All the preposterous nonsense that follows nudity most of the time, is generated by the self perpetuating media, who really in all honesty, like to see themselves elevated to the moral high ground. Time after time however comments or complaints shoot down the medias point of view as being irrelevant and most of the time ineffectual.
It was good to read mind you in a local newspaper recently just before the Chelmsford WNBR the words.
” Contrary to popular belief, it is not illegal to be naked in a public place ” Then of course the editor got out the black marker pen and the pixelating machine and suitably covered up “all that thou must not see ” but at least I suppose its a start.
With the good weather continuing on from June the chance to go walking from time to time has come about albeit clothed and without my beloved other half, who when she’s not working had been struggling with a bad back for sometime. It’s a shame really because we had some good walks through the countryside and the occasional naked ramble.
The British countryside is these days shrinking at an alarming rate to my dismay, however you can find the odd patch of unspoiled countryside in a corner of a field (“which is forever England” lol).
On these long hot summer days it would be nice on the odd occasion when the need arises to jump into the odd pond, river or lake and cool off au naturel.
Wild Swimming these days as it is called, is hugely popular and their are books on the subject as well as the odd website. For most its almost a year round adventure and for most its also a clothed one. They wear wetsuits, swimming costumes, hats and take all sorts of other equipment just to swim for some 10-20 minutes. Skinny Dipping for most doesn’t occur but I just wonder how many of these swimmers don’t actually realise what they are missing out on.
Today, most nude swimming takes place at nude beaches, naturist facilities, private swimming pools, or secluded or segregated public swimming areas. Some Western countries, such as Canada and the United Kingdom, have no laws prohibiting nude swimming in public areas, but some countries around the world strictly enforce various laws against public nudity, including nude swimming.
Then there’s the safety aspect to be taken into consideration. We are often put off the idea too by the authorities who tell us: ” Beware – the water is cold ! ” A common prominent feature in publications advising on water safety are warnings of the dangers posed by immersion in inland waters which, according to some: remain extremely cold even on a hot day ,never warm up, even in summer and are surprisingly cold only a few inches below the surface.
Whereas some inland water temperatures, rivers in particular, can fall below 15C during the summer, the majority of lowland inland waters in the UK are at between 15C (‘a bit chilly’) and 20C+ (‘lovely and warm’) sometimes from as early as May. Moreover, once heated by the sun, lakes and slow flowing rivers can stay surprisingly warm days after the weather has turned cloudy.
Having said that, not only is there an undeniable problem with feeling cold in the water – it is one which swimmers must be alerted to and take note of. Although water temperature is a major contributor, the problem is not the temperature per se. The real, hidden danger is the inclusion of inaccurate information and sweeping statements in safety advice, that can cost lives.
Kate Rew, the founder of the Outdoor Swimming Society, urged all those wishing to take the plunge in outdoor swim spots to follow clear safety guidelines and make sure they were informed about the places they wanted to swim in. She had the following advice for would-be open water swimmers: Don’t swim when drunk, Don’t jump in without knowing depth of water, Make sure you know about currents, Find out about the swimming place before you get in, Before going into the water, make sure you know where you are going to get out, Swim close to the shore, Swim with someone else, Start off swimming modest distances and then build up.
Rew said that a lot of difficulties associated with open water swimming came about because water temperatures in lakes, rivers and the sea tended to be considerably lower than in heated swimming pools. Research carried out by Portsmouth University and the Swedish National Defence Research Establishment, published in the Lancet in 1999, confirms that drownings associated with cold water are usually caused by swimming impairment. Although at water temperatures of 20C and above, often experienced in open water during the summer, the risk diminishes, our advice is: wear a wetsuit in deep water, swim parallel to the shore and know your limitations.
All in all skinny dipping is fun and is safe especially if the depth of the water is not that deep. It is like no other kind of swimming you’ll experience. The freedom of nude swimming just like nude walking and living is hard to beat and harmless pursuit…that’s providing you can remove the risks and take the plunge and try it…..Go on !