Compulsory Nude Swimming at School
August 2 2008 at 8:35 AM
I've mentioned this subject before and have been asked for further details.
A male friend of mine (well-known for presenting factual TV programs) assures me that nude swimming was a compulsory part of his education at the famous Manchester Grammar School.
If i remember correctly, the practice persisted up the 1970s then ceased when the swimming pool building was rebuilt in a position where passers-by could see the pool (and the boys) through the windows.
No girls or women were ever involved.
Re: Compulsory Nude Swimming at School September 25 2008, 7:47 PM
A college friend of mind told me that at his (all male) school, nude swimming was the norm. He also said that the gym teacher used to punish boys for misbehaviour in the pool by putting them acros his knee and whacking them with a flip flop.
In the novel "The Rotters Club" a boy is punished for forgetting his kit by being made to swim naked. The writer mentions that he's heard of school where nude swimming is the norm, but that having to be naked while your friends are in swimming trunks is very embarassing. There's also a nude swmimming scene in the film "Catholic Boys".
And, of course, one of the hippy progressive schools (Sommerhill?) practiced mixed nude swimming.
I agree that allowing a female teacher or pupil at a mixed school to witness the boys swimming naked is about as likely as an invasion of flying pigs. Mixed schools are incredibly prudish; a pupil would get whacked or suspended for being within ten yards of the opposite sexes changing rooms.
Nude swimming at my school September 28 2008, 7:38 PM
I went to a public school which had a prep school attached. In the 1960s, all boys swam nude, but by the 1970s, the public school boys were allowed to wear trunks but the prep school boys still swam nude under the control of one of the school's two known pervy teachers.
will just add in the information I know from the schools I attended
Prep school 1968-72, we swam in the newly built municipal pool so wore trunks
Public school 1973-75, we swam in the school's hardly heated indoor pool in trunks but 10 years earlier swimming had been nude. The associated prep school still swam nude in the same pool and there were reports of "hot day" swimming in lieu of PE also being nude for the younger public school boys
My other schools I never went swimming but I assume it was clothed
and I thought that my school was unique!
In Cambridge, England in the early 60's, I learnt to swim nude.
It was a private school, and the preparatory (Junior) school to a well
known college - boys only. The reason we were told that costumes were
not to be used was to 1) remove the excuse of not being able to swim
because "I've forgotton my costume, Sir" and 2) The tatty sight of 100
costumes drying on the line and then being left behind when we went
I was at the school, 1963 to 66 aged 6-9 and thought nothing of it.
Cossies were only required in a swimming gala against another school.
Although I was not in the swimming team, I remember attending the events
and that some boys still swan naked. I did not go to high school in the
U.K. so cannot say what happened in the senior school. At my school in
South Africa, it was clothing all the way in that sexually repressed
land of the late 60s and early 70s.
I have often thought that learning to swim nude is one of the reasons
that I realised nudity was for me. I am glad to say that I nude as I
sit at my PC, eventhough the UK summer weather is not that great (it was
raining a short while ago :(