Dare to go bare in skinny-dip record attempt
June 16, 2009
By Jim Feehan
A nudist park south of Issaquah is participating in a national skinny-dip record attempt next month and you can join in.Fraternity Snoqualmie Family Nudist Park is one site hosting the American Association for Nude Recreation event, The AANR Largest Skinny-dip Across North America.
The event will take place at noon July 11 at the park’s swimming and wading pools. Guinness World Records has agreed to create a new category for the largest number of people simultaneously skinny-dipping.
“This is a perfect excuse for anyone wanting to be nude in public for the first time,” said Dawnzella Gearhart, spokeswoman at Fraternity Snoqualmie. “People can say they’re participating in a world-record attempt.”
Fraternity Snoqualmie is a 40-acre park on the side of Tiger Mountain. Photo identification is required for admittance to the park. Children are welcome if accompanied by their parents. First-time visitors receive a complimentary one-day membership, Gearhart said.
Organizers expect between 500 and 600 people during the record-setting attempt that occurs the same weekend as Fraternity Snoqualmie’s Bare Buns Fun Run.
According to Guinness guidelines, participants must be completely nude during the skinny-dip in order to be counted. Swimmers may wear their suits when entering the water, but they must remove them and hold their suits overhead at the signal from the official that the event has begun. After the event, they can put their suits back on before leaving the water.
As with all Guinness World Records events, all record attempts must be witnessed by a designated member in standing of the local community.
The witness does not have to be nude to authenticate the event, she said.
A photographer will record the event and participants will need to sign a form indicating their likeness will be published.
“If someone doesn’t want to be photographed, they could turn around,” Gearhart said.
Some people have misgivings about swimming in the nude.
“Some people are afraid to be nude and they want to cover up their naughty parts, but we’re not afraid to be nude,” Gearhart said. “We’re happy to be in our own skin.”
If you go
Fraternity Snoqualmie Family Nudist Park
24050 S.E. 127th St.