First time- nude swim
I have a potential opportunity to attend a nude swim in a few weeks fairly local to me in the UK but am extremely apprehensive and nervous about going due to my size. I am 20st+ with a big belly so will stand out no doubt. It will be my first time nude with others in a social setting so anxiety levels are high.
Everything Ive read that other naturists are very friendly and there will be all body types but wanted to get an idea of other peoples experiences who might have been through the same situation please.
Hi. First and foremost nudism and naturism is NOT about how good you look or how well sculpted your body is. It is a way of life and a choice one makes because one feels good about it. Do you seriously care about what someone 'might' think about you ? No one is there to judge you as everyone is engrossed in their own shortcomings and possible insecurities. Go on and have fun and possibly they might get envious about you !! You never know
Hi, you're right, it is difficult to break the ice that first time. Maybe like you, I came to naturism later in life and I was very anxious that first time. Like you, my first time was a naturist swim. I felt safer doing that because at least some of the time I could be hidden in the water!
There will be people with great looking bods, but most of us aren't like that, and everyone who's there will understand the anxiety of going that first time. It takes courage to do it, and people recognise that. I found, and I hope you do too, that because other people accepted me how I am then that has helped me accept how I am. I now feel much more relaxed about myself. It's very liberating - and well worth pushing through those anxious moments when you get there and get undressed that first time especially.
But be assured no one will be talking about you. They'll almost certainly talk to you, especially if they know it's your first time, and will be friendly and welcoming. Let us know how you get on!
Have you been for your nude swim yet? It is always difficult to take the plunge for the first time (excuse the pun). It was for me. I saw that us nudists come in all shapes and sizes. Then I wondered why I hadn't done it years earlier.
OP, when you show up for this nude swim you will no doubt be surprised at the variety of body sizes, shapes, types, etc of the attendees. My guess is that self-consciousness will disappear fairly quickly, very possibly more quickly than in other settings. And just enjoy the experience of being naked in a pool (so natural), and around other people with similar inclination.
Let us know how the experience of a nude swim went for you. I hope you enjoy. That first time does leave an impression (usually thoughts of "how do I arrange my life so that I can do this again?").
Go ahead and have a great time. As a person who has struggled with my weight my entire life, it wasn't until I experienced my first nude swim gathering that I began to feel really comfortable with myself. Nudists are the most accepting people I have ever met. Nobody judges anyone. I actually feel more comfortable at a nudist beach than I do at a textile place where everyone stares, snickers and judges me. Just be yourself, relax and have a great time. Please let everyone here know how your experience was. Best of luck to you.