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Monday, February 24, 2014

INF - FOCUS February 2014



Federation Focus
February 2014


New Download Center

On the INF-FNI Webpage there is a new "Downloadcenter".  For the past 2 months you can find important information from the events of the EuNat and information regarding the next INF Congress.

Legal Survey Results 
 












At the 2012 congress, the federations who were present at the General Assembly indicated that they wanted the INF to track legal issues that affect naturism around the world. Obviously we needed the assistance of the individual federations who are most aware of what is happening in their country. For this reason, we created a survey and asked for responses from our member federations. The online survey was published on the internet using SurveyMonkey.com and distributed by email. Reminders were also published in the June and August editions of Focus. The survey was open for responses for four months – from June to September 2013.

The results have now been tabulated. Of course, not all countries responded. But here are the answers given by those who did:

Legal Survey Results(EN)
Legal Survey Results(DE)
Legal Survey Results(FR)

If you are aware of any changes to the legal status in your country or if any important issues arise, please let us know. We will share the information through this newsletter.


Completely Updated Vakantiebeurs (Holiday Exhibition) Gives the Travel Sector a Boost

Europe Increasingly Popular, Desire for Luxury, Enthusiastic Campers
The completely new Vakantiebeurs has generated a lot of interest among Dutch holidaymakers and given the travel sector a boost. One of the many ‘firsts’ this year was a presentation of the most popular types of holidays in six, much-visited Plazas, provided by specialist international exhibitors. Thanks to the combination of these Plazas and the clear geographical layout of the exhibition by country, it was easy for visitors to find their way around the Vakantiebeurs, which was held from Wednesday 15 January - Sunday 19 January in the Jaarbeurs venue in Utrecht.

Excellent Start
VNU Exhibitions Travel Market Manager Editha Hoogenberg, organizer of the Vakantiebeurs: ‘’It's great that, together with our participants, we were able to give the travel sector a boost this past week. Our exhibitors have given us lots of positive responses to the quality level of the visitors, many of whom actually booked their holiday right there at the Exhibition. As an organization we are proud that we were able to make such an excellent start to the travel season together with our participants and partners.’’

The Netherlands
A total of 117,073 holidaymakers visited the Exhibition, which is a significant increase of 13% compared to last year. Many of the visitors take several holidays a year. One of the noticeable findings from the evaluation of the Exhibition organizers is the growing interest in European holidays. Of course this doesn't change the fact that a large proportion of the visitors were also looking for destinations elsewhere in the world. At least one in five visitors came to find out specifically about short trips or longer holidays in the Netherlands.

3300 euro
When asked about their anticipated spending level for future holidays, the visitors of the Vakantiebeurs indicated that on average they will be spending nearly 3300 euro per person per year on holidays. This is three times as much as the amount of just over 1100 euro the average Dutch holidaymaker spent on holidays last year.

Top 3
Visitors named Italy, France and Germany/Spain as the top 3 popular destinations in Europe. Greece rose significantly in popularity and comes 4th, followed by Austria/Switzerland in 5th place. The most popular destinations outside Europe are Asia, the United States/Canada, Africa, Central and South America and the Caribbean respectively.

Desire for Luxury
The main reasons for people to visit the Vakantiebeurs were: collecting specific information, finding inspiration, selecting a holiday, a day out and entertainment, the exclusive exhibition offers and finding additional information about a holiday they have already booked. The holidaymakers' preference for a hotel as the most popular accommodation shows a clear desire for a bit of luxury during the holidays, followed by camping, a guesthouse/B&B and an apartment.

Camping by Night
There were plenty of camping aficionados among the visitors, who like to go exploring with their caravan, camper van, pop-up camping trailer or tent. To be able to give this group - and especially the non-campers, a sense of the real camping experience a spectacular and highly visited Camping by Night exhibit had been set up in a darkened hall of the Vakantiebeurs. Avid campers will also be able to look forward to and research the 50th edition of the Camping and Caravan Fair scheduled to be held at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht from 8-12 October.

