It was undoubtedly traumatic that such a thing happened.
But thousands of boys had learned to dive off those boards, including me.
I don’t know what the rationale was for such a practice.” I didn’t press the issue, although I thought as a retired teacher he probably should have found out what the rationale was for the practice of nude swimming if he was going to comment on it.
But here’s the answer…or at least an answer: Tradition.
Boys swam naked in American high schools and sometimes teachers or coaches were naked too (although my swimming teacher always wore a swim suit). social history that a practice that millions of men experienced as boys has been suppressed in our collective memory.