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Do You Skinny Dip?

By AANR President John Kinman

Were you there on July 11, 2009, when AANR established a new Guinness world record for simultaneous skinny dippers at clubs and resorts across North America?  The official count was 13,674 participants at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Nudist Time. 

The world record skinny-dip was the brainstorm of Randy Savage who is a volunteer marketing consultant for AANR and AANR clubs.  The event was a milestone for AANR.  Nude recreation received extensive publicity in all areas.  Clubs got new members, and hundreds of non-members got a feel for what we enjoy so much. 

As I write this in mid-April, packages are being prepared to be sent out to clubs and beach groups for Skinny Dip II, our opportunity to beat our own record.  But I wanted to write to our individual members, more than a third of whom do not belong to a club.  I hope that more members will find an opportunity to participate this year.

Since 2009 was the first attempt to do something that Guinness had never even thought about, we were bound by some tight regulations.  We sent so much documentation to Guinness that they didn’t have time to review it all.  This year, we are allowed to relax a bit.  We know that, especially at beaches, hundreds of people were not counted because they did not sign a release form.  That may be because they didn’t want to sign a photo release or we simply missed them. This year, clubs and beach groups can provide a cover letter with an additional documented count of those who did not sign the form.

Similarly, we limited participation last year to nudist clubs and legally designated nude beaches.  This year, we’ve refined the wording as “participating clubs and nude beaches in appropriate settings.”  We all know that there are many beaches and hot springs where nudity is traditional and accepted but may not be legally designated.  We want to include those areas.  We just ask participants to remember the “appropriate settings” wording.  We don’t want to offend other users of facilities or have participants arrested and the negative publicity that may follow.  We want to have fun, and we want to show the world that we are legitimate users of public lands. 

So, what am I asking of our members?  First, participate!  If you belong to a club that has signed up, be there for the event.  If your club has not signed up, encourage them to do so. A small nonlanded club can put 10 or 12 people in a backyard hot tub and still be included.   If you are not a club member, find a beach or club that you can go to on July 10 and join them.  Many clubs, but not all, will waive day fees for the event.  Call ahead.  Or, why not pull together a few of your friends, pick a location, and call AANR at 1-800-TRY-NUDE to see what it takes to be qualified for participation.

One thing that was exciting to me last year was to see the number of first-time nudists participating.  Here is a chance to reach out to one of your friends and say “just give it a try for five minutes.”  They may not become members but they will have stories to tell their friends, and they will have a better understanding of who we are.  And, they will have a better understanding why you are a member.  

I would like to see 20,000 participants this year.  Can we do it?  It depends on each of us. 

For more information about the AANR World Record Skinny-Dip or to find a location, click here.

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10 Responses to Do You Skinny Dip?

  1. George G. Maher, Jr. says:

    Yes, I skinny dip! It has been years since I have worn a swim suit, and now I don’t even know where it is – REALLY!!
    Probably, it has been thrown out quite some time ago. I skinny dip at Strawberry Lake of Becker County, Minnesota as soon as the water is comfortable and as long through the summer as possible. Skinny dip is the only way to go, if someone is embarrassed about it – – too bad. I usually start in middle to late May and continue until late September, as late as I can take it.

  2. Go for it! Mike in MI (naturally)

  3. alan says:

    I SKINNY DIP AS OFTEN AS I CAN ,MANY A LOCAL RIVER OR LARGE STREAM AND OFF COMES THE KIT ,THERE IS NOTHING LIKE IT AND IT’S BEEN NORMAL FOR ME FOR YEAR’S ,I FEEL IT’S THE MOST NATURAL THING TO DO IF YOU GET SEEN SO WHAT I DON’T CHARGE L O L .

  4. Larry Motzer says:

    I have been a SkinnyDipper for over 40yrs I love the Freedom of a natural lifestyle. The Honesty of people who participate with in the Nudist/natural community is a refreshing experience.

  5. Bob Renaud says:

    Please add the Berkshire Vista Resort in Hancock, MA to the list of participating locations. And all you Western MA folks are invited to come on in and take a dip. Have fun and stay naked!

  6. need new of thinking get new memeber and speard naturist nudism thur out the country.buy up old motel along the coast line turn them naturist heaven clother free resort .from maine to the keys .inland buy up land naturist land just like disney and seaword have.

  7. Joe says:

    My first skinny dip was at the YMCA in 1954. Back then nobody was allowed in the pool with a suit. To bad that has changed because of the puritanical beliefs and hang ups of the few. I`ve not worn a suit since that first experience except the time it took me to reach 18 years of age. ANNR member for years.

  8. Tim King says:

    To me, a great deal of the joy is successfully convincing a non skinny dipper into joining in. Nudity is no big deal to me, but watching a newcomer begin to relax and laugh and play is very fulfilling. Come on in, the water is fine.

  9. Tom Doyen says:

    I love to go skinny dipping where ever. I just wish hotels and motels whould allow it but I understand why they don’t.

  10. steve says:

    From grade seven to twelve in PE we swam nude. It was boys only however after six years of this we became very comfortable with it.

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