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A few guys have been around long enough to remember swimming naked at the YMCA -but who did you go swimming with ? Your friends, teachers, brothers, fathers, grandfathers? If you lived in a small

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Old 11-30-2011   #1 (permalink)
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Naked at the YMCA

A few guys have been around long enough to remember swimming naked at the YMCA -but who did you go swimming with ? Your friends, teachers, brothers, fathers, grandfathers? If you lived in a small place you must have seen the people out and about.....was it strange seeing them all naked.....or just what you were used to?
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Old 11-30-2011   #2 (permalink)
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Well, unfortunately I never got to experience that . It must have been totally liberating

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Old 11-30-2011   #3 (permalink)
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I just remember going to the local swimming pool on weeknights while I was in JR High... and the pool was supervised by a High School/college aged guy who would strip off his lifeguard tee and shorts and swim his laps after the official closing time wearing just his team speedo.

If we behaved, he'd let me and a buddy stay a little bit longer while he put everything away and locked everything up, and we'd strip off our shorts and swim naked... not him, just us.
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Old 12-01-2011   #4 (permalink)
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In the 60's in Jr. HIgh, we had 6 weeks of swimming class in gym. There wasn't a feasible way to take care of swim ware so we swam nude. It's wasn't a secret. Parents knew. Often, the coach had to demonstrate and he swam nude also. Nothing sexual. We were taught lifesaving skills that required us to "partner up" and practice what we were taught. Our coach emphasized the seriousness of the practice and we did as he said. I'm sure that what we learned was put into practice and may have saved a life or two.
Today's society would NEVER condone any school having a swim class of boys being nude. Personally, I can look back on the experience and say that it was helpfull in understanding me and my body. Males are naturally curious about each other, especially during puberty. Fathers don't really talk to their sons about what is happening to their bodies and minds so seeing your classmates in the various stages of puberty helps a young man understand that what's happening to him is not unique. Personally, I was a late bloomer and felt that maybe something was wrong or I would be different. My father didn't tell me anything about what was happening to me so when I saw that there were other boys who were just like me, I was relieved to know that I wasn't a freak. The nudity dispelled myths. The pumped up jocks could no longer hide the fact that they were not as developed as the little nerd that the harassed in the halls. Lots of rumors were disspelled the first day of class. Our coach alway kept a watchfull eye and we knew that he meant business and the last 10 minutes of class were always for "free swim" where everyone could enjoy the water.
I can look back now and understand how swimming class was more than just learning swimming and life saving techniques, for me it was a way to understand myself during a difficult and confusing time in a young man's life. I wonder what today's generation of young men have to help them understand. Internet porn or becoming prey to the Penn State type of situation?
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Old 12-01-2011   #5 (permalink)
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Those were the good old days.
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Old 12-01-2011   #6 (permalink)
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The pool at my club here in nyc (not a YMCA) remains nude. It seems odd the first few times, but you normalize it quickly.
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Old 12-01-2011   #7 (permalink)
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In 8th grade gym class the coach would sometimes take us to the pool for nude swim. We felt a bit strange about it and it was definitely a puberty transition time. The coach did not swim at all. One kid had a cock hanging almost to his knee and he was a bit shy about it because they would talk and tease, but in a good way.
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Old 12-01-2011   #8 (permalink)
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American are so Puritanical. I think they make too big a deal out of the naked body but it does support a huge industry.
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Old 12-01-2011   #9 (permalink)
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What's the name of the club? It sounds like something I'd like to experience.


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The pool at my club here in nyc (not a YMCA) remains nude. It seems odd the first few times, but you normalize it quickly.
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Old 12-01-2011   #10 (permalink)
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Always went to the "Y" and swam nude with my dad and brother. I just thought that it was the way we swam there-just normally. I did not have any issues at all. Later, I went to nude beaches (both sexes) and felt completely comfortable maybe because of the earlier experiences. And God knows, I had/have nothing spectacular to show. I just don't think about it, but I do take notice the "big boys" in the shower. LOL
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Old 12-01-2011   #11 (permalink)
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All males swam nude at the Y. It did not matter who they were or what they did or if you knew them.
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Old 12-01-2011   #12 (permalink)
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The pool at my club here in nyc (not a YMCA) remains nude. It seems odd the first few times, but you normalize it quickly.
which club in nyc?
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Old 12-01-2011   #13 (permalink)
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In High School we were tested for if we could swim 3 lengths of the pool. If we didn't know how to swim we had to take a 9 week swim course and the class was taught in the nude. We were in a gym class during that hour so we had already seen each other nude. No big deal. We were Sophomores (10th Grade). It happened to be during the winter months and the pool wasn't adequately heated. On some mornings the pool was too cold to swim so we just sat on the bleachers nude
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Old 12-01-2011   #14 (permalink)
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Great post explaining why nude is good - i never experienced this growing up but at least as an adult have been able to enjoy the freedom of naturism, and get rid of the hang ups I had re nudity, though as the supply of new members dries up - with younger people not even used to showering naked together - even that is in decline, in the UK at least


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In the 60's in Jr. HIgh, we had 6 weeks of swimming class in gym. There wasn't a feasible way to take care of swim ware so we swam nude. It's wasn't a secret. Parents knew. Often, the coach had to demonstrate and he swam nude also. Nothing sexual. We were taught lifesaving skills that required us to "partner up" and practice what we were taught. Our coach emphasized the seriousness of the practice and we did as he said. I'm sure that what we learned was put into practice and may have saved a life or two.
Today's society would NEVER condone any school having a swim class of boys being nude. Personally, I can look back on the experience and say that it was helpfull in understanding me and my body. Males are naturally curious about each other, especially during puberty. Fathers don't really talk to their sons about what is happening to their bodies and minds so seeing your classmates in the various stages of puberty helps a young man understand that what's happening to him is not unique. Personally, I was a late bloomer and felt that maybe something was wrong or I would be different. My father didn't tell me anything about what was happening to me so when I saw that there were other boys who were just like me, I was relieved to know that I wasn't a freak. The nudity dispelled myths. The pumped up jocks could no longer hide the fact that they were not as developed as the little nerd that the harassed in the halls. Lots of rumors were disspelled the first day of class. Our coach alway kept a watchfull eye and we knew that he meant business and the last 10 minutes of class were always for "free swim" where everyone could enjoy the water.
I can look back now and understand how swimming class was more than just learning swimming and life saving techniques, for me it was a way to understand myself during a difficult and confusing time in a young man's life. I wonder what today's generation of young men have to help them understand. Internet porn or becoming prey to the Penn State type of situation?
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Old 12-01-2011   #15 (permalink)
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In a group situation at the Y, there wouldn't be any unprivileged contact among nude swimmers, and unnecessary inhibitions would be eliminated. But the homophobes have taken all the "natural" out of nudity, and we've added a new layer of anxiety to growing up.
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