Largest skinny dip: Britain's National Trust sets world record (HD Video)
Gower Peninsula, Wales , UK -- Four hundred swimmers came from all over the country to brave the chill waters off Rhossili beach, on the Gower Peninsula, early morning; they stripped naked and plunged into the sea off Wales , setting the world record for the Largest skinny dipping (swimming naked), while raising funds for Britain's National Trust.
Photo: 400 people braving the cold waters and chill winds as they take part in the biggest ever skinny dip organised by Britain's National Trust. Photo: PA (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the Largest skinny dipping (swimming naked) - multiple venues was set by 13,674 Participants, during an event organised by AANR (USA) across multiple locations in the USA.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Largest Swimming Lesson (multi venue): 3,971, achieved by World Waterpark Association in 73 different locations across the USA, Canada, UAE, Mexico, and South Korea.
The existing world record is believed to be 250 naked bathers in one location.
To qualify for the world record, bathers had to wade into the water until it was up to their waists and stay there, shivering, for 10 minutes. - The Independent
The bathers gathered on the beach just after 7.30am. A rough sea delayed the start, but shortly before 9am the countdown began and, with lots of shrieking and cheering, the crowd ran into the chilly sea, which had a temperature of around 12°C.
Organiser Alison Powell said: 'It was so much better than I could ever have imagined. It was a really beautiful thing to have so many naked people in the water. It was brilliant, it was exhilarating and it was amazing.
'The waves were tremendous, they were barrelling in but most people said they were so excited with so much adrenaline pumping they didn't notice the cold.'
National Trust Head Warden for the area Sian Musgrave said: 'This has been an amazing day and a really fun way to raise some money. Without donations like this, we couldn't protect and care for this beautiful and special stretch of coastline.'
The event proved such a success that the organisers are already discussing making the skinny dip an annual event.