Just the sound of the water sloshing against your ears, and sometimes deep into them, for what seemed like hours.
That was all you could listen to while you were swimming. Distractions couldn't be brought into the pool the way they could be brought into the gym or onto the track. There was no way around the fatigue, the burn, and most of all, the boredom.
Then, all of a sudden, there was something.
That sudden moment was eight years ago, and that something was the first incarnation of Swimbuds. Waterproof, short-cord headphones had been built specifically for swimmers looking to take the boredom out of their workout, and they could be ordered online; no brick-and-mortar store-searching required. They also came with three sizes of tree-style interruption-fit earbud tips, so they would be compatible with any size of ears. Swimbuds quickly became the most popular waterproof earbuds on Amazon, and that was just the beginning.
Swimbuds Sport were introduced in 2014 as a premium headphone offering with a completely new system of earbuds. The tree-style earbuds featured a new suction fit that felt easier on the ears and created a better watertight seal. HydroActive headphones came a year later, designed to provide the same improved sound quality and upgraded earbuds in a sturdy, wraparound housing that would lower prep time for those elite athletes who wanted to shave seconds off their workouts.
Swimbuds Bluetoothheadphones, announced in tandem with the new Delphin player in 2017, married the go-to name in waterproof headphones with the wireless technology featured in so many music players today. Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones have proven to be the ultimate union, with dedicated volume and skip buttons and even a call button for when you're connected to your smartphone. Since Bluetooth signals travel only a couple centimeters underwater, Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones would be bundled with our wireless players (like the Delphin), with the intent of being worn as shown in the picture above.
Finally, this brings us to the first half of 2019 and the arrival of SwimbudsFlip.Swimbuds Sport, HydroActive and Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones are all popular sellers for us, and yet they are typically considered premium price-tier offerings. Swimbuds Flip, however, introduce the best things about other Swimbuds headphones, as well as new things, to a headphone at a lower price tier. They feature the same short-cord design that made Swimbuds so popular, but the tree-style earbud tips have been upgraded - they feature the same suction design as our premium headphones. The cord thickness has been increased - Swimbuds Flip have the most insulated wires of any of our headphones. (We were so excited about this that we even updated Swimbuds Sport to have a similar cord thickness - the new Swimbuds Sport headphones are also available now.) Swimbuds Flip also feature a reinforced L-jack, which protects the headphone plug and helps the headphones weather the most violent dives or splashes.
The first Swimbuds headphones, released in 2011, were created to fulfill a need - headphones that could be used by swimmers, whether they were swimming laps, participating in water sports, or simply wanted hardier headphones for use in wet environments. Swimbuds SYRYN, the popular waterproof MP3 player, was introduced in 2015 to fulfill a similar need - a music player for swimmers that was simple, attractive, affordable, and completely waterproof. Now, after eight series of Swimbuds-branded headphones and three series of Underwater Audio music players, another need is being fulfilled - a waterproof MP3 player for swimmers, runners, and athletes, that exists completely on its own, with no external headphones needed. The resulting innovation is a fusion of waterproof headphone and music player technology that will change industry-wide expectations of how one can listen to music in the water.
Swimbuds MP3 has been in development for as long as Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones (two years), and there are some evident similarities between the two devices. They were both created to exist in a wraparound design that contained all necessary working parts in the headphones. Flexible ear hooks and an adjustable around-the-back cord fit any neck size and ear shape, and the strong wire is reinforced by a thick casing that would weather the elements, as well as long, sustained immersion. Both Swimbuds MP3 and Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones also feature dedicated buttons for increasing volume, decreasing volume, skipping to the next track, and skipping back to the previous track, allowing for more immediate control of your music listening experience.
At this point, however, the devices diverge. Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones play music wirelessly from other devices, such as a Delphin or a smartphone, and do not have their own onboard memory. Swimbuds MP3 doesn't connect to other devices to play music; everything you'll hear will be stored right next to your ears, with no wireless signals or external devices needed.
If it doesn't have a jack or plug... how does it charge or sync with my computer?
