Can You Shower With Garmin Forerunner 245

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Are you a Garmin Forerunner 245 smartwatch user and wish to take it to the shower with you? Do you want to know whether or not your smartwatch will be able to withstand the water activities like shower, swimming, or not? Well, you are going to find all the answers to these questions right on this page.

Being a watch enthusiast, I write in-depth reviews and perform several tests on watches like the below Forerunner 245 water test.

I have already written a dedicated review of Garmin Forerunner 245 Music in which I tried to cover all the possible queries regarding its performance and features. Now, let’s continue with your question, can you shower with your Garmin Forerunner 245 or not.

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Is Garmin Forerunner 245 Waterproof?

No, your Garmin Forerunner is not waterproof at all as no watch in the market can be waterproof. Instead, every smartwatch in the market comes with a water-resistant rating, like Garmin Forerunner 245 and 245 Music watches are water-resistant up to 50 meters or 5 bars.

Garmin Forerunner 245 water test

Waterproof vs Water-resistant

Many people don’t know the exact difference between waterproof and water-resistant. The difference between them is based on the type of fabric or material used in the product.

If material is completely impermeable to water then it is known to be waterproof whereas if the material is just tightly woven or well-constricted to barrier the water entry then it is called water-resistant.

You may not know this but no watch manufacturer labels its timepieces to be waterproof. It’s because, in the 1960s, a person performing underwater diving died due to the failure of a waterproof labeled watch. Since then, Federal Trade Commission amended a regulation to never label a watch as waterproof. This is the reason why all the manufacturers claim their timepieces to be water-resistant instead of waterproof.

Water-resistant Ratings & Their Meanings

You may have read water-resistant rating in Bar, ATM, or Metres on the smartwatches. The value of the Bar and ATM is almost the same so I will be explaining the water-resistant rating in Bar.

1. 3 Bars

Watch with 3 bars water-resistant ratings can withhold the water pressure till 30 meters which is suitable only for splashes, rain, and shower.

2. 5 Bars

5 bars water-resistant property of the timepiece means it can bear water activity up to 50 meters under the water. Without any doubt, watches with this rating can be taken for recreational swimming and shallow water activities.

3. 10 Bars

If you have a watch that comes with 10 bars of water resistance then you can take the watch for snorkeling, 10 bar represents water resistance to 100 meters.

4. 30-100 Bars

There are very rare watches in the market that can tolerate water pressure from 300 to 1000 meters. These are mostly special edition watches and are great for underwater sea diving and other deep water sports.

Can I Wear My Garmin Forerunner 245 In The Shower?

The answer is a big YES, Garmin Forerunner 245 and 245 Music comes with a water-resistant rating of up to 50 meters. It means that not only shower but you can also wear your watch while doing shallow-water activities and recreational swimming.

garmin forerunner 245 in shower

Here’s a YouTube Shorts video showing my Forerunner 245 Music under the shower.

Another good thing is that Garmin Forerunner 245 has amazing features for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. So, if you take your watch for any surface water sports then you can use this Garmin watch to track heart rate, SpO2 levels, and aerobic & anaerobic sessions during the activity. Moreover, Forerunner 245 is a lightweight smartwatch so you will never feel any problem while wearing it.

How To Prevent Water Damage To Garmin Forerunner 245

Keep in mind that your Garmin Forerunner 245 is only resistant till 50 meters underwater which is suitable for the shower, and other surface water sports.

garmin forerunner 245 water resistant rating

But you can’t take your Garmin smartwatch for deepwater sports like snorkeling and diving. If you do so then the watch will not be able to tolerate the water pressure and it will damage the watch.

Also, if your smartwatch has gone through a repair then you can’t consider that it is still water-resistant. It is because there is no way to find out whether or not the watch has been properly resealed by the engineer. And, if the watch is out of warranty then you won’t be able to get it repaired in case of water damage. Therefore, I won’t recommend wearing a repaired, refurbished, or damaged Garmin watch underwater.

Another thing to note here is that your Garmin Forerunner 245 smartwatch is only resistant to water and other fluids like acids, or oils can damage it.

Wrapping Up

In simple words, Forerunner 245 can tolerate water activity for 50 meters without any issues so you can surely take your watch in the shower as well as for surface water activities. I have also told you what conditions you should avoid for preventing damage to the watch. I hope you found this article helpful.


How Much Garmin Forerunner Resistant To Water?

Garmin Forerunner 245 and 245 Music comes with water-resistant ratings of 5 Bars which means that they have the capability to bear pressure 50 meters underwater.

Can You Take Your Garmin Forerunner 245 In Shower?

Yes, you can take your Garmin Forerunner 245 in the shower as well as for recreational swimming as it is water-resistant up to 50m.

Is Garmin Forerunner Waterproof Or Water-resistant?

No watch in the market is waterproof, instead, they come with a water-resistant rating of 2, 3, 5, or 10 bars. Similarly, Garmin Forerunner 245 comes with a rating of 5 Bars, i.e. 50 meters.

Tom Nielson

Tom's love for watches started when his grandfather gifted him his Rolex watch when he turned 18! Being a teenager it was a big deal for him. Later when he got his first job he bought Fossil Palm Pilot back in 2003 which was a smartwatch. Since then smartwatches have come a long way and so is Tom's love for them. His experience with watches inspired him to start Wearholic and share his knowledge of wearables including watches, smartwatches, smart glasses, & smart clothing.

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