Naturists defend nude family swim against parents’ paedophile fears

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Naturists defend nude family swim against parents’ paedophile fears

British naturists have been forced to defend a nude swimming session after worried parents sparked fears that paedophiles would attend.

Held at Waterworld in Stoke-on-Trent, the event encourages adults and children to ditch their costumes and ride flumes in the buff for two hours between 8pm and 10pm on April 13.

But after seeing adverts for the session online, some parents began complaining that it should be ‘adult only’ as they believed ‘paedophiles will surely just show up’.

Naturist swimming session Picture: Waterworld METROGRAB TAKEN WITHOUT PERMISSION EDITORIAL DECISION TO TAKE NO BYLINES VIA SOURCE: https://www.facebook.com/pg/waterworldaquapark/photos/?tab=album&album_id=335818983131975

The event is being held at Waterworld in Stoke-on-Trent (Picture: Waterworld)

‘Good grief. Under fives go free. Horrendous. I’m genuinely shocked. This needs to be stopped,’ one person fumed online.

Another asked: ‘Why can’t they make it adult only? No issue with that. But no kids.’

While a third wrote: ‘This is vile having NAKED children around NAKED adults is not ok, simple as that.’

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The nude swimming session is one of numerous events run by British Naturism up and down the country.

Nearly 4,000 people have now signed a petition calling for the inclusion of children to be stopped.

Creator Emma Hadaway wrote that she is not against naturists, but truly believes the events are a ‘massive safeguarding issue’.

British Naturism spokesperson Andrew Welch pointed out that naturist family swimming has been ‘in existence for decades’.

Naturist swimming session Picture: change.org METROGRAB

Angry parents are calling for the swim to be banned

He blasted any link between paedophiles and naturism as ‘erroneous’ and said the petition was ‘targeting the wrong group’.

‘We understand the concerns but naturist events do not necessarily lead to any greater risks,’ he told Metro.co.uk.

‘Children run around naked at swimming pools and beaches, both places that members of the public can easily access.

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‘At our events all members will have provided us with personal information and photos of themselves previously, while non-members are asked to show ID.

‘Children are always at risk and parents must always be vigilant. If anything, we are more vigilant in our world because we are more aware of the risks.

‘They are never unaccompanied and are always supervised by parents or guardians. It is just like any other event except the dress code is different!’

He added that British Naturism takes safeguarding and health and safety seriously, and has a ‘robust’ child and vulnerable adults safeguarding policy developed in conjunction with the NSPCC.

Naturist swimming session Water World in Stoke-on-Trent Picture: waterworld metrograb https://www.waterworld.co.uk/rides/wave-pool/ TAKEN WITHOUT PERMISSION

Members and non-members are all ID’d before attending (Picture: Waterworld)

‘Our children deserve better. At these sessions they get to see what real bodies are like – big, small, fat, tall, each one completely different,’ he said.

‘Every reaction is always up beat and positive. I encourage everyone to try it.

‘It is our natural state and a positive family lifestyle that has been proven to make people happier and improve mental health and well being.’

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