SPOTs -- wearable?

I know that most often, SPOT trackers are placed on the boat/kayak/escort vessel with a swimmer. However, if an escort vessel isn't being used in a race...and that race also prohibits watches....and if the swimmer were to want a record of the path they swam.....
Would SPOTs work if they were tucked under the swim cap? Or, do they have to have direct line of sight to the satellite?

I know that my garmin watch will still record tracking if it's in my cap, as long as it's pointing "up".

Comments

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    Seems to me that a SPOT is too large to comfortably wear under a cap for a long swim. Also not waterproof.

    If you just want to record a track, you don't need a SPOT - any GPS watch will suffice, and tucks nicely in a cap. SPOT is only necessary if you need live public tracking out of cell network range.

    Is this event's prohibition of watches specific only to wrists?

  • @evmo said:
    Seems to me that a SPOT is too large to comfortably wear under a cap for a long swim. Also not waterproof.

    If you just want to record a track, you don't need a SPOT - any GPS watch will suffice, and tucks nicely in a cap. SPOT is only necessary if you need live public tracking out of cell network range.

    Is this event's prohibition of watches specific only to wrists?

    It said "wrist watches" were prohibited.
    so, I guess that does mean that I could tuck my garmin in my cap.....
    but it also said no heart rate monitors as well as "any other artificial aids."

    So, do you think a GPS in my cap would count as an artificial aid if it's just recording?

    Of course, if a kayaker is with me, putting the watch/spot on the kayak is the best thing, right?

  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    Passively recording GPS data provides no performance benefit obviously, but many watches these days have additional capabilities which could be construed as assistive (e.g., haptic metronome), and it's not realistic for an event director to check the specific models of every watch and know which functions the swimmer is using.

    if a kayaker is with me, putting the watch/spot on the kayak is the best thing, right?

    Yes.

    flystormsIronMike
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