What's the Best Swim Tracker? Here's 5 things to consider...
Technology in Swimming has been on the rise over the past decade. And more recently, we’ve seen a larger increase in swim trackers (ours included).
With this, we were eager to understand whether swimmers, swim fans, and coaches out there see this increase in swim trackers as a benefit to the sport. After all, swimming is definitely really far behind when it comes to technology and arguably, the most commonly used piece of technology by a swim coach is a generic, old stopwatch. Even with the majority of everyone having a smart phone, most swim coaches still don’t use their cell phone camera to help their swimmers.
Are Swim Trackers Accepted and Being Adopted?
We decided to conduct a poll on Instagram with both SwimmingWorld and SwimSwam to see if swimmers, swim fans, coaches, and other swimming nerds are fans of the new swim trackers out there.
The poll came back with some intriguing results—over 800 people responded and 88% of those 800 people viewed these new swim trackers as a positive thing.
With this, we proceeded to ask another question to see what swim trackers these swimmers and coaches were using and liked best. Answers ranged from: stopwatches, pace clocks, LumaLanes, Phlex, Form Swim, TritonWear, your own smart phone, MySwimPro and more.
All of these swim trackers have their own rhythm and reason to be in this space. So really it is up to the customer to decide what to purchase. So if you’re confused on where to start and/or not sure what piece of technology to pick up next, here’s a quick checklist to use to help you figure out what technology piece would be a good investment for you...
5 Things to Consider When Purchasing YOUR Next Swim Tracker!
1.) Are YOU the Coach or Swimmer?
Some of these swim trackers out there is SPECIFICALLY marketed towards swimmers and not coaches (or vice versa). What this means is you need to figure out if the swim tracker actually fits your needs. For example, TritonWear can be used for feedback for both a swimmer and a coach—since both are given profiles to login into after use has been completed.
But other pieces of technology like FireFly and MySwimPro is specifically targeted towards swimmers and not coaches. The goal of these swim trackers is to help the swimmer get to their goals with or without a primary coach involved in their process.
It’s very important before you buy a new swim tracker to know your end goal. Plus, keeping in mind your training environment will help you make the best informed decision on your next purchase.
2.) What is YOUR budget?
Each swim tracker comes with it’s own price point. Some range into the thousands of dollars ($$$), while others are cheaper and/or may require a subscription plan.
At TritonWear, we currently offer an annual subscription at $149.99 per year (per unit) with bulk pricing available. The more units you buy, the cheaper they become. But because TritonWear does require a reoccurring payment—it should be taken into consideration when purchasing against other wearables out there.
3.) Are you looking for IMMEDIATE feedback or is delayed fine?
Some swim trackers give immediate feedback to a swimmer or coach. With this, a swimmer can see their results in real-time. TritonWear for example, both coaches and swimmers can see and digest your data after practice or a race—while, technically a coach can see it during the workout too.
So overall, it really depends what you’re looking for with a swim tracker. Are you looking for input during a workout to help gain motivation to swim faster? Do you not have a coach and are looking for way to hold you more accountable and/or write sets for you? Are you wanting to track your progress over time? Answering these types of questions will help you narrow down your options to make a great decision on your next purchase.
4.) Are you looking for visual feedback too?
With over 65% of our population as visual learners, it makes sense that most swim trackers incorporate a way to film your swimmers.
At TritonWear we included in our 1.1.13 software update, our motion analysis software, which is essentially video feedback with a swimmer’s acceleration profile synced in real-time. If you really want to see where your swimmer is slowing down in their stroke, there is no better or accurate piece of technology out there to show you. Our motion analysis software takes out the guess work of “why” a swimmer’s technique is failing for them and shows you EXACTLY where they are slowing down or speeding up.
Think of it like an iPhone video on steroids ;)
5.) Are you looking to use this swim tracker at practice or at a meet or both?
Lots of swim tackers out there can only be used at practice—like MySwimPro, Stopwatches, Pace Clocks, Heart Rate Monitors, Mp3 Players, etc. While other swim trackers can be used only for meets-- like SwimCloud.
What is even more exciting is the NCAA just announced that the use of wearable trackers can be used during competition, as long as they don’t give immediate feedback to a swimmer to avoid any competitive advantages and ours doesn't, ever. Other wearable trackers like the Phlex Edge has the ability to 'shut off' their haptic feedback to their swimmers, but it's still a bit of a gray area on how that is going to be regulated moving forward during competition.
So not only can TritonWear give you your analytics on both practice and in a meet situation—it is universally used by both coaches and swimmers.
If you have any questions on TritonWear or how our new generation 2 unit can help you swim faster, sooner--feel free to schedule a call with us below!
We really do hope this blog was helpful for you in sorting through what your next swim tracker should be!
Until Next Time,