Even at a recreational level those who enjoy number crunching will relish the benefits of the Speedo AquaCoach, but step it up a level and start to train hard and it can become an ideal tool for improvement.
Out of the box the AquaCoach isn’t complicated to set up, but the graphic-only instruction on the packaging are perhaps not as crystal-clear as they are meant to be. Fear not, five minutes of general button pushing (the AquaCoach has just four) and things are really quite self-explanatory. Set the basic information such as time and date, weight and left/right hand (useful attention to detail) and you’re pretty much set to get wet.
Pre-swim the pool length needs to be input and once in it’s a one button push to start recording everything. It takes a couple of strokes for the AquaCoach to recognise the cycle but thereafter all data is stored for later review and assessment, with the ability to draw out a reasonable amount of metrics (average strokes, calories, etc.)
There’s not an excessive weight to the watch – a mere 40g – and the rubberised strap sits perfectly snuggly against the wrist. A tight(ish) fit is required so that it doesn’t move around, which may cause miscalculated strokes, but the strap adjusts across a wide range so even those with the most twig-like wrists shouldn’t have an issue.
Size and clarity of display impressed us, it’s perfectly possible to take just the briefest of glances (just what you need to do) to get the information you need; this has been an issue for us with other makes, notably Poolmates, which, whilst a little cheaper, takes some squinting at.
For the fashion conscious – surely you’re not? – the Speedo AquaCoach is available in a range of five colours: pink/white, blue/white, balck/blue, black/red and stealthy all-black. There is a 50 workout capacity log, with 99 sets per log, 999 laps per set, which means you’re likely to run out well before the AquaCoach.
The Speedo AquaCoach retails at £75 with full details and online purchase at speedostore.co.uk