Finally took plunge (literally) with my S4

GC251114

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Hi guys.

Ok so my swim with watch virginity is finally broken.

Throughout my S3 days I never really took it for a swim. Not that I never swam , but whenever I went too pool by habit I always took off or even left behind.

Anyways , upgraded about 5 weeks ago too S4 & currently honeymooning in Mexico. What better time to finally take it for a swim. Had to just familiarise myself again , however it appears that when you select pool or open swim , the phone automatically water locks for you. Nice touch. Have also just manually locked it too.

Now I know there’s various settings with the swim app , how many yards & lengths etc & size of the pool , but this is a honeymoon & here for fun & relaxation rather than applying for the Olympics & knowing how great a job I did.

Well I have to say it worked a treat & im very impressed. Yup it locks the screen although you can also touch it to come on. What I do find odd though , & correct me if there’s an easier way , but because the screen is locked there’s no way to end the swim workout without turning the crown & unlocking the screen first. Is this right ?

Once I’d done this I was able to swipe the screen & end the workout. I just can’t seem to find where I can get out of pool & immediately end the workout.

Turning the crown & expelling the water is also cool (unlike the temp in Mexico). To be on the safe side I also manually locked & unlocked again to make sure all water was out. I have to say seeing tiny droplets of water spurt out was rather refreshing.

So my watch’s water virginity is broken. I was nervous to do it initially. Come on guys this is a mini computer on my wrist that I love & cost me good money ! Sense prevailed though & I wanted , maybe even needed to finally do this.

I’m very happy I finally took the plunge !

Cheers
 

matrix07

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I used to swim weekly with my S2 so it’s more than a year ago and my memory is not good. I thought what I did was press crown and side button at the same time to pause workout when finished then finish it later when the watch was dry.
 

CreepyAF

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i swim laps everyday for about 45 mins with my apple watch. indeed, there is no other way to end the swim other than spinning the crown. if you are trying to be more precise with ur swim times, the 2-3 seconds u lose spinning the crown and swiping to end the swim, just get it back in the beginning by starting ur swim as soon as it starts counting down 3-2-1.

i love how the watch knows how many laps ive swum. i used to swim without thinking about distance, but now with the watch i wont quit until ive swum at least 80 laps, and that has helped my fitness a lot. the only downside is i worry about scratching my watch when swimming along the side of the pool, so i try to swim in the center lanes.
 
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lambertjohn

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I have an old Timex Ironman watch I use for swimming laps; it's perfect. No way would I take my $400 Apple Watch in the pool, let alone a salty ocean. I don't care what Apple says about their waterproofing, it ain't happening. The rain: sure. Running a marathon: absolutely. Hiking, biking, making love to my wife: you betcha!! A pool, the ocean: no way, no how.
 
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WilliamG

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I have an old Timex Ironman watch I use for swimming laps; it's perfect. No way would I take my $400 Apple Watch in the pool, let alone a salty ocean. I don't care what Apple says about their waterproofing, it ain't happening. The rain: sure. Running a marathon: absolutely. Hiking, biking, making love to my wife: you betcha!! A pool, the ocean: no way, no how.
I think Apple knows its products better than any of us. You’re worrying for nothing.
 

lambertjohn

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I think Apple knows its products better than any of us. You’re worrying for nothing.
That may be true, but I know my bank accounts way better than Apple does, and I'm keeping my hard-earned cash bullet-proof. Notice I said, "my" hard-earned cash, not yours and certainly not Apple's (at least not all of it.) So I'll do my thing and you do yours. It's all good.
 

ifarlow

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Anyways , upgraded about 5 weeks ago too S4 & currently honeymooning in Mexico. What better time to finally take it for a swim.
I got over the idea of swimming with the Apple Watch with the Series 2, so when I was on a cruise last week I didn't think twice about entering the ocean with my Series 4 while in Haiti. Waded out to near waste deep and sat down. Looked at my watch just below the surface of the water and saw the Apple logo.

That's not good.

Lifted my arm out of the water and waited for the watch to finish rebooting. Put my arm back underneath the surface of the water... Apple logo.

Well, damn.

Watch died on the first port of call which meant that for the rest of the cruise I had no Apple Watch. I was not happy. Of course, when I got back home I returned it and bought another one. Will I swim with this one? Yep. Won't hesitate.
 

