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2845 Vineland Avenue Southeast
Grand Rapids, MI, 49508
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616 822 5445

Benson Products, LLC is the creator of the Splash Count™, a portable waterproof submersible digital sports clock, timer and counter. Splash Count™ can be used for various activities  such as swimming, soccer, basketball, biking, triathlon, fitness, coaching, training, timing, exercise circuits, game timer, and game scores. Coaches, athletic directors, trainers, and teachers continue to find many uses for our versatile product!   


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Always be Prepared

Lynn Benson - Benson Products

 I almost always carry at least one Splash Count™ sports timer and counter in the car with me wherever I go. I just expect that there will be someone who wants to see it or use it. I got started in the habit after a Grand Rapids Inventors Network (GRIN) meeting a couple of years ago. Another inventor, Orville Crane, wanted to see the product and I didn’t have one with me. I showed him some pictures and information about it, but that is not the same as actually having the real thing. Orville recommended I always carry it with me. So I started carrying the Splash Count™. Which brings up the reason for the post.

I am a volunteer baker! We bake Clara Cookies, protein cookies that are so yummy you would never suspect they are good for you! My friend, Rebecca Cruttenden, is passionate about getting children into loving, forever homes and out of the uncertainty of being orphans. Her solution is Team Orphans, a non-profit organization that raises money for adoption grants. The money is given through Brittany’s Hope as adoption grants to be used by families bringing hard-to-adopt children home. Besides competing in Ironman Triathlons and raising money by having people sponsor her, Rebecca decided to bake cookies and sell them to bring in more money for the kids.

Rebecca and her sister developed a few recipes for delicious gluten free, nutrient dense, cookies that athletes can use before, during and after training and during long races. They are easily digested even when on a long bike ride. However, unlike some protein bars, these cookies are so good, you’ll want to eat them for desert. We bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Coconut Chocolate Chip, and Double Chocolate with Almonds. Two of these flavors also have a vegan option! We now have about 30 retail outlets that are selling the cookies and they can be ordered on line or by phone. We bake hundreds each week.

Last week, we were having difficulty with the kitchen timers that we use to time the cookies in the oven. After setting the timers, we discovered neither one of the two we were using was working correctly. They were immediately going to 00:00. I remembered the Splash Count™ sports timer and counter I had brought along so I got it from the car. I never know when someone will need to time or count with the Splash Count™!! Today it was Clara Cookies! It was great to be able to see the time remaining from all the way across the kitchen. 

This experience reinforces the importance of being ready! Splash Count sports timer and counter is so versatile, you can be ready for a wide variety of timing and counting needs in just about any conditions.

Lynn Benson is the Managing Member of Benson Products, LLC and a retired Physical Education teacher, former Aquatic Supervisor, and the mother of 3 and grandmother of 7. Lynn is the inventor of Splash Count. This article is based on her observations and opinion.

Fun Things to Do with Splash Count

Lynn Benson - Benson Products

Splash Count sports clock and counter is portable and can go where ever you play. 

Splash Count sports clock and counter is portable and can go where ever you play. 

Splash Count portable sports clock and counter is a great tool to use in multiple sports and activity settings.  Splash Count users have found many uses for this versatile timer and counter!  Here are just a few ideas. 

We invite Splash Count users to share your great ideas in the comments below.

Jump Rope Challenges:  Inside or outside the Splash Count is easily visible to the students.  Set the timer to time up or time down and verbally challenge the class.  See how hard they work when they have a task  and can see the time ticking.

  • Who can jump rope for 2 minutes without stopping?  Misses are OK. Just keep starting again.
  • How few misses will you get in one minute? 
  • How many times can you jump the rope in 30 seconds?

Underwater pace clock: Place the Splash Count on the lane marker at the bottom of the pool.  All swimmers in the lane can see their pace as they swim.  This is especially good for pacing distance swimmers because they don't need to find the deck clock to know their pace. 

At 5 K and 10 K eventsuse Splash Count to display the running time at the mile markers along the course.  Phone or radio communication with someone at the start location will give the operator the ability to start the Splash Count as the race begins. Runners can easily see their time when they pass the marker. 

Time and score soccer games (or other sports) played in gyms or at outdoor courts or fields that do not have built in game clocks and score boards.  Remote control makes it quick and easy to start and stop the game clock.  The score can be displayed on a separate Splash Count unit or you can use one unit and switch between time and score.

Time circuit training activities.  Indoor or outdoor boot camp participants can see the time and rotate on a given time schedule.  The trainer can attend to the specific needs of individuals rather than watching a small timer or watch.