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Garmin Fenix open water swim issues.

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So I've been doing a bit of swimming and even some social open water stuff (now there is a term I thought Id never use :lol:

If I stop mid swim (obviously to wait for others) then continue on without stopping or pausing the Garmin, often it does not continue GPS'ing. 

Last weekend it stopped at about 341m into a 1.7k swim.  According to Strava I'm still bobbing around near Shark Island. 

Anyone else have this issue and/ or a fix?? 

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If you're treading water, bobbing about, your wrist is probably under the water so it wouldn't be getting a gps signal.  Maybe if it's for long enough it really loses its GPS position (like it's searching all over again from scratch.  And then because you're swimming and it doesn't know where you are it's not getting that short lock when your wrist is out of the water again?

I don't know if you can have Auto pause in open water swimming?  Seems odd but I've never just had a pause in the water with mine before.  You would think the action of the swimming stroke would get it going again, even without GPS lock.

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If your wrist is under the water it will lose the GPS signal, and if long enough lose lock entirely (and then have to search again). I usually pause and then keep my wrist above the water while treading.

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Suppose that makes sense. 

Surprised it doesn’t give you a “lost signal” alert. 

That would be helpful. 

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Answer...... be a shark. Dont stop swimming.

Or at least, not for so long.....

No solution here, as I've never had that problem. Then again, if I stop swimming, I'm still drifting so it keeps tracking. Swimming upstream however, different story. 

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Ok thanks. 

Funny thoigh, if I remember correctly my old school foretrex 201 which was like having a packet of ciggies strapped to the back of your wrist, used to give you a vibrate warning if it was getting poor signal. 

I suppose these days they don’t  think it’s much of an issue any more.

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10 minutes ago, roxii said:

Ok thanks. 

Funny thoigh, if I remember correctly my old school foretrex 201 which was like having a packet of ciggies strapped to the back of your wrist, used to give you a vibrate warning if it was getting poor signal. 

I suppose these days they don’t  think it’s much of an issue any more.

My 935 tells me when it gains a signal. But it doesnt tell me when I lose it. 

So, I only know that I'd lost it when I gain it again. Ive no idea when it was lost. 

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I have the same issues with a Fenix 5, absolute shit for a high end device, Garmin advised reinstaling firmware and a factory reset, I'm not holding my breath.

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36 minutes ago, andytubb said:

I have the same issues with a Fenix 5, absolute shit for a high end device, Garmin advised reinstaling firmware and a factory reset, I'm not holding my breath.

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Remind me never to follow you in a swim.

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After checking on the weekend, my Fenix 3 does not tell me when I lose a signal. At least mine is more accurate than the above!

I did have GLONASS enabled at one time, but all it did was drain the battery.

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This is on the dry side, but, 

Garmin 935.

The first is with GPS only, the second with GPS + GLONASS

 

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2 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Remind me never to follow you in a swim.

Did you have the hiccups? :lol:

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DC Rainmaker confirms the poor performance of the Fenix for OW swimming. A pity as the 5x plus is on special at JB Hifi!

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Yeah, $850 is on special!  Bejeesus

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On 27/02/2019 at 5:16 PM, Turts said:

This is on the dry side, but, 

Garmin 935.

The first is with GPS only, the second with GPS + GLONASS

So the Russian gps is heaps better than the USA gps.  

Not exactly shocked.  

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If I remember, the Garmin's started having "issues" with GPS when they changed from sirf to MediaTek GPS chips.

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This is ten laps of a 500m loop. 

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shows me swimming in the road at a few points there. :huh: 

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3 hours ago, roxii said:

This is ten laps of a 500m loop. 

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shows me swimming in the road at a few points there. :huh: 

Swim -Run event? 

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