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Garmin Water Rating

Details regarding the Garmin Water Rating Specifications

We rigorously test our devices for water resistance by subjecting them to various water pressure levels (usually translated to depths) under extremely controlled circumstances. You should note that even if a device is above a depth it's rated for, it might still suffer water ingression if it is subjected to an activity that creates pressure on it that exceeds that depth rating.

Water Rating Definition Suitable Activities Unsuitable Activities
IPX7 Withstands incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes Indoor/outdoor use in the presence of rain, snow or brief splashes of water Any immersion of more than 1 meter, regardless of duration of immersion, or any immersion of more than 30 minutes, regardless of depth of immersion
IPX6 Protected against powerful jets of water. Water projected at all angles through a 12.5 mm nozzle at a flow rate of 100 liters/min at a pressure of 100 kN/m2 for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters Outdoor use in rough sea conditions Any sustained immersion
1 ATM Withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 10 meters Improved resistance to rain, snow and splashes Showering, swimming and water-related activities
3 ATM Withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 30 meters Showering, rain, snow, splashes and accidental immersion Swimming and water-related activities
5 ATM Withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 50 meters Surface swimming, shallow snorkeling and similar activities High speed watersport surface impact may exceed this rating (ex. wipeout during motorized water sports)
10 ATM Withstands pressures equivalent to a depth of 100 meters Bathing, swimming and snorkeling Deep water scuba diving and high speed water sports