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Add better support for Swim data to Strava

I am thinking about buying a Garmin Swim, but it is pretty useful if it cannot upload it's data to Strava. Is there a possibility that Garmin Swim will be supported?

edit: THANKS TO ALL THE SPORTERS REPLYING IN THE THREAD AND OF COURSE THE TEAM OF STRAVA!!! SWIM UPLOAD IS POSSIBLE FROM NOW ON!!!!

 

Strava Support edit: Although Strava currently accepts Swim data from Garmin devices, this forum can still be used to collect feedback on improvements we can make to allow swim data to be more useful and better displayed on Strava, for both swim metrics and swim activity data. Thanks for your feedback! 

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  • Elle, I would love records and best times, best pace and speed during pool laps, challenges to complete amd compete based in distance just like in running but in swimming pools.
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  • @Elle:

    Like I said before, it would be great if a swim activity counted as a black block on the Strava mini-calendar at the top of an Athlete's Profile page. Also, it makes no sense for the average pace to count rest time (elapsed time). It should be treated like running/ cycling and show the average pace for "Moving Time". Would be nice to also somehow see drills in the activity summary. Thanks for taking action on gathering this info from us Elle! Really looking forward to seeing these changes to Strava Swimming. Hopefully soon ;)

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  • @elle

    - Add monthly challenges.
    - Segments are not overly possible for swimming. Whoever, It would be good to collate a list of Swimming pool locations and the pool lengths that location has. When a pool swim is uploaded it would be good to select the pool. This would be great to compare against other swimmers that use the same pool.
    These results could then be additionally filtered by lap time, set distances, stroke type, etc...
    I believe this could be achieved in a similar way with shoes in running. Athletes could add their favourite swimming locations to a set list making it easier to select the pool used after uploading.
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  • I'd like to see things like longest swim, best efforts for 400 m, 1 k, 5 k etc.

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  • My Garmin Swim was uploaded to Strava but I can only view it by clicking on the message icon "Your activity swim is ready."  However, it doesn't appear in the Dashboard activities nor on my profile.  I do not have it set up as private.  Why is it not transferring to the activity list as my Garmin 810 does with cycling?

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  • Hello to everyone and to the Strava Team!

    I am new to the community, only having posted my training this past week. Kudos to the Strava Team, I love the work that you have done!

    As I am training for a triathlon, I too am looking forward to the swim updates. I would like to see swims recognized as a separate sport when viewing Total Activities under the "Last 4 Weeks" section of the athlete profile.

    best,

    Todd 

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  • What I would like is for Swimming to become first class citizen in Strava, just like Running and Cycling, accross the whole platform, add a special tab for stats like Running and Cycling have, add challenges, basically eveything Running and Cycling have, mentioning n it on your apps, all of it. There's no reason why Swimming should be a second (or third) class citizen as it is now.
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  • This has been asked here before but: Please add swimming to the weekly goals/totals?

    Also asked but: as it is not possible to manually input laps into the devices available right now please give (maybe a one time to avoid fraud) an edit option for total time and distance covered.

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  • SWIM UPLOAD IS POSSIBLE FROM NOW ON!!!!

    Err, yes but pointless if it doesn't show up in Activity Feed!

    Is there something we are missing because it is only available by clicking on message icon. Does not appear as an activity in Training Log or in the Dashboard anywhere i can see?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    David

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  • +1 request here for swim data: Strava is a great app and beats all the competition out there hands down at the moment. That said, there is a real opportunity for them to improve the granularity of swim data from Garmin Connect -  (eg. Average speed, lengths, SWOLF score, intervals, calories etc). Would be fantastic if even this basic level of data were made available to Strava members. Clearly this has been a topical issue amongst users for some time, hopefully we wills see something in the works shortly....

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  • Chris, I'm not holding my breath on this. It's been like an echo chamber in here with periodic assurances made by Strava but no progress on even the most basic change requests (like reporting distance in meters or yards rather than miles, I mean c'mon what were they thinking in the first place and how hard could it be to change it?)

    Right now Strava sucks for swimming which means it's also worthless to triathletes.

    Too bad because just a little effort on their part could totally change that.
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  • It's nice to see that Strava has added a swim tab and weekly swim goals but it would be great if Garmin Swim is supported and can be seen in the activities feed. Also, it would be very nice to see that on swim days, there's a nice black box on the mini calendar in the athlete's profile section. Swimming should be just as important as running and cycling.  

