Swim tracker App – iOS and Android capable
Western Australian open water swimmer and Rottnest Channel crossing veteran, Andrew Hunt, developed the MapSwim app for Port to Pub swimmers and spectators to follow their progress and that of others. Spectators will be able to key in their team’s race number to see where they are on the field, and where they are coming in their category, as well as pace.
With the app’s Skipper Check-In feature, skippers can register their contact details within the app, check-in at the start of the event, report their location during the event and check-out at the end of the event. This information can help the event organisers to keep track of all of the boats during the event.
Download the Port to Pub app from the iPhone App Store: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/port-to-pub/id1090716092
Get it On Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapimagery.porttopub
Basic instructions for both devices
- Run the Port to Pub app. You will see the dashboard page, which has useful information for your crew including how far you are from the start and finish of the swim. If you are sharing your location (instructions below) the time you last shared your location will be shown at the bottom left of this page.
- The Map page shows a map of the area between Leighton and Rottnest with swimmer icons, colour coded for the different categories. You can see where the other swimmers are, and if you are sharing your location, you can check that your location is reaching the map. Normally the map should automatically refresh, but if it doesn't you can press the Refresh button to fetch the latest swimmer positions. To move the map to your current location, and track your movements, you can press the arrow icon at the top left.
- The options page is where you can configure your swimmer details, and switch ON and OFF sharing your location.
- If you are a swimmer (or swimmers crew) and want to share your location, configure the settings as follows:
a. Enter your swimmer (or team) number. Do not enter anything else here or it will not work. Just your number (e.g. 0045, or 0126, or 0056 etc). Note if you don't have a swimmer number but desperately want to test the system, then please use one of the “test swimmer numbers” in the range 0700 to 0800
b. Choose your swimmer or team type.
c. Enter your team name or your name if you are a solo
d. Choose a sharing frequency (1 minute is a good default)
e. Switch Sharing ON to start sharing your location
- The Port to Pub app should now share your location with other Port to Pub apps whenever the Sharing is switched to ON and the phone has a phone signal.
- 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 on another device (eg: iPhone or iPad) that you can see the same swimmer icon.
- After testing that the tracking works, you can switch sharing to OFF, and then instruct your crew on how it works. On the day of your swim, your crew can switch sharing ON at the beginning of the swim, and switch it OFF at the end. Also monitor whether it is working either by checking the map page in the app, or asking someone with another copy of the app to see if they can see your location
- You can answer incoming calls, and the app will keep transmitting. You can also run other apps and the app will keep transmitting.
- 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 Port to Pub app is optimised to minimise 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, 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.
Skipper Check-in Feature
The app allows race skippers can now register their contact details within the app, check-in at the start of the event, report their location during the event and check-out at the end of the event.
This information can help the event organisers to keep track of all of the boats during the event.
Additional Port to Pub App Instructions for Skippers
- Before the event register your name, mobile and boat details via the Skipper section on the options page of the Port to Pub app. Note you will also have to enter your swimmer/s details and enable location sharing on your device as part of this process.
- At the start of the event, check-in via the Skipper’s check-in button on the options page of the app. This will send your details and current location to the platform, where it can be viewed by the organisers of the event.
- During the event you can optionally report your location via the Report Location button on the options page. Note that if you are sharing your location (via the location sharing feature of the app) your location should automatically get sent to the platform. However, when you report your location via the Report Location button, you will receive confirmation that your location has been received by the platform.
- At the end of the event (when your swimmer has completed or withdrawn from the event) you should check out via the Check-out button on the options page. This will be sent to the platform and should be visible to the organisers of the event.
Warning and Disclaimer
Note that the Port to Pub app is intended to augment (and not replace) the other communication channels that have been set up for the event. Please follow the other procedures including marine radio protocols as instructed at the event briefing and in the event booklet.