Germany
Germany was the Guest Country at the Vakantiebeurs and made every effort to promote their country, the regions and the cities among the visitors. Among other things the country surprised the visitors with a wine tasting and was also present in all the Plazas with the most popular types of holidays, to draw attention to the country's enormous variety as a tourist destination.

Cruises
The themes ‘Sail’ (Cruises & Sailing), ‘Active’ (Bicycling & Walking), ‘Together’ (Families & Children), ‘Discover’ (Adventure & Remote Destinations), ‘Outside’ (Camping) and ‘Look’ (Cities & Culture) were selected for the different Plazas. The ‘Look’ Plaza was the most popular, followed by ‘Discover’, ‘Outside’, ‘Active’, ‘Together’ and ‘Sail’. The cruise options in ‘Sail’ constitute only a small segment of the total holiday sector, but still attracted the attention of 1 in 5 Vakantiebeurs visitors.

‘Vakantiebeurs Express’
Other ‘firsts’ were the participation of UNESCO with a focus on World Heritage, the Zoom.nl photography pavilion, the Vakantiebeurs Photo Competition and the Culinary Route with tasty traditional snacks and drinks at six varied destinations. For the first time in the history of the Vakantiebeurs the Dutch Railways put on two extra trains for Exhibition visitors. This ‘Vakantiebeurs Express’ ran on Saturday from Zwolle to Utrecht via Amersfoort and delivered the passengers in an excellent mood and fully informed about the Vakantiebeurs in Utrecht.

2015 Vakantiebeurs
The public days of the 2015 Vakantiebeurs will be Wednesday 14 January - Sunday 18 January.







May 28 - June 1, 2014 Italy

June 19 - 22, 2014 Croatia

June 28 - July 6, 2014 Austria

August 29 - 31, 2014 Germany

Sept. 11-14, 2014
Lough Allen Hotel & Spa
Drumshanbo Co Leitrim
Ireland

Sept. 26 - 28, 2014 Netherlands

Reminders

Remember to tell your member clubs to keep their listing up to date. They can login and edit their own club listing. If they have forgotten their login or need to register, just tell them to contact the INF.




About Focus

Focus is published by the INF for its member federations. You are welcome to redistribute it to your members or use any of the content in your local country's publications. If you need any of the texts or images in another format, please contact the INF General Secretariat at: naturism@inf-fni.org

We also welcome contributions from member federations. Please send us news about what is happening in your country and we will share it with the rest of the world.

Central Committee of the INF:

President:
Sieglinde Ivo (AT) - president@inf-fni.org
Vice-president:
Mick Ayers (ES)- vicepresident@inf-fni.org
Treasurer:
Rolf Beat Hostettler (CH) - treasurer@inf-fni.org
Assessor Europe:
Bernd Huijser (NL) eu-assessor@inf-fni.org
Assessor Non-European countries and Publisher of Focus:
Stéphane Deschênes (CAN) ww-assessor@inf-fni.org
President Legal Commission:
Hervé Begeot info@inf-fni.org













Internationales FKK - Judendtreffen 28.07. - 08.08.2014


€ 250 Croatian Adriatic for 12 days for young people aged 14 – 27 years. Including:
  • Entry in “Solaris”
  • Breakfast and dinner in the restaurant
  • Tourist tax
  • Sleep in your own tent
  • Sun, Beach & Nudism
Be there and meet young people from other European countries.  Registration under INF-Bund@fkk-jugend.de
Limited number of participants!











French Training Sessions

Le Champ De Guiral is organizing a French training session in a naturist resort in the Lot, two steps away from the Dordogne, between Sarlat and Rocamadour. For the year 2014, only two sessions are available, one week in June and one week in August. Only 4 people are possible for each session. We may be the only naturist resort with such a possibility! Enjoy it!

                  http://www.vacancesnaturiste.com/cours-francais.html

For more information please write to the French teacher Thierry at:
                              cours.nature@gmail.com





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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Quinta dos Carriços - naturist camping



QUINTA DOS CARRIÇOS, THE PLACE FOR NATURISTS!

