Animal Crossing: New Horizon (ACNH) lets you swim into the ocean. Learning how to swim and dive is crucial to find Sea Creatures and meet Pascal, so you'll wanna get the hang of it to catch deep sea critters!
|Sea Creature Guides|
|Swimming and Diving Guide||Sea Creatures||Catching Tips|
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Swimming and Diving was introduced in the first wave of the Summer Update in Version 1.3.0. Swimming allows you to explore the surrounding sea around your island, while diving allows you to collect sea creatures.
Wet Suits are back in New Horizons and are required to swim and dive. Wet Suits can be bought at the cabinet in Nook's Cranny for 3000 Bells!
EnlargeRedeem Nook Miles
If you're more of an online shopper, Wet Suits are available via Nook Shopping's Special Goods or through redeeming Nook Miles.
A Wet Suit is needed before you can dive into that deep, blue ocean.
Both the sleeved and a non-sleeved Wet Suits are available, so our Southern Hemisphere friends can go for the full-body Wet Suit and stay safe and snug in their winter waters!
EnlargeEnter from Beach
EnlargeJump from Rock
EnlargeJump from Pier
EnlargeJump from Airport
Once your Wet Suit is on, get in the ocean by pressing A from the beach, the rocks, the pier and even from the airport platform! When you press A from a platform while running (holding B), you'll perform a front flip into the ocean!
|Button||Swimming Speed & Method|
|Press A Once||Swim for a small distance, then stop.
Perform 1 breaststroke.
|Hold Left Joystick at 1 Direction||Continuously swim at slow speed.
Wade through the water.
|Hold A||Continuously swim at normal speed.
Perform 1 initial breaststroke, then kick legs to swim continuously.
|Repeatedly Press A||Continuously swim at high speed.
Perform continuous breaststrokes, while kicking legs.
Once you're in the ocean, press A once to swim a small distance, hold A to swim continually for longer distances, or repeatedly press A to swim faster.
You see that net enclosure in the ocean? That's as far as you're allowed to swim.
EnlargeUnderwater - Overhead View
Once in the water, press Y to dive underwater. Diving can be performed while stationary in the water or mid-swim.
While underwater, press Y to manually go back up to the surface.
Based on our tests, you only have about 10 seconds underwater before you automatically resurface for air. You'll see a big air bubble rise from your spot, right before this happens.
|Sea Creature Bubbles||
EnlargeSea Creature Shadow
Find and catch Sea Creatures while swimming. Bubbles and shadows will show you where they are, and they can all be donated to the Museum.
The best strategy for catching sea creatures is by diving when you're right on top or near the bubbles. Get near the sea creature's shadow, and you'll automatically dive deeper to catch it!
If you dive too early and swim to the bubbles underwater, you might run out of air before you reach the sea creature!
Access to your pocket is disabled (all contents grayed-out) while swimming, except when you catch a sea creature and your pocket is full.
EnlargePocket full? Swap...
Enlarge...with sea creatures only
When this happens, you will only be able to swap your newly-caught sea creature with another sea creature already in your pocket.
If you don't have other sea creatures already in your pocket, you will be forced to release your newly-caught sea creature.
If you don't need to swap a new sea creature, you won't be able to manually release sea creatures while swimming. You have to swim back to shore and exit the water to release unwanted sea creature.
Before entering the ocean for sea creatures, we highly advise to clear your pocket to make space for sea creatures!
|Pocket Features while Swimming|
|When pocket is full, swapping in newly-caught sea creature, with other sea creatures.
||When pocket is full, swapping in newly-caught sea creature, with non-sea creatures.
Usage of all pocket's contents.
|Nook Phone Apps while Swimming|
The beloved Otter character, Pascal, finally makes a return. He can appear when you find Scallops - his favorite!
Get DIY recipes for the beautiful Mermaid Furniture series from Pascal. We're sure these will go perfectly with the Shell series, so you might want to collect those recipes as well!
When you're done swimming and you want to return to your island, simply swim towards the sandy part of the beach. You won't be able to exit the ocean at a rock or at the pier, so you may not want to swim too far away from the sand, if you want to return to your island quickly.
Did you swim too far from shore? Don't worry! Just access the Rescue Service app from your Nook Phone and call Rescue Service to fly you back to your desired location on your island. Crisis averted!
Due to a glitch found in the 1.10.0 Version update of Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH), you can now swim in rivers, sit in pools and baths on your island!
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