I heard about the graphic novel “A Taste of Chlorine”by Bastien Vives whilst listening to a book review programme on the radio yesterday and was intrigued enough to look up some images on the internet. I’ve now added it to my christmas list. Here is an extract form a review in the observer:
I was just thinking this morning about how about the process of getting up to the pool, changing, getting in the water and swimming can be almost ceremonial. If you type “ceremony of swimming” into google you get a never ending list of information about medal ceremonies for swimming events.We need to think about enjoying all aspects of getting into the water, not just how many lengths we are going to do in a given amount of time.
Last week I caught a few minutes of a radio documentary about how therapists were using smells to help patients remember things more clearly. Many people with a real fear of water, that come to learn to swim with us, can trace their fear back to an incident or incidents that occurred at a swimming pool. The smell of chlorine is so strong and specific to swimming pools that, when learners return to the pool environment their bad memories must return to them quite forcefully. As teachers/facilitators, we need to think of ways of helping people to deal with these evoked memories.