Luke’s Blog – Part 5

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Hi, I’m Luke.  I’ll be skinny dipping for the first time in septembare.  But my first time experience of social nudity happened just last month, when I took part in Streak for Tigers at London Zoo and my experience was very positive.  I’d like to tell you about it.

Before the streak, I felt a little apprehensive only when I first put my foil wrap around me because the reality of what I was about to do set in.  I was then waiting in the courtyard with the other ‘tigers’ (some with wraps, some without) and decided to acclimatise by removing my foil wrap.  As a first timer, I had irrational expectation that everyone would suddenly stop chatting and turn to look at me and my body.  But they didn’t, they just carried on chatting.  It felt strange to me being naked in this context but at the same time that feeling was massively outweighed by feelings of being comfortable and natural.   It felt comfortable because there was no elasticated waist band clinging to me.  Natural too, maybe because all the animals were naked too, maybe because the version of me as a hurried traveller in London was left upstairs with my clothes and I was now feeling the natural and tranquil warmth of the summer’s evening all over me, or maybe because I was amongst other people enjoying the same.   It felt so exhilarating to then run without clothes.

So I’m not a first timer anymore.  But I still consider myself to be a newbie.  And I’ll consider myself to be a newbie until I get fully used to it.   But on that night I didn’t want it to end, and I can’t wait to do it again.

If you feel nervous, keep busy beforehand on the day, look forward to enjoying the event and remind yourself that it is no big deal and of your reasons for doing it.

I hope I’ve inspired you.  I can’t take any nerves away from your first time because they’re natural and anyway will be part of your special collection of memories from your first time.  But I hope I’ve convinced you that it’s worth pushing through those nerves, and that you’ll be ok.

I shall be going to the Meadway Sports Centre near Reading for my Great British Skinny Dip.  I’ll be the one with the Union Flag towel and humming ‘Britannia Rules the Waves’ as I enter the pool.  I’m looking forward to it.

Enjoy your dip.  I’ll be thinking of you.  And thanks for reading.

Best Wishes

Luke

Luke’s Blog – Part 4

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Hi, I’m Luke and I’m skinny dipping for the first time this Septembare.  In this post I’m going to consider male concerns about skinny dipping.  I’ve taken advice from very credible sources and also found some random but useful nuggets from elsewhere that others, who feel as I do, may find useful.

I have been told that for some men there’s the common concern of showing signs of arousal.  I’ve read reassurances that it’s not likely to happen because it’s a non sexual environment.  I believe that.  For me, however, I want a plan B as a safety net, and maybe a plan C too in case the first net has a flaw in it.  As someone who has spent most of my life clothed, for whatever reason, simply being naked might cause a problem.

In advance of my dip, I have been conditioning my mind to normalise nudity by watching the Great British Skinny Dip or Naked Attraction programmes again on the Channel 4 website.  I have spent some time naked at home getting comfortable with it and developing self control.   In doing so I have reassured myself that it is possible to be distracted whilst naked, maybe by reading or doing the ironing (carefully!).

On the day of the GBSD, I have been told to remember the other people are not glamour models, they are normal people who queue with us at the supermarket, and the human body is only sexy if our minds allow it to be.  Even if we do find someone attractive, luckily we chaps have an automatic safety valve which knows when it is the wrong time and place.  I have practised distracting myself with thoughts about work or the tax return (!).

As a last resort, as all Naturists carry a towel, it is possible to use that and then head for the water to cool off!

Next time I’ll be considering how, on the day of my Great British Skinny Dip, I’m going to make sure I get myself along to my chosen Land of Hope & Glory.

Thanks for reading.  Back soon.

Luke

Press release: Great Britain urged “Skinny Dip this September for Health and Wellbeing”

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.

 

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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 andrew.welch@bn.org.uk 07774 955138

 

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/greatbritishskinnydip

Twitter: @GBSD2017  #septembare

Website: www.greatbritishskinnydip.co.uk

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.

 

 

 

 

Luke’s Blog – Part 3

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Hi, I’m Luke.   I’m going to skinny dip for the first time this septembare.   I’ve got concerns but I’ve thought about it a lot and now I’ve got solutions too.  In this post I’m going to explain why my body’s ok to reveal, and why yours probably is too.

I’m happy just to be a healthy weight and aim to be somewhere around the middle of the green bar on the body mass index.  Luckily I’ve held myself back from developing an Adonis-like physique, which I feel might have drawn attention to myself if I was self conscious as a newbie.  So another benefit of skinny dipping is to encourage me to eat healthily and be active because I want to look at my best.

I’ve got body hair in the usual places, and I’m happy to keep it because it’s natural and comfortable, although I may tidy myself up by snipping a few long ones.  Just recently I noticed some random patches of hair on my back and carefully used a razor and a mirror to remove them quite easily.   So skinny dipping has also prompted me to consider my body appearance, something I should have done long before now.

It really doesn’t matter what we look like.  Often when people take up running as beginners, they feel self conscious and so run later in the evening when it’s dark, as I did when I started out.  Then I realised that it didn’t matter if people saw me running because I felt pleased with myself that I was running and they weren’t, and I also felt a sense of belonging, knowing that there were plenty of other people out running like me.  I guess the same applies to skinny dipping.  What’s important is that you’ve bothered to turn up and take part, and so it really doesn’t matter what you look like.  I guess when you’re naked you might feel less judgmental anyway, except on maybe the weather and the water temperature.   I can see how why they say being naked is a social leveller.

Finally, there are plenty of pictures and videos on the internet of naturist events like Streak for Tigers and World Naked Bike Ride, and TV programmes available to watch again such as Naked Attraction and the GBSD documentary.  Seeing people in those contexts help me to realise naturists are all shapes and sizes, and it helps to normalise nudity in my mind.

Next time I’ll be reflecting on how to overcome gender specific concerns, and how I’m going to battle past any daemons on the day of the dip.

Thanks for reading.  Back soon.

Luke