In PC/Mac clients, swimming is achieved by pressing (or holding down) . In the Xbox editions, swimming is achieved by pressing and/or holding . Swimming is necessary to survive in nearly every environment containing water since only two Blocks-deep of water are needed for a player to drown.while on the PS3 edition this is achieved by pressing and/or holding
Players move slower when swimming than on land.
- The speed penalty on a swimming player is reduced if they are wearing boots that are enchanted with the Depth Strider enchantment (1/3 reduction per level).
- The Respiration enchantment slow the rate of air loss for the player which allows for longer periods of time underwater without drowning. It will also reduce the damage taken by the player after they run out of air.
- The Water Breathing status effect, obtained from a Potion of Water Breathing or Arrow of Water Breathing, will prevent a player's air level from going down.
- The Fire Resistance status effect, obtained from a Potion of Fire Resistance or Arrow of Fire Resistance, will allow a player to swim safely in lava in survival mode as long as the effect lasts.