1. Apple Watch Ultra
  2. Apple Watch Series 8 / SE
  3. Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro
  4. Garmin Venu 2
  5. Garmin Epix (Gen 2)
  6. Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
  7. Fitbit Versa 4
  8. Huawei Watch Fit 2

Best waterproof smartwatch: Top watches you can swim with

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Pretty much every smartwatch is water resistant these days, making them equipped to handle a dip in the pool and even survive an open water swim. But some are way better than others at tracking your swims accurately.

With more smartwatches now able to tell your breaststroke from your front crawl, it can also be difficult to pick between all the best options.

After extensive testing from the Wareable team, we've ranked the best waterproof smartwatch as the Apple Watch Ultra - but that doesn't necessarily make it the right choice for everyone.

We've been swimming with every smartwatch in our testing process - here's the best in the business.

Apple Watch Ultra

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Probably the ultimate waterproof smartwatch, the Apple Watch Ultra is rated 100ATM, and is good for diving (it’s EN13319 certified) putting it a few lengths ahead of its competitors.

When submerged in water, the Apple Watch Ultra automatically turns into a dive computer, showing you live depth in a clear and easy-to-read display. It’s good for dives up to 40m, and can also survive the water pressure of jet-skiing and surfing.

It also integrates with Oceanic+, which offers specialist diving metrics in a third-party app experience.

Divers are also well catered for with the Ocean strap, which is the best of the standard issue straps, in our opinion.

When it comes to swimming, the Apple Watch Ultra shares the excellent tracking performance of the standard Series 8 and Apple Watch SE models. (See below).

Of course, it’s a completely different beast to wear. The 49mm case means that it’s chunky on the wrist, and a lot of people (especially women) will find that more uncomfortable to wear.

But the screen and added day(s) of battery life more than make up for that, and the Apple Watch Ultra oozes outdoor vibes when you’re getting on with the mundanities of everyday life.

Waterproof rating: 10 ATM (100m) | Pool and open water: Yes | Dive: EN13319

Wareable verdict: Apple Watch Ultra review

Apple Watch Series 8 / SE

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If you don’t fancy the size or price tag of the Ultra, the standard Series 8 and Watch SE are fantastic pool/water companions. And in terms of pool skills, there’s nothing to pick between them.

There are multiple swimming modes in the Workout app, which will serve up a host of metrics, including distance covered, lengths, and average pace, and it can distinguish stroke style, as well.

During the swim, the touchscreen is inactive, but the always-on display does mean you can raise your arm to check in on real-time progress.

In terms of accuracy, the Apple Watch is up there with the dedicated sports watches, and the experience overall of taking it swimming is strong.

Core data (distance, lap counts, average pace) were all in line with our control testing, and it's a comfortable watch to wear in the water. Data lives in the Apple Activity app, but you also have the benefit of third-party Apple Watch swimming apps for that extra hit of analysis.

Waterproof rating: 10 ATM (100m) | Pool and open water: Yes 

Wareable verdict: Apple Watch Series 8 review

Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro

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The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro also packs decent sports tracking credentials and also does a little more than the average waterproof smartwatch.

First, it’s suitable for diving, with its EN 13319 rating meaning it’s good for dives up to 30m.

Diving isn’t quite as slick as the Apple Watch Ultra, but the dive app will produce plenty of data.

It will measure the speed, depth, and duration of dives, as well as depth curve, heart rate, breath holding duration, and data on diaphragm contraction.

In terms of swimming, it’s also a decent performer. We’ve used Huawei wearables extensively in the pool, and have found tracking of laps, calories, distance, speed, SWOLF, swim stroke rate, and frequency to be reliable.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro also comes in 46mm and 43mm versions, a titanium and ceramic build, and an excellent AMOLED screen. Battery life is a cut above rivals, with a week away from the charger – however, all those premium materials mean it costs more than an Apple Watch. But for Android users, this comes recommended.

Waterproof rating: 10 ATM (100m) | Pool and open water: Yes | Dive: EN13319

Wareable verdict: Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro review

Garmin Venu 2

Best waterproof smartwatch 2022: top watches you can swim with

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The Venu 2 was the second Garmin watch to pack a full-color AMOLED touchscreen display going with a bigger, brighter, and sharper display to make it a much nicer watch to live within and out of the water.

Unlike some of Garmin's pricier watches, this is one primed for pool swim tracking only but it does still offer a rich array of real-time and post-swim metrics to make the experience of taking it for a dip a solid one overall.

Those metrics include basics like distance, pace, stroke count, SWOLF, and calories. Garmin does now add the ability to view intensity minutes within the Garmin Connect app to assess how hard you worked in your pool session as well.

It will also detect the type of stroke, offer a basic rest timer and offer underwater heart rate monitoring. Though, how reliable HR monitoring is firmly up for debate.

Post-swim, your data can be viewed on the watch, and you can dig deeper inside of the Garmin Connect app. Garmin does also play nice with third-party apps like Strava if you want to earn some Kudos too.

While the Venu 2 might offer typically mammoth battery life like some other Garmin watches, it should still offer up a solid amount of tracking time in the water before you need to charge it up again.

Accuracy-wise, Garmin offers some of the best swim tracking in the pool and it's no different with the Venu 2. You've also got a nice screen to view progress when you're taking a rest between sets.

If you don't want to shell out for the Garmin Venu 2, you can pick up the Garmin Venu Sq for less. The newer, and more expensive Venu 2 Plus doesn't offer anything radically different on the swim tracking front, so the Venu 2 is the one to go for in our eyes.

