Garmin Fenix 5 ‘Open Water Swim’ Distance Tracking Is A JOKE!
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My prior post from July 12, 2018.
Please refer to my July 12, 2018, post for background.
Garmin contacted me when I TWEETED about this and yesterday I sent them the information requested.
Today, I decided to check this out further and what I found totally disgusted me! The Garmin Fenix 5 ‘open swim’ distance measuring is a JOKE.
I ONLY swim the DOG-PADDLE so my Fenix 5 is always underwater. I appreciate that. But, per Garmin that is where the Fenix 5’s gyroscope kicks into help keep track of the distance.
So, this is what I found.
Invoked ‘Open Swim’ and waited until there was a GPS fix. I was basically walking up to my swimming depth while this was happening.
Then, with GPS active, pressed ‘START’, dove in and started swimming. Given it is in total 10-minutes, I must have swum 5-minutes to the swim platform. Grabbed the ladder and LIFTED my left arm, with the Fenix 5, out of the water.
The distance read 9 yards! There was no way that I had only smum 27′ (4.5 time my body length).
But, as I was holding the Fenix up, above the water, the distance started going up … LIKE CRAZY.
OK. So, that was good. The GPS was catching up.
It went … 19, 37, 50, 59, 65, 66 ….
All this time, I am totally stationary, holding onto the ladder. It is no longer funny.
So. I let go the ladder and start swimming back.
The swim back is a bit longer since I swim until there is not enough depth to swim.
Stood up. Looked at Fenix 5. It said 97 yards.
Then, immediately, 111 and then, as it had done at the swim platform, it kept on going.
I had enough. I hit STOP in disgust.
This is not funny.
‘Open Water Swim‘ is a BIG feature on the Fenix 5 — and it doesn’t work.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not a Garmin basher. I am actually a long-term Garmin shareholder!