Is WHOOP Waterproof? Know the Facts Before Taking the Plunge

by | May 2, 2023

Short Answer:

The WHOOP is water-resistant with a rating of IP68, which means it can be submerged in water up to 10 meters for 2 hours, making it suitable for swimming and other water-based activities but not recommended for deep diving.

Is WHOOP waterproof? It’s a valid question to have before putting the strap on and getting into the water.

In this article, I’ll dive into the details (pun intended) of the WHOOP’s water resistance capabilities as well as its care and maintenance.

Is WHOOP Waterproof? Understanding the rating 

The WHOOP, like many other wearable fitness trackers, has a specific water resistance rating.

This rating, often referred to as an Ingress Protection (IP) rating, indicates the device’s ability to withstand water exposure.

In the case of the WHOOP 4.0, it has an IP68 rating, which means it’s protected against dust and can be submerged in water up to 10 meters for up to 2 hours.

This means that the WHOOP is not waterproof, but it is water-resistant under that criteria.

Precautions to Take with the WHOOP in Water

While the WHOOP 4.0 is water-resistant to a pretty impressive depth, it’s important to remember that it’s not completely waterproof. Here are some precautions to take to ensure your device remains safe during water activities:

  • Avoid exposing the device to high-pressure water or steam, sauna, or hot tub.
  • Don’t wear the WHOOP 4.0 in water sports that involve high-speed impact, like water skiing or wake-boarding.
  • Clean the strap well with fresh water after exposure to saltwater or chlorinated water to prevent corrosion or damage.

Water Activities the WHOOP is Suitable For

Given its water resistance capabilities, the WHOOP 4.0 is suitable for various water-based activities. These include:

  • Showering
  • Snorkeling
  • Light water aerobics
  • Walking or running in the rain
  • Washing your hands or doing dishes
  • Swimming in a pool or the ocean and chlorinated pools

Caring for Your WHOOP After Water Exposure

You’re paying monthly for access to you WHOOP, so it’s important to take care of it. Here are some tips to take care of your strap after water exposure:

  • Dry the device thoroughly with a soft cloth. It really doesn’t matter what, they’re durable. I just use a dry shirt or towel.
  • If it is wet from salt water, make sure to rinse it off with fresh water to remove the salt.

Is WHOOP Battery Pack Waterproof?

The WHOOP battery pack is IP68 dust-proof and water-resistant to 1 meter for 2 hours. This differs slightly from the WHOOP strap itself, which can handle 10x the depth, at 10 meters.

Knowing this, just be careful with it. Don’t push it too close to its limits because you may end up having to  buy a new one.

Personally, I just don’t expose the battery pack to water, there’s really no need to. In most cases, charging can wait until you’re not in the shower, or water.

WHOOP Doesn’t Work After Getting Wet

While your WHOOP should be able to handle most water-based activities, it is possible that water could damage an already faulty device. If this is the case, contact WHOOP Support.

If you think there’s the possibility that the battery is dead, charge it up before confirming that it was from water damage.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the water resistance rating of the WHOOP 4.0?

The WHOOP 4.0 has a water resistance rating of IP68, which means it is protected against dust and can be submerged in water up to 10 meters for 2 hours.

Can I wear my WHOOP while swimming?

Yes, you can swim with your WHOOP in pools or open water, as it is designed to withstand water immersion up to 2 meters for 30 minutes.

Is WHOOP suitable for water-based workouts?

WHOOP is suitable for most water-based workouts, such as swimming, water aerobics, or light snorkeling, but not for deep diving or water sports involving high-velocity water contact.

Can I wear WHOOP while diving?

It is not recommended to wear your WHOOP while diving, as it is only water-resistant up to 10 meters and may not withstand the pressure at greater depths.

What should I do if my WHOOP gets wet?

If your WHOOP gets wet, gently wipe it dry with a soft cloth and allow it to air dry before charging or using it again.

How do I clean my WHOOP after swimming in saltwater or a chlorinated pool?

Rinse your WHOOP with fresh water and gently wipe it dry with a soft cloth to prevent corrosion or damage from salt or chlorine.

Will the WHOOP Strap measure heart rate accurately during water-based activities?

The WHOOP Strap 4.0 can measure heart rate during water-based activities, but the accuracy may be slightly affected by water immersion.

Ken Lynch

by Ken

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

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