I had an experience today that was new for me. I was wondering if anyone else has had this happen to them?….
I had finished my workout, showered, disposed of my towel in a near by bind, and was walking back to my locker (nude, of course) to get dressed. As I turned the corner from the showers toward the lockers, a woman was standing in the walk way with a bathing suit and towel in her hand. “What are you doing in here!?” she asked. “I was about to ask you the same question” I responded. Both of us being shocked by seeing the other, I said, “This is the male locker room.” She responded, “Oh, my god, I am so sorry….I’m in the wrong place!” “Please forgive my intrusion” she continued, as she followed me to my locker. As i was trying to get my locker opened, she continued to talk to me about the facility we were in. This went on for a good two minutes before another guy walked in and, took a look, and retreated behind some other lockers. Finally, she said, “I apologize…it was good talking to you”…and left.
Now, while I was surprised to see her (and she me), I remained calm and nude (since I had nothing to cover with)
in our conversation. She apparently somewhat enjoyed this situation, since she did not immediately run to the door.
Looking back on this, I am somewhat surprised by her action. If this had happened in her locker room, I’m sure that I would have been thrown out or arrested!
My first nude beach experience happened today at Haulover Beach. When I first got there, I was not sure where I was supposed to go since there were no signs to indicate the direction to the beach but lucky for me, there were some people who were just getting out of their cars and I followed along until i find the route on where to go. When I saw the sign that mentions that you might find nude sunbathers from this point, I knew I was in the right place.
I have been considering going to a nude beach for a very long time so i have been reading up on various forums like this one that deals with social nudity and talking to people via email who have experience in this area on what to do and not to do at a nudist setting. I wanted to make sure that I had an idea of what was acceptable and not acceptable behavior and what to bring as far as suntan lotion, a towel to sit on, etc. I have that habit of researching anything when it is new to me.
I was told by someone that since I was going as a single male, I should try to not separate myself from people. It could make people believe that I went there for the wrong reason. So I found an empty space that was surrounded by people on all sides so that I would be among other nudists. Once I was amongst everyone, I set down the towel that I had brought with me and the other items that I have brought with me and began to get undressed. I thought I would become a lot more self conscious of the fact that I was getting completed naked in front of total strangers but I did not and get out of my clothes very quickly. No hesitation or wondering if this was a good idea or not. Once I was undressed, I headed towards the water in full view of everyone yet despite my nudity, I did not feel the slightest bit embarrassed about my state. I do not know if this is typical of first time nudists but it seemed almost no different then when I get undressed every morning to take a shower.
This kind of surprised me since I thought I was going to have a harder time getting undressed in front of people. I also had a fear of getting an erection since this sometimes happens whether i want it or not but thank goodness that this never happened. Once I was in the water, It was great to be able to just talk to people and get to know them. I got to speak to quite a few people who were on vacation or were local people who came to Haulover Beach all the time. They all seemed so friendly and cheerful and did not seem to care that both themselves and myself were naked.
I really had a great time today and only wished it could have lasted longer. It started raining heavily and when lightening struck across the sky, they closed the park and everyone was asked to leave. I really wanted to stay longer since I was having so much fun and the feel of the water on my skin was great.
I really hated having to put my clothes back on after experiencing going nude in a public place for the first time. I also hated the fact that I had to wear clothes that were soaked with water from the rain. Yuch!
I definitely am planning to visit again hopefully when the weather is nicer and I can stay for a longer time.
None of my fears about what might happened ever came to pass and I am so looking forward to the next time.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to read about my first experience.
First let me say what a great site. As a 47 y.o. guy in the UK it’s interesting to read that many of the younger posters have had a much more enlightened upbringing than was the norm in my day as regards nudity. Hopefully the day when public nudity becomes more acceptable is drawing nearer! My first experiences being nude were in the 60’s, the personal freedom advocated by the “counter culture” was like a challenge to the establishment at a time when there was a much more oppressive moral “code” as to what was socially acceptable.
Always being one to challenge the establishment I saw nudity as an extension of the political and social attitudes I held. More people were prepared to be nude in public as a form of protest and I increasingly came to think of clothes as another form of oppression. (At the time clothing was also a signifier of class.) I first started going nude “in secret” during holidays when no one was around, I suppose I still felt there was something “perverse” about it, but there was also an elation of feeling more in tune with nature without clothes about it than just teenage rebellion.
It wasn’t until I was in my twenties I encountered social nudity. I stumbled across a naturist beach one day and it was a sort of life changing moment. It took seconds to get out of my clothes, but this was very different to any textile beach I’d ever been to – instead of having your own little space and no intereaction with anyone else this was really friendly, people would come and chat and there was no feeling of discomfort about it. There was also no distinction of class, there were people from many different backgrounds but no social barriers. There were men and women, singles and couples, gay and straight, and you felt you could talk to anyone.
The one obvious missing group was younger people. Although there were families with young kids there were no teens or 20’s, all the adults were pretty much middle aged or older. Since then I spend as much time as possible nude, have become a regular beach goer, moved near the beach and arrange my work so I can be on the beach as often as possible (not as often as I’d like thanks to our climate). I have also shaved all body hair as it feels so much nicer and affords a more even tan. My best friends are naturists and I’ve met some great people at various beaches and on the net.
There are some positive changes from my early days, there are more younger people from the missing age group at beaches these days. More non naturists seem more tolerant of naturists, and the net has become a great forum to exchange ideas.
Sadly however it seems to be taking ages for attitudes to change, there are still too many who see us as perverts or link nudity with sex. Our media still views naturism with the same sort of “naughty postcard” image and advertising still uses nudity to sell products. Things are slowly changing though and it is nice to see sites like this helping to change attitudes. Keep up the good work. Any comments are welcome.