BoatCoach for rowing & erging

BoatCoach for rowing & erging


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BoatCoach is the #1 app for rowing and Concept2 ergometer training.

- Display stroke rate, stroke count, distance, speed, time, elapsed time, calories, heart rate, etc.
- Built-in graphs and maps
- Logbook to store all your workouts
- Programmable workouts with simple graphical wizard
- “Erg with Friends” allows you to erg against friends anywhere in the world with live results
- Supports sweeps, sculls, kayaks, dragon boats, Concept2 ergometers (versions PM3, PM4 and PM5)
- All the features of ErgData and much more

BoatCoach saves you from spending hundreds of dollars on a dedicated stroke meter and provides features not found elsewhere. BoatCoach uses your phone’s built-in sensors so no wires required!


- Stroke rate / count
- Distance
- Speed average
- Speed for the last 10 strokes
- Clock
- Elapsed time
- Calories / Watts
- Heart rate

- Force
- Drive length / speed
- Drag factor

- Use 8 predefined programs including pyramids, tabata, 3 x 2000M, 10x500M, etc.
- Create unlimited programs using simple graphical wizard
- Program time, distance, effort, target stroke rate
- Use programs for both rowing and Concept2 erging

- Store all your rowing and Concept2 erg workouts in a single logbook
- Edit and email workout details
- View graphs of prior workouts
- Upload workouts to Concept2 website

- Plot speed, stroke rate, and heart rate vs. distance and time
- Adjust y-axis max/min to optimize display area
- Pinch & zoom to view in more detail
- Automatically store graphs in logbook for later viewing
- Plot rowing in motion using phone's sensors

- Erg against friends whether they be in the same room or a different continent,
- Up to 8 people row with each other while sharing live workout data (stroke rate, speed, time, distance)

- Map multiple workouts simultaneously with satellite or street view
- Color route by speed, date, and piece

- Collect and email CSV data while rowing and erging. Speed, distance, heart rate, stroke rate, etc. Graph in spreadsheets like Excel.
- Collect and email GPX information while rowing. Map your workout in Endomondo, Garmin Connect, and other applications.

- Check and record your heart rate
- Bluetooth Smart / Bluetooth Low Energy HRMs are supported
- Also support for legacy Zephyr HxM HRM

- Hands-free autostart pieces
- Manually start / stop / clear /pause / resume pieces
- App can speak start/stop/speed/time/distance/etc [useful for visually impaired rowers]

- View acceleration vs. time graph for your boat
- Email graphs to yourself
- Help optimize your stroke

- Programs, graphs, Bluetooth smart HRM, maps, and data capture require paid upgrade for full functionality.

- 4 customizable screen layouts. Choose the data you want to see.
- View distance in meters, kilometers, feet, miles
- View speed in m/s, km/hr, ft/s, miles/hr, min/500m, min/1000m, min/mile

- Stroke sensor
- GPS strength
- Ergometer connection

- Upgrade PM to the *latest* firmware
- USB cable required to attach phone to monitor. Order from Concept2
- Phone must pass USB Host Mode compatibility tests. Use the “USB Host Diagnostics” app available free from the Google Play Store. If the USB Host Diagnostics pass all tests, then BoatCoach will work.
- App will not function properly if a LogCard is in the monitor. Remove any LogCard first.

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"Erg with Friends" is the first phone feature that allows you to erg against friends, teammates, and partners, whether they be in the same room or a different continent.

Up to 8 people row against with each other while sharing live workout data (stroke rate, speed, time, distance, etc), giving you the motivation and encouragement you need to do your best.

Comments and ratings for BoatCoach for rowing & erging
  • (38 stars)

    by Andrija Petković on 28/01/2015

    Somehow logging (log book) does not work (does not record workouts) with PM5 (firmware version 12). Couldn't figure it out, with PM3 everything's fine...?

  • (38 stars)

    by Boris Lewandowski on 26/01/2015

    Via BLE it can be only paired with one device, either watch or BoatCoach, not both.

  • (38 stars)

    by S Dub on 24/01/2015

    I have the latest PM5 head unit. During interval sessions, I am getting rest periods which should be 5 mins only coming out as 1 min rest sessions... Can you please fix this ASAP? Also, do you have plans to let the BoatCoach App connect to the PM5 via BLE, so the USB cord is no long necessary? On my ipad, with ergdata, this seems to work quite well. Wishing it could be a built-in feature to bo

  • (38 stars)

    by John Willis on 17/01/2015

    After paying to upgrade to programs (and graphs) I was frustrated when sometimes programs don't appear to work, it gets stuck in loops, for example on 40 minute row it just kept repeating the 30 second sprint. I will update this review in a week or so when I have seen if this glitch was a one off

  • (38 stars)

    by jeff cameron on 12/01/2015

    Any way to connect with a waterrower machine?

  • (38 stars)

    by Jake Nii on 10/12/2014

    Especially for split/500! Be the first rowing app with android wear support!

  • (38 stars)

    by John O'Brien on 12/11/2014

    The stroke rate doesn't work accurately at all.

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