Ocean swimming is a feature that enables Sims to swim in the ocean or open seas, firstly introduced in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage for The Sims 2. It was later introduced to The Sims 3 with Patch 42. It returns once again in The Sims 4: Island Living, The Sims 4: Discover University, The Sims 4: Snowy Escape and The Sims 4: Cottage Living.
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage
Swimming in the ocean was first introduced in Bon Voyage. In the vacation destination of Twikkii Island, some lots are placed right on the shoreline, and Sims are able to swim in the ocean. Swimming in the ocean gives Sims a special positive memory.
Creating a lot that allows Sims to swim in in the beach requires players to open the Lots and Houses bin from the neighborhood screen and select Speciality Lots. There is then the option to Create a Beach via the button in the top-left corner, next to the thumbnails of speciality lots.
List of lots that contain a beach
All of the following lots are located in Twikkii Island.
- Seawater Beach Paradise (Community lot)
- South End Beach (Community lot)
- Twikkii Beach Boardwalk (Community lot)
- Brickstone Chateau (Residential lot)
- Potterhouse Bungalows (Hotel)
- Twikkii Beach Hotel (Hotel)
The Sims 3
The feature was introduced for The Sims 3 with the announcement of Seasons. A few months later, the developers had confirmed that it would be on Patch 42, just for the players without Seasons.
Sims can swim in oceans near beaches and coastal areas at any time year-round. They can also swim in any body of water (e.g.: lake, river) that is not made in a lot via pond tool, (i.e. if the player places a lot in the body of water, Sims can actually swim in it) whether commercial or residential. They can swim under bridges too. It can be done on any world, including World Adventures, store and custom world.
Sims are able to swim on a body of water even if it has unroutable paint laid down beneath the water. There's a different paint type that's used around the edges of the world to block the camera from going too far – Sims won't be able to swim beyond that point (or wherever that paint is laid down).
When swimming, Sims gain their athletic skill but lose energy motive, which can cause fatigue. They cannot drown or skinny dip. They can splash at one another, similar in a swimming pool, and also relax in the ocean on a lounger.
Strangely, if a Sim has the "Has to Pee" or "Really Has to Pee" moodlet, the timer will freeze while interacting with the ocean (including skipping stones). As a result, a Sim cannot relieve their bladder in the ocean, unlike in a pool where the timer will keep going and the Sim will eventually pee themselves but not lose their hygiene need.
Sims can swim on oceans during the winter season and when swimming, they get a positive "Polar Bear Club" moodlet.
The Sims 4
Ocean swimming returns in The Sims 4: Island Living as part of Sulani, the world introduced in the expansion pack. A swimmable lake is later added in The Sims 4: Discover University to the world of Britechester, in The Sims 4: Snowy Escape to Mt. Komorebi, and in The Sims 4: Cottage Living to Henford-on-Bagley.
Patch 81 introduced with Island Living added the ability for Sims to enter random bodies of water across different worlds. Sims can get knee or even waist deep in water in certain neighborhoods including Bedrock Strait in Oasis Springs, Sage Estates in Willow Creek, the pond in Magnolia Promenade, Windslar in Windenburg, and Cavalier Cove in Brindleton Bay.