Swim Ergometer with PM3 Power Meter

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The Vasa Swim Ergometer with PM3 Power Meter (ANT+ and BT Wireless Connectivity) is designed to simulate swimming workouts to make you stronger, better, and faster. Your technique, power, and endurance will improve in and out of the water.  The game-changing PM3 Power Meter connects with your favorite apps & devices, like TrainerDay®, Garmin®, & TrainerRoad®, for the ultimate swim training experience.

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Upgrades and Accessories:


The XL bench is best for athletes 6 feet (183 cm) or taller or those weighing over 200 lbs (90 kg) who require more stability from a longer, wider surface.  (NOTE: it replaces the smaller, standard bench)

Trainer Strap System

The Trainer Strap System turbocharges the Vasa SwimErg so you can use it for strength training like a Vasa Trainer Pro to do swim-specific drills, functional & rehab exercises all on one machine.

Vasa Training Mat (FREE with SwimErg Purchase)

Protect your floor with our attractive commercial grade training mat.  It's padded, keeps your Vasa in place, and helps keep your workout area clean.


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The Vasa Swim Ergometer with PM3 Power Meter (ANT+ and BT Wireless Connectivity) is the ultimate swim bench for improving endurance, sustained power, and stroke technique.

Training on the Vasa Swim Ergometer is a proven way to swim stronger, better, faster.  You’ll get outstanding results for developing swim-specific power, strength, and endurance.  The SwimErg’s adjustable airflow resistance closely simulates the feeling of swimming in water.

The PM3 Power Meter’s reliable, repeatable metrics make it easy to quantify your progress on every session. Use with 3rd party devices and applications like Garmin®, TrainerDay® and TrainerRoad® to enhance your options for a more interactive training experience including the planning and execution of structured workouts. For a complete experience, upload your workouts to third-party programs like TrainingPeaks®, Strava® and® where you can analyze your individual workout performance and progress.

BONUS: You get a free 90 day subscription to TrainerDay® and access to Vasa specific SwimErg workouts written by some of Vasa’s top coaches for the ultimate indoor dry land swim training experience!  Note: iPhone, iPad and 3rd party devices not included.

Full Vasa SwimErg’s purchased after 9/12/2022 already have the PM3 Power Meter included.

The Vasa Swim Ergometer Performance Guarantee

Try it for yourself for 3 months, risk-free—your improvement will be dramatic. If you don’t realize a performance improvement within 90 days of using the SwimErg as directed, we’ll refund the purchase price (less a 15% restocking fee)—no questions asked. (NOTE: Customers will be responsible for paying all return shipping charges.)


You can now finance your Vasa Swim Ergometer purchase through Klarna for as low as 0% APR (Subject to individual credit)



From Our Customers:


I consider the Vasa SwimErg a must have tool. In my experience it correlates well with water swimming so I substitute 2 of my 4 swims with the erg. It’s easier than water to focus on perfect form.

Read More Lisbeth KenyonMultiple IronMan Age-Group Champion

The Vasa Swim Ergometer is the first choice of top professional, Olympic, and amateur athletes as well as renowned coaches around the globe. It will help you swim faster and reach your performance goals efficiently.

Form and function:

  • Anatomic bench and hand paddles encourage proper swim technique
  • Adjustable airflow resistance with 7 damper door resistance settings – low to high
  • Precision drive shaft, fan flywheel and bearings for smooth and quiet action
  • Rugged tubular steel frame with a durable baked-on epoxy finish is built to last a lifetime

Power Meter


The PM3 Power Meter (ANT+ and BT Wireless Connectivity) completes your swim training system by providing instant feedback on your performance. Measure time, distance, pace, stroke rate, watts including right arm / left arm power balance. You also have the option to transmit the data wirelessly to 3rd party ANT+ compatible devices and Mac, iOS and Android applications.  

Use with 3rd party devices and applications like Garmin®, TrainerDay® and TrainerRoad® to enhance your options for a more interactive training experience including the planning and execution of structured workouts.

For a complete experience, upload your workouts to third-party programs like TrainingPeaks®, Strava® and® where you can analyze your individual workout performance and progress. Learn more about the PM3 Power Meter with ANT+ and BT Wireless Connectivity.

This information allows you to:

  • Measure effectiveness of training
  • Create repeatable workouts and benchmark tests
  • Perform power-based structured training
  • Perform distance specific intervals
  • Simulate races & time trials
  • Measure right & left arm power balance
  • Stay motivated, train smarter and have fun!


