PoolMateHR components

PoolMateHR and pod

The PoolMateHR is the ultimate swim training watch. It monitors your heart rate continuously during your swim and counts your laps!

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Heart rate in and out of the water-  Most heart rate monitors do not work under water*. The PoolMateHR has been specially designed for swimmers so it will transmit when in the pool. View your heart rate on the watch during your swim and download afterwards for further analysis. You can also use it as a heart rate monitor out of the pool for other activities.
  • Automatic lap and stroke counting for each lap- The PoolMateHR has all our swim monitoring functions including laps, strokes, speed, distance, calories, stroke length, strokes per minute and efficiency which are automatically calculated from your arm movements. In addition to the set by set information shown by the PoolMate and PoolMatePro, the PoolMateHR downloads data for each individual lap you swim.
  • Vibrating alarm- Our unique vibrating alarm alerts you when you have swam a certain number of laps, distance or time interval- a really great innovation to keep track in the pool.
  • Tough but stylish- The PoolMateHR has a sleek but tough design with sapphire crystal glass and a ceramic bezel so it stands up to the hardest swim session and is suitable for everyday wear too.
  • Downloadable and rechargeable- The PoolMateHR comes with it’s own USB pod which charges the watch and downloads the data to your computer. The battery should last a few weeks with normal use so wont need charging too often.

    * the majority of modern heart rate monitors operate at 2.4GHz which does not penetrate water so they will not show heart rate in the pool. The PoolMateHR works at a lower frequency which will transmit in water!

    Battery life around 30 days, charging time < 2 hours
    Weight 67g
    Diameter of face 48mm
    Strap fits wrists from 14.5 to 21.5cm
    12 month guarantee


    Included: PoolMateHR watch, USB download and charging pod, USB cable, Chest belt, Software download from swimovate.com/downloads/

    The vibrating alarm is such a useful tool and we think it’s one of the key features. There are several ways to use it.

    1, Set it to go off every 10 laps (or any multiple of laps you like) and it will gently shake the watch so you can feel the buzz on your arm so you don’t need to look at your watch to see how many laps you have swam.

    2, Set it to go off every 100m (or any distance interval) so you can feel the buzz each time you have completed this distance.

    3, Set it to go off after 30 minutes (or any long time interval) so it will alert you when you have swam for your allotted time (you can also use it in chrono mode this way when doing other activities).4, Imagine you want to swim at a pace of 90 seconds per 100m. Set the vibrate alarm to go off every 90 seconds (or any short time interval) and feel the buzz each 100m. This is a great way to keep your pace correct in a longer set. If you feel the buzz exactly at the 100m turn you know you are on track (you can use this in chrono mode too of course).

    • Add notes or edit data
    • Select any session and examine in detail including individual laps and sets within the swim
    • Graphical analysis of your stroke count, times, speed etc  see how they have changed over time.
    • See how far you have swum this month or year.
    • View your fastest times, best stroke count etc. at a glance.
    • Filter your swim by stroke type
    • Reports
    • Save as .csv, .tcx (for import into other tracking applications) and export to swim.com
    • Club mode to view multiple swimmers on one machine

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    Heart rate training is a great way to maximise the effectiveness of your swim sessions. We have put together this booklet to help you get the most from your training with the PoolMateHR. It’s free to download and packed with swim sessions and drills to improve your fitness and swimming.

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    Heart rates when swimming are usually significantly less than when undertaking other sports on dry land. This is thought to be a result of several factors, body position, the cooling effect of the water, the dive reflex. Hence your maximum heart rate when swimming will be different from other sports. This means the optimum training zones will also have different heart rate ranges. We have devised a unique test which calculates your specific training zones in the pool. It’s built into our software and only takes 6 minutes!

    Test details

    You can find out more about swim training at different heart rates in our free book too.

    In the PoolOut of the PoolOn your computer
    Automatic lap and stroke countingChrono modeSoftware for Mac and PC
    Distance, SpeedHeart rate (chest belt)Set by set data
    Calories, EfficiencyMultisession memoryLap by lap data
    Heart rate (chest belt)Large clear display and backlightGraphical analysis
    Vibrating alarmRechargeable (battery life a few weeks)Track progress and history
    All strokes and pools over over 18m24 hour clock and alarmStroke length, stroke cadence
    Yards and metresSapphire crystal glass and ceramic surroundHeart rate zones
    HR software

    PoolMate software showing heart rate and speed


    Software showing sets within a session

    Software Progress

    Software showing technique progression

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    Set HR zones

    Set HR zones