You will find your fellow-naturists in a separate and secluded valley.

This valley has spacious and peaceful camping-sites and is equipped with its own sanitary facilities

A variety of well sheltered naturist beaches are in the vicinity with luxuriant vegetation.
Naturist card holders issued by Portuguese Naturist Federation get 10% discount.



On "Quinta dos Carriço" you can live with nature, an engaging and wonderful atmosphere in the heart of the Natural Park of Costa Vincentina in western coast of the Algarve.

Just a short distance from several naturist and beautiful beaches , is also a perfect spot for nature lovers, birdwatchers, surfers and scuba divers.


THOSE WHO PREFER A "SMALL" CAMPING-SITE:

Quinta dos Carriços comprises 15 ha., divided up in various "zones" with their own character, space and privacy.

THOSE WHO LIKE TO RELAX IN NATURE:

The valley and surrounding hills abound in trees, plants and flowers, flowering in winter, spring and even in mid summer.



Founded more than 30 years "Quinta dos Carriços" is one of the most popular camping parks in the Algarve and offers a spacious naturist area, which can accommodate campers with their tents, caravans or campervans.

There are also one apartment available for rent in naturist area, comprising lounge, kitchen, bathroom, double bedroom, terrace area for grilling (BBQ) and yet also to rent a caravan for two people with kitchen.


The Naturist Zone has its own area of ​​showers, with bathrooms, hot water showers and sinks.

The park also has a small supermarket, always well stocked, with the bar-restaurant, located in the textile area.

By car:
Those with own means of transport should use the A 22 (Via do Infante) from the Spanish border or from Faro in the south or the A2 from the Spanish border (Badajoz) and/or Lisbon.

GPS
37 04' 31.54" N
8 49' 52.82" W

Public transport:
Trains from Lisbon and Faro (both airports) to Lagos. From there by coach.
A bus stop is in front of the entrance.
Mapa de Localização

Phone: + 351 282 695 201

E-mail: quintacarrico@gmail.com

Website: www.quintadoscarricos.com

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

FPN 37th Anniversary Swimming Pool

Date: March, 1st

Place: Alvito swimming pool, Lisbon. Portugal

Time: from 18H00 to 20H30

Price: 5 € to INF membership card holders
         15€ to non membership
         

Description: Two hours of free swimming with 40 to 60 minutes optional hidro gym class.
If your are nearby join our annual anniversary swimming pool. 


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Meco - 2nd Naked League

Date: May, 24th

Place: Meco Official Naturist Beach, Sesimbra, Portugal

Time: 10H00 am 

Price: 7.5 € 
         

Description: Second edition of Meco League. This year the event could be for entire family, you could run or walking. 

Fee includes insurance and event t-shirt. 

Max allowed runners 100.

Registrations available since February, 1 st.


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Monday, January 27, 2014

ENY - Summer Youth Rally 2014


How do women really feel about nudity?

The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’

Read full article

If you are a woman give us your opinion.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Maison Africain - Membership Discount


Maison Africain and Portuguese Naturist Federation according to will offer 10% discount to INF Membership Card owners.

Discount also available for the members of  FPN, INF, FKK and the NFN.

Conditions:
High season:  minimum stay is one week.
On  Saturday or Sunday arrival.

Low season: minimum stay 3 days.

The discount is for the rooms, bungalows and campsite
Food and drinks not include..


Region Algarve     Country Portugal


Type of accommodation
Bungalows, rooms and campsite

Number of bedrooms/spaces
3 bedrooms, 2 wooden bungalows, 6 pitches for tents

Capacity
20

Food options
Accommodation is offered on a B&B basis, with the option of dinner if required on four nights of the week.


