Watertight IPod Shuffle for Pool Lap Swimming




Swimming for 30min-2hrs at my local health club is fun, but music definitely helps! I didn't want to pay $150 for a waterproof mp3 player so here's my solution for under $15 (I already own an ipod though).

You will need:
1) iPod shuffle or any small mp3 player
2) WATERPROOF headphones. I paid $11 on Amazon
3) Small party balloon (a dozen costs $1 at most stores)
4) rubberband
5) goggles and swimming cap

DISCLAIMER: Try at your own risk. Mine works great, but I cannot be responsible for your ipod. Use a NEW balloon before each workout.

Step 1: Insert IPod in Balloon

Insert iPod in balloon. I found that tucking the round end of balloon under the iPod clip helps keep it neat. It also gives you the option of using the clip, even though I don't use it.

Step 2: Insert Headphone Cord Inside Balloon

It is important that you only use WATERPROOF headphones. Coil up headphone cord neatly, attach it to iPod, then insert inside balloon. Leave about 12" of cord exposed with the ear pieces.

Step 3: Seal Balloon Opening

Tightly twist balloon end around cord as shown. Then tightly wrap rubberband SEVERAL times around balloon/cord, making watertight seal. Wrap extra rubberband around iPod and secure cord.

Step 4: Check Before Using, Then Go Swim!

Double check balloon for possible tears before going into pool. Always use a NEW balloon each time because the chlorine degrades latex, and You need to charge your iPod anyway.

This is what it looks like installed under my swim cap. I have to turn it on before I swim, but I can control the song shuffling during swim. Putting one or both of my goggle straps under the iPod helps secure it fine.



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    8 Discussions


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    how do you get the ipod in without tearing the opening of the balloon? I had to toss my first balloon. The second one I managed to get the iPod in with only one hole at the mouth, but still not great.

    The iPod was moist when I took it out after my swim. I will need to test some more.


    Reply 4 years ago

    @booyau: which ipod were you using? I have an older shuffle and it goes inside balloon np. Maybe try a different ballon(don't get the really cheap ones that are too thin). I got my balloons at Walmart and they work fine. Remember to twist opening and tighten with rubber band. If it still leaks I would discontinue pool use. Good luck!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome! You just saved me $150.

    I've been told that listening to music while swimming works well if you need a beat, but that things like podcasts or voice recordings are inaudible amidst all the water noise. Have you found this to be the case?

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    thx! I just listen to music so I can't comment on the podcasts. Yes the beat or genre of music dictates if i'm taking it easy or fast(eye of the tiger lol).


    6 years ago on Step 3

    this is great i'm a swimmer and i'm always singing in my head when im doing my long swims.

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