Guess no Apple Watch at the water park

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by tl01, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. tl01 macrumors 65816

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    I'm thinking when I take my kids to the water park tomorrow that I should leave my Apple Watch in the room. The fast water at the end of the slides I assume would be too much for the water resistance right? It is a series 2.
     
  2. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    enjoy the day at the water park with your kids. leave the electronics at home. I don't see a need to wear it to the water park. that's me.
     
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  4. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    I highly doubt you will have a problem with a Series 2 at the water park, considering it is rated for a lot more pressure than just a stream of water. I shower with my Series 0 daily, have never had a problem with a direct stream of water on it. I also take my Series 0 in the pool and hot tub with no issues either.
     
  5. BarracksSi Suspended

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    Or take it, document your experiences, and write a blog post about it.
     
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    I would probably put a bumper-style case on mine if I took it to a water park. Mine is a Series 0, though; I don't know if there are any bumpers to fit your Series 2 yet.
     
  8. jbachandouris macrumors 68040

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    Help me understand. You don't want to take your series 2 Apple Watch, which is actually advertised as water resistant, to the water park? If it is made for swimming, why in the world would you think a water park ride would be dangerous to it?

    Even the series 0 could handle a water park (unofficially).

    Now, if you're worried about it getting banged up, that's a different story...
     
  9. eXMomoj macrumors newbie

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    I never understood why people don't take their watches off before they shower. It takes all of 5 seconds to take it off and 5-10 minutes to take a shower. It's not like you're missing anything during that time and you're only unnecessarily exposing your watch to water, shampoo, and soap which will slowly deteriorate the watch and/or band. But hey, its not my watch!
     
  10. OllyW Moderator

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    You just need to keep it away from any "high-velocity water".

     
  11. Howyalikdemapls macrumors 6502

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    It will totally be okay at the water park. Apple says it is not recommended for waterskiing and wakeboarding, but I've heard from people who used their Series 0 wakeboarding all summer long with no problems.

    You won't encounter any water at the water park that is as high of velocity as wakeboarding anyways.
     
  12. scriptkitten macrumors regular

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    I'd be more worried about smashing it on the side of a water slide.
     
  13. dyn macrumors 68030

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    Because it is tested at a certain pressure in certain circumstances. If we take a look at the IP-rating tests than it comes down to gently put a device on the bottom of a bucket of water that doesn't move around. The longer you are able to do that, the higher the IP-rating number will be.

    The pressure they test with is, I think, calculated back to the pressure of water which is something different. That means that a water resistance of 50m means you can swim with it but not dive with it. Apple advertises the watch as having a water resistance of 50m and explicitly clarifies it by stating that you can only swim with it and should never ever dive with it due to the large amounts of force on the watch. Pressurised water used in attractions as waterslides and such are also to be avoided because of the very same reason (they can blow the gaskets).

    The chemicals in swimming pools and the salt in the sea have similar effects. That's why you need to rinse off the watch (and every other materials including yourself) after swimming in sea or a swimming pool. And of course, you do need to use materials that can actually stand water which rules out all the Apple bands that aren't the rubber or nylon ones.

    I just don't understand why people want to wear a wet watch. Those wet watchbands are not comfortable at all, some (such as the nylons ones) can actually cut into your skin. I always end up taking the watch off and leaving it to dry.
     
  14. BarracksSi Suspended

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    Fify. ;)

    I know, yes, Apple has some fine print that recommends keeping the mesh and link bracelets dry, but it's one of the dumbest pieces of fine print I've ever seen. "Sport" watches were on steel bracelets for decades before durable rubber and urethane bands were invented.
     
  15. tl01 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I was thinking that the water would be considered high velocity when you dunk into the pool at the end of the slide. That's all. But I have risked it and am wearing it.
     
  16. dyn macrumors 68030

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    The dumbest thing is to think that every metal watchband is the same. They are not, especially Apple's version is very different. It looks like any other metal watchband and that's where the similarities end. You don't connect the band to the watch the same as on traditional watches. It uses a specially devised mechanism. This similar mechanism is used in the links of the link bracelet to connect them (and detach them) to each other. If they use a normal steel spring inside them then water is going to be a risk as they'll corrode over time due to water entering the mechanism. The problem isn't the metal itself but the connection between the links and the watch and this can be accelerated with chemicals that are in swimming water or salt in seawater (unlike common believe stainless steel can rust after having been in contact with seawater; clean the watch and it won't be a problem).

    The fine print is there for good reason. It is common knowledge that one shouldn't be using metal or leather bands in water unless the manufacturer states otherwise. Especially with the cheaper bands around where they cut costs wherever they can.
     
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    Other watch manufacturers say to rinse their watches in clean water after exposure to seawater, too (even Seiko, Rolex, etc).

    So, are you saying Apple's steel is worse? I'm totally baffled by this reasoning.
     
  18. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    I loved going to amusement parks this past summer with my apple and was amazed at how much walking I did
    For the water parks I would leave it. Not worth it unless you need the time. Although climbing up those stairs can be a good workout!
     
  19. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68000

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    There wont be any problems. Apple guaranteed it. In the worst case bring it to apple and they'll give you a new one
     
  20. peterknopp macrumors newbie

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    waterpark here in Portugal don't like watches and jewellery and sunglasses to be worn on rides but I know both the series one and 2 are fine in that much water
     
  21. Jessem1133 macrumors 6502

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    I've worn the original Apple Watch to a couple different water parks, no issues.
     
  22. Browno01 macrumors regular

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    Wore my Series 2 on some waterslides last weekend, no issues at all.
     
  23. mavis macrumors 68040

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    I've gone snorkeling several times with my launch day (original) SS watch. It's still fine. I wouldn't worry too much about it.
     
  24. canvasback13 macrumors regular

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    i have swam and done many water rides with my original sport. It's fine.
     
  25. dyn macrumors 68030

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    No, just that steel isn't that prone to water as you think. It's not just Apple that advises against using steel bracelets in water. The problem with a lot of the steel bracelets is the mix of materials used. The links are usual held together with pins and those might be from a different kind of material that is (more) prone to corrosion. And there are also some other kind of minerals and other things in water that can leave a residu behind. That is why often you get the advice to rinse and dry the watchband.
     

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