In PC/Mac clients, swimming is achieved by pressing (or holding down) Blocks-deep of water are needed for a player to drown.. Swimming is necessary to survive in nearly every environment containing water, as only two
Players move slower when swimming than on land.
- A player's swim speed can be increased if his/her boots are enchanted with the Depth Strider enchantment.
- The Respiration enchantment will allow a player to swim underwater for a longer period before drowning.
- A Water Breathing status effect, gained from a Potion of Water Breathing or Arrow of Water Breathing, will allow a player to safely swim underwater without fear of drowning for as long as the effect lasts.
- A Fire Resistance status effect, gained from a Potion of Fire Resistance or Arrow of Fire Resistance, will allow a player to swim safely in, and avoid drowning in, lava in survival mode as long as the effect lasts.