SWIMTAG: technology to revolutionise your swim
With the recent launch of SWIMTAG across Sportspace sites, we asked Amy Kilpin, one of our sponsored athletes, to take it for a swim and give us her thoughts - here's what she had to say:
Innovative and clever
As a regular swimmer at Sportspace and a competitive triathlete, I was delighted to learn of the introduction of the new SWIMTAG technology in Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead pools.
This innovative technology accurately records your swims, providing a comprehensive set of data which can be used to monitor, analyse and measure performance in the pool. From a recreational swimmer who is interested in learning about calorie expenditure or distance covered, to more competitive swimmers who are looking for data on stroke rates, pacing and goal setting, SWIMTAG really is quite a clever piece of kit.
An unobtrusive silicone band houses the technology, which you wear for the duration of your swim. You then hand it back over to the friendly reception team who place it back onto the stand – where it automatically downloads the data. Once you login on your computer and add your membership card details (which has already been scanned against SWIMTAG at reception), all your data is there to pore over.
The Strava of the swim world
It’s simple but I have to say, highly effective! Although there are lots of gadgets out there which already record this type of information for your swimming sessions, such as Garmin watches (which I happen to already own), they are quite expensive. For people who don’t want to invest in such a pricey bit of kit, or simply don’t need all the other features and functionalities, then SWIMTAG is ideal. Plus if you happen to forget your watch for one of your swim sessions (which I have done, many times), SWIMTAG is a great back-up option.
I was really impressed with the SWIMTAG platform and the user dashboard – it enables you to take part in challenges and competitions as part of your data tracking – such as swimming the equivalent length of the Bosphorus Straits or the Dacorum Canal! SWIMTAG provides you with not only a breakdown of each individual session but also cumulative data so you can track how far/how many hours etc you have swam over the course of a week or a month – and what’s more, you can even pitch yourself against other users! It could very well be the new Strava (world leading athlete GPS tracker) of swimming….
Leading the way...
It’s great that my local pool is offering this state-of-the-art technology for training sessions. I have trained in pools in London, across the UK and all over the world and I can quite honestly say I’ve never seen this technology available anywhere else. It’s really exciting that Sportspace is a leader in this field and is at the forefront of technology when it comes to training data and the requirements of its members. This is one I’ll definitely be using!
This blog was written by Sportspace sponsored athlete and competitive triathlete, Amy Kilpin. You can follow her on Twitter @akilpin or via her website www.amykilpin.co.uk. For more information on Swimtag, please see our dedicated webpage here.