Researching at sea: Exploring the ‘swim-along’ interview method

Hannah Denton, Charles Dannreuther, Kay Aranda

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Interest in researching embodied experiences of activity connected to therapeutic landscapes, spaces or places has led to a range of evolving methods that aim to move beyond traditional sit-down, talk-based qualitative modes of researching. Following the sensory turn, this paper explores a novel ‘swim-along' method used to interview people whilst swimming immersed in sea water. By juxtaposing this with insights gleaned from a subsequent sit-down interview, the paper examines implications for deepening our understanding of visceral, sensory, embodied experiences, the methods we can use to access them and how these structure researcher / participant interaction.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102466
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalHealth & Place
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2020


  • Blue space
  • Embodiment
  • Mobile methods
  • Open water swimming
  • Phenomenology


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