On-site facilities/services
Lounge, bar, dining room, terrace, outdoor pool, yoga lessons.

Unique selling points
A warm Arabic feeling in a natural environment, with warm temperatures in spring, summer and autumn.

Inside knowledge
Children are allowed, groups of family or friends are welcome, and discounts are available for early bookings and extended stays.

Nearest naturist beach
30km



Opening dates
15 June - 15 October

Cost
Campsite from €17.50 per night, rooms and bungalows from €65 per night. (2014)

Address
Altura das Corchas CCI 965, 8550-207 Monchique, Portugal

Name of contact
Dick Roskam

Email
maisonafricain@gmail.com
Website
www.nudistalgarve.com


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Monday, January 13, 2014

INF - Focus December 2013


Federation Focus
December 2013


I would like to apologize for the lateness of this and the previous issue of Focus.  As publisher, the responsibility for the delay is mine.  We aim to publish during the first couple of weeks of the months of February, April, June, August, October and December.  Being about 7,000 km away from the INF office and in a time zone that is delayed by 6 hours has made using the secretariat’s resources challenging. As a result, I am revising the process of producing Focus so that it can be produced in a more timely manner.

Yours naturally,
Stéphane Deschênes
Assessor Non-European countries
Publisher of Focus

Subscribing to Focus

The Central Committee has decided to open the distribution of Focus to anyone who is interested. A subscription form will be added to the website. In the meantime, you can invite others to subscribe using the following links:

German
English
French

A New Federation

We are pleased to welcome a new federation to the General Assembly. Mexico is the latest country to join the international fellowship of the International Naturist Federation. 


Federacion Nudista de México, A.C.
http://federacionnudistademexico.org


As per their statutes, the associations’ purpose is:
To promote the practice of social and family nudism in Mexico as a form of living together, recreation, self-acceptance of others, at any stage of life, regardless of sex, social or economic status, sexual preference or marital status, by way of the implementation of educational, artistic, cultural, social, sport, recreational, tourist, scientific and regional traditional activities, aimed at disseminating and promotion of social and family nudism.

Naturist Family Gathering in Germany

The 2014 Naturist Family Gathering has been announced. It will be held August 1-10, 2014 at Rosenfelder Strand (FKK) and the FKK-Camping Ostsee on the Baltic Sea in Germany. The international naturist run will be held on August 9th.

More details at:
http://www.meehrerleben.de/mehrerleben/index.php/mee-h-r-erleben-2014

Reservations:
http://www.dfk.org/fkk/vereine/mehrerleben.php
Internationaler Naturistenlauf






34th INF Congress
Sept. 11-14, 2014
Lough Allen Hotel & Spa
Drumshanbo Co Leitrim
Ireland

Reminders

Remember to tell your member clubs to keep their listing up to date. They can login and edit their own club listing. If they have forgotten their login or need to register, just tell them to contact the INF.



About Focus

Focus is published by the INF for its member federations. You are welcome to redistribute it to your members or use any of the content in your local country's publications. If you need any of the texts or images in another format, please contact the INF General Secretariat at: naturism@inf-fni.org

We also welcome contributions from member federations. Please send us news about what is happening in your country and we will share it with the rest of the world.

Central Committee of the INF:

President:
Sieglinde Ivo (AT) - president@inf-fni.org
Vice-president:
Mick Ayers (ES)-vicepresident@inf-fni.org
Treasurer:
Rolf Beat Hostettler (CH) -treasurer@inf-fni.org
Assessor Europe:
Bernd Huijser (NL) eu-assessor@inf-fni.org
Assessor Non-European countries and Publisher of Focus:
Stéphane Deschênes (CAN) ww-assessor@inf-fni.org
President Legal Commission:
Hervé Begeot info@inf-fni.org



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Trip to France

Following the success of the July 2013 group trip to  the CHM Montalivet, Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park in Canada has decided to make it a yearly event. The trip is not only open to Canadians. Last year, the travellers were from Canada, the US, and Belgium. For their first trip in 2013, there were 29 people.  They hope that even more people will join them this year for a few weeks of vacation and international naturist fellowship.

