Best Answer: No. This is due to the fact that the Alta HR is only water resistant; it is not waterproof. The Alta HR is only able to withstand rain, splashes, and sweat. Fitbit recommends removing the Alta HR before users go for a swim or hop in the shower. In the case that the Alta HR does get wet, users should remove the tracker immediately and dry out the band completely before placing it back on the wrist.

But isn't this thing meant to be worn 24/7 with the tracking?

Yes, the Alta HR is meant to keep track of your activity, such as steps, calories, heart rate, and even sleep. It's an odd decision by the company to not make the Alta HR waterproof, as many would like to know their heart rate during an intense activity such as swimming.

Despite this questionable decision, we do not recommend trying to go on a swim with the Alta HR anyways. Since it is not meant to get wet, you will risk it not working after the swim.

Putting the Alta HR on the charger while swimming or showering would be a good time to recharge it.

Ok, but my main form of exercise is swimming. Is there a Fitbit that can go for a swim?

There are several Fitbit trackers that are able to handle being submerged in water. While the Alta HR is not one of them, you have the following options:

  • Fitbit Charge 3
  • Fitbit Flex 2
  • Fitbit Versa
  • Fitbit Ionic

The Charge 3 is technically not waterproof, but it is water resistant for up to 50 meters. So you can take it for a swim if it's not too deep.

The Flex 2 is a simple fitness tracker that is also waterproof and can even withstand both chlorine and salt. It's your best bet if you strictly want something for swimming.

The Versa and Ionic are both smartwatches and they're both waterproof, so you can safely take them into the water with you. The biggest differences between the Versa and Ionic are their appearances, and the Ionic has built-in GPS while the Versa needs your phone nearby for GPS.

Our pick

Fitbit Alta HR

The sleek and stylish tracker

Fitbit Alta HR is a sleek and stylish tracker for anyone. It tracks all of the necessities, can be customized with bands and accessories, and it also has continuous heart rate monitoring.

Basic but waterproof

Fitbit Flex 2

Minimalism at its finest

Flex 2 is basic, but it's fully waterproof and can withstand chlorine and salt. It's your go-to if you need it for swimming.

Advanced activity tracking

Fitbit Charge 3

A great and affordable tracker

The Charge 3 is a great activity tracker. It's not completely waterproof, but it's water resistant up to 50 meters, so you can safely take it swimming, as long as you don't go too deep.

Basic smartwatch

Fitbit Versa

The basics of smartwatch life

The Versa is a nice and affordable option if you want a waterproof smartwatch. It has GPS, but you need your phone nearby to use it.

Super high-tech

Fitbit Ionic

When you need it all

Ionic is capable of everything the Versa is, but it also has built-in GPS, so you do not need your phone nearby to track where you've been on runs.

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