Given that most phones and tablets do not have optical zoom when recording video, you may want to use an external camera. Here are some of the pros and cons of both.

Recording in Coaching Tools with phone or tablet Recording with camera or camcorder
  • Recording directly in app more convenient
  • All Coaching Tools admins have built-in recording ability
  • No need to import video
  • Instantly tag and share


  • Digital zoom blurry and can't zoom as far
  • Waterproof cases can be awkward
  • Optical zoom gives much better closeups
  • Image quality usually better
  • Can recruit non-Coaching Tools admins to record
  • Waterproof cameras available


  • Must transfer files to device or computer
  • Must import into Coaching Tools

Should you use a waterproof device or case, recording underwater performance can give even better insights into ways for swimmers to improve.

Once you or someone else has recorded video, you will need to import itinto OnDeck. First transfer the video files to your computer or mobiledevice (see your camera's instructions), then import into Coaching Tools.

Below is a short list of devices for your consideration. Naturally, TeamUnify makes no guarantees as to the quality or suitability of these devices for your team, so make sure to do your own research.

Device Features/Comments
JVC Everio R Quad Proof camcorder

  • 40x optical zoom
  • Waterproof down to 16.4 feet
  • Dust, shock and freeze proof
Canon PowerShot D30 camera

  • 5x optical zoom
  • Waterproof down to 82 feet
  • Shock and freeze proof
Sony Lens-Style Camera

  • Self-contained lens w/ camera can attach to phone or be used separately
  • 3-40x optical zoom, depending on model
  • Wifi connection to iDevice
  • Not waterproof