Swimming and Diving - How to Swim and Dive | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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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!

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Swimming and Diving Explained

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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.

How to Swim in Animal Crossing

Buy Wet Suits from Nook's Cranny

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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!

Also available in Nook Shopping and for Miles Redemption

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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.

Wear a Wet Suit

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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!

Press A to Swim

Press A to Enter the Ocean

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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!

Press A to Swim in the Ocean

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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.

Can't Swim Beyond the Net

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You see that net enclosure in the ocean? That's as far as you're allowed to swim.

How to Dive in Animal Crossing

Press Y while Swimming

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Once in the water, press Y to dive underwater. You can perform a dive while stationary in the water or while in mid-swim.

Press Y to resurface

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While underwater, press Y to manually go back up to the surface.

You can only stay underwater for about 10 seconds

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.

What Can You Do While Swimming?

Find and Catch Sea Creatures

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List of Sea Creatures

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.

How to Catch Sea Creatures Easily

Best to dive when on top of bubbles

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!

Pocket is disabled, except when swapping

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Access to your pocket is disabled (all contents grayed-out) while swimming, except when you catch a sea creature and your pocket is full.

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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.

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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.

Keep things simple by emptying 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.

Enabled & Disabled Features While Swimming

Pocket Features while Swimming
Enabled Disabled
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
Enabled Disabled
  • Camera
  • Nook Miles+
  • Critterpedia
  • DIY Recipes
  • Nook Shopping
  • Custom Designs
  • Chat Log
  • Passport
  • Best Friends List
  • Rescue Service
  • Island Designer
  • Map

Meet Pascal

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The beloved Otter character, Pascal, finally makes a return. He can appear when you find Scallops - his favorite!

How to Find Pascal

Return of the Mermaid Series

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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!

Shell Series Furniture & Recipes

How to Exit the Ocean (Stop Swimming)

Swim to the Sand to Exit the Sea

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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.

Use Rescue Service if You Swim Too Far

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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!

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1 ava [maple]3 months

you can use map in the ocean

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