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Check out this Animal Crossing New Horizons (ACNH) guide on swimming and diving. Learn about how to dive, how to swim faster, how to unlock, items to get, when can you swim, & more!!!

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Diving & Swimming Guide

A Way To Explore The Seas

Venture The Sea

Swimming and diving are two features new to New Horizons, but which existed in previous AC games. They will allow you to enter the water around your island and dive to the bottom of it. There, you can pick up various items, such as Sea Creatures.

Swim Any Time Of The Year


Regardless of what hemisphere you're playing on, you'll be able to swim in the water around your island all year. Although it might be chilly, you can even go swimming and diving during the winter!

Check Out The Hemisphere Guide Here

Dive On Mystery Islands Too

It's also possible to swim and dive in the water around Mystery Islands too! However, note that Pascal won't show up there. It's possible that some islands will have a higher chance of containing rare Sea Creatures, however.

Check Out Our Mystery Island Guide Here

The Wetsuit Is Required


The Wetsuit will be necessary in order to go swimming and diving. Just like the Shovel and Net, it will be sold at Nook's Cranny, going for 3000 bells.

> Check Out More Details On The Wetsuit

Swim With The Snorkel Mask

All players will receive a snorkel mask when the update hits - this mask can be worn while swimming and diving. This is a returning item, but it's purely just for cosmetic purposes in New Horizons.

> Check Out More Info On The Snorkel Mask Here

Use Your Phone In The Water

Nook Phone

It's possible to use your Nook Phone while in the water! This includes the Camera and Rescue functions. However, you cannot use the phone while actually diving! Items can't be used during either swimming or diving.

Check Out The Nook Phone Apps List

Dive & Swim - How To Guide

Press A While Wearing The Wetsuit


Swimming and diving require you to have a Wetsuit. ↓ Check out the section below on where to get this item.

Press A To Swim Faster!

Speed Up

By pressing the A button while swimming, you can move faster. Note that, press A just once or holding it will be effective, but the way to move fastest is to spam the A button repeatedly!

Dive Off Rocks & Piers


By pressing A, you can dive off of a rock or pier and into the water! This doesn't have much use, aside from maybe taking cool pictures?

Press Y While Swimming To Dive


Press Y while swimming in order to dive deep into the water. While underwater, you'll still be able to move around with the control stick, but you will be forced to resurface for air after some time.

What To Do If You Get Stuck

Items And Rocks Block Your Way Back


If you've been doing Spawn Manipulation, your beach tiles might be covered in items. This will prevent you from climbing back onto them. Also, note that you can't climb up rocks or piers to get back on land either.

Use The Rescue Service

Rescue Service

If you're stranded out at sea, your only real option will be to call in the rescue service! They'll transport you to wherever you need to go.

Check Out The Rescue Service Here

Diving / Swimming - Uses

Collecting Sea Creatures


By diving in a spot on the sea where you see a fish shadow, you can obtain Sea Creatures. Just like regular fish, these creatures would change depending on the time of year. They included animals like octopi, scallops, and even giant crustaceans.

Meet Pascal the Sea Otter


When you get a Scallop, Pascol would appear in front of you and trade it for furniture recipes, mermaid clothing, or even Pearls!

Check Out the Pascal Guide Here

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I gifted Flo a wetsuit awhile back after she mentioned wanting one. I wanted to see if she would ever go swimming and thus far she has not. Silly penguin.

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Does anyone know if Villagers will be able to swim/dive as well?

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