Let's get this out of the way...

Is this legal?

Yes.  Please write to your MP if you believe freedom of peaceful assembly and/or freedom of association should start being restricted.

How'd you come up with this concept?

Believe it or not, nudity and naturism have a long and legitimate history, with organized nudist groups dating back to 1903 in Germany and France.  Outside of an organized and deliberate movement, it may be pertinent to note that:

  • For much of the 20th century, males were required to swim nude at school and community pools. (Source)
  • Nude beaches have been operating for decades, including Wreck Beach in Vancouver (North America's largest naturist beach, with up to 14,000 daily visitors during the summer)
  • In many countries, non-segregated nudity is perfectly normal in saunas and other contextually-appropriate places.

In no way is Calgary Nude Recreation claiming credit for inventing the concept of nude swimming.  As has been widely reported, most Canadian cities (including Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, and Halifax) have had privately hosted naked swims for decades.

So I just show up, right?

No.  CNR events are restricted to pre-registered attendees. Door sales are not permitted.

Oh.  So what do I need to do to attend?

To register for CNR events, you need to first become a member:

  • you must provide your legal first name, last name, and date of birth as shown on your Current Government-issued Photo ID. 
  • you must pay the membership fee
  • your application must be reviewed and approved by an administrator.
After becoming a member, to check into an event you have registered and paid for you must provide that same ID.

You allow spectators, right? 

No.  All windows will be covered and access to the facility during events is restricted. 

You allow photography, right?

No.  In addition to city guidelines restricting photography at Aquatic Facilities, taking pictures or video at any CNR event is strictly prohibited.

Won't somebody think of the children?!

Of course. CNR has a comprehensive set of policies and procedures in place to ensure that minors are are only permitted to check in to our events with a parent or legal guardian.  Further security measures are in place to ensure that minors and their parent (/legal guardian) are properly correlated for the duration of the event.

We're not here to tell you how to raise your children. For external opinions on this topic, see our external Links.

I'm convinced, but...

Why are women held to a different dress code* than men?          *(bottoms optional)

Because menstruation.

I'm a single guy.  Can I still come?

Yes!  The one way Calgary Nude Recreation is trying to break the mold is in our admission policy, which doesn't judge you based on your relationship status (or partner's aversion to nudity).  Please don't make us regret this.

I'm a guy.  What if I get... excited?

Virtually every naturist organization we've linked to addresses this in their FAQ.  The TLDR: 1) Really unlikely to happen. 2) If it does, be subtle and you'll probably be fine.

Who normally attends your events?

Calgary Nude Recreation is open to all people, of all genders, ages, all sexual orientations, all body types, and anyone else that likes being naked.  We have hundreds of members, ranging in age from 20 to 83.  The only common denominator is that they've all pre-registered for the event and they've all followed the policies and procedures to be admitted. 

I'm kind of "off the grid".  Can I attend?

All attendees must have current (non-expired) government-issued photo ID, and the ability to make online payments via PayPal.  If you're the kind of person who only barters and won't let the government take a picture of you, you are going to need to look elsewhere for your nude recreation needs.

Wait, you want what now?!

Why do I have to provide my real information?

We appreciate the trepidation.  Our website is not a social network -- the information provided is not exposed to other members.

Validation of your identity will only occur in the real world, when you present your current government-issued photo ID to check into an event.  All data is held in secure servers in the cloud, and never retained on personal devices or paper copies.  Review the following for more information on Security, Privacy, and Data Protection.

Who else can see this?

With the exception of your (optional) avatar image, all profile and membership fields have been designated non-editable and only visible by administrators.  The information you provided when registering will continue to be visible to you, in a read-only state when logged into your profile.

What happens if I provide an alias or nickname in my registration?

To help minimize risk, the information on your CNR member profile (and event registration) must EXACTLY match your current government-issued photo ID.  If you show up at an event with an ID that doesn't match your registration, you will not be admitted. If you register an attendee for an event that doesn't match your member profile, the registration will be cancelled.

Why is there a charge for membership?

Event tickets are generally priced to only cover the direct costs of holding the event.  The membership fee helps pay for things like insurance, information systems, event supplies, and more.  CNR is committed to our vision and operating a sustainable group for nude recreation in Calgary for as long as there are Calgarians who want to join us. 

Other Membership Questions

I have friends/roommates/family/etc. who want to join.  Can I register for them?

No.  Each person needs to register for themselves.  Feel free to include information about who referred you, or people you have referred in your application, however remember that each person still needs to register and pay for themselves.

I have registered for a membership, but haven't paid.  What should I expect?

Applications will remain pending, i.e. in a permanent state of limbo.  You will not be granted access to the events listing until the membership fee is paid and your application is approved. 

Event Questions

I'm attending my first swim.  What should I expect?

After you have registered, paid, and received confirmation of your ticket, all you need to do is show up to the right location at the right time.

  • Please arrive during the "check-in" period, to ensure we have time to verify your ID and registration.  Don't worry about printing anything.
    • Please note that late check-ins cannot be accommodated without advance arrangements, as the check-in staff would also like to enjoy the swim.
  • At the start of the event, checked-in attendees will be permitted to proceed to the change room(s).  Be prepared to show proof of check-in. 
  • Get changed per normal, except don't worry about putting a bathing suit on.
  • Per normal, please shower (rinse) before entering the pool area.
  • If you intend to sit on any surfaces outside of the pool, please bring a towel to sit on.
  • Enjoy the facility!  It is the objective of CNR to maintain a friendly, welcoming environment for all participants.  If you are feeling lonely or have questions, please feel free to approach any of our in-pool guest ambassadors or those that helped you check-in. Ambassadors will generally be wearing a unique accessory to make themselves visible.

Media FAQ

I'm a reporter - can I attend?

  • Calgary Nude Recreation is a private organization open to persons who meet the membership criteria. Out of respect for the privacy of our attendees, we will generally not provide on-camera interviews on or near event locations.
  • In accordance with city regulations, photography or videography is not allowed within pool areas.
  • Out of respect for the privacy and comfort of all attendees (and in accordance with our purpose and mission), we generally do not allow clothed persons to attend all-nude events, other than city staff such as lifeguards.
  • Reporters who apply for membership, are approved, and adhere to the same rules as all attendees are welcome to attend events like any other member.

Does that mean you won't talk to me unless I'm naked?

Organizers of CNR are always willing to chat through questions, concerns, etc related to nudity/naturism in a clothed setting. As a private organization, providing access for interviews, to events, or to members is at the discretion of Calgary Nude Recreation based on the parameters listed above.

Please contact us if you still have questions at CalgaryNudeRecreation@Gmail.com 

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