# Swimming

**Swimming**

Swim has a starting speed of 18KmH (walking speed starts at 25KmH, so it’s about 25% slower).

Each point in the swim skill improves your swim speed by 0,8% or 0,2KmH, each negative level below zero swim reduces speed by 0,1KmH or 0,4%.

There are several bonusses to raise the skill.

+78 – Strength modifier (from the 166 Strength)

+20 – Item enhancement bonus

+23 – Spent skill points

+5 – Skill boost

+6 – str skills (ioun stone)

~~+5 – feats~~

+2 -exceptional skill bonus

+4 – Greater Heroism

~~+8 – Human enhancements~~

+7 epic skill feats

=164

That makes the highest swim speed 47,4Kmh, or more then double the starting swim speed.

**Breathing underwater**

The swim skill influences how long you can stay underwater, the formula for this is “19.5 + (swim level x 0.5) = amount of seconds”, for 164 swim this is 101.5 Seconds before you start getting damaged.

The damage seems to be 1.3HP per second or about 80HP per minute.

**Currents**

Currents are different per quest, some aren’t possible to swim against, but Crucible has a current of 18KmH, which one could swim upstream