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Originally Posted by MarkLondon There's not nearly enough opportunties to swim naked for most people. I've only done it twice. First time was Hampstead Ponds in the 70s in a heatwave, second time was in

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Old 12-16-2011   #31 (permalink)
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There's not nearly enough opportunties to swim naked for most people. I've only done it twice. First time was Hampstead Ponds in the 70s in a heatwave, second time was in the sea at a nudist beach in the 80s. It is amazing, the difference that lack of a scrap of cloth makes.
I equate London with nude swimming. For many years I was a member of Gymnos, a club that had a nude swimming tranche and a nude social tranche. I also attended many of the sessions of GLS - Gay London Swimmers - an offshoot, I think, of GLP, Gay London Professionals, another social group. GLS swims were held at the University of London pool in Gower St, and the Gymnos swims were held at various council leisure centre sites, usually 2 a week, depending on the annual arrangement struck between Gymnos and the councils. Most were in central London. I might add that straight men were always welcome at these nude swims. They were recreational and social, not sexual.

Thus, I got to swim about 3 times a week in the nude throughout the year. I made a lot of friends through these swims, guys I've known now for 15 years or more. Nudity is indeed the great equalizer and a component of human bonding (friendship and understanding).

As I understand it, other major cities in Europe (Paris, Berlin, and more) have regular nude swims. Some of these are for families, but gay groups in the larger cities often negotiate space for naked swimming as a recurring social event. I was as delighted to find these facilities in Europe as my UK friends were baffled that nude indoor swimming at public venues is all but prohibited in the US, even for private groups. The US has twisted ideas about the human body; we have the world's largest porn industry, which is fine because it's capitalism, but routine social nudity is shunned.

A little internet sleuthing will turn up many more opportunities than you might suspect.
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Old 12-16-2011   #32 (permalink)
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Sorry who is this Mr Sandusky ?
Two Former Penn State Officials Face Trial - WSJ.com

He's a football coach at an american university who has been charged with 40 counts of sex abuse of boys who he was entrusted to coach & help. The ongoing hysteria means every coach is a suspected pedo less proved otherwise.
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Old 12-17-2011   #33 (permalink)
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that's for the reply, that is really sick and as you say it contributes to the peado hysteria. We ll end up with no man being prepared to work with children
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Old 12-17-2011   #34 (permalink)
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Are you serious?! What club is that??
the university club?
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Old 12-18-2011   #35 (permalink)
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i've never swum nude at any Y, but then, i've never swum at any Y at all. i'm not a swimmer except at the beach or a lake. don't like pools and chlorine

but when i was a kid, i learned to swim at a pool in a Boy's Club, and the rule was, no swimsuits, i. e. bareass swimming only. all the kids in the swimming class had to shower together before getting into the pool, and again after the class. i was never uncomfortable with that. tho some of the other boys seemed a little nervous and made jokes to relieve their anxiety, most of us just seemed to take it in our stride that nude swimming made some kind of sense
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Old 12-18-2011   #36 (permalink)
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Once you have swum nude you don't wish to swim any other way .
Exactly way to go -- swim nude every time
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Old 12-18-2011   #37 (permalink)
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i've never swum nude at any Y, but then, i've never swum at any Y at all. i'm not a swimmer except at the beach or a lake. don't like pools and chlorine
Find a pool that uses ozone rather than chlorine, the are becoming very common.
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Old 12-18-2011   #38 (permalink)
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that's for the reply, that is really sick and as you say it contributes to the peado hysteria. We ll end up with no man being prepared to work with children
I for one do not feel comfortable with any children at this point, or any person that is in grief and may need some comfort. The legal consequence of a mis-judgement is far too great to chance it what with women claiming inappropriate contact at the work place, and upset children in public with adults just ready to pounce on a man for trying to be nurturing.. well, the world is a sadder place. NOT being able to give comfort is distressing so the sadness is multiplied. Thank you very much to those who created this climate of fear.

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Old 12-18-2011   #39 (permalink)
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Not the YMCA but, back in the early '80s swimming nude was the norm at the Boy's Club in Bristol (CT,usa). Even though it was my jr. high years, I was incredibly naive. I was feeling emotions, but didn't know what they were. Seeing all these big adult men walking around naked (swimming pool/steam room) was so....nice. Only went twice, but oh my was it fun.

Nowadays? Haven't been back since, but I'm sure the 'no bathing suit' rule is long gone :(
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Old 12-21-2011   #40 (permalink)
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Find a pool that uses ozone rather than chlorine, the are becoming very common.
thanks for the tip. i'll look around to see if any advertise that their pool uses ozone. i have an area membership, so i might just luck out!
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Old 12-21-2011   #41 (permalink)
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I visited a lot of nude hot springs while I lived in Japan. You get over it. The good and the bad.
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Old 12-21-2011   #42 (permalink)
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When did the nude swimming end? I am nearly 40 and when I swam at the Y as a kid back in the 1970s we wore trunks that looked sorta like a speedo squarecut. They would not let anyone in the pool in regular gym shorts because they claimed it would clog up their filters.

We had to shower in the locker room before we were allowed to get in the pool. This was the same locker toom that the grown men used and it was great seeing all of those grown men with their bulging muscles, hairy chests...and big dicks walking around. I used to fantasize about them...and them doing gay sex acts to me, but at that age I had no idea WTF homosexuality was.

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Old 12-21-2011   #43 (permalink)
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The YMCA in Decatur Georgia still had "Men's Swim" in 1967 but no longer did in 1974.
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Old 12-21-2011   #44 (permalink)
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The original YMCA in Downtown Birmingham (20th. Street) had nude swimming back in the early 70's as well as nudity permitted in the locker room and gym. Those were the days, my friends.
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Old 12-21-2011   #45 (permalink)
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The original YMCA in Downtown Birmingham (20th. Street) had nude swimming back in the early 70's as well as nudity permitted in the locker room and gym.
The gym? Nude on the bench press and stuff like that?

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