Working With Your Swims



After selecting a swimmer you will be taken to their Swims page (fig 3-1).  From here you have access to all their swims and may choose several different options.

Figure 5

Figure 3-1



Finding the swim you want to work with

There are several different filtering options to help you quickly find the swim you want to work with.

  1. Event
  2. Search names and notes- this will filter based on the description name you enter for a swim and on any notes you may have added to this swim.
  3. Practice or Race
  4. Date- this will organize from earliest to latest or vice versa.  This can be applied on top of the previous filters (event, search and practice/race)
  5. Time- this will organize from fastest to slowest or vice versa.  This can be applied on top of the previous filters (event,search and practice/race)

Once you have found the swim you want to work with you have several options.

  1. View-  Shows video and data in the same format you will see in swim preview (fig. 3-2).  View allows users to see 4 lengths of a swim at one time.  Users can select playback speed and then play which will initiate the cursor.  This cursor will travel across the swim bars in sync with the video.  To go to a specific part of the swim simply touch the swim data bar in the area you want to see and watch the cursor move to that spot with the video.  You may also activate cursor control by putting you finger anywhere on a data bar while slowly moving it back and forth at the speed you want giving you the ability to zero in on a specific spot and watch repeatedly.  You may find it easier for the video player to be paused when using cursor control.  Please see DATA section below for more details on the data presented. Click here Version 3.0 Features for a demo on cursor control.
  2. Compare- If compare is selected users will be taken to the compare setup page (fig. 3-3).  The first of 4 possible swims will be populated with the swimmer and swim you have chosen.  Select up to 3 more swimmers and swims to compare against.  After selecting DONE you will be taken to the video and data screen (fig. 3-4).  This will be organized in the same order you choose when setting up compare- the first swimmers video will be showing with their first length below.  This will be followed by the data of the first length of all the other swimmers you are comparing against.  Adjust your playback speed and select play.  This will move the blue cursor along all the swims you are comparing allowing you to see where each swimmer was at a moment in time.  Move to a specific area of a race with the same functionality found in view, tap on that area moving the cursor and video to that moment.  You may also activate cursor control by putting you finger anywhere on a data bar while slowly moving it back and forth at the speed you want giving you the ability to zero in on a specific spot and watch repeatedly.  You may find it easier for the video player to be paused when using cursor control.  As a length finishes the left/right arrow will start blinking, tap the blinking arrow and move to the next length.  Please see DATA section below for more details on the data presented.
  3. Table- Table view gives the viewer the same information presented in view in a table format allowing the user to see just the numbers in column form.  For those on version 3.4 and higher click on the email icon at the bottom of the page to email a screen shot of the data or a CSV.  Take the CSV and put into a spreadsheet or database software and start building your own customized data collection library.
  4. Delete- selecting delete will give you the option of deleting the entire swim (video and data) or just the video.  Users may want to delete the video of a swim to free up space on their iPad.  NOTE: If you are deleting swims while using SwimHero RA’s basic version ($7.99), in order to reset your swim count back to 10 you must delete and re-install the app on you iPad.
  5. Cloud- If you are a member of the SwimHero RA cloud services selecting cloud will begin the upload process for that swim to the cloud.  The progress of the upload will be seen in the upper right corner with a picture of a cloud or in the cloud page of SwimHero.  Please see Cloud portion of user manual for more details on the SwimHero RA cloud.

NOTE: Once a swim (video and data) is deleted you will not be able to retrieve it again unless you are a cloud member and are storing it on the cloud.  If you delete the video there is no way to bring the video back onto your iPad and sync it with the data, you would need to re-stamp and save the swim.

figure xxx

Figure 3-2


Figure 10

Figure 3-3

Figure XX

Figure 3-4









The Data

Please note the (#) attached to some of the items below.  You will find that number next to the items being discussed in figure 3-5







