If you’re someone who likes to workout to a particular playlist, or needs an audiobook to see them through the longer training days, it may be time to invest in some waterproof headphones that can keep you company while you swim.
Whether you prefer a pair of dangling headphones for your indoor laps, or a robust headset that can handle open water, there are a number of options to consider below. We’ve even included a set of earphones that can be paired to a coaching radio so you can receive specific feedback on your form without leaving the water.
So if you’re looking to tune out the rest of the world during your next water workout, take a look at our list of waterproof headphones for swimming.
Best waterproof headphones for swimming
Tayogo Waterproof MP3 Player
These headphones have an IPX8 waterproof rating which basically means they can be submerged up to three metres deep. Tayogo says they won’t fall out while you swim, either, thanks to the adjustable band and snug earbud design.
With a built-in memory capacity of up to 8GB, you should be able to store 2,000 songs so it’s unlikely you’ll run out of your favourite albums anytime soon. You can even switch to an ebook on a longer training swim, with buttons on the back designed to help you control your audio.
These headphones are said to take between 90 minutes and two hours to fully charge, which Tayogo says will give you between four and seven hours of play time once you hit the water.
H20 Store Waterproof MP3 Player
This MP3 player and headphone set is fully waterproof down to a depth of 3.6 metres for an unlimited time, so you won’t have to worry about cutting your training short, with 8GB of storage that will hold up to 2,000 tracks of your choice so you can play whatever gets you in the zone.
The headphones have been ergonomically designed to stay snug in your ears and the player comes with a handy clip that can be attached to the back of your goggles or swim cap.
While this set does have the option to pair with your smartphone using Bluetooth, it can’t stream music this way while underwater so this add-on would be be better suited to sitting poolside before or after your dip.
Sony WS410 Walkman WS Series
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Made with outdoor swimming in mind, these headphones are purpose built for the ocean, with a waterproof depth of up to two metres and a design that protects it from salt water.
A drop in temperature shouldn’t be an issue either, as Sony says they’re able to withstand anything from 5°C to 45°C so you can fit in your workout all year around.
Weighing just 32g, they have an ergonomic design to help them fit comfortably on your head, meaning you can make the most of their claimed 12-hour battery life and 8GB storage without them becoming a burden.
Shokz Openswim Bone Conduction MP3 Headphones
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Submerge as deep as two metres with these headphones from Shokz (formerly Aftershokz) and you’ll still be able to enjoy up to 1,200 tunes thanks to its 4GB of internal storage.
Using bone conduction technology instead of typical earbuds these will play your favourite tunes while keeping your ears free, so you can remain aware of your surroundings.
They can be worn alone but are also designed to fit snugly under a swim cap and alongside your goggles, with a titanium design that should keep them firmly in place.
- Read our full review of Shokz Openswim Bone Conduction MP3 Headphones
Swimbuds Sport Waterproof Headphones
Designed to be both comfortable and rugged, these earbuds from Swimbuds have a variety of tips available so you can find the best fit for your ear. These include tree tips and fin tips, which have been specifically designed to keep out water, providing a tight seal while you swim.
Weighing just over 28g, they have a waterproof standard of IPX8 so you can take them into the water as far down as three metres, although it’s advised you don’t push them past this threshold.
Decathlon Waterproof MP3 and Earbuds
Designed for casual use, this waterproof headphone and MP3 player set is likely to be better suited to slower sessions or recovery swims.
It has 4GB of memory, which should be able to handle around 660 songs according to Decathlon, which are playable down to a depth of two metres.
It has a claimed battery life of 10 hours and will shut itself off after three minutes of inactivity to conserve this for longer.
Aztine Bone Conduction Headphones
Taking the bone conduction approach, this headphone set from Aztine has an impressive 16GB of memory. The brand says this allows for 1,600 songs, so there’ll plenty of choice on those longer training sessions.
They’re rated waterproof to three metres, with eight hours of playtime to keep you entertained and motivated while you’re on the move.
The headset is also adjustable and is said to be suitable for a variety of sizes and should stay firmly in place when it’s set to how you like it.
Jukes Pro Training System
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If you’re looking for live advice from your swimming coach while you’re still in the pool, this clever headphone set should cut right through the noise.
Once paired with the Jukes radio worn by your coach you’ll be able to receive immediate feedback on your form as well as any workout instructions. They can even pipe music into the headset and deliver stroke beeps to keep you in time.
Claiming to deliver clear sound up to 150m in an indoor pool and 750m in an outdoor area like a freshwater lake, these headphones can be submerged up to 91cm deep for 30 minutes at a time.