  • Pre-set Distance
  • Monitor Clock
  • Pre-set Intervals
  • Split Times
  • Workout Review
  • Odometer

Vasa SwimErg Includes:

  • Illustrated Instruction Manual
  • Assembly Hardware and Tools
  • Power Paddles and Exercise Handles
  • Stretch Cord
  • PM3 Power Meter (ANT+ / BT Wireless Connectivity)

Vasa SwimErg Specifications:

Space Requirements:

Assembled Dimensions:  8′6″ × 28″ × 32″ (259cm x 71cm x 81cm) – LxWxH

Recommended area for best function:  10′ × 4′ (305cm x 122cm) – LxW

NOTE: for those with space limitations, we offer the SpaceSaver SwimErg as a compact, fully functional training solution. When paired with our portable Sport Bench, this combination requires far less space and offers outstanding versatility and value.

Frame: Epoxy Coated Steel

Monorail: Anodized Aluminum Extrusion

Padded Bench: Pro Anatomic Tapered; 11.5″ – 13.5″ (W) × 35.5″ (L) (Users over 6′ may require the XL Bench Upgrade.)

PM3 Power Meter (ANT+ / BT Wireless Connectivity): Includes (2) AA Batteries

Assembled Weight: 78 lbs. (35 kg)

Vasa Swim Ergometer Resistance:

Resistance: Airflow Flywheel with 7 damper settings

PLEASE NOTE:  As we are continually making improvements to Vasa products, actual items shipped may vary slightly from the images shown on our website.

Shipping Information

The SwimErg is shipped in 3 boxes with a combined weight of 104 lbs. (47 kg). Additional accessories may require additional boxes.

SwimErg Shipping Box Dimensions and Weights:
Rear Box: 36″ x 16″ x 9″ and 32 pounds (Metric: 91cm x 41cm x 23 cm & 14kg)
Monorail: 84″ x 3″ x 3″ and 15 pounds (Metric: 213cm x 8cm x 8cm & 7kg)
Front End: 34″ x 29″ x 18″ 57 pounds (Metric: 86cm x 74cm x 46cm & 26kg)
Optional XL Bench: 46″ x 15″ x 3″ 19 pounds (Metric: 116cm x 38cm x 8cm & 9kg)

Shipping costs for Vasa products and accessories are based upon weight & location. Our shopping cart will calculate shipping costs for you or you can contact us for assistance.

Attention International customers: Duty & taxes are additional and will be your responsibility at the time of delivery.
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Return Policy

Vasa has a 90-Day Improvement Guarantee. IF YOU DON’T BEGIN TO SEE A PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT within 90 DAYS of using a Vasa product as directed, we’ll refund the purchase price (less a 15% restocking fee)—no questions asked. (NOTE: Customer will be responsible for paying all shipping charges plus a “restocking fee” equivalent to 15% of the original merchandise price.)

How easy is the Ergometer to assemble?

The Vasa SwimErg requires very little assembly, as most of the difficult parts are already put together when it arrives to you. Clearly illustrated instructions and all necessary tools are included with every machine. Allow about thirty minutes to complete the assembly. View Vasa Swim Erg assembly demonstration below:

If you need help, please call Vasa’s customer service and technical support at 1.802.872.7101 M-F, 9am-5pm Eastern Time.

How much space does the Ergometer take up?

The Swim Ergometers are 8’ 6” long x 28” wide. We recommend a usage space of 10’ long by 4’ wide, to allow the full range of motion in every direction.

NOTE: for those with space limitations, we offer the SpaceSaver SwimErg as a compact, fully functional training solution. When paired with our portable Sport Bench, this combination requires far less space and offers outstanding versatility and value.

What is the recommended environment for the Ergometer?

The Vasa SwimErg is designed to be used and stored in relatively dry areas with low humidity. Because of its sophisticated electronics and internal configuration, we do not recommend using or storing it for long periods of time in environments with high levels of chlorine or ocean air. If used on pool decks, we strongly recommend placing it on a dry floor during use and then storing it in a dry area with low humidity and low chlorine levels in the air.

How much maintenance is required?

Regular maintenance of your Vasa Ergometer is an important component of years of enjoyable, functional, and safe use. Maintenance requirements will vary considerably depending on how much use your Vasa Ergometer gets. Please read the guidelines carefully, as these recommendations are made to help you maintain your Vasa Ergometer most effectively.

How do I adjust resistance on the Vasa Ergometer?

There are three ways to adjust the resistance:

1. Damper Door: You can open the door in 7 increments. Setting number 1, when damper door is fully closed, provides the least resistance. It feels like swimming with a current or like paddling downstream. Setting number 7, with the door is fully open, provides the most resistance. It feels like swimming against a current or paddling upstream.

2. Flywheel: Variable wind resistance feels like the resistance of swimming in water – the harder & faster you pull, the more resistance you feel.

3. Trainer Strap System: This popular accessory utilizes a strap system and rubber tubing allowing the ability to perform a series of key swim-specific strength exercise.