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  • @Daniel Roa I understand your comment out of frustration, but it really doesn't make sense.

    If Strava is not for your needs, then why are you here?

    And also, where did you get that Strava is "a house that doesn't really want us there"? If that were true, then why did Elle Anderson, a Strava employee, post in this thread that:

    • "We're in the process of fixing some bugs with Swim activities on Strava, and have other multi-sport and swim features and functionalities planned! We will keep this thread informed. "
    • "Pass along your feedback here, and we'll work it into our ongoing project. "

    Rodrigo

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  • @Rodrigo V. this thread is over three years old. Three years, Carl! I mean, Rodrigo. It took Strava two years to add the Garmin Swim support Tom Smudlers asked for — but you did it and people immediately thought like "Yes! Strava's going to become my one-stop sports tracker now!" Well, looks like putting that sync to a good use will take two years more =) Does anyone in Strava team even swim with a tracker, heh?

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  • HR data from garmin activities is needed!

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  • Support for Fenix2 would be awesome.

    Swimming used to work well with my Garmin Swim, but with the Fenix it is buggy. It shows total distance, but the time of the first interval only and no laps.

    If you upload a TCX it shows elapsed time as total time, and the intervals are way, way off.

    Training peaks, sporttracks both read the files which auto sync from garmin connect fine.

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  • How does Strava get the Swim data from a Garmin Swim watch?

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  • I want to track my swimming on Strava for Ironman training purposes please

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  • Given the age of this topic and the lack of effort over the 4 years on Strava's part, it should be clear to everyone by now that if swimming data is _really_ important to you, you should be using a service like Training Peaks and giving up on Strava.

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  • @David Gunter - Agree. I loved a lot of the cycling and running features but as a triathlete swimming is 33% as important. I did not renew my Premium this year and moved over to TP. 

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  • How you are not "meeting my needs" Strava is by not caring about me as a customer.

    Despite paying for premium for years, my Garmin Fenix 2 doesn't sync properly. It works fine with Garmin, training peaks and Sportracks. A number of tickets have been raised and closed telling me it's a known issue, but nothing changes. A decent programmer (of which you have loads) could probably fix the issue in less time than it's taken me to write this.

    So, as this is a swim thread.

    To anyone reading, use Sportracks. Awesome swim data, better than training peaks and Garmin. It costs about the same as strava, but their support is brilliant. Not that you'll need it as they support every device I've owned. It will also pull down all your history in one hit.

    Use strava for segments, it's what it is good at. Plus it's free.

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  • I have a Garmin Swim, when I upload my swim information via Garmin Connect and Sync with Strava it displays the wrong date. It displays the date back in 1980 ! How can I make sure the correct dates are uploaded ?

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  • i think it is necessary to add a label with flippers, paddles and other stuff, and maybe other acuatic activites like scuva diving.

    thank you!

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  • As a swimmer (primarily), there are a few updates that would be fantastic additions to the Strava app.

    1. When calculating the distance, swimmers don't keep track of miles or kilometers, which means I typically use Siri to convert my yards or meters (meters is obviously easy to convert to km).  It would be great if you could select the number of yards for the distance.
    2. With the new Apple Watch Series 2, it would be awesome if the Strava app could integrate swimming as an option for tracking.
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  • Hi, what is the current scenario for updating swiming data from MOOV NOW(already have) , Or which is the best one to go for. thanks 

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  • Apple watch allow tracking of swimming which even incorporates amounts of different styles. Please add the ability to track and sync swim on the watch!

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  • When I upload from Swimovate watch into Strava it isn't working properly...Says I've swum 25 yards when I just did 3 miles!

    Please enable the Swimovate watch to upload to Strava correctly!

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  • It's great that I can upload swims now but the data is still funky. I have a garmin fr 235 and use the pool swim app from garmin IQ, but since the garmin software won't let the IQ app input the distance I have to change the activity distance manually after it uploads. So when Strava gets the file the distance is always 0, and I can't change it. I tried putting the garmin data into sporttracks and then from there downloading the .tcx file with the distance corrected and overridden and then putting it into strava. This worked for the distance but now the time is an hour longer than it should be. Either time and distance need to be editable in Strava, or Strava needs to accept the FIT2 file type. Hopefully both!

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  • Moov Now with Moov HR is the best tracker for indoor swimming. Profesional statistics in tiny devices. It would be great to see all stats in Strava.

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  • Laps section seems to be a little bit bugged.

    Also, swolf count is missing

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