m or less), consider using a standard-sized pool (50m) as the watch may miss lengths for strong swimmers who only take a few strokes to cross small pools.

Hopefully some of the above will resolve things.


 Last updated Mon, Jul 6 2015 14:32

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