Meet your new swim coach! MySwimPro is the #1 swimming and dryland training app for swimmers! Get all our tips for how to swim with the MySwimPro app on your Apple Watch. 

Whether you’re training alone with our guided workouts, or tracking a Masters swim team practice – the award-winning MySwimPro Apple Watch app will capture it all.

Watch Olympic gold-medalist Cody Miller train with MySwimPro on his Apple Watch:

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How To Use The App:

When you open the MySwimPro app on the Apple Watch, you’ll be presented with a screen showing the following options:

  • Swimming Workout of the Day
  • Next workout in your swimming training plan
  • Load a workout from your phone
  • Start a Pool Swim
  • Start an Open Water Swim
  • Start a Dryland workout

Use the crown to scroll through all of your options.

Load a Workout

Load a workout to your Apple Watch and you’ll be guided through your swim set-by-set. It truly is like a personal coach on your wrist!

Write your own custom workout on your iPhone app for free, or select a workout from the MySwimPro library included in the ELITE COACH subscription.

To load a workout to your Apple Watch, make sure the workout is open and visible on your phone at the same time as the Load from Phone screen is visible on your watch.

Tap the ellipsis (…) at the top right corner of your screen and tap Send to Watch. The MySwimPro Apple Watch app will automatically sync the workout open on the iPhone at that moment. Make sure the workout you’d like to do is open on your iPhone and within range for this pairing process to work.

Once the workout is on the watch you no longer need your phone to do the workout. Feel free to leave it in your locker or swim bag and head straight to the pool to get started.

The watch app will coach you through the loaded workout set-by-set.

On the screen, you’ll see the current set (ex: 6 x 100s fr @ 1:30), your real-time heart rate, distance, total calorie burn, time of day, and current position in the set (rep 1/4) along with the running pace clock for that set. It’s like having a personal coach on your wrist!

Related: Heart Rate Segments with Apple Watch

Pool Mode

If you’d like to swim without the worry of running a guided workout on the app, then this mode is for you. Tap Pool Swim on your watch, you’ll simply enter the pool size you’re about to swim in, and start your workout. Tip: You can spin the Digital Crown to select your pool length faster.

While you’re swimming, the MySwimPro Apple Watch App will display your workout time, average 100 pace, real-time heart rate, and cumulative calorie burn. You can pause the workout at anytime by unlocking the screen/water lock (rolling the crown up), and force touch the screen to bring up the menu.

Drill & Kick Mode

When you do a kick set or a drill, it’s often hard for the Apple Watch’s accelerometer to accurately capture your true distance completed during that specific activity.

When you switch the MySwimPro app to Drill Mode, you’ll be able to manually input your total distance kicked or drilled so that your total workout distance is 100% accurate.

Related: Apple Watch App Drill & Kick Mode

Here’s how it works:

  1. Spin the crown to disable your watch’s water lock
  2. Swipe to the right and tap Drill Mode
  3. Kick or Drill
  4. When you’re done, disable the water lock again and swipe right
  5. Tap End Drill Mode
  6. Enter your total kick/drill distance
  7. Tap OK and resume your swim workout

Open Water

Similar to Pool Mode, this mode allows you to swim in the open water and will show you real-time heart rate, total swim time, distance, and average 100 pace.

Related: 12-Week Open Water Swimming Training Plan

Pausing & Finishing A Workout

To pause or end your workout, turn your watch’s crown up to unlock it and swipe to the right. Tap End to end your workout, or Pause to pause it.

If you’ve loaded a workout and are running a guided swim, the workout will automatically end once you’ve completed the last swim set, so you don’t need to end it manually. You can still end the workout early at any time if you’d like by swiping right.

It’s important to note that the Apple Watch Series 2 and above are water resistant to 50m regardless of if the water lock is on or not. The water lock simply locks the screen so the water doesn’t accidentally activate notifications or functions of the app.

Syncing with Apple Health

Enabling Apple Health permissions is required for MySwimPro to work correctly on Apple Watch. To make sure you’re set up correctly, tap Settings on your MySwimPro profile tab and then Devices & Integrations. The Apple Health toggle should be blue. This will also allow MySwimPro to fill your Activity and Exercise rings!

Related: How to Import Swims from Apple Health

Also visit your iPhone Settings app and tap on Health. Under Data Access & Devices, tap the MySwimPro app and make sure all categories are turned on.

Related: Compatible Smartwatches for the MySwimPro App

Starting A Swim With Siri

With Siri, you can start a workout hands free when you get to the pool. Simply say the command:

“Hey Siri, start a workout with MySwimPro in a XX (meter or yard) pool”.

You can also try “Hey Siri, pause the MySwimPro workout.” or “Hey Siri, end the MySwimPro workout.” Check out the video below for a demonstration!

Still need help? Visit our Support Page or drop us an email at

Happy Swimming!

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64 thoughts on “How To Use The MySwimPro Apple Watch App

  1. I use an Apple Watch. I start with a kick board for several laps and it doesn’t register those laps at all. Then when I do my breast stroke laps, it registers too many. I put the correct pool size in the app. How do I adjust the program so it accurately records my laps, at least the ones where I am not using the kick board?