NOTE: Tether Cords are rubber cords that are designed to prevent the seat from rolling too far forward. For example, if you set the damper door fully open at number 7 and want to do butterfly intervals applying maximum force, you would attach the tether cord. Every new Vasa Ergometer comes with one tether cord.

Damper Door

Damper Door



Tether Cord

Tether Cord

Trainer Strap System

Trainer Strap System

Which Ergometer model is right for me?

The SpaceSaver Erg version comes with a wall mounting bracket, exercise handles and swim paddles. It is can be used with most standard freestanding benches (sold separately) for a wide variety of exercise options. All versions allow you to attach Ankle Straps for leg exercises or use the Exercise Handles for a variety of functional upper body exercises. Cross Country Skiiers should contact Vasa to discuss which version is best for their training needs.

Is the Vasa SwimErg safe for people of all ages / abilities?

The Vasa Ergometer is simple to use, sturdy in construction and completely safe for use by people of all ages and abilities. It is easy to determine a safe operating resistance. If your children safely play on a jungle gym or other playground equipment, then they’ll safely enjoy the Vasa Ergometer.

Vasa Trainer or Vasa SwimErg: Which model is best for me?

The Vasa Swim Ergometer and the Vasa Trainer both help you become a stronger, faster, and more powerful swimmer. You will accomplish more in less time, thanks to the high quality training they provide. If you want to see a side-by-side comparison of how each ranks by training benefit, review our Model Comparison Chart.

What exercises can I do on the Ergometer?

In addition to the primary sports-specific training, you can perform a wide range of exercises on the Vasa Ergometer. You can do functional training exercises for strengthening abdominals, arms, back, chest, shoulders and legs. Each exercise can be performed at a resistance setting that is appropriate for your specific need, be that strength, power, speed, endurance, rehabilitation or flexibility. Make sure to order the Exercise Handles if you wish to perform these useful exercises.

Add the Trainer Strap System (accessory) to greatly increase the number of swim-specific strength exercises.

Can I accomplish hip roll / body rotation for freestyle?

Accomplishing a complete hip roll and body rotation on any swim bench cannot be simulated perfectly. This is because the axis of rotation while swimming in water is a straight line through the center of your body. On a swim bench, the axis of rotation is about four inches below the stomach, which requires the swimmer to roll over, rather than with, the axis of rotation. In water, the body is buoyant, which allows the swimmer to catch the water at full arm extension and initiate the arm pull with a hip rotation by driving the opposite hip toward the bottom of the pool while pulling with the opposite arm. The hip rotation engages the core abdominal muscles and transfers that energy into the pulling arm. To a degree, swimmers can effectively condition the core muscles used in hip rotation while training on the Swim Erg. The padded benches on Vasa Ergometer (and Vasa Trainer) are designed to allow the swimmer to activate and strengthen the core muscles used in hip rotation while performing Freestyle exercises. This is accomplished by simultaneously driving one hip into the padded bench just at the catch of the opposite arm. If the swimmer uses proper stroke technique, then hip rotation on the bench will activate the correct muscles of the core torso and will provide better conditioning. The difference between swimming Freestyle on the bench with and without hip rotation is quite noticeable. Swimmers can find slight destabilization and greater activation of core muscles by swimming Freestyle while laying on a long Aeromat pad, a rolled up towel or placed lengthwise on the Vasa padded bench.

Can I do Swim Erg workouts to substitute pool workouts?

Yes, it’s easy to simulate typical pool workouts using the Vasa Ergometer. Many swimmers and coaches use it for intervals, timed sets or long aerobic workouts. The Vasa Ergometer allows you to do swim-specific aerobic or strength sessions effectively, on your own schedule, in the comfort of your home, or club. The gains made by using the Ergometer are easily transferred to the water.

World Masters Swimmer of the Year, Karlyn Pipes, discusses how to use the Vasa Ergometer as a substitute for the pool:

59 reviews for Swim Ergometer with PM3 Power Meter

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    H. (verified owner)

    The VASA Swim erg is a fantastic machine for swimmers and tri-athletes, only surpassed by their exceptional customer service! The machines are very high quality, so chances are you won’t need to use their post-sale service, but if you do, know they are second to none! Very pleased customer, dad to 3 swimmers 🙂


    Dan Wilson

    For the last few years, I have done 99.5% of my Ironman swim training on my SwimErg. With pool training, my Ironman swim was around 1 hour 18 minutes and with the SwimErg my Ironman swim is around 1 hour and 20 minutes. I happily give up 2 minutes over a 11-13 hour race to save a ton of time and money traveling to and using over-chlorinated public pools.


    Joe Maloy

    The swimerg has helped make my swim training more targeted and time-efficient. As a triathlete, I’m already time crunched with 2 other sports and a job and family. The erg allows me to work speed, strength, and technique from the (relative!) comfort of my home.


