Nude swimming , or skinny dipping , is the practice of bathing naked , whether in natural bodies of water, in swimming pools , or in hot tubs. The term skinny-dip was first recorded in English in Thomas Guidott set up a medical practice in the English town of Bath in He became interested in the curative properties of the waters. In , he wrote A discourse of Bathe, and the hot waters there. Also, Some Enquiries into the Nature of the water. This brought the health-giving properties of the hot mineral waters to the attention of the aristocracy. By , working people had been visiting the coast to be 'dipped' for health or to 'bathe' for leisure for 'some time'.
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The origins of nude swimming can be found well before the guideline was published. When the first indoor pool opened at the Brooklyn YMCA in , the organization required men and boys to swim naked. Other reasons given by administrators during the era included concerns about the expense of bathing suits, newspaper articles of the time indicate. Others in favor of naked swimming said the practice prepared boys for adulthood. Many places adopted the practice before the decree. The same publication in featured a photograph of nude boys swimming at a pond at the Springfield, Mass. Images of naked adolescent boys swimming appeared in national publications, including Life Magazine.
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Their tiny Speedos already leave very little to the imagination - and the colour of the swimming pool has been a topic of many conversations this week. But Twitter users have been left hot the under the collar by the male divers due to the placement of a scoreboard making it look as though they are fully naked. The happy accident keeps cropping up on screens and making it appear as though the divers have striped down after their dive. Britain's Ruby Harrold competes in the qualifying for the women's Uneven Bars event.
Toby Miller does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Ian Thorpe is unpopular with some critics, despite a largely positive reaction when he came out last weekend. The issue is money. So Thorpe stayed where he was. Swimming Australia was in a tight spot, with ratings drooping and prime-time TV coverage imperilled.