    1. Hi Tricia, if you create a custom workout in the MySwimPro app and send it to your watch, the app will accurately track every lap, including kicking! If you’d prefer to keep swimming on open swim mode, the MySwimPro app has Drill Mode, which you can turn on by unlocking your watch’s water lock, swiping right and tapping Drill Mode. As soon as you’re done kicking, unlock your watch again and turn off Drill Mode. At that point you’ll enter the amount of kicking or drills that you did so it counts toward your workout! Here’s more info:

    1. Hi Jacqueline,

      The intervals for each set in the MySwimPro app combine moving and rest time! When you view your workout in the app after your swim, you will see total time (moving + rest).

  2. Is there a way to have the screen remain on during your swim? It would be nice to be able to glance at my time coming out of a flip turn to track my pacing. Right now it’s difficult because I have to manage to turn the screen on first. Glancing while streamlining is hard enough without having to wake up the screen.

    1. If you have the Apple Watch Series 5 or 6, you can turn on “Always On” display mode so your screen never shuts off! To do that, follow these steps:

      1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
      2. Tap Display & Brightness, then tap Always On.
      3. Turn on Always On.

      Hope this helps!

      1. I too have a Series 6 and was wondering if what Marc is mentioning is a feature? I currently have always-on display but while I am swimming, the stopwatch blurs and shows the current (am/pm) time. Is there a way to prevent the current time from showing so that I can glance over at my watch and check my splits as Marc mentioned?

        1. Hi Jacob, Unfortunately you can’t disable the screen blur/clock in Always On mode. That should go away when you raise your wrist to check your splits, though!

  3. I use since more than one year my Apple Watch series 1 to swim, but I see you don’t support it. The app on the screen does not start. This is a shame as I will have to drop your app.

  4. I don’t swim per doctor’s orders, but ge has me walking in the pool. How can I program, or what app can I use with my Series 1? I have my Watch enclosed with a catalyst Apple Watch water proof case.

  5. Hi there. I’ve created 4×25 Kick and 4×25 Drill with no interval in my workout. How should I advance the reps of these sets? Because if I hard press the screen, the only given option is to advance to the next set, not the next rep.

  6. Any chance that you support fractional yards or meters? I swim in a non-standard distance pool that is 70 feet–it would be nice to know that I can set the distance accurately.

  7. Hello there I contacted you some time ago regarding future upgrades to your app providing vibrating pace alerts when you fall behind a desired pace per 100m say or projected time for a given distance based on your real time performance exceeding your desired time. You mentioned this may be in the pipeline. Any updates as to if and when, as I am holding off buying an iwatch until either apple or you supports this type of feature like it does for vibrating pace alerts with running.
    Kind Regards

  8. Hi, is there a function in OWS to vibrate when you hit a certain distance or time / at regular distance / time intervals? This was a great feature in Garmin as it helps to keep you moving without having to stop to check the watch face every so often Thanks!

    1. Agreed. The Garmin benefit was the 5 second beep/vibrate countdown. Especially on short interval sets, it’s not an enjoyable experience to have to keep looking quickly and wait for time to show up.
      Any update on when we can expect a solution?

      1. Hi Jim, We haven’t yet built this feature for open water swims on Apple Watch. However, if you’d like to swim for time vs. distance, you can create a workout that’s just time-based (with no distance), and your watch should vibrate to notify you when it’s time to stop/start!

  9. When using this app, I do a warm-up set then three core sets and then a warm down (just started swimming after a long hiatus). When I am done with a set, I cannot do a hard touch underwater, and then even after I surface it takes a few seconds to allow me to hard touch adding on around 10-12 seconds to each set and messing up my workout times.

    Can My Swim Pro be configured/setup to pause with a double crown and button combination as is done in another swimming app? If not then then another option is to setup and load a workout.

  10. Hi, yesterday was my first time using the app in the Apple Watch. I started with a 500m warm up, then stop and did a few series with a pullboy and paddles, but it recorded everything together, how can I for instance separate those? At the end I only show me the total distance of the training not every segment or part i did.

    1. Great question! Drill Mode allows members of our community who track their workouts with the Apple Watch Series 2 to more accurately capture their total workout distance. When you do a kick set or complete a drill, often times it’s hard for the Apple Watch’s accelerometer to accurately capture your true distance completed during that specific activity.

      When you switch the MySwimPro app to Drill Mode, you’ll be able to manually input your total distance kicked or drilled so that your total workout distance is 100% accurate. Here’s how it works:

      Force touch the screen to show the menu
      Tap on Drill Mode
      Kick or Drill
      Force touch the screen to show the menu
      Tap on End Drill Mode
      Enter your total kick/drill distance
      Tap OK and resume your swim workout

      You can learn more here:

      – Paige

  11. Is there away to set MySwimPro app on the Apple Watch to be autopause like It is an awesome feature with The hard pressing with MySwimPro with the Apple Watch is useless- takes forever in a day to do all that with wet fingers. just detects no movement which equals pause. Only thing missing from your app- something to think about…

  12. Is there a way to track swimming in a swim spa? Open water wants GPS positioning, but in a swim spa you swim against a current and never move. You can set the pace on the spa leaving time and stokes as the variables.

        1. Hi Julia,

          If you’d like to build a time-based workout for your swim spa, you can create a custom workout in MySwimPro that has only intervals, and no distance. Your smartwatch should vibrate to let you know when to stop/start!

    1. Hi there! You can adjust the pool length in your app if you tap the More button, then Preferred Pool Length. We currently don’t have the functionality to add a specific pool to your account. Thanks and happy swimming!

    1. Hi Rufus, your captured split times will show up under ‘view workout’ after it’s been logged. They’ll be in parentheses under the interval for each set.

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