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    How many others of you went thru that experience?
    I also remember the 'five finger club' where a teacher would slap you on the rump so hard it would leave a large red welt the shape of their hand on your behind.
    Here in Buffalo NY, during the late 60's in grade and middle school had naked swimming for boys.
    And amazingly how this story fit well with my own experience in the USA.
    Even some of the girls got to see us swimming in the pool naked. I remember them laughing and giggling. And the teachers did not care a bit.
    We were not as old as teenagers at this time, that school was a middle school, not a HS.

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    I happen to think that all youth should have memories like this. The slap on the ass bit is more than what I like to see on the menu, but I remember naked swim night at the Y during the 60's. I started a nude croquette tournament in response to townfolk who played with hand-turned mallets while they wore outfits ( think costumes ) It's still a great hit.

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    lol. I can't imagine. No, we did not swim naked in school, or at any other time that I can remember, as a child. As for my later years, well, yeah. I have done it.

    I went to high school at a school run by the Southern Baptist Association. During classes the girls had to wear this 'thing', I don't know how to describe it, except that it was intended to cover their chests up where you couldn't really get an idea of how they were built, and their skirts had to come to just below the knees. Teachers actually did periodic inspections to make sure we were all dressed properly.

    Anyway, the hilarious thing was when we all dressed out for phys ed. The boys had tee shirts and gym shorts, but that was considered too risque for the girls, so they were supplied with these terry-cloth unitard looking thingees. Oh my, quite the transformation, especially since the girls all seemed to order theirs at least one size too small! I wish I could give you an accurate picture of all of these 16 year old boys playing basketball while looking out of the corner of their eyes, trying to check out what the bodies of their female classmates REALLY looked like without getting caught by the teachers.

    Good memories.

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    We swam naked at camp, boys in divisions more or less like grade school, middle school and high school. Counselors (mostly teachers making good use of their summers) were naked also. Also, all through school and university, showers were undivided. Inevitably there was a certain amount of fun with soap and all the tentative homo-erotic ambiguities that arouses. I was very fortunate that somehow the folk in overall charge managed to turn any incipient homophobia and the boys who were discovering that they were gay were not victimized. This was back in the 50's and 60's so I don't think it was a conscious decision so much as an understanding on the part of the adults how to prevent bullying without making a big deal of it and the fact that they were deeply committed teachers. Looking back, I see my childhood as exceptionally blessed both by family and total environment.

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    I saw the title of this thread and expected it to be another vaguely creepy ishmael reminiscence.

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    Only "naked swim" I was ever subjected to as a school kid happened the second day I was enrolled in THE BARTON SCHOOL when my parents thought it would be a good idea to move to England while England was in the middle of a ressesion even more severe than the one that the U.S. was enjoying.
    Of course to one told me that I needed to bring a bathing suit that day. Everyone knows that the first tuesday of the month is "Bath day" when all the school kids go to the town "Baths" and bathe. Because I had no bathing suit I was forced to swim naked... Even at age 10 this was terrifying and humiliating. The questions about my circumsized ......."boyhood" were confusing. I'd never heard of such a thing.....
    When we got back to school, the headmaster was told that I'd been disrespectful and had not brought my bathing suit. I was caned across the buttocks and upper thighs.
    I told my parents exactly why I would not go back to school ever again.
    The next day my father escorted me to school, and into the headmaster's office. Once we blew past the secretary and into the inner sanctum, the extremely flustered headmaster assured my father that he would never, ever lay a finger on me again, and that ofcourse I would be excused from morning prayer. The fact that he was suspended about 6 inches off the floor with my father's right hand clamped around his throbbing red neck might have had a little to do with his aquiescence....
    That was the first and only time I ever saw my father get physical.....
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    Not everyone like to be forced to go naked into the pools.
    I remember thinking it was a little uncomfortable, but with all the other boys being naked, you would get over it. the male teachers all wore suits.

