We’re looking for venues…

Those people who are lucky enough to have experienced skinny-dipping know that it’s so much better than swimming with a costume on!

But that’s where the problem lies.

The very thing that makes it better is also the thing that puts most people off!

The aim of the GBSD is to overcome the nudity barrier by raising awareness of all the health, well-being and body-positivity benefits of nudity, and especially social nudity. Of course, we don’t expect everyone to participate in nude activities as a result but we will be educating, busting the myths and changing all those decades-long attitudes that suggest that nudity is somehow not ok  for normal people. We are fortunate to have discovered something wonderful that everyone can benefit from – and we want people to understand that.

Some people will want to give it a go and so we are encouraging venues to provide the opportunity for that to happen. To allow people to experience it for themselves and to realise that despite what conventional thought says, find out that being naked with others is fun, liberating, relaxing and can boost your self-esteem.

It follows that all venues must be open and welcoming. We must carry people through their experience and make it as easy as possible for them when they may feel out of their comfort zone and even vulnerable. The only ‘rule’ therefore to enable it to work is that everyone turning up at a venue is to be admitted unless there is a common sense reason not to. A detailed description of what this means is available on request.

Some groups or venues may choose to pair with a charity and raise money for a good cause. That’s good because it gives the charity something different to engage their fund-raisers with and provides an excuse for people to participate. We understand that pre-registration is usually asked for by charities, but just make sure that you also give a warm welcome to anyone turning up at the venue on the day.

We need as many venues as possible and we want your suggestions! This is a national campaign that we can all get involved in and support. Plenty of resources and information will be available but could YOU think about where it could take place in your area?

What kind of venues are we looking for?

Anywhere you can swim safely. Skinny-dipping is well-known to be fun, exhilarating and spontaneous – just the themes we want to promote. Outdoor or wild locations are perfect so let’s include lakes and tarns, rivers, open-air lidos, and beaches. Nothing wrong with indoor locations – and sometimes with the British weather they can be preferable – so we want to include swimming pools in leisure centres, waterparks, and municipal and school pools. We might gain a number of new venues and locations regularly used for Naturism. Existing Naturist locations like clubs and swims are also obvious places for people to give it a try – and can be a way for them to find new members.

How will the events be organised?

It depends on the location. Public venues such as lakes, beaches or rivers just need someone to coordinate a gathering. Private locations such as leisure centres can be hired by an individual or group – or even be persuaded to host their own. There is information available with ideas and sample words for correspondence but don’t hesitate to simply ask managers/staff face to face.

When is it happening?

Throughout September 2018. (#Septembare). Any date is fine. Venues can put on more than one if they like or select an adverse-weather fall back date.

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Luke’s blog

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Hi, I’m Luke and I skinny dipped for the first time in septembare. I went to the Meadway Leisure Centre in Reading.

I was given a document stating I had a visitor temporary membership of Reading Naturist Group. It’s just for me to bring with me each time but it actually means a lot more to me than that. I’ve often thought about joining a swimming club but never expected naturism to be the common theme, and a few months ago I wouldn’t have expected to hold any type of membership to any type of naturist club. I feel quite proud of it.

To be honest, I was expecting for swimming naked to feel more sensual than it actually did. To the lay person such as me, I guess ladies would feel more liberated. I feel more streamlined when swimming in trunks. This time I felt as though I was swimming with the hand brake on, so I might be brave enough to use back stroke next time instead.

I did a lot more chatting than swimming. I wanted to find out who naturists are. I found that they have the same daily lives as all of us, and are really friendly to chat to. I also discovered that chatting when naked can improve your confidence because you tend to purposefully look in the eye more when talking, rather than letting your eyes wander.

This evening was less razzmatazz than Streak for Tigers and more pure naturism. I like the venue. There’s plenty of parking space, the security of poolside lockers and a good size pool to swim in with music played through to the pool area. I’ll definitely visit again. I’d like to meet my new friends again and there was something tranquil about the whole evening. This club covers a wide geographical area and it’s important to keep it by using it.

I might also try skinny dipping outdoors, maybe in the sea. But I’m still that person who likes the comfort and convenience of clothes, and prefers the indoors to outdoors. I’m just now also more comfortable with my body which is a good thing, and I take more notice of my body which reminds me that I’d like to stay fit and healthy, and that’s another good thing. I recently heard a statement that really resonated with me that naturism is all about feeling comfortable. And I’ll be enjoying more of it.

Thanks for reading

Best Wishes

Luke

The Great British Skinny Dip – going swimmingly – part II

This September, locations across the UK are shedding their inhibitions – and their swimming costumes – to enjoy the liberating experience of costume-free swimming  – and they’re loving it!  The Great British Skinny Dip, which sets out to show the health benefits of costume-free swimming, is now underway and we’re getting some impressive feedback!
Andrew Welch, Commercial Manager for British Naturism says “last year was a great success, but this year we’re building on that and all the early indications are that this year’s events are attracting more people, inspired by the health and wellbeing benefits that costume-free swimming brings.”

