Literally "water lover" from the Latin aqua and Greek φιλειν (philein), the term "aquaphile" was first used by Phil Bolton, when he created the "Aquaphiles Journal" - an online magazine for followers of the underwater erotica scene published in the 1990s.
The psychology of aquaphilia was the subject of a paper by Corinne Lamberth (a therapeutic counsellor based in Lewisham, South London) in 1998. A copy of this paper was published in the Aquaphiles Journal in early 1999.
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