  • Start Time- (# 1)The amount of time from the start to the swimmers hands touching the water.  
  • Breakout Time/Distance/Velocity- (# 2) The amount of time and distance the swimmer is traveling underwater as well as the velocity generated.  Distance will always be denoted in Meters (to allow users to compare breakout distances across yard and meter pools) and is an approximation.
  • 15 meter mark- (# 3) The time it takes swimmer to get to 15 meter mark of pool.
  • Cycles- denotes the number of stroke cycles per length.  This will equal the number of times you press “STROKE” during a length minus 1 as a cycle is the time between 2 recorded strokes.
  • DPC- Distance Per Cycle- The distance your swimmer is traveling per  stroke cycle.  This value is always denoted in meters to normalize across all yard and meter pools.  This value is an approximation.
  • Stroke Cycle Graph- Represents the stroke cycle time (the amount of time between recorded strokes) throughout a length and will show the trend of cycle times throughout a length.  Because this is a time between stroke cycles there will always be one less point on the graph then there are cycles recorded.
  • Max and Min Stroke Cycle Times- (# 4 & 5) Displays the fastest and slowest stroke cycle time recorded per length.
  • Average Rate- The average stroke cycle time per length.
  • Velocity- Swimmers velocity (meters per second) while stroking.  This value is always represented in Meters to normalize across yard and meter pools.  This value is an approximation.
  • Surface Time- The amount of time your swimmer has spent above water during a length.
  • Turn Time- (# 6) Denotes the amount of time it takes your swimmer to turn.  This is the amount of time between swiping “TURN” and pressing “END TURN” in SwimHero RA.


NOTE: Turn times will be displayed differently depending on stroke type and whether or not your swimmer does a flip turn.  In Fly, Breast and NO flip turn Free and Back a turn will always be displayed at the beginning of a length.  This results from the fact that the split is recorded as the beginning of a turn- swimmers hands touch the wall which is the start of the turn (users will be swiping at this point to start the turn) followed by end turn when they push off the wall.  Conversely, a free or back with a flip turn will be displayed at the end of a length as the split is recorded at the end of the turn (when the swimmers feet push off from the wall)


  • Split- (# 7) Denotes the split time for that length.
  • 5 Meter/Yard Time- (#8) Value only shown on the last length.  Time from the 5 meter or yard marker into the finish.  This is typically represented in a pool when the lane markers go to a solid color and will be determined by the pool type (yard or meter).
  • Cumulative Time- (# 9) Represents the cumulative time of the swim to that point.
  • Drop-off- (#10)- Denotes the change in times from last length to current length.  A negative value represents a swimmer going faster in the current length compared to the previous length.
  • Underwater- (#11)-Represents the cumulative time spent under water up to that point in the swim.
  • Cumulative Turn Time- (#12)-Represents the cumulative time spent in turns up to that point in the swim.



Inserting Notes

Notes give the user the ability to add a comment anywhere on a swim while in view or compare.

To insert a note while in view or compare please make sure Notes are first turned on in settings (figure 3-6).  This was done (note activation in settings) to keep the user interface simple and uncluttered. Turning notes on here will activate the notes icon found below the video reset button (figure 3-7).  Once this icon has been selected notes will be turned on and you can INSERT or VIEW any notes on the swim(s) you are working with.

To create a note after you have activated notes (in settings) and turned notes on (in view or compare) simply put your finger on the area of the data bar that you want to insert the note and keep it there.  After a moment the note box will pop up in the lower right corner of the video player.  By tapping in the text area your keyboard will be activated.  From here you can type or if you have an internet connection (using the mic next to the space bar), speak your note into the text box.  After finishing and selecting the + button your note is saved and you will see a hash mark in the data bar at the place you created the note (figure 3-7).

To view a note make sure notes are activated (in settings) and turned on (in view or compare).  Start your video, when the cursor reaches one of the note hash marks the note saved there will appear (figure 3-7).  To continue on select the X and the video will continue playing.  If notes are activated (settings) but not turned on (in view or compare) the cursor will pass over any note hash marks the exist on your swim (this makes cursor control easier to navigate).

To edit or add to an existing note tap in the text box after the note gets activated and when done select the + to save.

To delete a note select the trash can when the note gets activated and confirm your delete.

Please see App Store and the Cloud help page (insert hyper link) to learn how notes can be uploaded and downloaded to and from swims that are saved to the cloud.

Please see the video below for more information on Notes:
Version 3.0 Features


Figure 3-6










Figure 3-7










Continue on to Analyzing The Data help page.