Taking Electronic Devices for a Swim

This is a guest post by Rachel F Smythe.


It used to be that mixing water and electronics was the biggest NO of all NOs! Nowadays though, there are several options that you have depending on the intended use and the level of protection you need.

Accidents. There is a bunch of upcoming technology that is designed to protect electronic products from accidental spills and submersion. These protective coatings are nano-based and are usually applied in a gaseous form. The gas enters the electronic device and coats all the interior circuitry, processors, ect. These coatings are hydro-phobic, causing water to quickly bead off – think really techy Scotchgaurd®. Most of these technologies are not available to the public and being marketed directly to manufacturers.

Cases. Several companies offer cases that enclose your devise and protect it. These cases are product specific, so it’s hit or miss if you’ll find something that protects your devise. Cases tend to be fairly inexpensive, and they work well. The biggest failure point is the person using it. If there is any break in the seal, or it’s closed incorrectly, water enters and your device is fried.

Seriously waterproof. You can also buy product designed to be used underwater. Most of us are familiar with waterproof watches, cameras and lights. You can now add music players to that list. There have been proprietary mp3 players, like the Nu Dolphin, around for a while, but they have failed to stir much excitement due to their difficulty to use and other shortcomings. The newest option is a waterproof iPod. Underwater Audio takes a genuine apple iPod and waterproofs it from the inside using a proprietary process. This multi-step process creates an iPod that is designed to be used while fully submerged. It’s perfect for swimmers, paddle-boarders or other water-sports enthusiasts who take want their player to survive more than a splash at the pool.




The whole deal. Of course a waterproof player isn’t any good without waterproof headphones.  Swimmers and water sports users need special performance specifications due to the increased drag the headphones experience in the water. One of the ways that headphones are changing to meet these needs is by offering special short cord options. Swimbuds extra-short cord headphones have a 10” cord, allowing a swimmer to clip the iPod on their goggles and swim away without excess cord floating in the water, or having to be wrapped and shoved under a swim cap.  They are specially designed to stay in during tight flip-turns. Another option is the AquaSonic headphones. A new sport-style headphone, their one piece design allows the user to easily take them on and off as needed. This allows the wearer to easily communicate with others or hear what is going on around them.

With all of the new innovation underway, there’s no need for you to leave music behind just because you are entering the water!

Rachel F Smythe is a marketer with experience in both traditional and online marketing, specializing in startups and entrepreneurial businesses. She writes for Underwateraudio.com and others, supporting a diverse set of client and marketing needs.

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  1. If your aim is to prevent accidental splashes and short term immersion then the is a really low cost option. Put the device in a ziplock plastic bag. Great for ebook readers and tablets. If you want to listen to music using headphones then you would still need to invest in a waterproof bluetooth set.

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