    Alan Abeyta

    I like to play like I am swimming. Not a swimmer and never will be. I use the Vasa Erg exclusively so I don’t have to get wet. It has allowed me to keep my slow 1:50 pace with 1 or 2 x 30 min “swims” on the Vasa a week. Do I recommend it? yes!


    Richard Mascolo (verified owner)

    Game changer! Picking up swimming in Oreo for my first Triathlon and the Erg is proving to be essential in developing strength, endurance, and proper technique.


    Steve McCormick

    I am a triathlete and swimming is my slowest element of triathlon. I had my best, fastest Ironman 70.3 race last year out of 48 races of that length over the last 17 years. I was faster in my swim this past year. I have had my Vasa Ergometer for several years and it has improved my endurance.


    Brian Folts

    I got my VASA during COVID when pools were shut down. I swam 1500m a day on it. Once pools opened back up I discovered I had improved in the water! I now continue to use the machine to build strength and during days where I may be too sore to use legs in the pool. This machine has made me a better swimmer! I hate getting in the water now and prefer to train on my VASA.


    Adam Cesmebasi (verified owner)

    Absolutely amazing tool that helped me maintain and improve my stroke and swimming strength. Best thing I could have ever bought!


    Jason Nadeau

    I have had my Vasa Erg for over 10 years. It has allowed me to train for and complete 5 Ironmans and 12 Halfs. I am not a swimmer, I did not learn to swim until my late 30’s, and it is not my favourite part of a triathlon. I also have limited training time in a week and poor access to a pool. Usually a pool session takes 2.5 hours when I include a 30-40 minute drive each way! No one thinks twice about throwing down a bike workout on their trainer, or a run workout on a treadmill. I view the Vasa the same way, basically a necessity! For my last Ironman I used the Vasa for all my swim training, then did about 3 open water sessions to get used to the wetsuit again. Surprisingly, my swim time was the same as my previous 2 Ironmans, but, I was able to focus more on my bike and run with the time I saved and this allowed me to post my best Ironman time by over 40 minutes!! I am pretty happy with that. I will continue to use my Vasa for swim training as it is so convenient. I have also started to use it for some kayak training for adventure racing. Fantastic! Love the Vasa Erg!


    Nate Zarlengo

    I love my swim Erg. I recently upgraded the screen to their newest one in November 2022 and it’s been a great upgrade to use it with Trainerroad or TrainerDay for structured workouts. Using this machine HS helped me balance out the left side of my stroke greatly and has developed the specific strength and muscles for a much more powerful and efficient stroke. I have also found that my fatigue in Ironman distance swims has dropped significantly so I come out of the water feeling good. I highly recommend this to any level of swimmer and especially to those newer to the sport or struggling with their swim. Plus the owners and employees are great people too and care about your experience with the product.



    I am a 62 year old male that uses the Vasa to maintain surf fitness. In 15 mins, 3X week, I can maintain a baseline level of explosive paddle functionality that allows me to avoid being a total kook every time I go back in the water. At my age you need every advantage (and liter of volume) if you hope to keep catching waves. It’s the older surfers’ cheat code.


    Anthony milevsky

    Use it every morning 2k. Would like to see something designed for head rest so I don’t have to hold my head up. Something similar to massage table might work that can attach to rail or bench. I own two swim ergs and one trainer pro. Travel with my swim erg on summer vacations.


    John Kvasnic

    I LOVE my Vasa SwimErg. It has been a game changer for my surf paddling. I am catching significantly more waves, many of which I would have missed in the past. I am also able to stay out in the water longer than in the past as the SwimErg training has raised my endurance and power levels. Highly recommended!!!


    Cristián Sironvalle (verified owner)

    It is a very useful product to practice when you live far from the sea; helps you stay in shape and have longer and more productive surf sessions


    Donald MacDonald

    I’ve been using the vasa ergometer for 20 years and I train daily on this machine. It is allowed me to do triathlons and do well with the swim portion.

    I do use an exercise ball instead of the bench to provide core strength and more realistic frel in the water, along with ankle weights…

    I would not want to be without the trainer for overall conditioning.


    Ricardo Balidoy

    I have had my Vasa ergometer for a long time, the meter has broken off, wires are old, rubbers have dried up but, it still works, I use it to crosstrain for outrigger paddling and standup surfing. Totally helps with conditioning. Can also do core work. Great longtime investment


    Jan Frodeno

    An incredible tool that’s helped me address technique faults I’ve had for years by enabling me to isolate movements. So good!


