Open Water Swimming

Humayd
Humayd Registered Users Posts: 7
Master Explorer
edited January 24 in TomTom Sports
I absolutely love my TomTom Device (Spark) , and the service from TT.

My only gripe is the no open water/ triathlon feature.

Does anyone know if there are any plans for this in future?

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  • tfarabaugh
    tfarabaugh Posts: 16,943
     Superuser
    There are no plans for this. The watch does not support open water swimming using GPS, it is for pools only. Supporting open water swimming is much more complicated than pool swimming (which involves counting strokes and figuring out the stroke length). GPS cannot be detected underwater so it would need to time the GPS signal attainment with the split second the watch is above water on each stroke (assuming you are doing a stroke that brings your arms out of the water). This is a very difficult thing to compensate for and it has been a mixed bag on all devices, none of them do it perfectly well and many have not even tried, like TT (and Garmin on their more recent devices). What most users who want open water swimming do is to use freestyle mode and put the watch in their cap or on a safety buoy behind them so it stays out of the water. You will then get distance but will lose swim specific metrics, however.

    I imagine this is not what you were hoping to hear but let me know if this answered your question. If it did, please mark it as a solution so other can look for it if they have the same question.