You might be wondering this after your first glance at the Swimbuds MP3's uniform construction and lack of onboard 3.5mm jack or USB plug. Well, those of you familiar with the Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones' method of charging would be able to answer this question. Swimbuds MP3 features four golden charging points on the inside of the right ear's controls. The clamp-style connector that comes with Swimbuds MP3 is designed to clamp shut around the right side of the player and charge the player or sync data through those charging points. The clamp-style connector features a USB 2.0 plug on the other end, fit for plugging into just about any computer. This connector is what you will use to download files from your computer to your Swimbuds MP3 player. Instructions for transferring files from either a PC or Mac can be found in the Swimbuds MP3's instruction booklet.
Does Swimbuds MP3 come with a shuffle mode?
Yes, it does - there's even a dedicated shuffle mode button! It's the circular button that you'll find behind your left ear when you're wearing the player. Simply press this button to switch between shuffled music and music played in order.
What other button functions are there?
On the left ear, you'll find the Shuffle button and the volume buttons. We already mentioned the Shuffle button's main function, but you can also press and hold it for 2 seconds to check battery life (the more chimes you hear, the more battery you've got). Press either Volume Up or Volume Down once to change volume a bit, or hold either button down to change volume a lot.
On the right ear, you'll see Play/Pause and the track buttons. Press and hold Play/Pause to turn the player off or on, or just press it briefly to pause or play music. Press the Next Track button (the middle one) to skip to the next track, or hold it to fast forward through the current track. Press the Previous Track button (the bottom one) to skip back to the previous track, or to return to the beginning of the track after five or more seconds of playtime; you can also press and hold Previous Track to rewind the current track.
Swimbuds MP3 is one of the most versatile players we've created. Like SYRYN, Swimbuds MP3 features eight gigabytes of onboard memory and boasts IPX8 waterproof construction that can be safely used at depths of up to 10 feet (3 meters) for extended periods of time. Up to seven hours of audio playback can be expected from Swimbuds MP3's lithium-polymer battery (3.7V, 115mAh), and the player is built to operate in any temperature from 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 40 degrees Celsius).
The name might imply that the player favors MP3 files over others, but Swimbuds MP3 can also play WMA, WAV, FLAC and APE files. It is able to connect to either Mac or PC, with compatibility ranging from the current versions of Mac OS X and Windows all the way back to Mac OS 9.2 and Windows ME (though, if you're still using Windows ME or Mac OS 9, we suggest a modest upgrade for your computer might be in order). The USB cable that comes with the Swimbuds MP3 player is a standard USB 2.0 plug, but it is also compatible with USB 3.0 connectors, as well as USB 1.1 and 1.0.
It's all in the headphones.
Swimbuds MP3 is one of the most intuitive and comfortable players we've set our minds to, and that's saying something. Whether you're a runner, swimmer, triathlete, or gym nut, we're sure that it will enhance your workout experience. It's available right now, and don't worry - if your Swimbuds MP3 player doesn't work properly when you receive it, let us know, because, like all of our other players and headphones, it comes stock with a 1-year warranty against manufacturer defects. Get yours today, and head for tomorrow's workout with just one simplified device - Swimbuds MP3.
Hello! We're excited to announce that today, after much time spent in development, we are releasing major updates to the Lap Tracking and Remote Connect (formerly Phone Connect) apps, as well as an update to our iOS and Android app, Delphin Remote. We have been releasing minor updates to these apps as needed since they were first released, but we feel these app updates are large enough and create enough difference in user experience to warrant an official description of what they include.
The interface of Lap Tracking has been redesigned. Here's a close look:
It may look like we just gave things a fresh coat of paint, but believe us when we say that we've sunk hundreds of work hours into improving how things function behind the screen. The accuracy of the app in its tracking of laps is even better than before, and we've verified this through numerous tests. The new update to the app also takes less power to run, preserving more battery life and allowing you to swim more laps and listen to more music.
If you're an Apple Watch user, Lap Tracking for Apple Watch has not been updated yet, but it will be soon!
Phone Connect is now Remote Connect, and we've changed a little more than just the name. (Remote Connect is designed to allow you to use your smartphone as a remote for your Delphin. You do not need to connect your Delphin to a phone to use it, but using a smartphone's keyboard can make typing much easier.)
Additions to the initial Setup screens have been made. In the Setup screens, there is now an explanation of how to look at your apps and set Favorites (the four apps that appear on the home screen). The Setup screens also now include a friendly reminder to turn the Delphin screen off by quickly pressing the Power button.
