Animal Crossing Swimming: How to swim, get a wetsuit and diving in New Horizons explained

It's time to explore the sea!

Swimming allows you to explore the sea surrounding your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

After you've brought yourself a wetsuit, you can explore the ocean and even go diving.

Swimming and diving will allow you to start collecting the various sea creatures that live beneath the waves and you might even meet Pascal the otter.

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Where to buy a wetsuit in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Before you can go swimming in New Horizons, you need to buy a wetsuit.

To do this head down to your local Nook's Cranny and look inside the cabinet. There you'll find a wetsuit selling for 3,000 Bells.

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You can also purchase a special Nook range wetsuit by visiting the Nook Stop in Residential Services and choosing the option 'Redeem Nook Miles.'

The black and turquoise wet suit will set you back 800 Nook Miles and, like all over Nook clothing, will arrive in the mail the day after you purchase it.

For an addition 500 Nook Miles you can also buy a Nook Inc. snorkel.

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Once you've brought your swimming clothes of choice, it's time to go swimming!

How to swim in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

After you've brought a wetsuit it's time to explore the sea surrounding your island in New Horizons.

First, however, you need to put your wetsuit on, which is done exactly like how you change into every other clothing item. Simply find it in your inventory, select it and then choose the option - 'Wear.'

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There are other swimming themed clothing, such as the scuba mask, which you can wear while swimming. These items, however, won't have an impact on your swimming or diving abilities.

Now that you're all suited up, it's time to head to the shore and get into the water.

You can either simply walk into the waves or dive bomb from one of the stony platforms dotted around your island by pressing A.

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To swim you need to press A and then use the left analogue stick to decide which direction you wish to go in; simply decide which direction you want to go in and head that way.

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How to dive in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Once you're out in the waves, it's time to experiment with diving.

In New Horizons, you can dive while swimming by pressing Y.

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Doing this will allow you to disappear beneath the waves for a certain period of time and maybe even find a sea creature or two.


New to Animal Crossing? Our Animal Crossing New Horizons tips can help with the basics. From the off, there's fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with Leif selling seeds, villagers to add or remove and tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to collect. Once you have settled in, you'll want to be making as many Bells as possible, start collecting K.K. Slider songs and work on your island star rating, increase your HHA ranking, incorporate Feng Shui into your room design and acquiring kitchen furniture. You can also buy fake art from Redd. Recently added were Dream Suite and island backup.


Why you should swim and dive in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Aside from a relaxing way to spend a lazy afternoon, there are a couple of excellent reasons why you should spend some time swimming in New Horizons.

The first is that diving will allow you to collect the various sea creatures that live at the bottom of the sea. These creatures can either be sold to Nook's Cranny or donated to the Museum.

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Secondly, while searching for sea creatures, you might find yourself encountering Pascal, who will happily give you new DIY recipes in exchange for certain sea creatures.

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Have fun swimming!

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