We have been working again this year on a system to allow
real-time GPS tracking of swimmers taking part in the
Rottnest Channel Swim. The tracking will appear on the www.mapswim.com
web site which will track your race number and position on a map
of the waters between Cottesloe and Rottnest with real-time
This map will allow your family and friends who don't get a birth on your support boat to get a better idea of how you're traveling. Your support crew can also use the map to see how other swimmers and teams are getting on during the swim.
Some of the swimmers have a special purpose satellite tracking device called a SPOT tracker which will transmit their position via satellite to the web page.
But we have also come up with a way that anyone with a GPS enabled iPhone or iPad can send their position to the web page. So if you or one of your support team members has a GPS enabled iPhone or iPad, you can perform a simple setup process to have your swim tracked on the web page.
Instructions for both types of phone are included below. It is pretty simple to perform the setup, and should take no more than 5 minutes to do. Feel free to forward these the link to these instructions to other swimmers that you know so that we can get more people involved.
Please note although we have put lots of effort into making the
system as bomb proof as possible, it is all brand new and so we
can't make any guarantees that it will work seamlessly on the day.
And as we will be in the water swimming, we won't be able to fix
the system during the swim!
Instructions for setting up an iPhone or iPad for Tracking with the MapSwim app
To set up your iPhone for tracking you need to install a custom
tracking app called MapSwim. This app is free, and uses the
iPhone's GPS to obtain your current location. The app can be
configured to send your location to the mapswim.com web page,
where it can be displayed on the map. The MapSwim app
also works well on an iPad with a data SIM.
To do this follow these simple steps:
You should check that you can see a swimmer icon with your number on it at your current location on the map page. You should also check that the icon appears on the www.mapswim.com web page.
Note that you can answer incoming calls, and the app will keep transmitting. You can also run other apps and the app will keep transmitting.
Also note that you do not need to leave the screen running, you can press the button on the top of your iPhone to save battery life and the app will continue to send location updates.
The MapSwim app is optimized to minimize the use of power, but it still uses more power than if you don't have the app running.
In testing with a full battery charge the phone has lasted for up to 12 hours. However, if possible you should use a source of extra power, like an iPhone battery extender, or if your boat has a 12V power source, a car charger to top up the power during the swim.
Also remember to switch sharing OFF at the end of the swim so that the app will stop sending your location to the web page and stop using your phone's battery.
If you are concerned about any privacy issues and
don't want the swimmer icon to appear over your house on the
mapswim map, then do the testing in a public place like the pool,
the beach, in town, and then switch off the program after you are
happy with the testing.
The map will only show the last location that the
device was switched on for.
We are Happy to Help
Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will be happy to answer any questions or help with any
issue you have with the mapswim.com web site or the MapSwim app.