Monday, March 30, 2009

A First Social Nudity Outing

All of the clubs and resorts associated with such organizations at the American Association of Nude Recreation (AANR) aim to provide a stress free, relaxed experience for first time visitors. AANR affiliated clubs and resorts are the perfect choice for those who have developed an interest in nudity and feel ready to move beyond simple home nudity to a first social nudity experience.

You can easily locate a club or resort near your home by referencing the helpful AANR Club Listings web page. You will find a map on the page and you simply click on your own or a nearby state and you will then be taken to a list of AANR clubs and resorts for that specific area.

One important thing to know and understand is that there are two types of nudist clubs. The first is a “landed club”. A landed club, often referred to as a resort has its own grounds and facilities. Landed clubs range from the very posh and luxurious to those that are more related to nature and rustic. Landed clubs are my recommendation for a first visit and first social nudity experience. It is not necessary to be a member of a nudist organization like AANR or The Naturist Society (TNS) before visiting a nudist resort but members of these organizations do receive discounts on fees and often on lodging as well.

Most clubs and resorts have web sites and you will find links to those on the club listing pages. Check out the web sites of those that are of interest to do a little preliminary research to find out general information about the club and the atmosphere you can expect if you choose to visit. It is always best to plan a head and to understand the type of club you will be attending and to familiarize yourself with their rules and regulations.

Most if not all require that you call ahead of time and make a reservation so that they will be expecting you. This is a good time to ask any questions that you may have and to put yourself at ease over anything you might feel uncomfortable about. Be sure to let the club representative know that this will be your first visit to a nudist club. The representative will then do his/her best to make sure you understand all you need to know about their club.

Here are a few suggested questions to ask:

  • What are the club’s admissions policies?
  • What are the fees involved?
  • What recreational facilities does the club offer?
  • If you are planning on more than just a day visit, you will want to ask them what type of accommodations they have to offer if any. Some offer standard motel rooms and nearly all have camping facilities to accommodate both RVs and tents.
  • Ask if there is an adjustment period before first timers are expected to take off their clothing. AANR affiliated clubs are very sensitive to the fact that a first time visitor is going to feel a bit nervous and uneasy at the prospect and generally will allow you to remain clothed while you are given a tour of the grounds and make up your mind about staying. There are “clothing optional” and “clothes free” resorts so make sure you understand the policy of the specific club or resort that you select. Clothing optional clubs allow and encourage nudity but full nudity is not required except when using pools or hot tubs. Clothes free resorts on the other hand have a clothes when necessary (inclement weather) but nude when possible policy. Some clubs have different rules based on gender, appreciating the fact that women are sometimes more ill at ease when visiting a nudist club for the first time than men. So women may be allowed “clothing optional” while men are expected to be nude. Still, it is pretty much a common rule with all that full nudity is required for those who wish to use the pools or hot tub.
  • If you intend to take pets for an overnight stay, make sure to inquire about pet policies. Many nudist clubs are very family oriented and pet friendly and do allow pets but expect that you will have them on leash when in the common areas.

There are a few things you will want to make sure that you take along for your first visit;

  • Photo identification.
  • A couple of towels as nudist rules of etiquette require that a towel be used for sitting on any furnishings for personal hygiene reasons. It is nice to have a second towel to use after swimming or showering.
  • Sun block to prevent sunburn on areas where you normally don’t get sun.
  • Camping equipment if you will staying overnight and are not renting a room.

Every club or resort has its own rules but here are some rather common ones that you might encounter;

  • Sitting on towels is a common courtesy and expected.
  • Always ask permission before taking photographs if cameras are allowed.
  • Use of vulgar language or any other unseemly behavior is prohibited.
  • Parents must supervise their children at all times.
  • Body acceptance is the theme at nudist clubs and resorts and everyone is encouraged to be nude most of the time but it is not mandatory at all places.
  • No overt sexual activity is permitted. No sexual propositions of any kind allowed. Basically, any behavior that might cause others to feel uncomfortable is forbidden.
  • Piercing jewelry below the waist is usually not permitted.
  • Overuse of alcohol and any use of illegal drugs is not tolerated.
  • Politeness and respect for the property of others is expected.

As far as costs go, most resorts charge a “day rate fee” and there are additional charges for lodging or camping. Many offer special rates and discounts to first time visitors so be sure to ask about them. Day rate fees vary but tend to range from $ 20 - $30 per day.

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