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(UPDATE: 24-APR-2017) Autonomous Fun In The Sun

by icarus_allsorts Posted 8th Aug 2014 at 11:57 PM - Updated 23rd Apr 2017 at 6:07 PM by icarus_allsorts : Mod update
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24-APR-2017: Fix for a potential conflict with Arsil's Toddlers Extra Activities. If you use both mods, toddlers should be encouraged to play in the sand autonomously as well.

14-MAR-2016: Sims can now autonomously initiate water balloon/snowball/dew fights on the Family Fun Water Arena.

Mod Description

This is a script mod that allows and promotes sims to snorkel, windsurf, go boating, use pool loungers, build sandcastles and have water balloon fights autonomously. Also sims can rent boats for fun from mooring posts/boat trailers on community lots using a new custom interaction. Read below for more details.


The mod allows sims to perform following interactions autonomously without being directed by the player:
  • Go Windsurfing
  • Snorkel
  • Go Boating
  • Have Water Balloon/Snowball/Dew Fight (using the Family Fun Water Arena from Seasons)

You may be asking why I made this script mod specifically, since most usually to make an interaction autonomous/more autonomous an ITUN tuning mod should suffice?

I've also made the following changes to these interactions as well as the "Relax" interaction for pool loungers and the "Play In Sand" interactions:

Go WindsurfingSims tend to surf far away from where they started and end up in the middle of nowhereSims will be made to surf back to where they started from after they finish (unless the interaction is cancelled or they started from too far out in the sea in the first place in which case they'll be directed back to land instead)
SnorkelSims could not
  • snorkel in bodies of water (besides pools) above the world's sea level and were simply blocked from snorkeling in Twinbrook/Lunar Lakes/Moonlight Falls because of this
  • find objects when snorkeling in ponds/lakes only at sea
Sims can now
  • snorkel in bodies of water above the sea level (such as the lakes in Twinbrook/Bridgeport/Lunar Lakes etc) (wish I could've done the same for boating/windsurfing but the game simply refuses to place or route boats on non-default water levels )
  • find objects (excluding seashells) when snorkeling in ponds/lakes
Go BoatingPlayer has to manually click on a point in the water for the sim to route in the boat toIf a sim has a boat in their inventory and autonomously decides to use this interaction they will route a to a nearby point in the water chosen by the game and then go boating around autonomously from that point
Relax (Pool Lounger)Inactive sims could autonomously grab loungers out in the open even if they didn't own them but since they couldn't return them back on their own that was a botherSims will no longer use pool loungers that they do not own.
Play In SandOnly child sims could autonomously be pushed to play in the sand despite Island Paradise unlocking the activity for sims teens and above. Also nothing was preventing sims from building sandcastles under snow.Sims aged children and above can autonomously be pushed to play in the sand. They can't do this if the sand is covered in snow.

In addition:
  • Sims will now only autonomously consider going windsurfing or snorkeling if they are on either a Beach lot or a commercial lot that is partially in the water.
  • The same restrictions on the default Go Play In the Ocean interaction so sims should no longer spam (and fail) the interaction whenever they are on the world lot.
  • In addition to on residential lots they are greeted on, Sims can use pool loungers in community lots autonomously ONLY on lots zoned as either Pool / Resort / Pool Club / Beach (so you don't have to worry about the market in China for example) OR a lot partially in the water UNLESS there is an unowned pool lounger already on the lot (so say if you wanted sims to autonomously lounge in the pool at the gym just place a pool lounger on the lot)

Windsurfing Board, Pool Lounger and Boat "Rentals"

Similar to the in-game windsurfing interaction, the mod makes possible for sims to relax in a pool lounger even if they didn't have one in their inventory. A temporary lounger will be created for them to use in that case, which will eventually be automatically deleted after they are done using it. In addition, if you placed pool loungers/windsurfing boards on a community lot the temporary board/lounger created for sims doing these activities on the/from the lot will copy the CASt style set of one of the loungers/board on the lot, making it seem like they "rented" (for free) from the lot as demonstrated in the screenshots (This is mostly so sims don't have to use the exact same one default preset for the object every time)

And speaking of rentals, I've added an interaction to rent boats on mooring posts and boat trailers on community lots. It's simply called Go Boating... (since I didn't want to bother needing a new line to be translated and just used an existing interaction name that would appear correctly translated in all languages already). With it you can choose to rent a boat (costs money this time) of your choice if the mooring post/trailer is empty OR if there is an unowned boat moored to the post/placed on the trailer you can choose to rent it and a copy of that boat (CaSt patterns/colors included) will be temporarily placed in the sim's inventory. The sim will then be pushed to go boating with the rented boat (which will be deleted sometime after they are done). (Note: This is NOT to be confused with the default Purchase vehicle interaction which buys your sim a permanent boat)

Known Issues

Issues that I've experienced even without the mod:
  • For some reason using the lounger in the lakes of Lunar Lakes is impossible, no such problem in every other world I've tested on.
  • When snorkeling in shallow water sims may start clipping into the land beneath the water.
  • Sims can only Play In Sand on terrain painted with sand (obviously), but I've noticed that the game doesn't read certain sandy ground paints as sand (usually custom ones or ones from the Store Worlds), the interaction doesn't appear/is unusable on certain beaches in Dragon Valley for example. You'll have to manually edit the lot and paint over the ground with one of the default sand paints in that case (you don't have to do the whole lot, just any small portion you'd like to see sims build sand castles on, though the wider it is the easier it is for sims to find a spot to build on by themselves)

