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How do I track my swims with my Fitbit device?

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Which swim stats can I track with my Fitbit device? 

Automatically track your swim duration and pool lengths completed with your Fitbit device. Enter your pool length to track your distance and duration. For instructions, see How do I set the pool length for my Fitbit device? Note that heart-rate tracking is disabled during your swim workout.

How do I see my Fitbit swim stats?

On certain Fitbit devices, review a post-workout summary on your wrist. 

For complete swim stats, review your exercise history in the Fitbit app. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the exercise tile > your most recent swim.

What are my options for swim tracking with my Fitbit device? 

Depending on your device, choose to track your swims automatically, or use the Exercise app to start and stop your swim workout.

For automatic tracking, sync your device with the Fitbit app to see your stats in your exercise history.

To set your pool length, see the instructions below

 

 

Charge 3Flex 2InspireInspire HRIonic & VersaVersa Lite EditionVersa 2
Automatic tracking: swim lengths, duration, distance, and pace
Exercise app: swim lengths, duration, distance, and pace     
Exercise app: duration only     

How do I set the pool length for my Fitbit device?

Enter the pool length in meters or yards before you start your swim. Remember to update the pool length if you use a different size pool. 

To change the unit of measurement you use for pool length, see How do I change the units of measurement on my Fitbit device?
  • Charge 3
    1. On your device, open the Exercise app > Swim.
    2. Swipe up and tap Pool Length.
  • Flex 2
    1. Make sure automatic swim tracking is turned on. For more information, see How do I track exercise and activity with my Fitbit device?
    2. In the Fitbit app, tap the Today tab User-added image, then tap your profile picture.
    3. Under Settings, tap Advanced Settings > Swimming Settings.
    4. Enter the pool length and unit of measurement (meters or yards).
  • Inspire HR
    1. On your device, open the Exercise app > Swim.
    2. Swipe up and tap Pool Settings.
  • Ionic, Versa & Versa 2
    1. On your device, open the Exercise app > Swim.
    2. Tap the gear icon User-added image in the top left > Pool Length.
  • Versa Lite Edition
    To start, your pool length is 25 meters. To change the unit of measurement to 25 yards for swims, see How do I change the units of measurement on my Fitbit device?

Which strokes can I use to swim with my Fitbit device? 

Swim using any of the 4 most common strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly). For best results, we recommend swimming freestyle.

Do I have to be a good swimmer to track my swims with my Fitbit device?

Your Fitbit device records your swims even if you’re a novice swimmer, meaning you can swim about 6 to 12 lengths of the pool without stopping to rest. If you’re unable to swim this distance, you may notice inconsistencies in your swim data including some lengths not counted. As your swimming ability improves, you’ll likely notice fewer inconsistencies in your data.

Why do I see a length count after an open water swim with my Fitbit device?

Your Fitbit device tries to identify lengths each time you swim, so you may still see an estimated number of lengths after your open water swim.

Why does my Fitbit swim data seem wrong?

Inconsistencies in your swim data may be caused by any of the following:

  • You completed only a few laps
  • You stopped to rest multiple times or in the middle of the pool
  • You stopped to rest for longer than 60 seconds after completing a pool length
  • You changed your stroke type midway through a length
  • You swam with a kickboard or without using your arms
  • You swam less than the minimum duration needed for your swim to be automatically recognized

Can I swim in deep water with my Fitbit device?

Most Fitbit devices are water-resistant up to 50 meters. For more information, see Can I swim or shower with my Fitbit device?

Does swimming with my Fitbit device count toward my step goal?

A swim exercise counts toward your active minutes and calories burned goals. You don’t earn steps for swimming. 
 
Last updated: September 13, 2019
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