View Full Version : radios and swimming

Foster Perry
March 9th, 2002, 09:15 PM
Has anyone successfully used a waterproof radio that really works and stays on during flip turns, butterfly, etc?
I sometimes just like to do long pull workouts and would love to be able to listen to the radio. I do about 1:25 or 1:30 pace when I do long freestyle pull sessions. Not what you would call blinding speed but I am curious if any of the waterproof radios I have seen advertised for swimming actually stay on for something more than a leisurely breaststroke. Thanks.

March 10th, 2002, 04:06 PM
Hey Perry,

The question is really if you can hear a radio over the splash noises you make while swimming other than breast stroke. The anwer for me is, " no". So, if youv'e got favorite radio programs you don't want to miss, you have to arrange for someone else to tape them. Or something like that...

March 11th, 2002, 09:05 PM
I got a Speedo SurfRunner for Christmas. It came without the battery installed. I installed the battery quite well, in my opinion... I have a lot of experience with o rings as I have done a bit of underwater photography... anyway, it stayed on great for the 1.5 laps that it took to flood it!!! I am going to mail it back to Speedo this week so that they can fix it. I hope that they don't find me at fault!!!

Anyway, if you get one of these, be careful putting the battery in!


March 12th, 2002, 09:55 AM
I have had twoof those Speedo surf runner radios. The most problem I had was that it did not get that good of reception underwater as in backstroke or during flip turns. Also the reception wavered.

One thing that you can do with the radio is get a Mr. Microphone that uses low freq. fm. Put the radio on scan and it will start at the lowest frequency and go up until it reaches a strong signal. The Mr. Microphone has a range of about 10 yards. You can talk to the swimmer.

I often wondered how well those waterproof gismos that hold casette players worked in the water while swimming. You could put in one of those walking tapes that play the kind of music you like at the beat/pace that you want.