End Notes

Built and tested on patch 1.67

Requires Island Paradise EXCEPT for the lounger interactions that require Seasons (The mod will still work if you have only one of the two expansions, you just won't get the interactions from the expansion you don't have)

In the package you'll find custom ITUNs for these activities, I've left the advertising for them pretty high, mostly to be in line with the default advertising values for the beach towel relaxing interaction (since that was what sims seem to like to do the most on beach lots, at least in my games) Feel free to adjust them as you wish (though I assume if you're downloading this mod you actually want to see sims performing these activities over seeing them just lie on the ground for hours on end which is why I decided to leave them high in the first place)

If you're looking for these interactions using NRaas Retuner, they are found under

Should not conflict with any other mods since this is a script mod and all the ITUNs in the package are custom ones unique to the mod.

Additional Credits:
The Jones' for S3PE All the script modding tutorials out there.

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Test Subject
#76 Old 15th Jul 2015 at 10:17 PM
is there a way to stop sims from automatically swimming in pools. Every single house that has a pool you can't keep them out. even if it's bedtime or time to eat they are in the pool! and by the time I get them all (4 people in family) told to go inside, one of them has gotten back in the pool.
Test Subject
#77 Old 18th Jul 2015 at 8:05 PM
thanks!there were way to few people doing stuff on the beach and using the different animations for using things in the sun :)
#78 Old 24th Jul 2015 at 7:52 PM
Thank you!! This is awesome!!! Definitely something I need for my resort!! just one quick question; will this mod conflict with Sunbathing Fix mod by Inge ( Because I also uses that mod for my resort, thanks again
Mad Poster
#79 Old 20th Jan 2016 at 7:40 AM

Thanks for this mod. It is one of my favorite mod. I just recently noticed something, I read over the description and didn't find anything about it... so I'm not sure what to make of it.

This mod only works during summer? or at least hot temperature? Is that by design or is it a glitch? I'm just curious whether I should check for mod conflict or not. I've tested it to some degree, couldn't get it to work during autumn at all. Once I set it to summer, it works at even 55 degree F.
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#80 Old 13th Mar 2016 at 7:24 PM
@nitromon: Sorry for the lateness. The mod works in all seasons and at any temperature, but sims are discouraged from engaging in the water activities in the fall and winter. You can change this by editing the ITUNs in the mod or using NRaas Retuner (read the End Notes section on the description page for where to find the interactions in game)
Test Subject
#81 Old 16th Apr 2016 at 4:55 PM
excellent idea. I was missing see them doing these activities by themselves. Great , my thanks.
Test Subject
#82 Old 21st May 2016 at 6:07 AM
thank you
Lab Assistant
#83 Old 2nd Oct 2016 at 4:48 PM
Lovely idea, thank you!
Test Subject
#84 Old 3rd Oct 2016 at 2:40 PM
Hey, thanks for making this mod! Now the beach seems to be more lively. But whenever some sims or my sims use the go boating interaction, it will stay still and stuck there for unplayable sims. Here's the list of mods that I use:
Is it because of mod conflicts? Or is there something wrong? Thanks!
Test Subject
#85 Old 24th Oct 2016 at 6:36 PM
Default Thank YOU!!
You're the best! Thank you so much!
Test Subject
#86 Old 6th Nov 2016 at 2:07 PM
Thank you! :) I have Island Paradise, so this is perfect!
Test Subject
#87 Old 7th Dec 2016 at 6:25 AM
thank you
Lab Assistant
#88 Old 12th Feb 2017 at 8:18 AM
your mod rock, here a suggestion how about also add the store "surf wave station" item to make also the sims can surf at beach??? if this not already added.
Lab Assistant
#89 Old 22nd Mar 2017 at 5:28 PM
This was a wonderful addition to my gameplay! Thank you!
Test Subject
#90 Old 31st Mar 2017 at 7:40 PM
I love this. Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#91 Old 14th Apr 2017 at 6:08 PM
Thanks so much!
Lab Assistant
#92 Old 17th Apr 2017 at 12:51 PM
I love this and will try it out.
Top Secret Researcher
#93 Old 24th Apr 2017 at 12:20 AM
Thanks very much for the update icarus
Lab Assistant
#94 Old 15th May 2017 at 12:54 PM
I love your mods SO much and thank you so much for sharing them with the community!!
Test Subject
#95 Old 25th Sep 2017 at 2:32 AM
This is so awesome thank you so much.
Test Subject
#96 Old 17th Feb 2018 at 4:33 AM
Sometimes, these Sims lame as hell...
Lab Assistant
#97 Old 27th Dec 2018 at 3:30 AM
Happy Holliday and thank you so much for all the joy you have given to all Sims 3 players XXX
Test Subject
#98 Old 25th Aug 2019 at 10:41 PM
Now my beaches will be much more fun and lively thanks for creating and sharing
Lab Assistant
#99 Old 23rd Mar 2020 at 1:41 AM
Why didn't I find this sooner. Thanks so much!!
Forum Resident
#100 Old 20th Jun 2020 at 11:14 PM
Thanks so much!
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