Also, Remote Connect now features WiFi auto-configuration. WiFi auto-configuration for Remote Connect works similar to the way it does for a device like a Chromecast. Simply select the WiFi network of your choice on your phone (and enter the password if required), and your Delphin will be connected to that WiFi network, with no additional steps required.
Remote Connect's smartphone counterpart is called Delphin Remote, and it's available for both iOS and Android. You'll need to download this app to use Remote Connect with your smartphone. Delphin Remote has received an update in tandem with Remote Connect - we're making sure everything's getting polished.
Receiving the Updates
The steps you will need to take in order to update these apps on your Delphin will vary depending on the Delphin's firmware. The vast majority of Delphin units use one of two editions of firmware; for simplicity's sake, we'll call them the "old" firmware and the "new" firmware. Here's the easiest way to tell which firmware you have: If you swipe up from the bottom to access a list of apps, you have the new firmware. If you swipe left and right on the home screen to navigate between apps, your firmware is old.
In order to receive the updates on your Delphin with new firmware, you should first temporarily set the screen timer to ten minutes or greater, so the Delphin doesn't go to sleep during the middle of an update. Next, make sure your Delphin is connected to WiFi, and then tap the back button while you are on the home screen. Your Delphin will begin checking for updates, and they should begin downloading automatically. (Don't forget to change the screen timer back after the apps are updated!)
If you have a Delphin with old firmware, you can download the Lap Tracking app update by visiting the Amazon App Store. The new Remote Connect app will only work with new Delphin firmware, so if you have the old firmware but want Remote Connect on your Delphin, you will need to send your Delphin to us to be updated with the newest firmware.
If you have any questions about these updates, if you would like to give us feedback, or if you want to arrange to send in a Delphin with old firmware to be updated manually, please email us at email@example.com.
First introduced in the 2017 Kickstarter campaign for Delphin, Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones have become a force in the waterproof headphones market. Featuring full-fledged Bluetooth connectivity, waterproofing to an IPX8 degree, and dedicated buttons for volume, skipping tracks and taking calls, it's no surprise that they've been one of our most asked-about products since before they were even released. You might have questions about them yourself - Should I purchase them in a bundle? How should I use them underwater? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this article.
Ways to Purchase Swimbuds Bluetooth Headphones
There are three different ways to purchase Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones. You can purchase Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones with a Delphin, as part of a Swimbuds Kit for Apple Watch, or in a runner's bundle that includes a Swimbuds Gripi smartphone armband.
If one of your primary intended uses for Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones is to swim with them, then the Delphin bundle is the bundle for you. Delphin, which is available in 8GB and 16GB models, is a waterproof micro tablet that features a touch screen, external buttons for playing and skipping tracks, a rugged design, and a clip that you can use to attach it to goggle straps. You can listen to your own MP3 or AAC files on the device, or you can use subscriptions to popular apps like Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Apple Music and Audible to listen to tracks offline while underwater.
It should be noted that Bluetooth signals and water don't play well. The Bluetooth signal dissipates if the two connected devices are more than a couple centimeters apart. Because of this, when you swim with a Delphin and a pair of Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones, the Delphin should be clipped to your goggle strap as close to the right ear of the headphones as possible.
Swimbuds Bluetooth Headphones - Wait a Minute - Underwater Audio - YouTube
Do you already own an Apple Watch and want to to listen to music from your watch while you swim? We created the Swimbuds Bluetooth Headphones Kit for Apple Watch specifically with you in mind. This kit contains everything you need to bring your watch into the pool: a Clipi spring-clip attachment to attach your watch to your goggles (available for 38mm, 40mm and 42mm models), all of the earbud tips available with any variant of Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones, and of course, the headphones themselves.
Similar to the Delphin bundle, the signal between an Apple Watch and Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones will only work if they are less than a few centimeters apart. As such, when you swim with an Apple Watch and Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones, clip your Apple Watch to your goggle strap as close to the right earbud of the headphones as possible.
