Product Review: Aqua Tally

It’s amazing when something comes along that is so simple in design and concept you have to wonder how no one had thought of this yet. For the past two years during swims, especially prior to the upgrade to the Garmin 910xt, there was always a problem of keeping track of the laps in order to gauge distance, strokes, and pace when trying to maintain a specific workout goal or plan. A friend of mine at one point suggested using pennies, ten of them, that you set on the edge of the pool and you moved to one side at each lap. This worked great, and came in handy those times when I forgot my watch at home.
So, out of the blue, here comes this product that solves the issue. Aqua Tally. Based on an abacus design, it features suction cups on the bottom so you can stick it to the edge of the pool securely, and 25 beads, with each 5th bead a different color. The main premise is that at each lap you move the bead to the other side, then, if it’s a long swim, just reverse them. The inventor was kind enough to send me one to try out and I have to say that it was very useful. As someone that tends to “zone out” during a pool swim, it comes in handy to have something to think about at each lap.
I used it in two ways. As any owner of a 910xt know, the pools swims can be a bit wonky at times. One slight shift of a hand position can add laps to your total. When used in conjunction with the Aqua Tally it allowed me to compare the count on the watch to the count on the device. In my case they matched. The other way I used it was I removed my watch, started it as a stopwatch, then just left it on the pool side and used the Aqua Tally to count my laps. As a device geek, I have to admit that it was a bit “freeing” to have no electronics on me while swimming. It’s akin to going for a run without a watch, or a bike ride without the monitor, and just go for the fun of going.
Relatively inexpensive as far as Triathlon toys go, listing at $19.99, it’s a good tool box item to just throw in your swim bag and have available for those spur of the moment swims that we all love so much.
Give the video above a viewing and visit their website at and then pick one up. Tell the the Fat Slow Triathlete sent you. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Product Review: Aqua Tally

  • February 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Hey there . . . . . good to see another “old guy” in the pool. I am one of the lucky guys with a pool in my back yard and laps are the first thing I do every morning, even before my coffee.

    I too was given an Aqua Tally for my birthday and exactly like you I challenged myself to swim a complete set of beads instead of just swimming until I got tired before I started counting laps.

    This thing is good to count laps with but it is great if you don't count laps because it will make you start and then swim more to beat your own record. I love it!

    I live in an area with a lot of retired people and I know at least a dozen others that have ordered Aqua Tallys just for the same reason I use mine.

    Take care, keep stroking and I'll see you in the deep end sometime 🙂

  • February 1, 2013 at 4:23 am

    At 66 yrs old, memory isn't as good as it once was and frankly neither is the rest of me.

    I used to swim 10 laps every morning at the YMCA and was given an AquaTally two years ago for my birthday. Not only did it work to help me keep my lap count it was an inspiration to swim a complete set of beads.

    I'm now doing a full 25 laps a day, counting them on the same AquaTally. Several other guys have got their own AquaTallys after I bragged about mine so much.

    I gave my grandson one for Christmas and he has gone to the Y to swim with me a few times already this month. He's only 6yrs old but he now really swims instead of just splashing around in the pool.

    Thanks to the AquaTally guys for such a great gadget. If you read this I'm not angling for an AquaTally, the one I have looks like it is going to out last me anyway.

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