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August 28, 2012 8:17 PM
Is there a waterproof case out there that I could put my fitbit in to wear while swimming laps?
August 28, 2012 10:37 PM
I don't know how accurate it would be while swimming but Amazon or any sporting good store sells waterproof pouches. I have them for kayaking but it would probably work for this purpose.

Like this - but in the smallest size you can find:

http://www.amazon.com/Kwik-Tek-Dry-Alligator-Wallet/dp/B000BJ7WHE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1346218558&sr=8-2&keywords=waterproof+pouch
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August 28, 2012 10:56 PM
Thank you for the suggestion.
August 29, 2012 12:05 AM
Hmm, I can see tucking something like that under my swimsuit, perhaps in the hip area to mimic being clipped to my belt. Someone else on another thread said she put hers in plastic wrap and tied it to her ponytail while swimming. But I'd wonder how accurately it would reflect calories burned -- swimming burns a lot more than an equal number of steps on dry ground would!
August 29, 2012 10:21 AM
I've been curious about this but not brave enough to try. However, I always read these threads because I wish I could get fitbit to count my water exercise other than manually logging. I have heard that people who put it in waterproof cases find they get a lot of floors from water exercise. Sometimes the altameter in the fitbit can give extra floors on a windy or stormy day as it is sensitive to atmospheric pressure. I also suspect the burn would be inaccurate, but don't know. It might be better for water jogging in the deep or shallow end, but I am not sure. I use my waterproof heart rate monitor for water exercise.
August 29, 2012 10:34 AM
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I've been curious about this but not brave enough to try. However, I always read these threads because I wish I could get fitbit to count my water exercise other than manually logging. I have heard that people who put it in waterproof cases find they get a lot of floors from water exercise. Sometimes the altameter in the fitbit can give extra floors on a windy or stormy day as it is sensitive to atmospheric pressure. I also suspect the burn would be inaccurate, but don't know. It might be better for water jogging in the deep or shallow end, but I am not sure. I use my waterproof heart rate monitor for water exercise.

Can u recommend a good waterproof HRM? The polar ones seem to be the make of choice
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August 29, 2012 10:49 AM
Sorry, but the fitbit CAN NOT get wet. Don't take it swimming. I've had it on my bra when I was giving my dog a bath in the shower and it died. Fitbit was great in replacing it for free however.
August 29, 2012 9:19 PM
I start my timer going and lock it in my locker, go for a swim, and stop the timer when I get out. Then enter swimming in manually.
August 30, 2012 11:53 AM
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Can u recommend a good waterproof HRM? The polar ones seem to be the make of choice


Mine is actually discontinued it is a Polar F11, but they have another model that is very similar and probably improved. I think most of them are waterproof. They usually say in the specs that it is waterproof to a certain depth.
August 30, 2012 11:55 AM
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Sorry, but the fitbit CAN NOT get wet. Don't take it swimming. I've had it on my bra when I was giving my dog a bath in the shower and it died. Fitbit was great in replacing it for free however.


That is why some people put it in the small waterproof pouches that people use to keep cell phones and mfp3 players dry in water. I haven't chanced it and doubt the calorie burn would be accurate for swimming. But a lot of people have with no issue, I am just too wary to try. But my first fitbit died in the water too, after it's second trip through the washer and dryer (it survived once).

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