A key feature of the Apple Watch is the biometrics. If you plan on using the Apple Watch kit, keep in mind you are losing that function, since the Clipi removes the watch from your wrist and puts it on the back of your head. Use our Lap Tracking app for the Apple Watch to get lap tracking audio feedback in real-time while you swim. The Lap Tracking app by Underwater Audio for the Apple Watch will also transfer the data to Apple Health.
Of course, it's not required to use these headphones in a pool. Swimbuds Bluetooth headphones can be used in as many ways as other popular wireless earbuds, with the added comfort of knowing your headphones will keep working no matter how much it rains, how much you sweat, or how often your friends try to push you into a river when you're out for a hike (I'm looking at you, Garrett). If you're looking to take a rugged pair of waterproof headphones with you on the road or trail, the Swimbuds Bluetooth Headphones Running Bundle is the way to go. The headphones will come with a Swimbuds Gripi armband that features 270-degree base rotation for portrait or landscape viewing, an adjustable velcro strap, and a stretchy, flexible rubber grip that will be sure to fit any non-folding smartphone, no matter the size. Make sure you cinch up the cord keeper in the back to keep the headphones snug to the back of your head to keep bounce to a minimum.
Swimbuds Bluetooth Headphones - Run and Play - Underwater Audio - YouTube
So how do these bad mamma jammas work? When you get these, you'll want to charge them to full charge. It's important to note that Swimbuds Bluetooth need to be fully dry before charging. After you know they're all charged up, make sure you have the earbuds that fit your ear the best in. There's nothing more annoying that when you get out on the trail or hop in the pool to discover that your tips were a little too big and jump out of your ear. Take a few minutes and try all the options. If your earbuds ever get grody (no judgement here), you can wash them with some warm water and dish soap. Now you're ready to pair to your phone. Same as before, this is a lot easier when you're not in a hurry, so doing it at home for the first time while you still have the manual is the easiest. Controls are intuitive and explained in great depth in the manual. The only other bit of setup before you get out and movin' in our groovy blues is the memory wires. Ears are weird. We get it. So we made loops designed to go up and over your ears. This loop is made of some killer stuff called "memory wire" that you can bend to your whim to fit any ears. If you have little ears, we got you. Big ears? Awesome. Upside down ears? It's all good. The memory wire, although very customizable, needs to be bent past where you want it to be and flax back into position.
These headphones are versatile. They work great for anything from wake boarding to running. Using them in different environments means customizing the way you use them to fit the activity. For example, Swimbuds Bluetooth aren't buoyant, so when surfing or kiteboarding, for example, make sure you find a way to keep the headphones attached to yourself for those dicey crashes or when you get totally, radically pitted. We find that a simple and cheap way to stay connected when you go down is to take a long lanyard (one you trust won't break) and, using the cord keeper, create a loop in the back of the headphones, similar to when you're running. This should give you a good 12" of lanyard you can attach to your wetsuit or life jacket.
At Underwater Audio, we’re all about spreading Holiday cheer, especially because it's the most wonderful time of the year. Music tends to put us in the best mood and also, it gets us excited for all the fun festivities that’s to come! Thus, Underwater Audio curated the BEST Holiday playlist, jam-packed (no pun intended) with all your favorite tunes including classics by Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and of course - Mariah Carey. Perfect for rocking around the Christmas tree with a bunch of friends or when you just want a little pick me up from a long day because who wants a Blue *blue* Christmas?
1. All I Want for Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey | 150
2. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) - Nat King Cole | 79
3. Last Christmas - Wham! | 108
4. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Single Version - Brenda Lee | 140
5. Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley | 95
6. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams | 202
7. Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms | 120
8. Wonderful Christmastime [Edited Version] - Remastered 2011 / Edited Version - Paul McCartney | 95
9. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town - Live at C.W. Post College, Greenvale, NY - December 1975 - Bruce Springsteen | 140
New year, new goals! One of our Instagram followers is a true believer of setting goals and crushing them. Meet Patty Deters (@pattysfitnessjourney), a former college swimmer, who recently got back into the sport after a little encouragement from her coach. Patty is an active user of our waterproof iPod Shuffle and uses her Underwater Audio gear to beat the lap swimming blues and train for her upcoming races. Recently, she travelled to St. George in Utah to compete in the Huntsman World Senior Games and she qualified for Nationals! If you’d like to know more about her fitness and swimming journey, read on!
