Garmin Instinct gets GARMIN SWIM Features

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Garmin Instinct Firmware Goodies

I was surprised about this.

Garmin Instinct Review

The new beta firmware (v6.5.3) for the Garmin Instinct includes support for the Pool Swim profile’s AUTO REST functionality amongst a few other things as listed here

Must Read: Garmin Instinct 2 Review Solar & Thoughts

Changes made from version 6.52 to 6.53:

  • Added low Abnormal Heart Rate alert. (Settings > Sensors & Accessories > Wrist Heart Rate > Abnormal Heart Rate Alerts > Low Alert)
  • Added Autorest setting for Pool Swim activity. (Settings > Activities & Apps > Pool Swim Settings > Autorest)
  • Added Swim Time data field for Pool Swim activity.
  • Added support for a ‘Silent’ option to the Smart notifications Sounds alert settings. (Settings > Phone > Smart Notifications > During Activity/Not During Activity > Sounds)
  • Fixed an issue where the watch may freeze during a Ski activity.
  • Fixed issues where activity elevation chart would appear blank when viewing an activity in History or when doing a TracBack.
  • Fixed graphical glitch affecting the key lock icon.


If you want to read a bit more about the full set of swim features from Garmin, then I’ve covered them in the next link. To cut a long story short for Instinct owners

  • I use AUTOPAUSE…it’s good. It saves you pressing LAP at the end of a swim interval.
  • Instinct won’t get the full set of SWIM features


Garmin Advanced Swim Features | new to 945 & Fenix 6 Series



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