Open water swimming tracking added to Polar V800

Polar V800 open water swimmingPolar this week announced updates to both the Polar V800 GPS sports watch and its Polar Flow app. Working in tandem, the two now support open water swimming tracking. The new activity profile will record swim distance, pace (average and maximum), stroke rate (average and maximum) for freestyle as well as your route thanks to the built-in GPS.

Once your swim is done, you can immediately get a training summary on your Polar V800. Once the data is synced with the Polar Flow app, you’ll have access to a more detailed visual representation of your session as well.

The Polar Flow update also adds a number of other features including the ability to manually add targets and training sessions into the Diary. Here is the full change log for the latest version of Polar Flow:

  • Diary – new easy way to add targets and manually training sessions in calendar. Hover over the wanted day in calendar, current or past, and choose to add training session. Or, hover over in the future to add new target or select one of your favorites.
  • Support for comparing training result with planned target, added. Training target and result are automatically linked as one in calendar when training is started from synced target on Polar device.
  • Open water swimming support for V800 added.
  • Diary – manual training session input enabled. As there is no heart rate graph data in the manually added training sessions, it won’t affect to Training Load and Recovery Status.
  • Training target – duration of phased target incorrect in preview, fixed
  • User interface enhancements
  • Localization fixes
  • Other bug fixes improving quality

Polar V800 in blue

To add open swimming to your Polar V800, you will need to update it to software version 1.5 via FlowSync and add open water swimming to your sport list.

Source : Polar