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Does that seem strange to you? I always thought of swimming as an elemental pursuit. There's you in very few clothes, the water with very few ripples and a sense of peaceful exertion, coupled with strange bubbling noises in your ears.
This doesn't seem to be the case for everyone.
A company called H2O Audio insists it isn't. It wrote to me insisting it isn't. "We have officially launched the H2O Audio Pro Series with the new Playlist+ technology," its enthusiastic press spokesperson told me in an email.
The company muses that this is found "nowhere else in the world." While I muse about what sort of things I'd like to listen to while swimming.
Please don't tell me "motivational speeches" or "meditational moods." Please, instead, tell me "news of governments drowning in sleaze and awful politicians sinking without trace."
"How deep does this go?" I hear you mumble through the bubbles.
H2O insists that its Pro Series has an IPX8 rating. This allows you to go 12 feet under and still listen safely to gardening tips from experts.
And goodness, you can load your favorite sounds and podcasts while you sleep and your headphones are charging.
So there, is this something you've ever considered? Is this something that'll make your morning swim more edifying? Could this improve your performance? We're all looking to improve our performance, aren't we?