You recently got back into swimming for the first time since college. Can you tell us more about that?
After college, I went away to seminary school, got married, had three kids and put on weight. I stayed away from the pool because of my size. I struck gold in January of 2016 when a trainer offered to help me lose weight. He taught me how to eat and when he learned I had a swimming background; he encouraged me to get back in the pool. “If you love swimming, you should swim” -- no matter your size.
So I did -- all 275 pounds of me. It was difficult - very difficult. But the sweet memories of my love for water kept me going. I was 54 and thought competing was a thing of the past. I found an app called MySwimPro and their marketing person asked me what my competition goals were. I said “competition goals?” But she got my wheels turning.
I had loved the 400 IM in the past and I am up for lofty goals, so I made a goal of sometime in the future competing in the 400 IM. In August of 2018 I saw an ad for the Huntsman World Senior Games. It was a woman my age talking about swimming and competing at the Games. I said, “If she can do it, I can do it.” The meet was 7 weeks away, but I signed up and started training diligently to compete.
Can you describe your current training regimen?
My current training regimen is to swim 4 days a week for about 1 hour each time. I use training plans from MySwimPro that go directly to my Apple Watch. And I listen to my favorite music with my UnderWater Audio iPod shuffle.
What is your favorite swimming stroke?
My favorite stroke is breaststroke. I loved breaststroke as a child and in college. I went to a relatively small college (comparatively) in Northern California. Our team went to UC Irvine to compete in a relay meet and we girls won the 400 breaststroke relay. That was a highlight of my college career. At the Huntsman World Senior Games, I realized that I was competitive with the other swimmers with my breaststroke and that was a sweet realization.
How did it feel to earn a position on the podium after all the work that you had put into your training?
When I think back to 2016 and before, I honestly did not believe that I would live to see 55. My weight was out of control and I did not know how to fix that. I could exercise until I was blue in the face with no results. But that trainer taught me about food and that changed my life. In the years that followed, I got off all blood pressure medicine; I no longer had inflammation from Rheumatoid Arthritis, and my Thyroid medicine dose had been greatly reduced. So when you say to describe that feeling I felt when I completed that 400 IM at 57 years old and one day -- it is an indescribable feeling of joy. I went and found the woman who was in that promotion video for the Games and I told her how watching her on the video had inspired me to sign up and how I had just completed the 400 IM AND qualified for Nationals -- I broke into tears of joy when I was telling her. It’s a great feeling of being “alive.”
Do you have any goals for Nationals?
I would love to “place” in all my events and I would love to swim faster than I did in October 2018 at the Huntsman games.
Do you have any future fitness or athletic goals?
I am continuing to work on myself to keep my body strong. This year I am working on “paying it forward.” I have a small group of ten women that I am “coaching” -- similar to a wellness coach. I am also taking a year long mentorship on learning to be a wellness coach. I want people to see that we absolutely can change our lives -- in our 50s, in our 60s, in our 70s -- we just need the knowledge and the willpower to follow through on that knowledge.
How much do you think your waterproof iPod Shuffle contributed to your success while training?
My iPod shuffle is what “kept” me in the water those early days of getting back in the pool. I started swimming more in 2016 after I hurt my knee. I had been having such great weight loss success and then I got hurt. Thankfully swimming was an option. But swimming was very difficult. I could swim about 75 yards and then have to stop (and I used to race the mile in college.) And swimming was lonely -- no one else in my workout group was a swimmer.
I would get angry that I couldn’t be working out with my friends. When I found Underwater Audio and added music to my workouts, my entire mood changed for the duration of that workout. Music is so good for the soul and it worked it’s magic on me. It actually turned my entire attitude to where I couldn’t wait to get in the water so that I could listen to MY music -- the music that I enjoyed.
When I swam as a kid and in college, we didn’t even compete with goggles. So to be able to swim with music is the coolest thing ever. I love jamming out to Queen as I swim. When I am at the wall for rest, it is not uncommon to see me beating the drums (the water) as I wait. Listening to the music makes the workout go so much quicker AND it always brings a smile to my face.
What is your favorite song to swim to?
Don't Stop Me Now - by Queen
Do you have any advice for people looking to achieve similar goals, be it weight loss or an athletic competition?