CreepyAF

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I got over the idea of swimming with the Apple Watch with the Series 2, so when I was on a cruise last week I didn't think twice about entering the ocean with my Series 4 while in Haiti. Waded out to near waste deep and sat down. Looked at my watch just below the surface of the water and saw the Apple logo.

That's not good.

Lifted my arm out of the water and waited for the watch to finish rebooting. Put my arm back underneath the surface of the water... Apple logo.

Well, damn.

Watch died on the first port of call which meant that for the rest of the cruise I had no Apple Watch. I was not happy. Of course, when I got back home I returned it and bought another one. Will I swim with this one? Yep. Won't hesitate.
wow, that's unusual. must've been a fluke. i go into heated jacuzzis with mine with nary a problem. the watch is supposed to be good in 50 meters of water...
 

GC251114

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I got over the idea of swimming with the Apple Watch with the Series 2, so when I was on a cruise last week I didn't think twice about entering the ocean with my Series 4 while in Haiti. Waded out to near waste deep and sat down. Looked at my watch just below the surface of the water and saw the Apple logo.

That's not good.

Lifted my arm out of the water and waited for the watch to finish rebooting. Put my arm back underneath the surface of the water... Apple logo.

Well, damn.

Watch died on the first port of call which meant that for the rest of the cruise I had no Apple Watch. I was not happy. Of course, when I got back home I returned it and bought another one. Will I swim with this one? Yep. Won't hesitate.
Yup that’s just typical isn’t it & sorry to hear.

Pleased you adopted the “ fall off the horse & get straight back on again “ attitude.
 

chino-rican

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Cracked my S2 playing around with my kids in a pool, in Mexico coincidentally. Just stay off those walls!
The watch survived almost an entire year, but then this past June I went for a dip in the Pacific... it did not make it. I should've known better than to go swimming with a cracked screen.
Fast forward to October and I got my S4. Probably not going into the water with this one, just to be safe!
 

GC251114

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Does the screen turn on everytime you lift up your arm when you are swimming?
No

When you lock the phone manually , or start a swimming workout where it locks automatically (S4 & watchOS5) , itblocks the screen preventing it coming on. However the screen is displayed if you touch it.
 
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Apey313

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I got the 4 two weeks ago. Went several times in the shower than finally swam with it. Within an hour after the swim it died! I had it in swim mode. It locked and everything! I went to an Apple store and they said it’s not meant for Chlorine or salt water pools. Just water from your house and lakes. Then they proceeded to say regardless. If water is found in the phone when returned to fix, I’d have to pay $300 for a new one. They wouldn’t replace it despite the warranties it could be used in a pool for swimming and after one swim dead. I wound up with a new one and will never swim with it again sadly. Too expensive to risk and not enoug energy to fight avout it should it happen again!! :-( soooo be careful and don’t be shocked if it stops working...

[Hi guys.

Ok so my swim with watch virginity is finally broken.

Throughout my S3 days I never really took it for a swim. Not that I never swam , but whenever I went too pool by habit I always took off or even left behind.

Anyways , upgraded about 5 weeks ago too S4 & currently honeymooning in Mexico. What better time to finally take it for a swim. Had to just familiarise myself again , however it appears that when you select pool or open swim , the phone automatically water locks for you. Nice touch. Have also just manually locked it too.

Now I know there’s various settings with the swim app , how many yards & lengths etc & size of the pool , but this is a honeymoon & here for fun & relaxation rather than applying for the Olympics & knowing how great a job I did.

Well I have to say it worked a treat & im very impressed. Yup it locks the screen although you can also touch it to come on. What I do find odd though , & correct me if there’s an easier way , but because the screen is locked there’s no way to end the swim workout without turning the crown & unlocking the screen first. Is this right ?

Once I’d done this I was able to swipe the screen & end the workout. I just can’t seem to find where I can get out of pool & immediately end the workout.

Turning the crown & expelling the water is also cool (unlike the temp in Mexico). To be on the safe side I also manually locked & unlocked again to make sure all water was out. I have to say seeing tiny droplets of water spurt out was rather refreshing.

So my watch’s water virginity is broken. I was nervous to do it initially. Come on guys this is a mini computer on my wrist that I love & cost me good money ! Sense prevailed though & I wanted , maybe even needed to finally do this.

I’m very happy I finally took the plunge !

Cheers[/QUOTE]
 

ifarlow

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I went to an Apple store and they said it’s not meant for Chlorine or salt water pools. Just water from your house and lakes.
Rule #1: Don't immediately believe what an Apple Store or Apple Support rep tells you.

