Garmin start to roll out Wrist HR support for swimming

It looks like Garmin has rolled out support for using the wrist HR during swimming activities. While this is still only available in beta firmware, it will eventually bring a feature that’s been available for Polar, Suunto and Coros users.

Having a quick scan of the Garmin download pages, it would appear that only the Forerunner 945 beta has included the feature to enable wrist HR swim use. However, I suspect that we should see the likes of the Fenix 5 Plus, Forerunner 645 and at a push the Forerunner 245.

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So what about other Garmin devices, well it is a little complicated but with the likes of the Fenix 5, Vivoactive 3, Forerunner 735 ect? Well, I suspect that they don’t have the required tech built in to support it.

To use the optical HR for swimming with your Garmin watch, you first need to update your Garmin watch with the beta software. Only the Forerunner 945 supports it at present.

  • Download the beta software here
  • Update your Garmin watch
  • Then enable Wrist HR support for swimming
    • Open Menu 2.
    • Scroll to ‘Wrist Heart Rate’ and enter menu 3
    • Scroll to ‘While Swimming’ and toggle to ‘On’

I will keep you updated when other Garmin devices are updated to support oHR for swimming. So don’t forget to subscribe to receive the latest news and reviews. If you have a question or comment, then leave it below.


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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I cover Wearables, tech and smart home. My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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