Here you can learn how to swim and dive in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Diving is also the way to find Sea Creatures and meet Pascal, so you'll want to get the hang of it and ride those waves like a pro!
|Ver. 1.3 - Summer Update Links|
|Diving||Sea Creatures||Catching Tips||Snorkels||Wet Suits|
|Pirate Gulliver||Pascal||Scallops||Mermaid Series||Pearls|
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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!
|Enlarge Nook Shopping||Enlarge Redeem Nook Miles|
If you're more of an online shopper, you can also buy a Wet Suit from Nook Shopping's Special Goods or redeem the Nook Inc. Wet Suit with Nook Miles.
Before you can dive into that gorgeous, inviting ocean, you need to wear a Wet Suit. Sleeved and a non-sleeved Wet Suit are available, so our Southern Hemisphere friends can go for the full-body Wet Suit and stay safe and snug in their winter waters!
|Enlarge Enter from Beach||Enlarge Jump from Rock|
|Enlarge Jump from Pier||Jump 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, you can press A once, to swim a small distance, hold A to swim continually, for longer distances, or repeatedly press A to swim faster.
Note: Simply moving your left joystick won't get you far. You must repeatedly press A to swim faster, then use the left joystick to control your direction.
You see that net enclosure in the ocean? That's as far as you're allowed to swim.
|Enlarge Diving In||Enlarge Underwater - Overhead View|
Once in the water, press Y to dive underwater. You can perform a dive while stationary in the water or while in 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.
|Enlarge Sea Creature Bubbles||Enlarge Sea Creature Shadow|
You can 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.
Because of the 10-second underwater limit, the best strategy for catching sea creatures is by diving when you're right on top or near the bubbles. If you dive too early and swim to the bubbles underwater, you might run out of air before you reach the sea creature.
Note: When you're already swimming (holding A) while underwater, you don't need to press anything to catch a sea creature. Just get near the sea creature's shadow, and you will automatically dive deeper to catch it!
Access to your pocket is disabled (all contents grayed-out) while swimming, except when you catch a sea creature and your pocket is full.
|Enlarge Pocket 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 do not need to swap a new sea creature in, you will not be able to manually release sea creatures while swimming. You will have to swim back to shore and exit the water to release unwanted sea creatures from your pocket.
Before entering the ocean for sea creatures, we highly advise to clear your pocket. Since it will be disabled while swimming, there's no need to carry things with you.
|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!
From Pascal, you can get DIY recipes for the beautiful Mermaid Furniture series. 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.
|Enlarge Rescue Service App||Enlarge Call Rescue Service|
Did you swim too far from shore? Not to worry, for Rescue Service is here! 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!
|Beginner's Guide to Animal Crossing New Horizons||Unchangeable Features|
|Choosing a Hemisphere||Best Island Layouts|
|What Should You Choose to Bring to the Island?||Picking an Island Name|
|Best Tent Location||How to Cross the River and Water|
|How to Get Furniture and Materials for House Kits||How to Climb Cliffs|
|How to Know a Tool's Durability||What Happens When You Eat Fruit?|
|How to Get Rid of a Bee Sting||What Happens When You Faint?|
|When Does a New Day Start?||How to Use the Camera|
|How to Use the Rescue Service||How to Add Best Friends|
|How to Get the Nook Shopping App||Wind and Weather|
|Tips and Tricks|
|Things to Do Every Day||Island Designer and Terraforming Unlock Walkthrough|
|New Horizons 100% Checklist||Time Traveling Guide|
|How to Increase Inventory Space||How to Get Presents from Balloons|
|How to Get New Villagers||How to Kick Out Villagers|
|How to Get Specific Villagers You Want||How to Raise Your Island's Star Rating|
|Infinite Tarantula Island - How to Get or Create It||Redd Art Guide | Complete List of Fake Art and Real Art|
|List of All K.K. Slider Songs||How to Get Villager Photos and Posters|
|How Often Does a Message in a Bottle Spawn?||-|
|Money, Miles and Shopping|
|Nook Mileage Program Activities & Rewards List||Nook Miles+ Challenges and Rewards|
|Nook Stop Explained||Spending Nook Miles|
|How to Get Nook Miles Fast||How to Make Money Bags (Bell Bags)|
|How to Get Bells (Money) Fast||Money Rock and How to Hit the Rock 8 Times|
|How to Grow Money Trees from Glowing Spots||How to Get Bank Interest|
|Should You Use the Drop-Off Box?||How to Get the Royal Crown|
|House and Storage|
|How to Pay Off Your Loan and Upgrade Your Tent and House||How to Store Furniture and Other Items|
|How to Use Storage and Decorating Mode||How to Raise Your Happy Home Academy (HHA) Rank|
|Feng Shui Color and Effect Guide||How to Catch / Get Rid of Cockroaches|
|How to Get Moving Wallpaper||How to Get Moving Flooring|
|List of Roof Colors||-|
|Reimagine Your Character|
|How To Make A Passport | Passport Title List||Changing Hair and Face|
|How to Get Bedhead / Fix Bedhead||-|
|Reshape Your Island|
|How Close Can You Plant Trees?||How to Chop Wood and Pull Up Trees|
|How to Get Palm Trees on Your Island||How to Get a Cherry Blossom Tree|
|How to Break Rocks||How to Plant Flowers|
|How to Build a Bridge||How to Build Slopes, Stairs and Inclines|
|How to Change the Island Tune||How to Use Island Designer|
|How to Make Shaped Ponds||How to Make Waterfalls|
|How to Create Paths||-|
|List of NookPhone Apps||Mystery Island Tour and Nook Miles Ticket Guide|
|How to Unlock Reactions||How to Send Letters and Postcards|
|How to Get Shooting Stars | Meteor Shower Guide||Lost Item Guide | Getting Rid of “What Was This Again?”|
|Party Play | Playing on One Switch||Online Play|
|What Can You Do Online?||How to Raise Friendship | Activities with Villagers|
|How to Play Treasure Hunt with Villagers||-|
|System Requirements||List of Controls|
|Maintenance | How to Fix an Error||How to Delete Save Data|
|How to Add or Delete Players||Can You Transfer Data From Pocket Camp?|
|amiibo Compatibility||NookLink Features|
|The Language Setting||How to Pre-Load|
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