In many countries today nude swimming mostly takes place at nude beaches, naturist facilities, private swimming pools, or secluded or segregated public swimming areas. When working people started visiting the coast to be 'dipped' for health or to 'bathe' for leisure cannot be determined but had been happening for 'some time' in Since the early 20th century, the naturist movement has developed in western countries that seeks a return to non-sexual nakedness when swimming and during other appropriate activities. Retrieved 5 July Retrieved — via Newspaper Archive. Treatment was received in the nude.
Nude swimming is fairly common in rural areas, where unexpected visitors are less likely. A 'Bewildered American' writes to the London Standard that he can't take his little girl to play in the sand at a British seaside resort without her being surrounded by crowds of naked boys.
Some countries around the world regard nude swimming as public nudity , which is treated in a variety of ways, ranging from tolerance to strict enforcement of prohibitions against it. Francis Kilvert , an English nude swimmer, quoted by Cinder described men's bathing suits coming into use in the s as "a pair of very short red and white striped drawers". Seton, Ernest Thompson Journal articles Byrde, Penelope Commercial pressure defeated the moral pressures. He prepared for this canvas by taking multiple photographs of his students frolicking at this location- and overall portrays a happy physical unselfconsciousness seen through the perspective of age- a nostalgia for youth.