In contrast there were poets and painters who would contrast free young beauty of bodies in the water with the approaching grind of maturity and responsibility. Swimming was not only a sport for the residents of Victorian East London, Eastern Capebut due to periodic water shortages, sometimes a necessity. Excerpts from Kilvert's diary show the transition in the England of the s from an acceptance of nude bathing to the acceptance of bathing suits. The largest skinny dip was achieved during an event organized by Deirdre Featherstone  Ireland. Retrieved — via Newspaper Archive.
However, in some places even that type of swimming is prohibited by law.
The Administration of Health and Physical Recreation training manual stated, "Nude bathing for boys is practiced universally, in a few schools girls may swim nude and this is the most sanitary method. An English friend told him that they let their daughters play with naked boys of ten years of age, but draw the line at fifteen. It is Ordered Established and Decreed by this Corporation that no Male person above the age of ten years shall at any time hereafter go into any Bath or Baths within this City by day or by night without a Pair of Drawers and a Waistcoat on their bodies. Today, many swimmers in the United States confine nude swimming to private situations due to concerns about attitudes to public nudity. In the early s, fashionable sea bathing initially followed the inland health seeking tradition. The cover of the August 19, edition of the Saturday Evening Post had a Leyendecker painting of three boys;  the cover of the June 4, edition had Norman Rockwell 's painting No Swimmingdepicting boys in various states of undress escaping from the local authorities. American high school and junior high school swimming in many states had policies that followed APHA guidelines.