Details of the 2014 trip can be found here:
http://www.bareoaks.ca/france

News from Israel

The Israeli Naturist Community invites all the naturists around the world to a naturist event.

The event will be at Hamei Ga'ash hot springs spa near Tel Aviv in Israel.
We will spend our time around the pools, singing, dancing, swimming and celebrating birthdays.

Hamei Ga'ash has both outdoor and indoor pools and also includes hot tubs, thermal showers, saunas and dressing rooms. The hamburger stand and cafe will be open.
If you would like to join the naturists of Israel at this event please register at the following link:

http://www.naturism.co.il/writeus.htm

Isreal
All the events will begin at 19:00 and last until 1:00 AM.
Future events in 2014 will be held at the same place on Thursday:

16th  January 2014
6th    Febuary 2014
27th  Febuary 2014
20th  March 2014
24th  April 2014
29th  May 2014
26th  June 2014
4th  September 2014
2nd October 2014
30th October 2014
27th November 2014
25th December 2014

News from PortugalPortugal
The Federação Portuguesa de Naturismo has elected a new board:
President - Rui Elvas
Vice-President - Isa Elvas
Vice-President (secretary and budget)- Paulo Garcia

http://www.fpn.pt






News from Brazil

Brazil Beach

Dear Sieglinde Ivo – President of the INF-FNI,

            Our Brazilian Naturist Federation – FBrN has been under a very special moment of joy – within the present year, which is the one for celebrating FBrN’s 25th anniversary of existence – as its official website has been satisfactorily put available again for broad access. It had been completely ruined by an internet hacker, so that only by now it could be reset, and also by when the just-constituted “Organization Area” (jtannus@fbrn.org.br), together with its “Publicizing Management (rodrigues.coaching@gmail.com), put their activities into practice.

            Our e-mail address (presidencia@fbrn.org.br), telephone number (55-71-8197-1677), as well as regular mail address (P.O. Box 105, CEP 48.180.000 – Entre Rios, Bahia, Brazil) remain the same. We are also on facebook (facebook.com/federacao.naturismo) and twitter (twitter.com/federacao_oficial) social networks.

            Throughout these 25 years of age of our Brazilian Naturist Federation, many targets have been accomplished ever since naturist Celso Rossi founded it. The FBrN has proudly and duly given its recognition to the people responsible for such successful path, by awarding in 2013 with the corresponding Acknowledgment Certificates its former and vice presidents, who directly enabled such achievements. However, as the world is under a permanent change, it is necessary for all of us to always be adapting ourselves to new circumstances. Within this first quarter of a century of our existence, the one thing which is not expected from us to be changed is our belief in the values that have always been the pillars of the Naturist Life Philosophy, professed and defended by INF-FNI over the last 60 years. Such sturdy values are FBrN’s pointing needle on the proper policies and guidelines to take.

            Such instrumental energy - resulted from an enthusiastic and family-related naturism with relevant signs of pure acts - is the great transforming tool within the new and present century. The egocentric individualism and exasperating money-consuming attitudes – characteristics of our contemporary capitalist society – can find in the naturist life philosophy their perfect antidote. That is why the naturist movement has grown both within Brazil and Latin America. Not only has the number of naturists and their supporters increased, but so has the number of new branches enrolled to the FBrN, which are currently in the figure of 37 ones in its whole. Annually, they are submitted to assessment, so that afterwards they can be granted to receive their Official Naturist Area Certificate of the corresponding year. We have today strong links with Argentinean, Chilean and Uruguayan naturist entities, with whom we then have established Intention Protocols, those that turn us all into brothers of one ideal in common. Four (4) ELANs – “Encontros Latino-Americanos de Naturismo” (Naturist Latin American Meetings) have already taken place, with FBrN’s decided upon participation. The Fifth ELAN is scheduled to take place in Uruguay, in March of 2014, and the Sixth ELAN is to take place in Mexico, in 2015. With the recent upbringing of the Mexican Naturist Federation, this one additional partner comes towards us all carrying out the important mission of disseminating the naturist life philosophy throughout the Americas.

