Many wearables are now water-resistant and offer multi-sport options, so it’s no surprise that the market for swim apps has also taken off. With advanced swimming metrics and other useful data available through activity trackers and smartwatches, swimmers have access to everything they need to improve in the pool.
Shooting for a new personal record, or just looking for a low-impact workout in the pool? These are the best swimming apps you can get on the market right now.
Best Swimming Apps: Swim.com
One of the few swim apps that’s available through both iTunes and Google Play, Swim.com tracks your workouts with advanced metrics like stroke type, kick distance, distance per stroke, and more. The app arranges all of this data into graphs and digestible tables, so users can better measure their progress over time. You can also connect, share, and compare these results within the Swim.com community to gain extra motivation and encouragement.
Swim.com automatically detects when you switch strokes, keeps tabs on stroke count, and can tell when you’re resting or swimming without you having to touch the screen. This convenience is matched only by the app’s versatility. It’s compatible with a host of devices, but functions especially well with Apple, Garmin, and Pebble smartwatches. If you’re looking for the most comprehensive swim app on the market, Swim.com is it.
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Best Swimming Apps: MySwimPro
MySwimPro is one of the most customizable and interactive swim apps on the market. Users can designate their appropriate skill level, improve with video instruction, and design swim workouts based on their progression. The app also includes an extensive library of workouts — which range in skill level from novice to advanced — to help swimmers reach their goals.
Like any high-level swim app, MySwimPro also provides swimming analytics after every workout you complete in the pool. This data gives users more insight into their progression, and it allows swimmers to stay motivated and accountable within the MySwimPro community. The app is available to download on iTunes and Google Play.
Best Swimming Apps: Speedo Fit
Speedo Fit displays key swim stats such as distance, duration, and sets within a dashboard that shows your progression over time. Users can also log additional notes about their swims into the app before sharing to Apple Health. Training videos and swimming tips act like a personal coach to help you improve your technique and reach your goals.
Available through iTunes, Speedo Fit makes it easy to search the best pools in your area and save your favorite spots. The app allows you to connect with friends and share your results with fellow swimmers within the community.
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Best Swimming Apps: MySwimmingTimes
MySwimmingTimes doesn’t offer the comprehensive swim data, analysis, or training features that other swim apps do, but it’s still very useful for competitive swimmers and coaches.
Available through Google Play, MySwimmingTimes tracks swim times and lets you view high school, NCAA, and USA Swimming time standards, among others. Users can also record and log times for multiple swimmers, chart the best race times for each swimmer, and import or export swim times and time standards. There are customizable options for stroke type and setting a time to beat, but unless you’re motivated by speed, there are better options out there.
Best Swimming Apps: Swim Speeds
At face value, Swim Speeds offers a simple way to measure and organize distance, time, pace, and speed into a workout log. You can also notate or track calories burned, weather, elevation, heart rate, activity, and more within the user-friendly interface. The app displays this information in graphs and other easy-to-read formats. Other swim apps have more features and are a little more advanced, but Swim Speeds does enough to satisfy most swimmers.
Swim Speeds is available to download on iTunes.