Garmin Swim vs Swimmo

This comparison will only look into swimming features of the watches as we focus our series on the swimmers’ needs. Some of the watches have many more features (for other sports or typical for smartwatches) but we will compare only the features needed in the pool or during open water workouts. At the same time, recent news of the discontinuation of Garmin Swim model may cause its price to surge and make it harder to purchase.

This comparison looks at the capabilities of Garmin Swim and Swimmo

Swimming Features

Garmin Swim can measure laps, pace, duration etc., as all swim watches do, but additionally, it can track your intervals and rests showing the duration and pause duration during the rest.  The only problem with this feature is that you need to set your intervals on the watch itself – not the most comfortable and user-friendly experience.

Swimmo gives you all the typical metrics you want like pace, duration, laps, distance, calories but adds one more – pulse from your wrist so it doesn’t require an uncomfortable chest strap.

Smart Goals are the custom goals that you will be notified about via vibrations on the watch and can give you feedback on your performance during the swim so you can correct it immediately. For example, if you want to stay in the pace you chose for the workout vibrations will communicate if you have to slow down or speed up to achieve the goal.


Garmin Swim has both people who praise it for its fast and accurate lap counting as well as those who are very vocal about their bad experiences in this department.

With Swimmo some people expressed their doubts about the optical HR sensor but Swimmo is now committed to the fast development of both improvements and new features of the watch. Garmin doesn’t seem to be interested in improving existing model beyond critical fixes.


Swimmo App for iOS and Android is an inseparable part of the whole Swimmo experience as it is not only a hub for very detailed and constantly improving the set of analytics but also is a comfortable way of setting your custom goals and tweaking Swimmo settings.

Garmin Swim uses Garmin Connect service that might be a little complicated for some swimmers but has all the features you’d expect. The overall design in our opinion would benefit from an update of look and feel but it is getting the job done.

The only problem with Garmin Swim here is a requirement for the ANT+ USB dongle you need to transfer the results to your computer.


Garmin Swim is a simple but quite effective solution for a beginner that will allow for some measurements and analytics but the recent news of its discontinuation may cause its price to surge and make it hard to purchase.  Swimmo on the other hand, thanks to the ease of use can 'grow’ with users as their need are growing with experience.

Try Swimmo to achieve your swimming goals

If you love swimming and want to see your progress, achieve your goals and make your workouts more effective you can also try Swimmo Training Watch and App with all the features you need and unique real-time feedback to guide you while you’re in the pool!


Latest swimming technology available for You


Boost your workout with these advanced features

  • Lap and Distance Counting

    Fully automatic and accurate with and without professional turns.

  • PaceKeeper™ Mode

    Set your goal and swim at a predefined pace. Smart vibrations will tell you when you need to speed up or slow down.

  • Heart Rate Monitoring

    Stay in your chosen heart rate zone and burn calories more effectively. Smart vibrations will let you know when you need to push yourself harder or slow your pace down.

  • Real-Time Haptic Feedback

    Swimmo communicates specific actions via unique vibration frequencies.

  • Custom Workout Goals

    Using Swimmo App you can quickly create your own training goals that are best suited for you and your needs. Sync them wirelessly to Swimmo watch from your smartphone.

  • Training History
    (Swim Logbook)

    Simple charts and detailed views of the training sessions are always with you in a dedicated mobile app for Android and iOS.

  • High-Precision Calorie Counter

    Advanced algorithms based on pulse deliver more accurate data about calories you’ve burned.

  • Rotate&Tap™ Technology

    Designed to be easy to use in the water. You don’t need to press any buttons to use your Swimming Training Watch. Simply rotate your wrist and tap the screen to gain full control over your watch.

  • Swimming Community

    Share your swim data with your friends via Facebook and other fitness apps. Compete, compare, and cheer each other on.

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