    Dan Bullock

    Disclaimer – I was a client before becoming a VASA coach! Was happily using our Trainer to assist swim lessons since 2006. Vasa contacted me when they saw my work in the 220Tri magazine. Before we even hit the water in a lesson it was so useful to work through the mechanics of the stroke on dryland. A few years later the Erg came along and as my own time in the water was reduced (work and family) I increased my training on the Erg to help my masters racing career to great success – National Masters Champ, Euro and World Medallist, Lake Geneva crossing etc


    Brian Fallon

    Serious results for impressive performance! The VasaErg allows for building swim-specific power like no other piece of equipment available. Easy to set up, easy to use, and very easy to go harder than is possible in the water! The Vasa helps build technique as well, as it rewards good stroke technique with instantaneous power readings for VasaErgs equipped with power meters.


    Sal Paradise

    I upgraded my swim bench to the ERG at the beginning of the Covid quarantine. My kids were out of the water for 3.5 months and they used the VASA to stay fit. Training is a growth process, and I believe the ERG contributed to time drops as they returned to competition.


    G.R. Terwisscha van Scheltinga (verified owner)

    Bought the SwimErg in November 2020 and loved it immediately. It helped me improve my swimming tremendously. Unfortunately the day before the ITU world championships on 12 September I fell of my bike and broke my left elbow and clavicle. The elbow ‘Zuggertung’ procedure takes a long time to recover from. After maybe five weeks I decided to try if I could get back on the Erg. Of course at first it was a painful and humiliating experience. When level 1 is difficult you know you are in trouble. But slowly I got my left arm going again and I was able to extend my elbow better and better. My doctor was amazed with the progress I made. Am now on level 2 and slowly feel my atrophied left arm coming back alive. So thank you Vasa.


    Nolan McPeek-Bechtold (verified owner)

    Awesome training tool! I’ve been using the vasa a little over a year now for swim training. I used to swim 16-20k meters a week in a pool and now ONLY use the vasa for training. My swim time for an ironman has remained the same (it actually decreased by a few seconds) and I no longer have to waste time driving to the pool! The vasa has given me a lot of time back and kept me in relatively good form (it takes be 60 minutes to do a 2.4 mile swim).


    Eduardo Inciarte

    I am an adult-onset beginner swimmer trying to improve my technique. I have taken swimming lessons, but I have been frustrated by the lack of improvement. Searching the web I found about Vasa and I bought the Swimerg after feeling frustrated at not knowing how to improve my swimming. I started the 3-Week Introductory Swim Training Plan for the Vasa SwimErg and after seeing how quickly I started to improve motivated me to create the vasa workouts in Trainerroad and now I’m doing them for the second time. I haven’t really worried about how much faster I am swimming, but last week I had the opportunity to swim for the first time after the pandemic at Barton Springs Pool (ATX), and I could feel I was swimming with less effort. My improvement so far is being able to use correct hand placement and stroke path using a high elbow catch and acceleration of the pull, I am not crossing my arms on the center line anymore. Later I’ll focus on speed. BTW so far I used the Vasa Trainer Pro for two months and then started to use the Vasa SwimErg ANT+ for the last 5 weeks working on technique. I highly recommend both after my early experience.


    Ed M (verified owner)

    Works great so far. It’s also working great for other sorts of cable pull exercises. It would be great if it had better digital connectivity options than ANT+ Like Bluetooth.


    Valerie (verified owner)

    Digging my new swim trainer! I realized how much less pull I am getting from my left arm; I thought that was my good side! Two weeks into this; I am waiting on my 90 days to see serious results. It’s very versatile. Love being able to walk down the stairs to work on my swim form!


    Robert A MacLeod

    Love the Vasa Erg. It is a great tool we use regularly especially when we can’t get in.


    LB Lincoln – USAT L1, Youth & Junior Certified Coach, Rochester, NY

    After six months of training using the Vasa SwimErg and having no access to a pool or open water, I managed a 5k open water swim with zero trouble. Vasa SwimErg let’s me focus on proper muscle engagement as I don’t have to deal with the natural flight-or-fight response that the primitive human brain has to being in the water. It properly correlates the resistance through each phase of the pull which is something resistance bands cannot do.


    Kristopher Pinnow (verified owner)

    I love it! It’s such a great option to get a workout in and not have to go to and back from the local pool. A massive time saver. Easy to setup and use. Clear instructions, well packaged for transportation and excellent customer service.


    Jeff K. (verified owner)

    The Vasa Swim Erg truly addresses the sport-specific needs of swimmers. An excellent piece of a equipment which accurately simulates swimming when in water training is not available or time doesn’t allow for it. Use of the Vasa has increased my in water swim strength and endurance.


