How to Win the Swimming Contest in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
How to Win the Swimming Contest in Harvest Moon: Back to Nature

Stamina management is the key in winning the swimming contest on Mineral Beach held every 1st day of summer. You should try to balance your stamina consumption and rest to win. You’ll receive a Power Berry if you finish first at the contest.

Important Tip

The swimming contest looks easy, but in reality, it’s one of the hardest mini-games. Make a save on the 30th of spring when you go to bed. You can then load this save file if you want to try the swimming contest again in case you did not win.

The Race

Everyone prepares for the swimming contest | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Everyone prepares for the swimming contest

Almost all the males in the town will join the race but you only have to worry about Kai. Talk to Mayor Thomas to join the race.

The X button moves you forward and consumes your stamina every time you try to swim. Your character’s stamina level is determined by a smiley face that changes depending on your energy levels throughout the race.

Full Stamina

A yellow happy face means you have full stamina | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
A yellow happy face means you have full stamina

Medium Stamina

A yellow straight face means you have medium stamina | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
A yellow straight face means you have medium stamina

Low Stamina

A yellow sad face means you have low stamina | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
A yellow sad face means you have low stamina

Very Low Stamina

A red face means you're about to run out of breath | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
A red face means you’re about to run out of breath

No Stamina

A blue face means you ran out of stamina | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
A blue face means you ran out of stamina

You don’t want to reach very low stamina levels, so don’t forget to rest! Press the triangle button to take a breath and recover your stamina.

Strategies to Win

Winning the swimming contest | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Winning the swimming contest

Pressing X quickly at the start

Start the race by pressing the X button rapidly until you have medium stamina (yellow straight face). Then press the triangle button until you fully recover your stamina (yellow happy face). Repeat until you’re halfway to the finish line.

By this time Kai is almost at the finish line but don’t worry, he’s tired and moves very slow. Rapidly press the X button until you reach the finish line.

Staggered X and Triangle approach

Quickly press the X and triangle buttons alternatively to move. You should have the lead by the time Kai starts to slow down.

Use a Turbo Controller

If you have a turbo controller, set the turbo to X and hold it down until you have very low stamina. Then press and hold the triangle button to recover stamina. Repeat the process until you win.