Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Jacob Gunther

Second Advisor

Jonathan Phillips

Third Advisor

Donald Cripps


Open water swimming is a common activity dating back to ancient times. One challenge with open water swimming is navigation because while maintaining proper swimming technique suggests the head be in the water, it is difficult to see where one is going. Thus swimmers must bring their head out of the water periodically to sight landmarks. This work describes a solution to this problem by a design for a GPS device to assist swimmers with navigation. The swimmer can plan their own route, send it to the device, and then be guided by the device. They then will not have to bring their head out of the water to look for landmarks and can save energy for swimming.