Skills in the Universe Project will be character based, not player based. This means that just because you know how to do something in real life doesn't mean that you will be able to do this same thing ingame. Early in the game, skills will be almost entirely character centric vs. player centric.
If you get better at one skill,you will be better at related skills too
Evidence for swimming skill "There is a swimmig skill" -UniverseProject
Evidence for building, kicks, digging on 2nd livestream