Scuba diving is a skill in The Sims 3: Island Paradise. Sims learn this skill by snorkeling in the ocean. As they advance this skill, they can start scuba diving in diving areas. This skill is augmented for Sims with the Loves to Swim trait.
[Your Sim's name] is ready to begin his/her underwater adventure exploring the deep depths of the ocean floor. '[Your Sim's name] can continue building on this skill by snorkeling or scuba diving.
Sims can go far out in the ocean and snorkel to improve their scuba diving skill. Snorkeling or taking Scuba Diving classes is the only way to improve the skill enough to be able to actually dive. Snorkeling may turn up small collectibles such as shells.
Sims can also snorkel in a swimming pool with sufficient space, although they will build the skill faster snorkeling in the ocean. If the pool where the Sim is snorkeling isn't spacious enough, the action will automatically be canceled. Once you learn the skill you'll be able to visit some dive spots and as diving you learn more Skill.
There are 4 diving areas in Isla Paradiso. Each diving area has scuba diving skill requirement. One of the diving areas is first available to Sims when they reach the Scuba Diving skill level 2, being Rocky Reef, then level 4 Davy Jones' Locker, level 7 Mermaid Grotto and level 9 Pearl's Deep. Once the Sim boats or swims to above the dive lot, Sims with sufficient Scuba Diving skill can scuba dive underwater. The lots are decorated with many rocks, coral and other objects. There are also gems and fish on the lot that can be caught, underwater caves to explore, and the treasure to discover. Mermaids can also often be seen and socialized with at the various dive lots. Other worlds will not be updated to have diving areas, but advanced players can add them on their own.
While scuba diving, Sims only have a certain amount of air to inhale before they must return to the surface. The amount of air the Sim has depends on their Scuba Diving level. The air Sims have left is shown by a moodlet. Once this first moodlet expires, they will get a negative moodlet that shows that they are having trouble breathing and should return to the surface, and if this moodlet expires after two hours, the Sim will get the "Gasping for Air" moodlet. If they are still underwater when the last moodlet expires, the Sim may autonomously swim to the surface to save themselves, or die from running out of air. Being a mermaid or having the Lungs of Steel lifetime reward allows Sims to dive indefinitely without worrying about oxygen.
Improving the Skill
This skill can be improved by snorkeling and scuba diving. Only teens and above can scuba dive. Children can go snorkeling, but not scuba diving, up to level 3, but the skill is hidden until the child becomes a teen. Just like any other skill, the Sim can go up to level 10, gaining buffs (less depressurization time and more oxygen) and unlocking more diving areas.
- Hours Spent Snorkeling
- Hours Spent Diving
- Shells Collected
- Message Bottles Collected
- Times Mauled By Shark
- Caves Explored
- Treasure Chests Opened
- Sea Life Collected
- Pearl Diver
- Pearl Divers have collected at least 50 shells. Their reputation for collecting reputable finds helps them sell their shells at higher prices.
- Underwater Spelunker
- Underwater Spelunkers are brave divers who have explored underwater caves at least 15 times. Those many trips in to the dark caverns means the Underwater Spelunker is more likely to find collectables while exploring caves.
- Savvy Snorkeler
- Savvy Snorklers have spent at least 40 hours snorkeling in water. Their experience scanning the underwater floor for hidden items gives them a higher chance of finding collectables while snorkeling.
|Level||Diving Time||Depressurizing Time||Ability|
|1||120 Minutes||150 Minutes|
|2||180 Minutes||140 Minutes||Scuba dive in Rocky Reef diving area|
|3||210 Minutes||130 Minutes|
|4||240 Minutes||120 Minutes||Scuba dive in Davy Jones' Locker diving area|
|5||270 Minutes||110 Minutes|
|6||300 Minutes||100 Minutes||Open treasure chest at Davy Jones' Locker|
|7||330 Minutes||90 Minutes||Scuba dive in The Mermaid Grotto Diving area|
|8||360 Minutes||80 Minutes||Open treasure chest at The Mermaid Grotto|
|9||390 Minutes||70 Minutes||Scuba dive in Pearl's Deep diving area|
|10||420 Minutes||60 Minutes||Open treasure chest at Pearl's Deep, retro diving suit (can be edited using cheats), reaching Diver's Den hidden island through underwater cave in Pearl's Deep|
Fish and Shells
|Scallop Shell||These beautiful scallops make great decorations and mermaid tops.||Common||§10-15|
|Cowry Shell||Smooth and round, the cowry shell turns every beach into an egg hunt!||Common||§20-30|
|Nautilus Shell||She sells these shells by the sea shore.||Uncommon||§85-100|
|Conch Shell||This beautiful conch brings in the sounds of the sea. There's a rumor that there are others that also let you speak to the sea!||Uncommon||§125-150|
|Abalone Shell||The abalone has long abandoned its home, but look! It's left a beautifully shiny shell!||Uncommon||§300-350|
|Ancient Fish Fossil||This Dendorsimius Spiniferi was once known for being as delicious as it was deadly. Now it's known for being extinct.||Rare||§650-700|
|Clam Shell||Did you see that clam blink? You must have just missed it. Oh wait, it blinked again! Nope, you missed it again.||Rare||§850-1000|
|Shark Tooth||Congratulations! This is a relic from the most dangerous marine animal in the ocean! Just be careful. You never know when the owner will return to reclaim its lost prize.||Extraordinarily Unusual||§1500-2000|
- The Shark Tooth can be acquired by successfully fending off a shark attack.