Animal Crossing New Horizons Swimming LaughterSource: iMore

Since swimming and diving was something that could be done in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, we've long suspected that these aquatic activities would be coming to New Horizons. Finally, three months after the game's release, players will be able to jump into the big blue and take part in several new oceanic activities.

Whether you're trading scallops with Pascal for Mermiad DIY recipes or looking for new creatures to take to Blather's museum, there are plenty of fun new experiences to discover. Here's how to unlock swimming in Animal Crossing: New Horizons along with a list of all the water activities that come with it.

How to download the Summer Update Wave 1

Animal Crossing New Horizons How To UpdateSource: iMore

If, for some reason, the new swimming festivities don't seem to have appeared in your game come July 3, then maybe you need to make sure your Switch downloaded the Summer update.

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  1. From the Nintendo Switch's Home menu, hover over the Animal Crossing: New Horizons icon.
  2. Press + and the game information will display.
  3. Scroll down to Software Update.
  4. Select Via the Internet. The Switch will check for any new versions and will download them if necessary.
  5. Select OK.

Once these steps have been taken, your Switch will search for any Animal Crossing: New Horizons updates it might not have already. Hopefully that solves the issue and allows you to take part in the summer festivities.

How to unlock swimming & diving

In order to go swimming, players can either acquire a wet suit from the Nook Miles Kiosk or from the cabinet at Nook's Cranny.

How to Swim & Dive

  1. Equip the wet suit.
  2. Run up to the ocean and Press A to jump in. Note that you cannot go swimming in ponds or rivers.
  3. Press A repeatedly to swim forward.
  4. Rising bubbles indicate the presence of a sea creature. Hold down the Y button when you're above bubbles to dive.
  5. Now move the joystick until you touch the creature. You'll automatically surface once you've acquired the creature or you've run out of air.

How to get a wet suit

Animal Crossing New Horizons Getting Wet SuitSource: iMore

The new swimming gear looks super cool and it's just fun dressing up your avatar for various activities. Here's what you need to do to get one of the wet suits, the snorkel, and a pair of water shoes:

Item How to acquire Cost
Horizontal-striped wet suit Nook's Cranny glass cabinet 3,000 Bells
Nook Inc. wet suit* Novelties section of Nook Miles Kiosk 800 Nook Miles
Leaf-print wet suit* Nook Shopping 3,000 Bells
Snorkel Download the Summer Update Free gift in mailbox
Water shoes Nook Shopping or Able Sisters 900 Bells

*You will need to wait overnight for the wet suit to arrive in your mailbox.

Sea Creature museum donations

Animal Crossing New Horizons Sea UrchinSource: iMore

Upon jumping into the sea, players can dive and collect various critters hiding beneath the waves. You'll definitely want to take them to Blathers to complete the aquarium section of your museum. Of the creatures that can be collected, so far we know of the following:

Sea Creature Bell Value Seasonality Active Hours
Abalone 2,000 Bells June-Jan 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Acorn barnacle 600 Bells All Year All Day
Chambered nautilus 1,800 Bells Mar-June, Sep-Nov 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Dungeoness crab 1,900 Bells Nov-May All Day
Firefly squid 1,400 Bells Mar-June 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Flatworm 700 Bells Aug-Sep 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Gazami crab 2,200 Bells June-Nov All Day
Giant Isopod 12,000 Bells July-Oct 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Gigas giant clam 15,000 Bells May-Sep All Day
Horseshoe crab 2,500 Bells July-Sep 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Lobster 4,500 Bells Apr-June, Dec-Jan All Day
Mantis shrimp 2,500 Bells All Year 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Moon jellyfish 600 Bells July-Sep All Day
Mussel 1,500 Bells June-Dec All Day
Octopus 1,200 Bells All Year All Day
Oyster 2,000 Bells Sep-Feb All Day
Pearl oyster 2,800 Bells June-Jan 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Red king crab 8,000 Bells Nov-Mar All Day
Scallop 1,200 Bells All Year All Day
Sea anemone 500 Bells All Year All Day
Sea cucumber 500 Bells Nov-Apr All Day
Sea grapes 900 Bells All Year All Day
Sea pig 10,000 Bells Nov-Feb 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Sea pineapple 1,500 Bells All Year All Day
Sea slug 600 Bells All Year All Day
Sea star 500 Bells All Year All Day
Sea urchin 1,700 Bells May-Sep All Day
Seaweed 600 Bells Oct-July All Day
Slate pencil urchin 2,000 Bells May-Sep 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Snow crab 6,000 Bells Nov-Apr All Day
Spider crab 12,000 Bells Mar-Apr All Day
Spiny Lobster 5,000 Bells Oct-Dec 9 p.m. - 4 a.m.
Spotted garden eel 1,100 Bells May-Oct 4 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sweet shrimp 1,400 Sep-Feb 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Tiger prawn 3,000 Bells June-Sep 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Turban shell 1,000 Mar-May, Sep-Dec All Day
Umbrella octopus 6,000 Bells Mar-May All Day
Vampire squid 10,000 Bells May-Aug 4 p.m. - 9 a.m.
Venus' flower basket 5,000 Bells Oct-Feb All Day
Whelk 1,000 Bells All Year All Day

Pascal, scallops, and mermaid DIY recipes

Animal Crossing New Horizons Mermaid DiySource: Nintendo

After collecting your first scallop, Pascal the otter, will swim up to you and will offer to give you mermaid-themed DIY recipes in exchange for the scallops you collect. These recipes will often require pearls, coral, sand dollars, iron nuggets, and giant clams for crafting. For more detail about how to craft these items go here. Here are all of the recipes we know of so far:

  • Mermaid Bed
  • Mermaid Dresser
  • Mermaid Chair
  • Mermaid Sofa
  • Mermaid Table
  • Mermaid Wall Clock
  • Mermaid Shelf
  • Mermaid Flooring
  • Mermaid Lamp
  • Mermaid Screen
  • Mermaid Clock
  • Mermaid Rug
  • Mermaid Vanity
  • Mermaid Wall

Captain Gullivarr (Pirate Gulliver)

Animal Crossing Pirate GulliverSource: Nintendo

In addition to the other watery festivities, players can randomly encounter Captain Gullivarr (pirate Gulliver), washed ashore on their beaches. After waking him, he'll ask you to gather his communicator, only this time, it will be at the bottom of the sea. Unlike sea creatures, the communicator won't move around under water. The rewards for helping him are special pirate-themed decor or clothing. It should be noted that regular Gulliver will also continue to show up, but he won't give out any pirate goods.

To see what these pirate-themed rewards look like, go here. Now, here's a list of all the rewards we've discovered so far:

Pirate Clothes

  • Pirate Bandana
  • Pirate Hat
  • Pirate Treasure Crown
  • Pirate Eyepatch
  • Pirate Beard
  • Pirate Treasure Robe
  • Pirate Dress
  • Pirate Outfit
  • Pirate Coat
  • Pirate Pants
  • Pirate Boots
  • Pirate Clothes

Pirate Decor

  • Pirate Cannon
  • Treasure Chest
  • Horizontal Barrel
  • Pirate Wheel
  • Pirate Barrel
  • Pirate Rug
  • Pirate Wall
  • Pirate Flooring

Dive in!

That's all there is to know about the Summer Update Wave 1. There are plenty of new creatures to collect, a new character to interact with, and plenty of new ways to have fun with your friends. Have fun diving into the depths around your island. I hope you can find all of the creatures you're looking for to fill out Blathers' museum.

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