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Ezio diving from the exploding Naval Cannon

Swimming is the act of self-propulsion of oneself through water, which can include diving.

When an Assassin or Templar would dive, they could choose to remain underwater in order to hide or evade enemies, up until the point where they needed to catch their breath. This enabled them to use water in a stealthy manner, allowing for the traversal of otherwise restricted areas unnoticed.


Desmond Miles' ancestors Ezio Auditore da Firenze, Haytham Kenway and Ratonhnhaké:ton, who is also known as Connor, were capable swimmers, able to dive from great heights and hold their breath for several seconds.[1][2] Ezio's apprentices in Rome were trained to swim, as their initiation ceremony required performing the Leap of Faith into the Tiber river. However, swimming was slower than freerunning, and it was preferrable to jump on whatever surface they could find.[3]

Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad was capable of swimming, but a glitch in the programming of Animus 1.28 caused him to drown upon contact with water, which was corrected in the Animus 2.0 when Desmond began to relive Ezio's memories.[4] Desmond himself could swim, and used to wash in the creek after morning exercises on the Farm.[5]

The pirates of the Golden Age of Piracy dived underwater to find treasure from Caribbean shipwrecks or caverns, after a large armada of Spain's trading vessels sank and scattered a vast amount of wealth to the seabed. Connor's grandfather, the pirate Edward Kenway and his former quartermaster Adéwalé, each possessed a diving bell on their ships, which allowed them to dive for extended periods of time, since they could place their heads in the apparatus whenever they needed to take a breath.

Edward and Adéwalé were adept at underwater swimming, both men pushed themselves from objects and outcroppings to boost their speed. When swept into a current, they would position themselves to dodge obstacles. However, in order to increase their maneuverability, Edward and Adéwalé were completely unarmed and were forced to dodge or use their fists against animals like sharks.[6][7]

Aveline de Grandpré, a French-African member of the Assassins from New Orleans, Louisiana was a capable diver. An example of this presented itself when she swam through the flooded caverns beneath Chichen Itza to find the shards of a Prophecy Disk, and could hold her breath for under a minute.[8]


  • Before Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, civilians, guards and other characters would instantly drown in water, whereas Assassin apprentices would disappear but not be killed. In Black Flag, most of the characters can swim.
  • Aveline is the only playable ancestor to date who swam using only front crawl, whereas other ancestors also utilized breaststroke.



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