Helene Caron and Christina Paradela continue to change the lives of other women and their children with naked swims at the Dundas pool.
The pair’s sixth naked swim has been planned for Sunday, Feb. 26. Healthy snacks and a presentation will kick off the event at 6 p.m. The doors will then be locked from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for the free swim. Women of all shapes, sizes and ages are welcome.
Entry is by donation; a minimum of $5. Thanks to an anonymous sponsor covering the cost of pool rental, all donations will go to Hamilton Interval House.
Caron said participants at the Feb. 26 swim can also look forward to a “musical twist.
“We’ll be playing classical music on the stereo,” she said. “It’s perfect to relax to with the pool’s cathedrallike acoustics.”
Caron, who owns an online health food service, and Paradela, a United Church minister, hosted their first naked swim in December 2015. The pair met through their regular visits to the Dundas pool and often discussed topics like body image, eliminating shame, healthy eating attitudes and the liberating benefits and symbolism of water.
Under the moniker, “Love The Skin You’re In,” the first swim brought together 42 women who raised more than $1,500 for Danielle’s Place. Since then a total of $3,500 has been donated to the eating disorder support and resource centre.
Proceeds from the upcoming event will add to the tally of $1,500 that has assisted Interval House. Women who cannot make it out to the swim can still contribute by visiting intervalhousehamilton.org.
Along with raising money for the two very worthy causes, Caron and Paradela say the skinny-dipping sessions are relaxing and liberating for participants.
“The overall feelings of the women are elation, freedom and fun,” says Caron. “It’s a relaxing/stress-free feeling just before the craziness of the holidays.”
Paradela agrees, and urges women to shed their shyness along with their clothing.
“Many of the women have mentioned that it took a bit of courage for them to come the first time; the experience ends up being quite a liberating and empowering experience for them.