            Moreover, ever since former president José Antônio Ribeiro Tannús’ management, the beginning of FBrN’s revitalizing and professionalizing process took place by utilizing highly-acclaimed techniques universally applied in management activities (we are, therefore, not  “reinventing the wheel”), to then allowing the bringing up – in 2011 and part of 2012 – of the on-the-spot awareness of all naturist organizations within continental Brazil. The on-the-coast periplus entitled “FBrN na ESTRADA” (FBrN on the ROAD), which covered an extent of thousands of kilometers, allowed FBrN an intense interactivity with its enrolled partners, from the Amazonas State down to the Rio Grande do Sul State, also right from Brazil’s Atlantic Coast to its Central Plateau. Successful experiences have become universalized. On the other hand, both demands and dearths have consequently also been detected. Thus, the “Programa de Qualificação de Dirigentes Naturistas” (Naturists’ Leaders Competence Program) came out, of which we should highlight the “Naturismo em Seus Contextos” (Naturism in Its Contexts) Course, fruit of the never-before published Intentions Protocol established by FBrN together with FACCAT – “Faculdades Integradas de Taquara RS” (University of the City of Taquara in Rio Grande do Sul State), through which naturism and academic interests were joined together.

            The number of events has increased considerably, and a great advance was obtained by the time we were enabled to plan and execute the “Programa Integrado de Eventos da FBrN 2011-2013” (FBrN’s Integrated Program of Events 2011-2013). Currently, the 2013-2015 Program is under development, which has a greater number of official naturist activities already foreseen. We have been struggling so that the upcoming Integrated Events Program is given a start along with the one of the Worldwide Naturist Congress, to be held in Brazil in 2016.

            Special emphasis has been given on the required use of the INF Card. Awareness campaigns are permanently carried out and several encouraged attitudes and benefits have also been implemented.

            FBrN acts intensively in organizing the Social Capitalization of places and their surroundings, where Brazilian naturist organizations are located. FBrN encourages and motivates its branches for the developing of the correct, either social or environmental, activities to then be carried out. Such social and environmental insertion has been leading FBrN and its branches to take part of Official Municipal Council Committees, as well as of either regional or state instances in such remarkable areas of contemporary concerns.

            The regained chances of naturist intellectuals and writers to be meeting each other have stimulated the production of the Brazilian naturist creative writing - not only with the launching of new book editions, but also with the publishing of various magazine and newspaper articles, as well as invitations for thematic lectures.

            But the growth of naturism in the last decade has also caused preoccupying and threatening commercial and financial interests to arise, which have been seen out of the naturist activities as an important marketing niche opportunity for money gaining, with no expressed commitment to the naturist life philosophy. As an even worse risk, such activities have been inserted amid the naturist scope in a stealthy and enthralling way. It is a must for us to keep alert against the “wolves in sheep’s clothing”, these who soon captivate the unaware and naïve, yet helpful, people so that the power of influence they are exposed to can dangerously broaden away. Therefore, on this lies the importance of FBrN’s website’s comeback, which will provide official information, awareness and qualitative material for both reading and entertainment purposes.

            Within the upcoming 15 months, a remarkable ultimate leap on quality will be given the Brazilian naturism by us, for the preparation of FBrN’s renewed management which is to take place between 2015 and 2017.

With our best naturist regards,Brazil logo

João Olavo Rosés / FBrN President

José Antônio Ribeiro Tannús / FBrN Vice President






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Friday, January 10, 2014

Newbie's guide to nudist club etiquette

Image courtesy of stockimages | FreeDigitalPhotos.net

An article write by Larry and rebbloged by us. We updated to Portuguese tiny differences.