    Lisa Brown

    The SwimErg is our go-to piece of equipment for all of our swimmers! As a coach, I cannot get in the water as much as I would like, so I can be found on deck using the Swim Erg. It is also a great teaching tool for Masters swimmers who have an issue with form and techniques, especially when they drop their elbows. We use this as a supplement and warm up before we jump in the water. The USA swimmers use it often when they are injured or have swimmers ear and cannot get in the water. they also use it as a teaching tool.


    Rodolfo Ocejo (verified owner)

    Great training system! I began using the Swim-erg with the VASA 3-week introductory swim program and felt my lats muscle engagement/activation is greater on the erg than when in the pool. When the pools opened up again, I was gliding through the water with a greater distance per stroke and improved an average of 4 seconds per hundred yards during my easy swim pace.


    Stacey Baczkowski

    Has really helped me work on my form and overall swim fitness. Feels more like swimming than using cords. Very well made – looks like it will last for years. The power meter has helped me focus on my weaker side


    Chris D from San Diego CA (verified owner)

    I purchased the SwimErg when COVID shut down the pool I go to. I was thinking about buying one prior but this was the kick I needed to just do it. I have been using the videos on the site to help me with work outs and have been regularly using it to replace my pool swims as there are still many limitations at the pool.


    Karen Vollan (verified owner)

    Love this machine. The adjustable resistance levels allow me to change my workout based on need and energy level. The machine glides smoothly with no slack during the pull or follow through. The ease of swimming in home makes this a must have for any serious competitor.


    Johnny Shelby

    I can go on and on the benefits of having one of the well crafted , durable, and space saving swim tools every swimmer should have. We have 6 Ergs in our Houston, Tx based triathlon training center and it is greatly appreciated by our members. Week to week watch your gains in fitness and pacing (sustained spm) improve.


    Van Hartman (verified owner)

    Purchased my Erg trainer in February wanting to supplement my pool training to improve my performances in USMS meets never realizing that in a month my pool would be closing due to the pandemic. I use it 7 days a week and have seen the incredible impact it has made on my performance once I was back in the water. Pool time is limited to 45 min, 5 days a week so I’m still doing my 7 Vasa sessions each week. Since March I’ve dropped 25Lbs and added more muscle mass returning me back to and better than my previous fitness level 8 years ago before my serious spine surgery had changed my life. I can’t wait to race again. I can’t thank Rob and his company enough for helping with my comeback.


    Shannon Coates

    The Vasa SwimErg is hands down a GAME CHANGER!! As a runner-turned triathlete, I’ve always been a “leg athlete” and lacked the upper body strength necessary for swimming powerful and fast. All the time I spent training in the water never quite got my upper body strength up to the level I needed to make real gains in my swim speed. Ever since I incorporated the Vasa SwimErg into my training, I’ve been consistently setting personal records in my swim times. The power meter allows me to perform functional threshold power tests at the beginning of my season to assess my current strength and build workouts based off power designed to increase my strength. Total game changer!!


    Lars Finanger

    As a father with two young and active children I’ve had to change how I fit in the training needed for my own endurance pursuits. For triathlon, but even more so for swimrun (where athletes use paddles and swim in their shoes), building a powerful pull stroke is vital for race day success. I enjoy swimming in the pool as much as anyone, but outside of the pool, I haven’t found a tool as helpful as VASA in building power in the pull phase of the stroke.


    Martin Hill

    For triathlon coaching we simplify things to the bare minimum to allow the athlete to focus on simple movement patterns and for swimming the Vasa SwimErg does this perfectly. Being linear and providing variable resistance with instant physical and data feedback it allows the swimmer to focus on the simple movement patterns we prescribe while developing fitness and strength.

    The Vasa SwimErg with the bench and support beam allow the user to be positioned centrally, in a good horizontal position and to assess their movements with ease. Watching what the hands and arms are doing at the various stages of the “underwater” phase as well as being able to see the display (showing time, distance, stroke rate, etc), allows the special awareness and movement co-ordination that is very often impossible in the water. The ability to adjust the fan to allows us to prescribe essentially the same kind of sessions we would in pool sessions with both aerobic and strength-based sets, reps and rest periods.
    Martin and Matt
    Masters of Tri


    Sam Gydé in Belgium

    Vasa SwimErg works on catch, swim strength, proper positioning, and pulling with the right muscles. I have such a busy life, it takes one hour of travel to get to the pool. The Vasa provides instant feedback without going to the pool. I am super happy with the ANT+ Power Meter as it allows me to quantify every workout and track evolution in TrainingPeaks.

    2017 Results included:
    Ironman Hawaii – 7th AG – 73rd overall
    Ironman Lake Placid – 1st AG – 11th overall
    Ironman South-Africa – 2nd AG overall – 22nd overall


    Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

    We are very happy with the swim ergometers – not only do they offer exceptional performance; they also have design elements and functionality that are excellent. We are currently using them for dryland training and conducting physiology research using hypoxic conditions in our altitude chamber.



