This September, locations across the UK will once again be encouraging people to shed their inhibitions, and their swimming costumes, to try the liberating experience of costume-free swimming in a repeat of upbeat and fun initiative – The Great British Skinny Dip – which sets out to show the health benefits of costume-free swimming.
Venues across the country are preparing to welcome people to take the plunge – and it’s not only Naturist clubs who are doing so! We have beaches, leisure centres and even a beautiful Lake District tarn! Buoyed by the successes we saw in last year’s campaign, this year we have pulled out the stops to make it even better.
Andrew Welch, Commercial Manager for British Naturism says “Last year’s first event was a great success, with people across the UK shedding their preconceptions and taking their first costume free swim, and their smiles said it all – this is a liberating and truly life affirming experience. It was filmed for a Channel 4 documentary – The Great British Skinny Dip – which aired in February and took 70% of the viewing share on its inaugural showing. Repeated many times since, the documentary has really generated interest for this year’s events and gained converts.
Although the event is designed to be fun, there are some important underlying aims. People are often brought up to cover their bodies instinctively, sometimes with unwelcome consequences. When people harbour feelings of body shame this can result in an unwillingness to exercise, with consequences for both physical and mental wellbeing. The Great British Skinny Dip sets out to counter that and show people that the human body comes in all sorts of diverse shapes and sizes – and, you know what, they’re all okay! It’s also pretty pointless to put on a piece of clothing just to get it wet again isn’t it?”
Individuals should keep an eye on our dedicated website at www.greatbritishskinnydip.co.uk and especially the event listings to find out about events in their area – taking the step into costume-free swimming is such a liberating experience that it can change people’s lives! We’d love as many people as possible to enjoy a skinny-dip, challenging themselves to try something truly different.
Resources and contacts:
For information/contacts for individual events/venues please see the contact details given in the event listing
For general information and background:
Media and PR – Andrew Welch firstname.lastname@example.org 07774 955138
Twitter: @GBSD2017 #septembare
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. www.bn.org.uk/campaigning/index.php.
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.www.bn.org.uk/activities/placestogo.php.
YBN (Young British Naturists) has a membership of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 30 who get together at clubs and beaches many weekends. They represent the UK at the International Naturist Federation (INF) Youth Rally held annually. http://ybn.org.uk.
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 www.bn.org.uk/index.php/mediacentre, which contains useful information for those wishing to write about Naturism or to feature this wonderful world in their publications or programmes.