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Subject: Re: Female spectators at nude swim meets

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Date Posted: 18:46:37 01/25/18 Thu
In reply to: Betsy 's message, "Re: Female spectators at nude swim meets" on 11:44:03 01/15/18 Mon

I was in grade school in the 50s and from grade 4 to grade 6 we took swimming lessons at the nearby high school which had a pool.
Boys and girls were taken on separate days and we were always accampanied by our class female teachers who sat at the bleachers to keep order and discipline.
As was common at the time the rule at the HS pool was that boys always had to be naked when using the pool, while girls always wore swimsuits.
Our instructors were mostly girls from the HS who were competent swimmers and sometimes boys.
While the girl instructors always wore one piece swimsuits the instructor boys had a towel around their waist when out of the pool and took it off and left it on the pool's edge when entering the pool completely naked.

In HS we had the same nudity rule for swimming classes although girls and women were not usually present except in some cases.
I know that the school swim teams often practiced, always nude, in the presence of their girlfriends and female relatives, so I don't think that it was a big deal for them.
At our school swim meets in front of mixed spectators were held with boys wearing trunks but I know that at some away meets they competed naked like the other schools which had this custom and tradition. I was never keen on swimming so I never attended these away swim meets but some girls used to attend them, especially if their male classmates were in them. I don't know if they attended these nude swim meets to support the boys teams or just wanted to see the boys nude.

As Betsy said it was very common at the time to see boys swimming nude in public places up to about early teens when girls and women were present.

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