This September 2nd to 4th, locations across the UK will be encouraging people to shed their inhibitions, and their swimming costumes, to try the liberating and healthy experience of costume-free swimming
The Great British Skinny Dip (GBSD) encourages those who have never tried nude bathing to, quite literally, take the plunge and give it a go, challenging the traditional attitude to social and public nudity – and themselves.
The list of participating locations around the country is growing all the time – and includes venues offering naked swimming sessions for the first time. They range from swimming pools to beaches, and from lakes to spas. Find them all at http://greatbritishskinnydip.co.uk/events/organised-events/
GBSD is an initiative of British Naturism, the UK’s organisation for Naturism and Naturists. Organiser Andrew Welch, says:
“People are often brought up to instinctively cover their bodies and become ashamed of them. Body shame is high and leads to self esteem and health issues. The Great British Skinny Dip is a fun event, but one that has a serious message – we shouldn’t be so buttoned up about our bodies. Millions of people have already discovered the joy of going costume free, as when they strip away the layers of clothing they also strip away their worries and cares and can truly relax. It soon becomes normal and people wonder what they were worried about. Everyone has a body, and they’re all different. It’s a fantastic to feel the water over all of your skin – and after all, what is the point of putting on a piece of clothing just to get it wet! We’d love as many people as possible to enjoy a skinny-dip, challenging themselves and trying something different.
Further details and resources can be found at www.greatbritishskinnydip.co.uk
Twitter: @GBSD2016 #septembare
Media attendance at some events is possible, but please make contact in advance
Notes for editors
The Great British Skinny Dip is a project being run by British Naturism, the UK’s officially recognised Naturist organisation. It exists to support and unite Naturists around the UK and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, although its predecessors were in existence since the 1930s.
Amongst the aims of BN are to campaign for more places to be made available for Naturism and to protect Naturists against discrimination and Victorian attitudes to the human body http://www.bn.org.uk/campaigning/index/
Fact – in law, there is no offence of nudity. Various pieces of legislation and common law are often mentioned in connection with Naturism but they are rarely relevant. See Crown Prosecution Service guidance on Naturism for details. There is inadequate protection against prejudice, misunderstanding of the law, and abuses of the law, and that can result in Naturists finding themselves in difficulties
In the UK, there are over 130 sun clubs, swim clubs and holiday resorts and many beaches used regularly by Naturists. Membership of BN is around 10,000 people with many more being members of clubs affiliated to BN http://www.bn.org.uk/activities/placestogo/
Naturism is good for you! Naturists report improvements in well-being, stress, chronic illness, self-esteem and body image. It’s also a sensible choice of dress when the weather is warm. Naturists are normal people. The only difference between activities inside and outside of Naturism is the dress code.
It is a fallacy to believe that naked children are any more at risk in a Naturist environment. Unaccompanied children are not permitted in Naturist places and the community spirit that pervades ensures that a watchful eye is present. Despite the perception, there are far fewer problems in Naturism than in more “public” places where children and adults mix. Mindful of the need to be aware of child safeguarding issues, however, BN have a robust child safeguarding policy, code of practice, and a Child Safeguarding sub-committee that meets regularly and runs workshops on the subject, sometimes to groups from outside the Naturist world.
For the media, there is a dedicated “Media Centre” at http://www.bn.org.uk/media/, which contains useful information for those wishing to write about Naturism or to feature this wonderful world in their publications or programmes.