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Final rating: 4/5

Whether we like it or not, we live in a fast-paced modern technology world where what happened 5 minutes ago is old news.

It is extremely hard to keep up with new information and even harder to distinguish between good and bad information.

Since everybody and their grandmother are online sharing their life and insights with you there is a lot of crap out there.

Swimming, even though not as fast evolving as the technology world, it is no exception to the latter problem.

How do you know whether the swimming advice a site gives you will help you out?

Well, honestly, you do not until you try it out.

However, there is another problem.

What if you buy a Learn to Swim DVD, study it at home and then go to the pool to only realize you cannot remember the second step in the series of the swimming drill progression discussed on the DVD.

Suddenly, your time spent going down the wrong road in terms of the trial and error scenario is increasing thus putting you that much further from achieving your goal of an improved swimming stroke.

So why not make your learn to swim efforts as efficient as possible and bring the technology with you to the pool?

Introducing the Dry Case waterproof cover for your tablets, readers, and smartphones.

Dry Case, arm strap, headphones, vacuum pump
Dry Case, arm strap, headphones, vacuum pump

What is Dry Case?

Nowadays when you read the news, you hear iPhone this, iPad that and Android is awesome.

We are truly a mobile society.

You can also find many different water-resistant cases for your phone or tablet type, however, what if you switch tablets or phones?

Do you need to buy a new mobile waterproof case?

That is just not a very scalable solution and quite pricey, I might add.

The beauty of the Dry Case is that it can fit any type of smartphone or tablet, so it really does not matter if you are in the Apple cult, the Google worship group or perhaps an unfortunate descendant from the Ericsson or Nokia generations.

The Dry Case waterproof casing is not bias and is a platform, manufacturer and even user independent accessory.

How does the Dry Case work?

The waterproof case is quite intuitive to use.

There is a headphone jack molded into the side of the case with the inside male jack being plugged into the device and the outside female jack waiting for your waterproof or regular headphones to be inserted.

After you insert your hearing aids, slip your device into the case.

Then close the top of the case and rotate the two plastic locks, so the casing is tightly sealed (until you feel a click).

If you do not want to have any air inside the waterproof case, use the rubber pump which comes with the case to suck all the air out and create sort of a vacuum seal around your device.

This makes sure your mobile product is nicely snug in the casing and is not moving around.

You can also opt-in o order waterproof headphones with your Dry Case.

They have an adjustable earpiece in terms of direction, so you can be sure to maneuver the earpiece to your liking.

If you have small or big ear holes you are in luck.

You will also receive different ear fittings with the Dry Case headphones.

The headphones fit very nicely underneath the cap, so they stay on even if you do some faster swimming.

How can I use Dry Case?

1) Scared of being in the water?

Why not put on some mellow relaxing music to eliminate the loud noises of a swimming hall and to make you more comfortable in the water.

Having a familiar tune to occupy your brain while being in the water does wonder to your sometimes unreasonable and unrealistic pre-meditated fears.

There is no reason to buy any fancy underwater mp3 players for this purpose. Just use your already purchased mobile phone or tablet with the Dry Case.

My iPhone in the Dry Case
My iPhone snug in the Dry Case

2) Working on your technique or other swimming skills?

Even though the Dry Case is not the most aerodynamic piece of equipment, it is still possible to swim with it during slower swimming. Especially if you perform swimming drills. It makes swimming that much more interesting.

Same as above, music or a coach's instructions in your ear do wonders for your focus and motivation.

At the same time though, you can check the exact movements or exercises you should do next via Youtube or your favorite swimming source.

There lies the real power of the Dry Case.

3) Don't waste paper

Take workouts with you to the pool on your mobile device :).

Many swimmers and coaches bring sheets of paper with workouts on them and distribute them to the swimmers to put on the pool wall.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could do this via our mobile devices?

Each pool wall would have a tablet where you could select the workout for the day or upload a workout via a web application.

Imagine all the trees saved :).

There is a product out there like this called Swimtag, but I would prefer to take my own mobile device with me.

4) Coaching and need mobile access?

If you are a coach, the Dry Case comes with a strap that could be put around your neck. You can have your mobile device protected from water as well as accessible at any time to record notes, take videos, etc. etc.

You no longer have to worry about slipping into the water or the swimmers joyfully pushing you in with your unprotected phone or tablet in your pocket :).

Enjoy the wetness to the fullest.

5) Underwater video shoot

How about taking your underwater camera down with you in the Dry Case and shooting some swimming videos for later analysis by a coach.

There is no reason to buy a special underwater camera if you can just get a waterproof case to secure and protect your regular camera.

You can even stream them live to your coach or friends.

Bonus:

Angry Birds on Facebook
Angry Birds on Facebook

Another hot topic in the news for the last year or so is the Finnish based game company Rovio with its world-famous game Angry Birds.

Games, in general, are a hot mobile endeavor, so for the hardcore gamers who cannot stay away, taking the games with them to a hot tub, spa, shower or a bath is priceless.

To my ignorant dismay, I just found out that the screen on my iPhone does not work underwater as there needs to be some electrical field present for the touch display to work. This obviously is missing in the water element.

So, let's just say I was disappointed that I couldn't defeat the vicious pigs in the Angry Birds game down under, but when I came to the surface, I showed them what the really angry birds were made of.

This has nothing to do with the Dry Case design, it is just a feature of the mobile phone screen displays.

Summary: Pros and Cons

The Dry Case waterproof casing for your tablet and your smartphone is very good at its job.

It protects the device and prevents the water from coming in.

It brings the world wide web and entertainment with you to the pool, so your swimming improvements can come faster.

The waterproof case can be used for many purposes in the water during recreational swimming or any recreational water-based activity.

Since the casing is a bit too large, it is not the most ideal case for competitive swim training in terms of speed as it creates quite a bit of drag.

I tried it on the arm, on the waist and under the swimming cap, all of which are not very good locations for faster swimming.

If you are after listening to music while you swim, there are better solutions out there.

Don't have a tablet or a smartphone? No problem. Take your Kindle to a shower with you or give your child's favorite book a waterproofing solution it deserves.

Dry Case can literally hold it all.

Pros:

  • fits most standard size mobile devices
  • allows for headphone access
  • easy to use and put on

Cons:

  • not really for fast swimming
  • headphones should be wireless
  • price is a bit high from $39.99

Final rating: 4/5

Swim Advice Topics

Dry Case Review: Mobile Swimming Tips At The Pool (Underwater Angry Birds) is part of the following categories: Swim Gear and Equipment, Product Reviews, Science and Technology

Comments (1)

0845 numbers said...
If you only concern about the price, you can go with the cheap one. If you decided to go this route, you can cover every part of the headphones with swimming cap. This will become short term solution if you are interested to use waterproof headphones for long period of time.
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