Swims have been happening across the nation from the northern reaches of Scotland to the coast of Cornwall. There’s more to come – keep an eye on the list

Wigton Baths in Cumbria was one of our new venues. A chance conversation with the Manager by a regular skinny dipper led to an offer to run a GBSD event, which attracted several newcomers.  There is now talk of running regular skinny dip sessions…

Adrenalin Quarry in Cornwall hosted a swim and zip wire event.  Two attendees travelled over 50 miles to attend, and one lady came with a wetsuit for her regular swim which she left on shore as she joined in the GBSD event! The event organiser is already trying to put on further skinny dip events.

A great event at Monknash beach in South Wales was attended by many who enjoyed good weather.

Andrew Welch says “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 for both physical and mental wellbeing.  The Great British Skinny Dip sets out to counter that, along with showing people that swimming costumes are pointless”

Our dedicated website at www.greatbritishskinnydip.co.uk has full details of the months events and the benefits of costume-free swimming.  We’d love as many people as possible to enjoy a skinny-dip, challenging themselves to try something truly different this month.

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/greatbritishskinnydip
Twitter: @GBSD2017  #septembare
Website: www.greatbritishskinnydip.co.uk

All going swimmingly…

The Great British Skinny Dip has got off to a flying start this #septembare, and there’s still the rest of the month to go!

Down in Devon, Torbay Sun Club welcomed forty people to their skinny dip at the usually non-Naturist Hollicombe Beach in Paignton.  Those who attended included a coupe from Germany and two women who had skinny dipping on their bucket lists!  With good local press coverage and several new members, the event has been a resounding success.  One of the ims of the event was also to try to help convince the local authority to make the beach Naturist – hopefully an aim that will be realised!  Another beach dip, at Climping in Sussex, didn’t get great weather, but those who attended raised £75 for ‘Safe in Sussex’.

Diogenes in Buckinghamshire once again partnered with Rennie Grove Hospice Care and hosted a sponsored skinny dip at the club, enjoying beautiful warm sunshine.  Of the thirteen who attended, eleven were new to Naturism and some have since requested membership forms.  All the visitors were impressed by the welcome they received, and the first timers all loved their first experience of Naturism!  One of the event’s aims, aside from helping a great local cause, was to normalise Naturism – there’s no doubt that this was realised.

The very beautiful Beacon Tarn, near to Coniston in the Lake District, attracted an increased turnout of twenty four this year – up from fifteen last year.  The weather, while better than last year, was still damp, however the hardy souls who took part had a great ramble up to the tarn and enjoyed champagne picnic as well as a bracing dip in this wonderful setting.  Afterwards, many of the group headed for a warm up and some refreshments in the Black Bull in Coniston – a fitting end to a wonderful event.

The regular swim run by Noah’s Ark in Surrey were pleased to have four new women come along – three of whom had never swum naked  before.  All have said they would return – very encouraging!

Back north again, this time to Yellowcraig  on the Forth, where a dawn skinny dip was held in aid of Marie Curie.  Another stunning location, enhanced by the magic of the sun coming up over the horizon, the twelve skinny dippers enjoyed the wonderfully calm waters and the organisers are grateful to the RNLI for providing safety cover.

Keep an eye on http://greatbritishskinnydip.co.uk/events/organised-events/ for all the events yet to come. You have nothing to lose but your clothes!

Luke’s Blog – Part 2

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Hi, I’m Luke.   I’m going to skinny dip for the first time this septembare.   I’ve thought about it a lot and I’ve got a plan to help me through it.  This time I’m talking about why I want to do it.

I enjoy running and swimming.  Since learning about the Streak for Tigers event at London Zoo and the Great British Skinny Dip, I’ve been curious to know how both running and swimming feel naked.  I want to feel the water everywhere when I swim and feel the breeze everywhere when I run.   I’m ok at running but could be better so I’m inspired by ancient Olympians who competed naked to harmonise the body with the mind.   If it worked for them then it might work for me too.

Skinny dipping feels exciting because it’s new, scary and perhaps seems a little naughty too.   It seems naturally a little scary and new to us newcomers who have spent almost all of our living moments so far clothed.   It also perhaps feels a little ‘naughty’, knowing that it’s disallowed in some places.

It develops confidence, and here I’m trying to pinpoint exactly why.  Maybe it’s because if you’re confident about your body then you’d become more confident generally.  Maybe it’s because when you can comfortably be yourself and chat to others whilst naked, in what some people might refer to as a vulnerable state, then you’re likely to be really confident doing the same when you’re clothed.   Maybe you feel confident because it’s a leveller and you suddenly feel on the same level as others with you.  Or maybe you gain confidence just because you’re so pleased with yourself for taking that leap of faith in yourself by removing all of your clothes.

Another way of developing confidence is to step out of your comfort zone, which is how it feels to us newcomers.   Stepping out of your comfort zone will make that zone larger.  Baz Luhrmann (in his Everybody’s Free song) advised, “Do one thing every day that scares you”.   Baz also advised wearing sun screen, good advice for naturists and is probably more effective these days than the layers of olive oil and sand which those ancient Olympians had to rely on.

Another reason I want to do it is to lighten up a bit.  I’m quite sensitive and I think skinny dipping will help me not to take myself too seriously but to laugh at myself instead.

I’ve also been told, with enthusiasm, that being clothes free feels very liberating.  I can’t wait to try it.  All these benefits are to be had from just wearing less at the pool.

Next time I’m going to reflect on why my body is ok to show, and why I reckon yours is too.  Thanks for reading.  Back soon.

Luke