Can You Swim with WHOOP 4.0? All You Need to Know

by | Jul 27, 2023

The WHOOP is a versatile fitness tracker, capable of collecting data on a variety of exercises, but can you swim with WHOOP 4.0?


It’s important to know your strap’s capabilities before you take the plunge. Let’s dive in.

WHOOP 4.0’s Water Resistance

First, it’s important to understand WHOOP’s water-resistant capabilities.

Good news for all the swimmers out there: WHOOP 4.0 is water-resistant, suitable for swimming, and other water-based activities such as showering and snorkeling.

However, if you want a more detailed breakdown of its water-resistance features, you might want to check our Is WHOOP Waterproof? article.

Can You Swim with WHOOP 4.0?

Yes you can swim with your WHOOP 4.0. The WHOOP 4.0 is designed to keep up with your active lifestyle, including all types of swimming activities.

Preparing Your WHOOP for Swimming

When you’re gearing up for a swim, it’s important to make sure that your WHOOP strap is securely fastened, the last thing you want is to lose your WHOOP, especially in an open water swim.

A proper fit is needed not just to keep the device from slipping off, but also to ensure the accurate tracking of your heart rate and other vital statistics.

Does WHOOP Measure Stroke Count?

Your WHOOP 4.0 is built to be more than just a passive observer. As you glide through the water, your strap continually monitors your heart rate, strain, and recovery metrics.

Although it doesn’t specifically count strokes like some fitness trackers, it provides a comprehensive overview of how your body is responding to the exercise. 

How to Start a Swim Workout on WHOOP 4.0

Starting a swim on your WHOOP 4.0 is very easy, but must be done through the WHOOP app on your paired phone.

Follow these instructions to start a swim exercise:

  1. Open the “WHOOP app” on your phone.
  2. Tap the white “+ Button” on the bottom right of the screen.
  3. Select “Start Activity“.
  4. Press the “v” on the top right of the screen.
  5. Scroll down to, or type in and select “Swimming“.
  6. Press the red “Start Activity” button.

Taking Care of WHOOP 4.0 after Swimming

Once you’ve finished your swim, make it a habit to clean your WHOOP strap with fresh water. This simple step helps remove any chlorine or salt that may be clinging to the device and could potentially damage the material over time.

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Ken Lynch

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Ken is a Data Analyst in the Healthcare industry and the owner and sole contributor to The Wearable Guy.

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