Just get started. Start moving, start swimming. I started with walking to my mailbox and back. Be in it for the long game. I didn't get in the pool the first time with plans to swim in a meet. I stayed faithful to swimming and to the weight loss and the payoff has been beyond my wildest dreams. I used to feel my best days were behind me. I now feel my best days are in front of me. The best is yet to come.
Do you have any fitness goals for the upcoming year? Let us know in the comments section down below.
With 2018 coming to a close, we at Underwater Audio wanted to take a moment to look at some of the big moments of the year, both for us and the swimming community. Of course, there are many candidates for this list, so we’ll have to stick to the highlights. Now without further ado, here is the Underwater Audio Retrospective with the highlights of 2018:
A New Website
After a lot of hard work by an amazing team, we were able to create and publish a brand-new and revitalized website. The new website was more visually appealing and much easier to navigate. With it active, we were able to launch many new products that we may have had difficulty with otherwise.
Swimbuds Kit for Apple Watch
During development of our waterproof Bluetooth-enabled products, we saw the waterproof qualities of the newer versions of the Apple Watch and wanted to provide a viable way for swimmers to listen to the music while they swam with their Apple Watch. Thus the Swimbuds Kit for Apple Watch was born - a pairing of a unique mounting design and a combination MP3 player and Bluetooth receiver.
Possibly our biggest undertaking yet - the Delphin waterproof streaming media player. The Delphin surpassed our initial goal on Kickstarter by 66% and raised over $145,000 on Indiegogo. Featuring a touchscreen display, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities, the Delphin continues to be a top seller on our website.
Everyone asked when we would release a pair of wireless headphones and we finally released a pair last month called the Swimbuds Freedom. Our wireless headphones are already flying off the shelves and pairs nicely with a Delphin. Perfect for both running and swimming, the Swimbuds Freedom is designed with all athletes in mind.
A World Record swimmer
There have been some big happenings in the world-wide swimming community as well. Jaimie Monahan set the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to complete six separate 10 km (6.2 mile) marathon swims across six different continents. Jaimie, an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee, completed these swims in varying water temperatures and as per “Channel Swimming Association Rules,” she was prohibited from wearing warming gear such as a wetsuit. Jaimie is also the first person to have completed the Ice Seven Challenge which involves swimming a full mile in water temperatures under 5°C (41°F) at all six continents and in any one Polar location.
A World’s-first swim
Great Britain has been the location of many swimmers’ goals, the English Channel is famous and rather challenging swim. However, Ross Edgley took his goal to a whole other level. Edgley became the first person swim around the entire circumference of the island of Great Britain. This colossal 1,780-mile accomplishment took the swimmer 5 months to complete, swimming for six to twelve hours per day and spending the rest of the day in place on a support boat. He even documented his journey through streamed videos during his downtime between lengths of swimming.
Those were our picks for the highlights of 2018. Now we’d like to hear from you. What were some of your favorite moments of 2018? Feel free to leave a comment down below!
One of the questions we get asked a lot: When is Underwater Audio releasing a pair of Bluetooth headphones?
We're excited to announce that the wait is over! Underwater Audio released a pair of wireless headphones, called the Swimbuds Freedom and they are definitely worth checking out. With Christmas just a few short sleeps away, the Swimbuds Freedom is a top choice to gift your loved ones or yourself. We have curated three different bundles for our customers - one for swimmers, one for swimmers who own an Apple Watch and one for runners.
Swimbuds Freedom 101
Like most of our waterproof headphones, the Swimbuds Freedom has a rating of IPX8, meaning they are 100% waterproof and impermeable up to 10 feet (3 meters). These waterproof headphones connect to any device that has Bluetooth technology, like the Delphin or your phone. Of course, if you’d like to go swimming with the Swimbuds Freedom, please make sure that your Bluetooth-capable device is also 100% waterproof.
The Swimbuds Freedom headphones are sleek, comfortable to wear and easy to use. There are buttons next to the right ear that allows you to control the volume, skip or replay a song and even answer a phone call. Because everyone has different ear shapes, we include 7 different pairs of earbud tips to make sure you find one that works best for you. They come with 1 set of round earbuds for listening above water and two different sets of earbuds for underwater listening. On a full charge, these headphones will last up to 6 hours!
