Naturism is a wonderful way to live. Nudity is bliss. However, to the newbie nudie, it can be daunting to take the first steps. The following are some of my tips to make nude recreation and life more enjoyable.
1. One of the most difficult things for a new naturist is where to look. I’ve seen and been the new naturist that stares at the ground the whole time. My advice is to look at people’s faces. Make eye contact. People talk to each other while making eye contact. Having a conversation nude is the same as having a conversation clothed. It would be weird if you stared at someone’s groin while talking to them, the same is true clothed or nude. My advice is to treat being nude as being clothed in regards to how you look at people.
2. Understand that nudity is not an invitation for sexual activity or sexual harassment. I remember a time when I was at a nudist club where I observed a guy staring at a nude female who was sunning herself near the pool. His gaze was so intense that it was like a laser beam coming from his eyes. He later walked over to her and sat next to her, closely edging himself closer each time. But to the female’s credit she ignored him. I later reported the incident to the office, but he had already left. When the manager spoke to the female guest, she said that she didn’t report him because she was used to jerks like that. And that it was his hangup if he wanted to act that way. The woman didn’t allow him to destroy her day. I use this example to illustrate that just because someone is naked doesn’t mean it’s sexual and that people have a right to enjoy nudity without harassment.
3. If you’re going to a nude beach or resort, do your homework. Research the place before going there. For nude beaches, some nude beaches have shaky legal status. You don’t want to get arrested or ticketed for being nude. For resorts and clubs it’s important to call ahead before visiting. Each club or resort has different rules. Some clubs require a background check before visiting, while others do not admit single males, and some clubs require you to be a member of a national naturist/nudist organization like AANR or TNS. Bottom line call ahead, ask questions, and follow the rules.
4. Be friendly but not too friendly. Be sociable. But be wary to respect people’s space. Learn to read body language. A person lying on a lawn chair with their eyes closed may not appreciate you striking up a conversation. Also not talking to people and propping yourself under a tree, in a isolated part of the club, also looks weird. Strike a balance between being a wallflower and a gadfly.
5. Leave the iPad, laptop, or camera at home. Technology has brought the camera everywhere. I can tell you horror stories of people using their cellphone and suddenly being accused of taking people’s picture, and then being falsely thrown out of a club. I’d leave all electronics in your car or in your bag. And if you have to use your phone, point the camera away from people. After people get to know you, they’ll relax, but newbies are always under suspicion.
6. Always have a towel. I don’t know of a naturist club that would admit you if you didn’t have one. In fact have multiple towels. One for sitting on, a large one to lay on, and a towel to dry yourself after swimming.
7. Be prepared. Sunscreen? Water? ID? Money? Is there a snack bar? Do they take credit cards? Sunglasses? I once went to a nudist club with no shoes, in the height of summer, my feet were burned by the end of the day.
8. Erections. I have never had a problem with this. In fact you’re going to experience the opposite to put it mildly. You’re going to be too nervous to have an erection. But if you do have an erection, don’t draw attention to it. If you’re laying down, roll over on your stomach etc. After awhile, and more experience, this will not be a concern.
Naturism is a premier experience, something to be relished. May my tips be helpful to you.