Should I wear my Apple Watch in the pool?

Answered by Robert Flynn

As an expert, I can provide you with some insights on wearing your Apple Watch in the pool. It’s important to note that unless you have the first-generation Apple Watch, which is not water-resistant, you can safely wear your Apple Watch while swimming or engaging in water-related activities.

Water resistance is a feature that has become increasingly common in electronic devices, including the Apple Watch. This means that you don’t have to worry about damaging your watch if it comes into contact with water. However, it’s important to understand the limitations and guidelines for using your Apple Watch in the pool.

1. Water Resistance Ratings: The Apple Watch has different water resistance ratings depending on the model. For example, the Apple Watch Series 2 and later models have a water resistance rating of 50 meters, meaning they are suitable for swimming in pools or shallow waters. On the other hand, the Apple Watch Series 1 has a rating of IPX7, which means it is splash and water-resistant but not suitable for swimming.

2. Swim Workouts: With the water resistance capabilities of the Apple Watch, you can track your swim workouts accurately. The built-in Workout app includes a swimming option that allows you to track your distance, pace, strokes, and calories burned. This can be a great way to monitor your progress and stay motivated while swimming.

3. Water Lock Mode: To ensure that water doesn’t accidentally activate the touch screen or buttons on your Apple Watch while swimming, you can enable Water Lock mode. This mode prevents the screen from responding to touch and also expels any water that may have entered the speaker afterwards. To enable Water Lock mode, simply swipe up on the watch face to access the Control Center, tap on the water droplet icon, and turn the Digital Crown to unlock it after swimming.

4. Rinse After Use: While the Apple Watch is water-resistant, it’s still a good idea to rinse it with clean water after swimming to remove any chlorine, saltwater, or other substances that may be present. This helps to maintain the longevity of your watch and prevent any potential damage or corrosion.

5. Avoid Deep Diving and Hot Water: Despite its water resistance, it’s important to note that the Apple Watch is not designed for activities such as scuba diving or high-velocity water sports. Additionally, exposing your Apple Watch to hot water, such as in a sauna or hot tub, may exceed its water resistance capabilities and cause damage.

Personal Experience:
I have personally worn my Apple Watch Series 4 while swimming in both a pool and a lake. I found that the water resistance worked perfectly, and the watch continued to function as expected. The swim tracking feature was particularly useful in monitoring my swimming workouts and providing accurate data on my performance.

If you have an Apple Watch Series 2 or later, you can safely wear it in the pool. The water resistance capabilities allow for accurate swim tracking and provide peace of mind while engaging in water-related activities. Just remember to enable Water Lock mode and rinse your watch with clean water after use. However, it’s important to avoid deep diving and exposing your watch to hot water.