GTA 5 – How to Swim Up

Welcome to my guide on explaining how to swim up in Grand Theft Auto V, keep in mind this guide also works for Grand Theft Auto Online as well. This guide will help you whether you play in third-person mode, or first-person.

I’ve had numerous people in Online ask how to swim up, and I’ve even seen people die from now knowing how, luckily I have carefully constructed this nonsense guide showing exactly what to do if you find yourself in such situation where you need to swim up before drowning to death.

How to Swim Up

Step 1

Find a body of water that is deep enough to swim underneath. For now, I will be using the Land Act Reservoir for this demonstration, but keep in mind that this method works for any body of water deep enough to dive underneath.

Step 2

Next, you will need to dive underneath the water (SPACE on keyboard/RB on Xbox controller), it doesn’t matter how far under you go, as once you learn how to swim up, you will reach the top of the water in no time at all.

Step 3

Now that you are underneath the water, simply position your camera to point exactly where you want to go, in this case, it’s to the surface of the water.

Step 4

Finally, you just swim by either holding SHIFT (on keyboard) or hold/tap A (with Xbox controller).


You now know how to swim up in GTA 5 or Online, you should now no longer have a fear of the ocean in the game.

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