Skinny Dipping: How to Dip & Convince Your Friends to Get Naked Too

Skinny dipping is one of those things most people want to try but don’t know how. If you’re wondering what is skinny dipping in the first place, read on!

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Skinny dipping has long been something many people secretly want to give a go, but they’re worried about being caught, or simply being naked in public!

But, there are some benefits, after all, it’s a very liberating feeling and in some situations, cold seawater can be quite healthy. But, more on that later. If you’re wondering what is skinny dipping or you simply fancy trying it for yourself, you first need to understand the major do’s and don’ts.

If you get this wrong, you could either be embarrassed or caught out. Neither is a particularly good situation. But, get it right and you might find that you discover a brand new hobby!

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Hang on, what is skinny dipping?

Skinny dipping basically means swimming or getting into the water naked. This can be in a swimming pool, but it’s normally in the sea or lakes. You’ve no doubt seen on films when two flirty people or a group of friends decide to strip off their clothes and run carefree into the water? That’s skinny dipping.

Of course, in those movies, someone usually steals their clothes while they’re in the water, or something equally as embarrassing. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to you!

You might assume that only crazy people go skinny dipping, but that’s not the case at all. Many people learn what is skinny dipping and then decide to try it, only to find they really enjoy it. [Read: Naked at home – Why it’s good and 20 things best done in the nude]

Is it illegal to skinny dip?

Erm, well, you’re naked in public so yes, in many states and countries around the world, skinny dipping would be considered illegal if you were caught. Does that stop people from doing it? Not really.

The key is to not get caught. Now, we’re not advocating you breaking the law, but if you’re intent on trying enjoying a dip al fresco, at least make sure that you know the best way to do it, so you spare your blushes and any potential trouble you might get into. [Read: How to look better naked by using 15 real life tips]

Taking the leap, or splash

Skinny dipping is a rush that feels so unreal and giddy. And the touch of water caressing your bare skin can be a high that’s worth adding to your bucket list.

But how does it happen? How does an entire group of friends just take off all their clothes and jump into a pool of water, be it a lake or a shallow seashore without as much as a second thought? Of course, you can do it alone if you want to, but surely with friends or a special someone is more fun?

Skinny dips are just not a spur-of-the-moment thing all the time.

Usually, for a successful dip, it needs to be premeditated and planned. That way, you’re cutting down on the chances of anyone catching you, or accidentally showing your bare ass to someone you never really expected to show it to! [Read: How to have fun with friends – 40 ways to beat boredom]

How to skinny dip with friends

Skinny dipping alone is just no fun – why? You do that every day in your bathtub!

So if you really want to enjoy a good dip, you need the company of a few good friends. There’s no need to be embarrassed as this is something that’s been indulged in, since forever. It’s only in the last few decades that we’ve all started feeling really insecure about our own physiques and little cute quirks in our bodies.

But, to be successful you need to prepare yourself mentally. Here are a few tips that will help you. [Read: Sexy exhibitionism – How to get naked in public]

1. Lose your insecurities

One of the biggest reasons why many men and women don’t skinny dip is because they assume they look bad in the buff. But come on, how bad could you look?

At the end of the day, it’s only your insecurity that makes you look bad. Lose the insecurity and feel good about your own body, and you’ll only get more attractive with every passing minute!

After all, confidence is super-attractive and there’s nothing that screams confidence more than stripping off and running into the sea naked!

2. Do a little planning beforehand

If you really want to skinny dip with your friends, there are two ways to go about it. You can be spontaneous, or the dip can be premeditated. [Read: 18 ways to become more spontaneous in life]

a. Spontaneous skinny dipping

Stripping your clothes off spontaneously never really helps if you’re the only one taking your clothes off.

So if you want this to work, you have to have a couple of friends on your side. Convince them to shed their clothes too, and just like a herd of sheep, everyone else will follow you eventually!

b. Premeditated skinny dipping

Sometimes, spontaneous dips just don’t work. What if one of your friends is wearing torn underwear? Or gasp, what if a few girls haven’t shaved their legs and God knows what else?

Of course, you’ll never know these details in the first place. But you wouldn’t be able to convince that friend to skinny dip in a million years!

To avoid such circumstances, it’s always better to reveal the plan a day in advance if possible. Are you guys heading out to a friend’s pool the next day or a little vacation on a nearby island? Whatever it is, just spread the word.

Excitedly tell everyone that all of you are going skinny dipping the next morning. Of course, your joke will probably confuse them and they’ll wonder if there’s a possibility of skinny dipping. So there’s a good chance they’ll all come prepared anyways – Just in case! [Read: How to see a friend naked – The perverted ways to sneak a peek]

3. Take the plunge!

Skinny dipping is fun, bonding, and exciting. And it’s worth all the planning. So before you actually skinny dip, convince a couple of your friends, at least one other girl and guy, to skinny dip with you.