Per the Apple web site for the Apple Watch:

Apple Watch Series 4 has a water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that it may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, Apple Watch Series 4 should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.
 

Apey313

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The point is don’t believe everything on the Apple website unless your willing to risk damaging your watch and fighting or suing over the 400 purchase price. My watch died immediately after swimming and I was told if water is in the watch they will charge me 300 if I want a new one. I pointed to the numerous statements that it could be used in the pool. Bottom line if water gets in Apple’s position is that it is not covered by the 1 Year manufacturing warranty- the watch says water resistant not water proof was repeated over and over to me despite all the representations it could be used to swim laps on the pool.
Rule #1: Don't immediately believe what an Apple Store or Apple Support rep tells you.

Per the Apple web site for the Apple Watch:

Apple Watch Series 4 has a water resistance rating of 50 meters under ISO standard 22810:2010. This means that it may be used for shallow-water activities like swimming in a pool or ocean. However, Apple Watch Series 4 should not be used for scuba diving, waterskiing, or other activities involving high-velocity water or submersion below shallow depth.
 

CreepyAF

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The point is don’t believe everything on the Apple website unless your willing to risk damaging your watch and fighting or suing over the 400 purchase price. My watch died immediately after swimming and I was told if water is in the watch they will charge me 300 if I want a new one. I pointed to the numerous statements that it could be used in the pool. Bottom line if water gets in they say it’s nit civered by the 1 Year manufacturing warranty.
Well, swimming is my main exercise and I swim 6-7 days a week. I’ve had the watch from day one, and nary a problem. Additionally, I had series 0 and swam with it, and it still worked up until I replaced it with the 4.

I would raise bloody hell if Apple blamed me for swimming with it. One of their exercise choices on the watch is lap swimming.
 

Apey313

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Agree. And it seems many here had positive experiences. But when Apple told me that water getting into the watch after just two weeks would be my fault because it’s not waterproof I nearly cried. And if we did not have the option of returning it because it was brand new I would have fought like hell just hate that I would have had to. Hope yours works out better!!

Well, swimming is my main exercise and I swim 6-7 days a week. I’ve had the watch from day one, and nary a problem. Additionally, I had series 0 and swam with it, and it still worked up until I replaced it with the 4.

I would raise bloody hell if Apple blamed me for swimming with it. One of their exercise choices on the watch is lap swimming.
 

Ambulater

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I got a brand new S4 for Christmas. I took it for its first swim in a shallow lap pool at the gym this week. Came out of the water dead. Apple is replacing.
 

mario-64

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I haven’t yet taken my S4 into the water but this thread concerns me. Is the device truly waterproof as advertised? If so, how is Apple getting away with not honoring warranty when water kills it? Do you have to put it into swim mode before hand in order to avoid water damage?
 

CreepyAF

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I haven’t yet taken my S4 into the water but this thread concerns me. Is the device truly waterproof as advertised? If so, how is Apple getting away with not honoring warranty when water kills it? Do you have to put it into swim mode before hand in order to avoid water damage?
it concerns me as well, but i think these are the rare outliers. i would've hoped craftsmanship was more consistent. i shower with mine on, swim in chlorine, sit in the hot jacuzzi, and wash dishes with no issues so far. if it's good up to 50m, then it should def be able to withstand a pool or shower. i dont know if chlorine or salt water changes things, but dont make a video of a guy open swimming in the ocean if it ain't supposed to be used in the ocean...
 

wvayens

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I had a watch 2 that I used 3x a week for swimming about 3,000 yards at a time, never had any problems. Gave it to a friend when I got my watch 3 and both the original 2 and my 3 have been going strong with about the same swim schedule for over a year now.
 

Relentless Power

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I haven’t yet taken my S4 into the water but this thread concerns me. Is the device truly waterproof as advertised? If so, how is Apple getting away with not honoring warranty when water kills it? Do you have to put it into swim mode before hand in order to avoid water damage?
Keep in mind, it’s not waterproof, it’s water resistant. I know I’m being technical, but they are two different things. That said, you have to consider the hundreds of thousands of people that expose their watches to water and likely don’t have an issue, but there are going to be units out there that will be defective likely due to faulty seals. That’s the nature of anything manufactured something on a mass level like the Apple Watch.

If the watch fails due to faulty water seals, as it’s intended to be used in shallow water activities, as it is 50 m water resistant rated, Apple will replace it assuming that’s the only damage that caused it. This has happened to other members, where they have had their watches replaced.
 

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