    The Ergometer is an incredible device, topped only by the customer service representatives who help service and educate users on it. The team that I coach has used both the Ergometer and the Vasa Trainer as a critical component of its training regimen and we have had exceptional results as a result.


    Peter (verified owner)

    I was a polio victim and test subject in germ warfare testing as a baby and toddler. To beat the after effects of those tests I have had to train all my life, both in the pool and in the gym. I have had few breaks in my training, so what I write is based on many decades of experience (I started swimming in 1954). I was a competitive swimmer ((“school standard”), a professional lifeguard on Sydney’s Bondi Beach, and (briefly) a top ranked Masters swimmer in Australia for the 200m F/S.

    I Own both a Vasa Erg (since 2013) and a Trainer (since the past 2016/17 summer (Southern Hemisphere).

    As a swimmer, I love the Erg. I feel like I am really “swimming” on it — to the point that when I do get into the pool (not very often these days), my mind goes “How would I ‘swim this’ on the Erg?” The simulation of the upper body movements is good enough for my mind to “reverse” things that way.

    As all four of “polio victim”, “gym junkie”, wanna-be power-lifter and swimmer, I love the Trainer. I have been in the gym since 1966, and on the weights since 1965 — and I rate the VASA Trainer as one of the most versatile, maybe THE most versatile pieces of equipment I have used.

    I use weights, Swim Cords, my TRX and the Erg and Trainer. I like them all — and each is unique. The simulation provided by the Erg and by the Trainer is different from the Swim Cords and TRX. In other words, it is worth it to me to have the VASA gear as well as the weights, cords, TRX etc.

    After years in the gym, you learn or can tell when something is working for you, even before you can prove it with results. My reaction to the Trainer went “that way”. I could tell it was “working” for me within two weeks of getting it. Maybe the benefits are more specific to me because I suffered so much nerve damage as a toddler — but I found that I was able to fine tune the work I was doing on the Trainer very easily, and do it better than any Lat Machine, Chinning Machine or Pulleys/Cable Crossover Machine I have used.

    The staff and customer service are great. And the quality is superb — remember the good old days when “Made in The USA” meant something was well made — well it still happens at VASA.

    Great products, great company, great people, great service!


    Lisa Mackem

    This is a good tool for building swim muscle strength. It has not made me a faster swimmer, but it has helped to condition my muscles. Hopefully, the speed will come with more Vasa and pool workouts.


    Eric Mackem (verified owner)

    A great tool to get a quick and focused swim workout in a much more time efficient manner. While it is not a replacement for pool work, it has greatly helped my swim by allowing me to get a solid and very swim-specific workout when going to the pool is not feasible. A great product!


    Dejan Custic

    Now that I’m a masters swimmer, I’m okay with not doing too much volume in the pool, but I do like to mix up my training and the Vasa Ergometer is an excellent addition to my training program. I’ve had it for about five years and I use it regularly. I usually either use the Vasa as a separate workout or as part of a land training workout, where I’ll do a few sets at a short interval with high cadence and high resistance. And now that my kids are swimming, they’ve started using it as well. My Vasa is the best piece of equipment that I have in my home gym and it’s one of the reasons why I still get so much enjoyment out of swimming and training.


    Itay (verified owner)

    My secret weapon to getting swim workout done in an expedient fashion. Very focused. It is a great tool to be able to see your stroke out of the water so you can work on it.


    Bruce McQ (verified owner)

    I purchased the Vasa Erg in May 2016 so that I could gain more swimming practice time without the nuisance of the drive to and from a pool, pool availability, and pool costs as the majority of my real swim time is in a lake. I did not realize how poor and inefficient my form was until I set a camera on a tripod, videoed myself and then reviewed the video. The Vasa has been invaluable with correcting my form. I am now able to achieve a nice high elbow throughout the pull and do that consistently, which I did not do before. My actual swims have become easier as I am using much better form, so that I can do harder and longer workouts. My form correction is a direct result of using the Vasa SwimErg in conjunction with a video, especially since there is no video distortion due to seeing through water and the video is always at the same position relative to me.


    Dave D

    This is a great piece of equipment, I use it frequently for usually short training sessions when I can’t find the time to get to the pool. I’m a shift worker and sometimes it seems impossible to get to the pool for many days, so the Vasa Ergometer is an excellent way for me to get some much-needed training in when normally I would have just missed out. My swimming has improved beyond anything I could have ever hoped for. I love the Vasa and would recommend it to anyone who is looking to become a stronger swimmer.


    Oliver Klaus

    Improved my open water performance in one season from 1:05 h to 59:30 min. Working with ergometer was hard initially. Then I focused on technique and did frequent but rather short training sessions (3-5 times a week 20 mins).