Don’t skinny dip when everyone’s busy and excited doing their own thing. Wait for the mood to sober down until everyone’s just waiting for something exciting to come up.

And when the moment’s right, announce it out to the world and see how they react.

4. Don’t expect everyone to join in

In every group, there will be a few people who will be taken aback and be completely against it.

Leave these skinny dipping party poopers aside for now. They’ll come around themselves later. Excitedly convince those people who are grinning and yet being hesitant. [Read: How to build self-confidence – 16 ways to realize you’re worth it]

5. Leave your underwear until you’re in the water

At the same time, start taking your tee shirt and pants off. On cue, let the friends you’ve convinced earlier take their clothes off too. Don’t take off your underwear just yet, and save it for last.

Get into the water and then throw your underwear out, and let the few friends who have come into the water do the same. [Read: Real-life public flashing confessions from LovePanky’s readers]

6. But make sure you keep your undies somewhere safe!

You’re going to strip off your underwear last, preferably once you’re in the water, but you need to throw it out of reach of the shore. That way, your undies aren’t going to start floating away while you’re having fun. Then, when you want to get dressed again, you can’t find them. Big oops!

7. Encourage others to join you

Once you do all of this and start having fun splashing around in the water, your other friends won’t be able to resist it. And before you know it, you’ll be hearing a lot of naked cannonballs falling into the water!

Make encouraging noises and show those who are a little unsure just how much fun it is. They’ll see there’s nothing to fear and be in there before you know it! [Read: 80 very unique, fun and exciting things to do with your boyfriend]

The most important things to know before skinny dipping

While skinny dipping is a lot of fun, it can be a rude shock if you don’t follow these pointers on the things you should know before skinny dipping.

1. Do you trust your friends?

Indulge in skinny dipping only if you’re hanging out with friends you completely trust. It’s not fun with strangers and even an accidental touch can seem like a sexual threat. And at times, you never know what a new friend’s intentions are. [Read: What is a true friend? The 18 key characteristics of real friends]

2. Never involve cameras

Make sure none of your friends are snapping photos. If you’re with a close group of friends, they’ll listen to you if you tell them not to snap any pictures. You never know in whose hands a picture could turn up years later.

3. Know the laws of the state

We’ve already mentioned that skinny dipping is illegal in most parts of the world. So if you really want to skinny dip, do it when you’re on a vacation in a place where it’s legal, or in the comfort of a friend’s private pool.

If you’re going to push the boundaries, know that you’re running a huge risk. Again, we don’t advocate this, but it’s your choice at the end of the day. [Read: How to have sex on the beach in the safest and best ways possible]

4.Know the times when you should avoid skinny dipping

While being aware of the things to know before skinny dipping is a good idea, there are times when you should never skinny dip. Use these tips below as a reference the next time you want to get naked in the water. [Read: How to keep your naked photo safe]

a. Drunk skinny dipping

While most people swear by drunken skinny dipping, it’s definitely not safe.

Having a few shots may ease your nervousness and shed your inhibitions, but it can also make you less aware of what’s going on around you. And that’s never a good thing when you’re naked with other people.

b. When you’re feeling unsafe

Don’t skinny dip when you’re feeling unsafe. It’s alright to feel awkward, but if getting naked makes you nervous and panicky, perhaps skinny dipping is not for you.

And sometimes, it’s better to trust our own instincts more than anything else.

c. You’re with a lusty friend

All your friends may be really sweet and nice, but is there someone who’s been trying to hit on you sexually or get physical with you in your group?

Now you really shouldn’t be hanging out with this person in the first place, especially if they’re crossing the line all the time.

But nevertheless, if this friend’s pestering you to get naked, it’s better to avoid skinny dipping. While skinny dipping is liberating and fun with friends, a lusty friend could be asking you to get naked only to take advantage of the situation. [Read: How to say no – Stop pleasing people and feel awesome instead]

d. When the water is too cold or too rough

If you’re skinny dipping in open water, e.g. the sea or a lake, never get in if the water is cold or too rough. This is especially the case at night.

Yes, cold water therapy can be a good thing occasionally, but freezing cold is never a good thing. In this case, you should never go below 59 degrees Fahrenheit and sometimes seawater and lake water is much colder than that. You should never just jump into the water at this temperature either.

It’s not like you’re going to walk around with a thermometer handy, is it? So you’re desperate to dip and the local water isn’t suitable, simply head to an indoor swimming pool instead!

Will you try skinny dipping yourself?

We’ve talked about how to do it and why it might be fun, but how do you feel now? Is skinny dipping something you’re keen to try with a few pals?

For sure, it’ll be a memorable experience but make sure you’re careful and that you’ve planned things a little before. Yes, spontaneity is good, but it doesn’t always yield the best results! 

[Read: How to have sex in a car – A steamy guide on what to do & not to do]

Now that you know everything about skinny dipping with friends, follow these rules and you’ll see how much fun a good skinny dip can be!

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