For those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the time of the year that gives us the energy to withstand the rigors of the winter season! The warming weather conditions outside have finally reached, for most of us, a tolerable level that reminds us that it is almost time to get outdoors, strip and skinny-dip (swim naked)!
Personally, the entire procedure of publicly stripping off my clothing and then ceremoniously skinny-dipping is enough for me to endure an entire year of winters! Fortunately, I don’t have to face that challenge!
Skinny-dipping is a colloquial term for swimming naked with origins in the rural southern United States. The usage was probably due to the phrase: “let’s dip (immerse or soak) our skin (nudity) into the water (lake, ocean, river). Gradually, the term skinny-dipping evolved into the southern culture. The phrase remained localized until World War II when the massive mobilization of the armed forces introduced millions of Americans unfamiliar with the expression to one another and the phrase gained widespread acceptance and usage.
During the war years, swimsuits weren’t available to the troops. Swimming bare for the servicemen was considered both natural and normal – and convenient.
International Skinny-Dipping Day
The second Saturday during the month of July, annually, is the day observed as International Skinny-Dipping Day. Although it is not celebrated by any nation, officially, it is promoted as a date for bare practitioners, naturists and nudists – as well as anyone else who wants to shed their swimsuit – as a worldwide event for us all to commemorate our shared humanity! This year, 2021, the date is Saturday, July 10.
Important Safety Notations!
A very strong reminder to everyone who anticipates any skinny-dipping adventure is to remember the sunscreen and to generously apply it all over one’s body. Please familiarize yourself with the instructions for usage that accompany your supply and to follow the instructions carefully. None of us look forward to the inconvenience of a sunburn!
Skinny-dipping alone is not recommended for anyone! No matter how familiar we are with our aquatic environment – or how accomplished our swimming skills may be – situations change often without warning. It is best to always be prepared as best we can. Swimming alone – with or without clothing – is not encouraged!
Now that the warmer weather is here with us, have a safe and successful skinny-dipping season!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Friday, May 28, 2021, and the proposed topic is “USA: Memorial Day Weekend!”