    Shannon Corrigan

    I use mine primarily to get in paddling shape for surf trips. Aside from Waikiki style small wave long boarding intermediate and advanced surfing is about 90% paddling fitness. As a now landlocked Washington State surfer who travels to fairly heavy spots a few times a year I have found the erg to be indispensable for preparation. This is after years of trying various gym exercises, time in the pool etc.


    Erik Leishman

    I purchased my VASA ERG almost 2 years ago. It is undeniably the single best piece training equipment I have purchased. I use the ERG every other day to supplement my swims. My endurance and strength – and subsequently my speed improved greatly. I also have two junior swimmers. I started my 10yr old on it last year and she mad JO ( state level gold times ) at 9! It’s a family affair and my 6yr old is already trying to get in on the training!

    The machine is so versatile. I can train for SUP, Kayaking and free, breast and fly.

    I tell all my buddies it’s the single best thing they can own.

    Lastly – I am 50. I am back to college weight. 5’11 165 lbs and 42-inch chest…eat right, follow a game plan and use the ERG…


    John Horncastle

    The Vasa Swim Ergometer is a versatile piece of equipment you should consider to have in your locker.

    I’m a triathlete & earlier this year injured my knee. My injury was to the extent that I could only walk. Running, swimming & biking were out of the question. However, the Vasa trainer came into its own during this
    period. I was able to continue (dry-land) swim-training to maintain a reasonable level of cardio-vascular fitness. In fact, my swimming improved when I returned to the pool!

    I’m more than happy to recommend it as a product. it gives you flexibility when getting to the pool is difficult, certainly, it provides a workout as intense as any session and online videos teach you good form which also prove useful for the pool.

    So when that early morning rush to the pool doesn’t quite seem relax and think there’s the Vasa!


    Ian Kurth

    One of my frustrations with swimming are the large administrative costs for me to get to a pool. I generally have to get my workouts in before 7am, so maximizing this time is essential. I don’t mind swimming laps, I just have trouble justifying all of the lost time commuting to and from, pool hours limitations etc. Enter VASA. I decided to try and leverage the time savings the Vasa Erg offers with a goal of improving swim times, but also spending more time running and biking. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of swim coaches who would embrace and help guide my “swimming without getting wet” approach. Swim coaches’ general knee-jerk response to the question – “how do I swim better” is “swim more”. I found coach Eric Neilsen at TSRF and reached out to him to provide guidance on how to best utilize my time on the Vasa. He is not only a gifted swim coach, he is a Vasa advocate and experienced user. He was very accommodating and supportive of my situation, and I feel the workouts that he provided and the training build he designed were really productive. Because there are metrics associated with a Vasa, I could see my power and pace improving. I knew and could feel I was stronger. I proved that in a few of my rare pool workouts, as well as in setting swim leg PR’s in several triathlons leading up to IMMT ’15 and IMWI ’16. I am very pleased with my swim times in races relative to my build, and plan to continue to primarily use a Vasa as my primary swim training accessory.


    Eric Neilsen, Triathlon Coach

    Being a coach and athlete, I am always looking for ways to maximize training time. The Vasa Erg does just that! You can play with applying different amounts of force, at different phases of your stroke (both swimming and kayaking) to find what is optimal for you in generating max power. Then with continued refinement of your biomechanics, you can determine your maximum sustained power for a given distance or time.

  56. Tim Crowley, BS, CSCS / TC2 Coaching LLC

    Many triathletes would like to improve their swimming, but extra time in the pool usually comes at the expense of cycling or run training time. I have found that as little as two to three 15-minute sessions per week on the Vasa Swim Erg can yield incredible results. The Swim Erg is to swimming what the CompuTrainer has done for cycling.


    Scott Ward, Eagle Swim Team Coach

    This past year the team lost considerable water time so we added more Vasa Trainer & Ergometer training and we had our best year ever. I have no doubt the Vasa’s were a big reason why.


    Lisbeth Kenyon

    Todd and I have been using the Vasa Ergometer for a year now and we use it as both a supplement and substitute for the pool as well as for general conditioning. It has been a huge time saver for us as we both work and have 3 kids with their different activities to add to the mix. We have gotten stronger and have the confidence that even if we skip the pool we are still able to get a functional swim.


    Tomas Anthony – Everyday Athlete Studio, Brooklyn, NY

    The most revolutionary aspect of the Vasa Ergometer is its ability to simulate the demands of paddling a surfboard and swimming. I use it myself and with all my clients to improve aerobic conditioning and more specifically as a part of our surfer and triathlete fitness programs to increase speed and power. Simply put: There isn’t a better product that addresses the sport-specific needs of swimmers and surfers so efficiently and effectively.