There is no limit to the ways that you can use personal activity trackers to take your fitness to the next level. Whether on land or in the water, you can always know how you are doing. I have found that having a waterproof fitness tracker simply makes sense when water sports and swimming are activities you enjoy.
Now you don’t have to worry about your device getting ruined if it gets wet. We got some friends together for surfing this summer and had everybody test 5 of the best fitness trackers at the beach. Our three favorites are described below in full detail. This way, you will have a better idea about them before you buy one. By reading about our adventures with many, many fitness trackers, you will save time, money, and effort. Our wearable tech reviews are 100% unbiased. No BS, no fluff. We are just real people, like you, who just want the straight facts in order to find the best fitness tracker to fit our needs. This is the real deal. No influence from any manufacturers or retailers. Just our honest opinions from Ocean City, NJ.
We put them to the test in every conceivable way. We swam, we surfed, we paddle boarded, we skim boarded. Every activity tracker was used for at least 6 hours. We figured that this would be a great way to see which devices could really be called “waterproof”. We wanted to really test them so that you know what to expect and will have a better idea about them before you buy one.
Things to Know when Choosing a Waterproof Fitness Tracker
You have many choices in waterproof fitness trackers, and keep in mind that there are important differences. Some are splash proof, others shower proof, even others water resistant, and finally also swim proof. Whew! Think about if you plan to simply wear yours in the shower, or need to track your laps and heart rate while in the pool. This decision will guide you to the perfect waterproof tracker.
Garmin Vívosmart – One Tough Tracker for Swimming
After 5 hours of surfing in Ocean City, New Jersey this past August, the Garmin vivosmart HR Activity Tracker proved itself to be one tough tracker. It took a pounding and didn’t miss a beat. Brian took it swimming later in the week, and Tricia wore it in the shower several times to test it. No problems whatsover.
We also liked the fact that we got 7 days of use on a single charge. Even with dimming set to the lowest setting, the display was very easy to read and plenty bright. That is super convenient.
This tracker is definitely water resistant to 50M. We did not test the Garmin, or any other fitness trackers, for scuba diving. Sorry, can’t help you with that, mate! If you need something for scuba diving, leave a comment for us below and we will be happy to help you out.
- Bright display
- Highly water resistant
- Not recommended for scuba diving
Fitbit Charge 3 Waterproof Fitness Tracker – Excellent Battery Life
We liked how comfortable the band of this Fitbit Charge 3 felt, and it stood up to the pounding it took while surfing. No issues at all with being swim proof and water resistant to 50M. As with all the trackers we tested, it withstood Tricia’s 30 minute showers (LOL).
This one was exceptionally light-weight and easy to set up. The main advantage is the terrific battery life – we got 11 days of use on one charge! And it recharges in about 30 minutes. Fantastic!
The screen is super easy to read from all angles. It is light and stylish. Overall a great fitness tracker, but it lacks some of the fancy features of a smartwatch. For all the things that it can do, even when wet, we feel like it is definitely worth the price.
- Excellent, long-lasting battery
- Fast recharge
- Not recommended below 50m of water depth
LETSCOM Waterproof Fitness Tracker – Great Overall Value
This fitness tracker is not as stylish as the others we tested, but we do love the adjustable strap. It also has an impressive battery life. Brian used it for 6 days without needing to recharge it, which is really convenient. It doesn’t come with a separate charger because you do not need one. The LETSCOM fitness tracker itself is a USB drive. After you pull off the straps, which is not hard at all to do, the watch itself plugs into your computer to charge. So easy!
Although it is rain and splash resistant, we did not feel that it is made for swimming or surfing. It can handle short immersion in water only, and the packaging states it is rated IP67 (slightly water proof). We feel that LETSCOM should state this more clearly on the packaging and on their website. Water proof is not accurate for this fitness tracker. Ours started to blink and turn off when we tested it in the ocean this past summer. But, it is still a great value for every day use with only slight exposure to water. But for those of you who want to track your pool laps, this is not the one for you.
- Adjustable strap
- Good battery life
- Plugs directly into USB port for charging
- For short term water immersion only
- Not able to handle showering, swimming, or surfing
- Basic style
Putting it all together…
Not all trackers could handle the deep end of the pool. When you are thinking about buying one, it is a good idea to make a list of all the features that are really important to you. That way, you can focus on the models that match your needs and you can make a good choice!
Here are some criteria to consider in selecting a personal activity tracker:
- Water resistance
- Battery life
- Ease of use
- Clarity of display
Please leave us a comment to let us know which one you choose and how it is working for you. Thank you and stay healthy!