Because water absorbs Bluetooth frequency very well, the idea of swimming with a pair of wireless headphones may scare some people. However, we discovered that when a device like the Delphin waterproof media player sits very close to the wireless receiver of the Swimbuds Freedom, the Bluetooth connection remains constant, even when doing flip turns and wall push-offs. With this said, you can buy the Delphin waterproof streaming media player with a pair of Swimbuds Freedom and in this bundle, we include a swim cap to make sure your headphones stay in place while you swim.
Swimbuds Freedom & Apple Watch
If you own an Apple Watch (generation 2 or newer), you can purchase the Swimbuds Kit for Apple Watch and include the Swimbuds Freedom in your order. Included in this bundle is a Clipi, which mounts to the Apple Watch via a slide in/slide out locking mechanism. Attaching the Clipi to the back of your goggles allows the Apple Watch to sit very close to the wireless receiver of the Swimbuds Freedom. The proximity secures the Bluetooth connection. The Clipi is available in 38mm and 42mm sizes and is compatible with the Apple Watch models 2 and 3. The Clipi 38mm works with the Apple Watch 4 (40mm); however, there is no Clipi model that fits the Apple Watch 4 (44mm) at this time. We have also included a swim cap in this bundle to make sure that the Swimbuds Freedom stays secure while you swim.
Many of our customers want a pair of wireless headphones to take on runs or hikes, and we had this in mind when we created the Runner’s Bundle. 100% waterproof, the Swimbuds Freedom headphones can withstand the sweatiest workouts and even a run in heavy rain. Included in this bundle, the Gripi armband - designed for those who want to use their own phones with the Swimbuds Freedom. The Gripi has rubber ends on the armband, so it will stretch and fit most phone sizes. No need to hold your phone while you run or get distracted by long cords (let’s be real, some phones don’t even have a headphone jack), this bundle solves all the headaches many runners face.
A question we’ll probably get asked at least once: Will these headphones connect wirelessly when a phone is at the edge of the pool?
The short answer is that they won’t. Unfortunately, unless you have a huge antenna sticking out of the water, the Swimbuds Freedom will lose connection with your phone. Bluetooth signals don’t transmit the same way underwater as they do when you’re out of the water. But you can purchase a Delphin or any waterproof media players that have Bluetooth capabilities. Attach the player on the back of your goggles (close to the wireless receiver) and you’re all set. So, whether you are swimming laps or doing flip turns, you can rest assured that your music or whatever you are listening to won’t be cutting in and out.
If you’re looking for a pair of completely waterproof headphones that have Bluetooth capabilities - the Swimbuds Freedom is the one to get! They are relatively priced, starting at $70 for the Running Bundle. They are simple to use and can withstand the toughest (and sweatiest) workout.
Do you have any questions about the Swimbuds Freedom waterproof headphones? Feel free to leave a comment down below!
You blink and it’s October, which means it’s almost time for Halloween. We’re a bit early, but who cares? The UA team is already feeling the Halloween spirit, so we curated the spookiest (and best) playlist for you to enjoy all October long! In this playlist, you’ll find some spooktacular Halloween songs and some that we thought were not for the faint of heart - but we added them anyways for your listening pleasure!
*Cue MJ’s Thriller - here is UA’s 2018 Halloween Playlist.*
Thriller - Michael Jackson 5:57 | 118
Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones 6:17 | 116
Twilight Zone - Golden Earring 7:58 | 119
A Nightmare On My Street - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 4:54 | 171
Everyday Is Halloween - Ministry 6:24 | 115
Witchy Woman - Eagles 4:10 | 99
Ghostbusters - From "Ghostbusters" - Ray Parker, JR. 4:05 | 116
Monster Mash - Bobby “Boris” Pickett 3:11 | 141
Psycho Killer - Talking Heads 4:21 | 123
Somebody’s Watching Me - Rockwell 3:57 | 124
Black Magic Woman - Santana 3:16 | 124
Zombie - The Cranberries 5:06 | 167
Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran 3:40 | 128
I Put a Spell on You - Screamin’ Jay Hawkins 2:24 | 174
Superstition - Stevie Wonder 4:05 | 100
The Addams Family - Vic Mizzy and His Orchestra and Chorus 0:53 | 121