Can I Swim with my Garmin Forerunner 255?

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Garmin Forerunner 255 series watches are one of the best-selling Garmin watches of 2022. But does the latest affordable mid-tier Forerunner watches are waterproof, can you swim with Garmin Forerunner 255 series watches? Let’s find it out here!

Can you swim with Garmin Forerunner 255?

Yes, you can go and swim while wearing your Garmin Forerunner 255 series smartwatch. All Forerunner 255 series watches have a 5ATM water rating, which simply means the watch can handle pressures equivalent to 50 meters of depth. But what metrics will be recorded while wearing the watch while swimming?

Read along to know more details about it.

There are two swim profiles available for the Forerunner 255 series watches – Pool Swimming and Open Water Swimming. The watch will record these metrics during pool swimming – Length, Distance, Pace, Stroke, Count, Swim Efficiency (Swolf), and Calories. And while open water swimming the Forerunner 255 and 255s will record Distance, Pace, Stroke, Count / Rate, Stroke Distance, Swim Efficiency (Swolf), and Calories. Here are more details.

Stroke Type Detection (Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly)Pool Swimming only
Drill LoggingPool Swimming only
Basic Rest Timer (up from 0)Pool Swimming only
“Repeat On” Rest TimerPool Swimming only
Auto RestPool Swimming only
Time and Distance AlertsAvailable
Pacing AlertsPool Swimming only
Countdown StartPool Swimming only
Pool Swim WorkoutsAvailable
Critical Swim SpeedAvailable
Underwater wrist-based heart rateAvailable
Heart rate from external HRM (Real-time during rest, Interval and session stats during rest, and automatic heart rate download post-swim)yes (with HRM-Swim, HRM-Pro or HRM-Pro Plus)

Can I do scuba diving with Garmin Forerunner 255?

Garmin Forerunner 255, 255 Music, 255s, and 255s Music are made for surface swimming only. Scuba diving while wearing Garmin Forerunner 255 may damage and void the product’s warranty.

Can Garmin Forerunner 255 buttons work around the water?

Yes, you can press the buttons on your Garmin Forerunner 255 smartwatch around the water, there’s no need to be worried much. It will work fine, thanks to the 5ATM water rating. Although, I suggest you do not press buttons in the water, because, when you press the buttons inside the water or around the water, it might break the warranty seal so there is a strong chance of losing the warranty.

So, now you know that you can wear Garmin Forerunner 255, 255s, 255 Music, or 255s Music during swimming, if you still have any queries, then leave them down in the comment section. Also, feel free to share this article with your friends.

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By Haneet Singh

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1 thought on “Can I Swim with my Garmin Forerunner 255?”

  1. Can I listen to music using the garmin 255 during a swim activity, if so what earphones are recommended?
    Many thanks


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