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The tortured explanation seemed to, er, satisfy the coaches who had to keep watch! Apparently, requiring that boys swim nude when segregated from girls in both public and school swimming pools was very common across the U. I find it surprising that naked swimming in school pools was that widespread, was tolerated in the uptight '50s and is almost never depicted or referred to in movies or books.
Commentator Robin Washington recounts a time when students were required to take swimming lessons in school; but at his school, students had to swim naked. With high temperatures across the country, it's easy to want to wear as little as possible. But commentator Robin Washington warns, be careful what you wish for.
Historic Archives - Nude Male Swimming. Search this site. Cambridge Research - Sheep's Green. Coal Mining with Females - and Nudity.
As part of the weekend events we were given a tour of our high school to see what had changed and what remained the same. Yet this was the practice. Boys swam naked in the YMCAs and in school physical education classes from the time pools were first installed in these institutions in the late 19th century until the s.
Nude swimmingor skinny dippingis the practice of bathing nakedwhether in natural bodies of water, in swimming poolsor in hot tubs. The term dipping refers to the practice of being immersed in spring waters for health reasons at spa towns. The widespread social convention and practice in 21st century Western nations is for swimmers--especially in public places--to wear swimsuits.
Tags: None. We swam nude in junior highschool gym class - all the boys did. There was no misbehavior as we were closely supervised.
When I was growing up, my family bought a white-and-red lake cottage with flaking paint and moss-covered shingles. Mud Lake was aptly named. Our feet sank into the sludgy bottom, and weeds grew underwater. My cousins, siblings, and I would paddle out into the middle of the lake, past the tall weeds, where we could swim freely.
Though these were mostly HS and segregated classes there are some accounts which show that in some elementary schools the swim classes were mixed with girls wearing swimsuits and boys completely naked. I know this from an older acquaintance who went to such a school and had this situation up to grade 4. Author: Alex [ Edit View ].