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Swimovate Poolmate Pro

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment

I have a strong passion for gadgets and love the ability to collect training data for analysis. I have recently had the opportunity to try out the Poolmate Pro swimming watch from Swimovate.

The Poolmate Pro is easy to setup and you’ll be going within a couple of minutes, all you need to configure the watch for first use is your weight, length of the pool and which hand you’ll be wearing the watch on. So, with this information set and the choice of measuring specified (imperial or metric) it’s time to give it a bash.

In the water the watch feels unobtrusive and after a while it is easy to forget you are wearing it. After a set of ten lengths I stopped to see how the watch was getting on only to find I had it in a paused state – oops!

After that false start, I set the watch to go and off I went. I swam 60 lengths which the watch faithfully recorded, I had to remember had to stop the recording and complete the set as I had only skimmed the user manual.

I’m used to using my Garmin 310 for recording training data but with pool swimming all I would get is overall session time unless I manually set each set.

Having a watch that measures the laps accurately and automatically is a blessing as my mind easily wanders and I forget how many laps I have swum!

In terms of data recorded, reviewing the log in the comfort of the bar at the leisure centre it seemed to give pretty much what I was after. Swim time, number of laps and average stroke count were immediately beneficial, there is also a measure of efficiency although I haven’t checked this out.

On getting home, I downloaded the application to my Mac from the Swimovate website. I followed the instructions in terms of installation then connecting up the USB cradle but it wasn’t being picked up. I unplugged the cradle then reattached it – this then started some process but unfortunately caused the computer to reboot.

When the Mac came back up everything seemed to be working fine, I was able to open the application and I could see that the log had been loaded from the watch (docked in the cradle).

I will add a few images to this post later when I get round to taking some of the watch, cradle and application.

In conclusion, I like the Poolmate Pro and apart from the crash my Mac experienced I have no complaints about the actual hardware. My only wish is that at some point Swimovate issue an update for the watch to allow individual lap recording, this will be useful in determining lap time consistency.

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