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July 14 designated as International Skinny Dip Day

• Updated Jan 2, 2018 at 8:19 PM

It might seem as cold as 24 below zero today in Norwalk, thanks to the arctic blast and harsh wind chill values.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream about swimming in the summer.

And for some, those dreams involve plunging into water without the hindrance of clothing.

The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) has officially designated the second Saturday in July as International Skinny Dip Day. This year, International Skinny Dip Day will be observed July 14.

According to the AANR, on International Skinny Dip Day, the textile world can join with naturists and free themselves of their clothes and inhibitions by taking a dip au natural in their backyard pool, a secluded spot on a river or lake, at a sanctioned nude beach or at one of the association’s 200 clubs and resorts throughout the U.S., Canada and internationally.

International Skinny Dip Day (ISDD) serves as the culminating event during National Nude Recreation Week, an AANR tradition for 43 years. This annual celebration is an opportunity for individuals and families to visit clothing-optional clubs affiliated with AANR or The Naturist Society (TNS), and experience firsthand one of the fastest growing trends in both travel and recreation – the Nakation.

Many AANR-affiliated clubs have activities and events planned throughout the week – such as open houses, dance parties, sports tournaments, chili cook-offs, “bare buns fun runs,” health screenings, art shows, and more.

Or, for those looking to try “Nakationing,” in the comfort of their own home, AANR recommends the following:

• Cool off: skinny-dip in your backyard pool

• Make housekeeping fun: shed those clothes, turn on some music, and get out the mop

• Get in touch with nature: garden nude in the privacy of your back yard

• Exercise in the buff: hit the treadmill or the yoga mat

• Telecommuting in the nude: working from home, in the nude, is increasing in popularity, according to the AANR.

But, given the current weather conditions here in Norwalk, dressing in layers is more appropriate for the time being.

Here is more information about the group, as provided in a press release: For 86 years, AANR has been the leading authority in North America on protecting the freedoms and rights of those who participate in wholesome, family-style nude recreation. Members of AANR recognize the wholesomeness of the human body and believe that life is enhanced by the naturalness of social nudity. From exercise to relaxation, a person’s physical, spiritual, and mental health is enriched through nude recreation. AANR supports over 200 chartered clubs, resorts, and campgrounds, and serves more than 52 million individuals throughout the U.S., Canada, and internationally. For more information about AANR and for facts related to nude recreation, visit www.aanr.com or call 1-800-TRY-NUDE (879-6833).

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