We can find several posts on internet about rules, etiquette, etc .

All of them are important and remember several behavior recommendations,

You should apply them in naked activities or places.

Has Larry said they exist for helping and protect your health.

We highlight same parts and change others.







Newbie's guides are aimed at making things easier for new nudists.

Just like any subculture nudists have developed an unwritten but customary code of polite behavior within the context of social nudity settings. The list is neither onerous are hard to remember. In many respects the rules of conduct for acceptable behavior are similar to those in clothed social settings. There are a few rules however that are related directly to the fact that everyone is nude.

It is always a good idea for those planning to visit a nudist club or resort to learn and master these rules of etiquette to avoid a faux pas that results in embarrassment.

This guide pertains to traditional family-friendly, nudist clubs, indoor and outdoor activitiesi and this information is just as applicable to those who prefer the term naturist to nudist.

Always carry a towel for use when sitting on surfaces used by other people

One thing that even most non-nudists know about nudists, besides the fact that nudists seem to enjoy volleyball, is that nudists always seem to be carrying a towel. Nudists do carry towels and the reason is simply good hygiene.

At clubs you are expected to use a towel as a barrier between your naked bottom and furnishings like chairs, loungers and any other items that others may sit on. It is sort of the same kind of unwritten rule observed by those using the equipment in a public gym.

If sitting or lying on the grass while sunbathing sitting on a towel isn't required but is usually more comfortable. If you plan to swim or use a hot tub, it is a good idea to bring two towels so that you always have a clean dry towel just to use for sitting on.

Do not take photographs without permission

Usually at a club or resort taking photographs isn't an issue because cameras and the use of camera phones is prohibited. In circumstances where all photography isn't prohibited, just remember to never take photographs of anyone without their permission and definitely never photograph other people's children.

Note: by photographing children you might get pedophilia problems with authorities.

Don't gawk or stare at others

One of the basic philosophies of nudism is showing respect to others. Part of that is not gawking at the bodies of others and especially not staring at genitals and female breasts. Experienced nudists understand that natural curiosity comes into play when someone is new to social nudity and are tolerant of that. But after a brief transitional period, people at social nudist gatherings are expected to make eye to eye contact.

There is generally no ban on wearing the Ray-Bans when in the sun at a club or resort but sunglasses should not be used to circumvent this point of etiquette and wearing them in circumstances when they are clearly not needed, unless you are Stevie Wonder, is likely to arouse suspicion.

Respect the privacy of others

Also involved in the privacy category, nudists generally go only by first names at a club unless they are very well acquainted so don't inquire about last names, as it's bad form. Avoid personal questions altogether like asking people where the work, where they live, etc. If a person feels comfortable in divulging that sort of information fine, but it is never okay to ask.

Touching others beyond perhaps a friendly handshake is not appropriate. Unlike some clothed social settings where hugging is common, it isn't practiced in social nudity situations except by those who are very well acquainted. Personal space boundaries also tend to be more extended than in clothed society so don't crowd others.

Don't engage in lewd behavior

Any public overt sexual activity is always considered inappropriate in an atmosphere of family-friendly, non-sexual nudity. That includes inappropriate touching of others as well as self. While other minor mistakes pertaining to etiquette might earn a correction or even be overlooked, violating this one will likely garner a quick invitation to leave the premises.

Deliberately posing in a provocative way also falls under the heading of lewdness. If a person sits or otherwise positions himself or herself so that it appears that they are trying to attract attention to particular body parts they should expect a comment or correction. Social nudity isn't about seeing other people naked, or being seen naked by others.