Waterproof rating: 5 ATM (50 meters) | Pool and open water: Pool only

Wareable verdict: Garmin Venu 2 review

Garmin Epix (Gen 2)

Best waterproof smartwatch 2022: top watches you can swim with

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The Garmin Epix (Gen 2) is best described as a Fenix with an AMOLED screen and it's giving you the best that Garmin has to offer in swim tracking features as well, at a high price.

It works for the pool, open water swimming, and swim runs, it has a higher 100-meter waterproof rating than Garmin's Venu series watches and you're getting a bigger AMOLED touchscreen to view your data here too.

Performance-wise, it works as well as the swim tracking offered on other Garmins and that's good news. You have a rich array of metrics to capture, including distance, pace, stroke count, and SWOLF scores and the bright, vibrant screen makes it possible to view progress in clearer swimming waters.

In the pool, you can set up auto rests, and pace alerts, and includes the drill logging feature from its Swim watches.

There's support for underwater heart rate monitoring, though you'd be better off pairing up a swim-friendly heart rate chest strap to get more reliable insights into your effort levels.

Battery life is solid too, giving you potentially up to 16 days, with that dropping down to 6 days if you keep the display on 24/7.

If you like the idea of a more feature-rich Garmin that has more to offer swimmers that offers the best of Garmin's smartwatch and tracking features with a color screen, this is the Garmin you want on in the water.

Waterproof rating: 10 ATM (100m) | Pool and open water: Yes

Wareable verdict: Garmin Epix (Gen 2) review

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

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The Galaxy Watch 5 is Samsung's latest smartwatch. It runs on Google's Wear OS 3, giving you access to Google features like the Play Store and the ability to download Google apps.

In terms of its sports tracking prowess, it still feels very Samsung from that point of view and that means you can expect similar swim tracking in the pool and open water from it. It's also waterproof up to 50 meters depth.

It's a smartwatch that will let you view metrics like distance, strokes, lap time, and SWOLF (to measure swimming efficiency) from the Super AMOLED display.

With Wear OS now on board, you have access to third-party apps to track swims outside of Samsung's own Health companion app. That includes

Unlike previous smartwatches, the Watch 5 only works with Android phones. It does offer good accuracy on the whole in the water and is one that's comfortable to wear in the water too. You're also getting one of the best smartwatch experiences outside of Apple's whether it's notification support or music features and now it has significantly better app support.

If you want a Wear OS smartwatch that's running the latest software and offers good swim tracking, the Galaxy Watch 5 is the one you want.

Waterproof rating: 5 ATM (50m) | Pool and open water: Yes

Wareable verdict: Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Fitbit Versa 4

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The Fitbit Versa 4 isn't a huge departure from the Versa 3, but it's still a decent pool companion.

It offers all of the same swim-tracking features, so you'll be able to view lengths, distance covered, and workout duration on the touchscreen display.

It doesn't display the type of stroke and there's no SWOLF data available, so data-hungry swimmers might find the experience a little underwhelming, but it's a good swimming smartwatch for beginners or casuals.

The swim tracking experience feels a little basic in terms of what you see on the watch. And when you've showered and dressed, the post-swim data is similarly basic and the emphasis once again is on how this activity contributes to your overall day's data.

Fitbit's other smartwatch, the health-centric Sense, also offers the same swim tracking support, so you'll paying the extra money for the additional serious health monitoring features available.

In terms of smartwatch features, you're getting the best Fitbit has to offer. You can view notifications, access music controls, and pile on the music of your own or via music streaming services like Deezer. There's Fitbit Pay and a microphone to make use of Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant and take calls over Bluetooth.

If you want a data-rich swim tracking experience, that's not what you'll get here. It's a good fit for pool swimmers who just want to go for a dip and are not fussed about digging into more advanced metrics.

Waterproof rating: 5 ATM (50m) | Pool and open water: Pool only

Wareable verdict: Fitbit Versa 4 review

Huawei Watch Fit 2

Best waterproof smartwatch 2022: top watches you can swim with

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The Huawei Watch Fit 2 is a smartwatch that looks like a fitness tracker but don't be fooled, it has plenty of smartwatch skills and has the same ability to track swims indoors and outside as the Huawei Watch GT 3, GT Runner, and the Watch 3.

It's got a lovely light, design and a crisp, 1.74-inch, 336 x 480 resolution AMOLED touchscreen display and that screen is perfectly viewable despite its slender form factor.

Like the GT series, the Fit 2 is capable of tracking both open water and pool swimming offering metrics including laps, calories, distance, speed, SWOLF, swim stroke rate, and frequency.

When you head outdoors, you can expect to see distance, average SWOLF, swimming time, swimming strokes, and swim stroke rate.

The downside is that data largely lives inside Huawei's companion app with no great third-party app support for swimmers present. It does run on Huawei's HarmonyOS operating system, which means you do get access to Huawei's AppGallery store, though it lacks any big-name apps or swim-centric apps for that matter. 

There is an app that can help you sync workout data to other third-party apps like Strava, so getting that data out can be done.

On the smartwatch front, it's a more complete experience using it with an Android phone or Huawei phone compared to an iPhone. You get notifications, Bluetooth calling, and a built-in music player, with room for up to 5,000 songs, but the latter is Android only. 

If you don't want to spend big and like the idea of a smartwatch with strong swim tracking support that's slimmer, lighter, and smaller than most smartwatches, then this is well worth looking at.

Waterproof rating: 5 ATM (50m) | Pool and open water: Yes

Wareable verdict: Huawei Watch Fit 2 review


Michael Sawh

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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.


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