EVER wanted to throw away your swimming costume and take a skinny dip? Well now you can – without getting in trouble.

The Great British Skinny Dip is being held across the UK this summer, and there is an event in south Bucks.

The Great British Skinny Dip is a project run by British Naturism, the UK’s national organisation for Naturists.

The group is trying to encourage more people to give it a try and has arranged an event at the Diogenes Sun Club, Shire Lane, Chalfont St Peter on August 31.

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This event is called ‘Bare to Care’ and is being held for the fourth year running to raise money for Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

As well as skinny dipping, there will be tea and cake afterwards.

The group is also offering people the chance to organise their own skinny dip as part of the initiative, with details on how to get involved on its website.

The next nearest event is in Didcot, south Oxfordshire, where a swim session will be held at the Didcot Wave and Gym leisure centre in July.

People who regularly shed their clothes know that the benefits include improved well-being, reduced stress and an increase in body confidence.

"It’s also liberating and a lot of fun. 

"Millions of people worldwide have discovered this simple antidote to the stresses of modern life and we want to encourage more people to experience it.

 - Spokesman Andrew Welch 

The Diogenes Sun Club in Chalfont St Peter is described as ‘one of the UK’s top family friendly Naturist clubs’.

It features six acres of grounds on the outskirts of Chalfont St. Peter, all set around a large country house.

The benefits of skinny dipping, as described by British Naturism:

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  • highlighting and sharing the body confidence benefits of “letting it all hang out”;
  • raising awareness of the many health and wellbeing benefits of taking part in naked activities – particularly in relation to feelings of freedom, liberation, fun and exhilaration;
  • balancing our perceptions of what constitutes a health body – i.e. it’s okay to look different to the bodies that proliferate marketing campaigns and celebrity magazines, but it’s also important to keep an eye on potential problem areas such as poor skin condition, lumps/bumps, obesity and associated issues;
  • raising awareness of the benefits of early detection of health issues;
  • changing reactions – especially in the media and from authorities – to the acknowledgement that nudity is a good thing and not amusing, ridiculous, suspicious, or harmful.