    One of the other punishments was eating an ivory soap bar,. One of my friends got into trouble with a teacher in Gym class and was forced to eat the whole thing in front of everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdowney717 View Post
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    Not everyone like to be forced to go naked into the pools.
    I remember thinking it was a little uncomfortable, but with all the other boys being naked, you would get over it. the male teachers all wore suits.

    One of the other punishments was eating an ivory soap bar,. One of my friends got into trouble with a teacher in Gym class and was forced to eat the whole thing in front of everyone.
    The gym teacher would be arrested, not just fired, for that today. I had a friend who's grandmother was a big supporter of the "eating soap as punishment" thing. I remember my friend being so violently ill after those experiences...... Nanna (The grandmother) was a truely horrible mean nasty woman. I think the only time I ever saw her smile is when the neighbor's dog got hit by a garbage truck.....
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    I was lucky enough to grow up in a small town on the Oregon coast with a large population of Finnish folks. I'm guessing about 20% of the houses in town had saunas. So... from an early age, I got used to taking sauna - naked, co-ed, and multi-generational. From there, it was an easy transition to skinny-dipping at local lakes and river spots. The only time it was ever an issue was when we were swimming at the lakes that were part of Ft. Stevens State Park. The ranger - a local - told us to put on suits or get dressed, cause we were "scaring the tourists".
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    Don't let Ish see this thread! :D

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    I understand I swam naked through the 'birth canal' when I was born, but to be honest, I don't remember it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bljones View Post
    I saw the title of this thread and expected it to be another vaguely creepy ishmael reminiscence.
    so did I

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    Quote Originally Posted by bljones View Post
    I saw the title of this thread and expected it to be another vaguely creepy ishmael reminiscence.
    Quote Originally Posted by martin schulz View Post
    so did I
    me too
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    I took my clothes off the day I first came to the Caribbean ( 1974) and did not put them back on for 6 years. But this is a little wee eerd!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul oman View Post
    I understand I swam naked through the 'birth canal' when I was born, but to be honest, I don't remember it.

    So did I!
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul oman View Post
    I understand I swam naked through the 'birth canal' when I was born, but to be honest, I don't remember it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul oman View Post
    I understand I swam naked through the 'birth canal' when I was born, but to be honest, I don't remember it.
    Not sure that qualifies as swimming -- probably a lot more like whitewater kayaking *after* you flip over and are separated from your boat :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    I was lucky enough to grow up in a small town on the Oregon coast with a large population of Finnish folks. I'm guessing about 20% of the houses in town had saunas. So... from an early age, I got used to taking sauna - naked, co-ed, and multi-generational. From there, it was an easy transition to skinny-dipping at local lakes and river spots. The only time it was ever an issue was when we were swimming at the lakes that were part of Ft. Stevens State Park. The ranger - a local - told us to put on suits or get dressed, cause we were "scaring the tourists".
    A (big) number of years ago, when I was going to Johns Hopkins, my (then) wife and I would use the gym facilities. Well, it was Dec 23, in a snow storm, and we were alone in the pool. When we got to the sauna, we went in naked, seeing as we were the only people there. In a few moments, a young woman comes in, in a suit. She becomes nervous. Leaves. Comes back naked. we say hello, make a joke about her looking familiar, etc. In a bit, she sez she didn't realize that it was a nude sauna. I remarked that we didn't either, but we were alone, so, what the hey? We invited her to Christmas dinner, told her she could leave her clothes on.
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    Ours was the first year for the mandatory swimming class in high school where the boys didn't swim naked--the end of the 1950s. Anyway one guy didn't get the memo, and was the only one who walked in sans bathing suit. He looked around, and said, "It's all right, I'm from California.".

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    My wife and I were at a beach in Denmark in 1981 when my wife discovered that a lot of the young women and not young were topless. She (32 at the time) tried it and enjoyed it. Of course the water was cold enough to freeze both our nipples rigid but that's another story.

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    I remember it too, YMCA pool was suit-free unless it was a co-ed period (schools didn't have pools where I lived.) Showers, k-12, college, dorms, and Y were undivided.

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