The dreaded erection is something many men new to nudism worry about happening in a social nudity setting. First, there is no need to be anxious about it because it very rarely happens. If it should, nudists understand that is a natural occurrence for men but sporting one is definitely not accepted behavior. Strutting your stuff isn't going to win friends or impress anyone and would be considered lewd behavior. So when it does happen, men are expected to cover up if sitting, to roll over on their stomach if lying down or to take a quick dip in the pool until the moment passes.

This should go without saying, but urinating in public is definitely not acceptable. Finally before leaving this point of etiquette, off-color jokes, sexual innuendo, comments about the bodies of others as well as excessive use of profanity is no more welcome in a social nudity setting than in a clothed social situation.

Nude when and where appropriate

Your first stop on an initial visit to a club or resort will be an office or other transition area near the entrance. You won't be expected to get naked on arrival. During check in you will receive an orientation, a list of club or resort rules and a brief tour of the facilities. Regardless of the type facility, first timers will be allowed some time to feel comfortable without being pressured to get nude immediately. Actually people find it easier to get naked than they expect because being the only clothed person in a nudist setting is just about as uncomfortable as being the only naked person when everyone else is fully dressed.

Each club and resort has one of two policies, nude only or clothing optional. Occasionally it may be a combination of the two in that sometimes it is clothing optional for women and children but nude only for adult men.

Note: In Portugal our Clubs are nude only.

At nude only clubs adults are expected to be nude unless weather conditions or some other legitimate reason makes that impractical. At clothing optional venues it is left up to the individual to get naked when they feel comfortable but still, adults are expected to be nude at some point. Also pools, hot tubs and pool deck areas are typically always nude only. Do know and comply with the rules in force at any club or resort you visit.

Occasionally there are clubs where parking lots or other areas are in public view from outside the property. Do not appear nude in these areas as it could cause problems for the club and for you. Any such areas will be pointed out to you during the orientation at check in. Finally, do of course always get dressed before leaving the premises of a club or resort. That part is never enjoyable after a full day or weekend of being nude but it has to be done.

Know and follow all club or resort rules

Each club will likely have rules for guests and members. The rules will be explained verbally during orientation and generally you will receive a written copy. Rules may include some of the things covered here under etiquette but will also address things like alcohol consumption, where use of tobacco products is permitted if applicable, rules regarding cameras and camera phones, etc. Usually it isn't a long list or hard to remember but during the visit if you aren't sure about something, just ask someone. Even first time guests are expected to know and follow all facility rules.

Talk, listen and mingle

Be friendly, pleasant and mingle. Even if you tend to be something of an introvert don't just keep to yourself. You will find nudists a very friendly and in most cases outgoing bunch. Being a good listener is as much a part of being a good conversationalist as doing the talking so it is fine if you would rather listen than talk, just contribute. The same sort of things people converse about in any social situation are the topics of conversation in a social nudity setting - sports, the economy, travel, movies, current events, etc.

Feel free to ask people about the facility and about things related to nudist culture. But do remember that nudists are just regular people and no one is really interested in talking non-stop about nothing but things directly related to nudism. When it comes to mingling in any social situation, a wise person once said you should always act like a host rather than a guest and conduct yourself accordingly.

Understand that nudist clubs and resorts are somewhat self-policing in that any member or other experienced nudist is apt to speak up if a new person seems to be violating one of the unwritten rules of etiquette or written facility rules. Try not to take it personally or get upset if that happens since that is expected. Staff members can't be everywhere at all times.

Usually it is meant to help newcomers fit in and to keep the atmosphere comfortable for everyone. It isn't however unknown for an older member or veteran nudist to correct a new person based on a personal preference or view when the behavior or conduct didn't actually violate any rule. Like any walk of life, you will likely meet some self-important, opinionated nudists. As long as the correction or comment seems reasonable, it is best to accept it with good grace. But if you feel it is unwarranted or you feel like you are being picked on, don't hesitate to clear up the matter by speaking with a staff member. As long as you follow the guidelines presented here and observe the rules provided at the orientation when you arrive, you should be on solid ground.
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Larry Darter

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