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Vell843

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A friend of mine has a S1 and wonders if he can going in a swimming pool with it. Not like he is swimming laps or anything, just hanging out with friends in the pool and playing Marco Polo probably. Just wondering if anyone had any experience with S1 and a pool?
 

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A friend of mine has a S1 and wonders if he can going in a swimming pool with it. Not like he is swimming laps or anything, just hanging out with friends in the pool and playing Marco Polo probably. Just wondering if anyone had any experience with S1 and a pool?

The Series 1 is splash resistant rated at IPX7, it does not have the 50 m water resistant rating the Series 2/3 has. Meaning your friend can certainly take the chance of getting it wet, which it _should_ be suitable for based of what you said, but of course there are no guarantees either. I think if the Series one is capable of surviving showers, pool activities as you mentioned should be Suitable.
 

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It's not recommended. S1 (and S0) are supposedly only splash proof. Early on after the watch launched, a dude here on this forum claimed to be saltwater surfing with his with no ill effects, and Tim Cook stated he was showering with his, however neither activity is covered by warranty, so if water damage occurs your friend will likely be smoked. :)
 

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S1 (and S0) are supposedly only splash proof.

Actually, Apple stated specifically the first generation Apple Watch and Series one Watch in fact are splash resistant rated:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/ht205000

Tim Cook stated he was showering with his

Do You have a source where Tim Cook specifically stated this? Otherwise, This is not true. Tim Cook never stated that specifically to anyone publicly reference your quote, this was a conversation reportedly overheard when he was speaking to a store in Berlin. You’re making sound like this was fact, when this was actually never confirmed.

https://www.macobserver.com/tmo/art...rs-with-apple-watch-suggesting-its-waterproof
 
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Water damage isn't covered on Apple Watch Series 1... or Series 2... or Series 3.

As mentioned Apple doesn't market series 1 as suitable for swimming, however, antecdotal evidence from myself, from many others in this forum, and from numerous tech news sites, indicate that it IS in fact suitable for swimming. I, personally, have swam at least 50 times with my Apple watch. In fact, on Sunday I swam for 1 hour in the salty ocean.

When Apple announced the water resistance on Series 2, they seemed to imply that the only real "waterproofing" change for Series 2+ was redesigning the speaker canal to allow it to spit out water after water exposure. That is at least how I, personally, interpreted it. This leads me to believe that the only real water vulnerability with the Series 0/1 would lie with the speaker. Basically that the speaker itself may get some amount of corrosion and potentially distort the sound. I don't really use the speaker on my watch, so I'm not too concerned with that.

I'm not in the habit of telling people what they can or can't do, but obviously in my case it is a risk that I am willing to take.
 

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This leads me to believe that the only real water vulnerability with the Series 0/1 would lie with the speaker. Basically that the speaker itself may get some amount of corrosion and potentially distort the sound.
The speaker is made from synthetic materials, so it won't corrode. However it may get packed full of water, and with no water ejection feature in the watch it would take some time to dry out, during which it will produce wonky sound or perhaps even no sound at all depending on how much water finds its way in there... :p
 
The speaker is made from synthetic materials, so it won't corrode. However it may get packed full of water, and with no water ejection feature in the watch it would take some time to dry out, during which it will produce wonky sound or perhaps even no sound at all depending on how much water finds its way in there... :p
Even better! I would be sad if the speaker stopped working completely, but if it only takes until 1-2 hours post swimming to fix the problem, I really don’t mind much at all
 

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I think no matter what Apple states about a ‘smart watch’ being ‘water resistant’, it still is a tech device that can easily fail because of the intrusion of water if the seals were Faulty (Especially OLED is Very sensitive to water). This is my own personal value, but I *don’t* use my Apple Watch in the water and I would take it off if I were to go swimming or any other water activities, simply because I don’t want to risk it, even if it is 50 m water resistant. There Is no situations that I need to use my Apple Watch in the water anyways and I don’t need to look at the time when I’m swimming or any other water activities, thus I leave it charging, and will put it back on when I’m through being out of the water. To me, it’s that easy. For others, not so much.
 
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