Naturims is for many about embracing the joy of living and experiencing nature in the most natural way possible. Nudity and relaxation is to let yourself totally free. A great activity to gain that goal is to get out in nature and canoeing or kayaking in the nude. Canoeing and kayaking can be great fun for singles, couples, families and groups. It is a wonderful way to experience the nature. Need a reason? Take a look below

  • Swim without a clingy swim suit
  • Feel the warm sun on your body
  • Don’t worrie about changing clothe in a small tent
  • Lounge around camp in comfort
  • Experience the freedom of being unencumbered by clothing

It will be a good idea to have some clothing with you for covering up when encountering other individuals – there is no need to offend people. Nude kayaking

Do you have any experience with naked canoeing and kayaking?

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  1. peterws

    Hi Yes I have done kyaking nude, also its how I came across Naturism first.
    Its an interesting tale and also an encouragement for bravery in us all.

    I wanted to have a wild holiday when I was about 22. I did a lot of sailing but that was with others and a lot of fun offshore. I wanted something with camping in France.
    I decided on the R. Ardeche and I read it was great for kyaking, but not too difficult say rapids with grade 3 max difficulty.
    I hired a Klepper kyak in Twickenham and set off with a tent and some maps by train to the Massif Centrale in France. I had a local bus up into the hills and found a place to stop by the upper river, just before nightfall. Next day I built-up the folding kyak, very neat easy job, and packed everything in just possible !
    It was only a few feet deep so not difficult to get the hang of the kyak for the first time. I went a few Km and decided to strip as it was easier etting in and out all the time in shallows, also no-one to be seen anywhere in sunny hilly country with scrub on the banks giving cover if needed.
    I got to Vallon Pont d’arc, a smalltown with a bridge dressed for shopping and getting down the barrage there. Next I had my first spill over at a rapid just above the famous Pont d’Arc natural rock arch. All was well, I righted the kyak so I carried on enjoyed the fantastic scene of the rock arch then past the open landscape there to find a nice camp spot just before the real Ardeche gorge cliffs began. Again no sign of anyone, so I was stripped off. I saw some graffiti on a rock above a small rapid – ** a poil ” someone lampooned with hair visible ! I set up my tent had supper and then came clouds and clearly a storm on the way..

    Later the storm came, huge thunder and lightning about the clifftops all round and torrents of rain. I was terrified and sat out in the rain so I was less likely to be struck away from the tentpole.. A restless night. Next day I set off early and pressed on as there was no turning back and t5he storm up-river would bring huge rise and power to what had been a peaceful but powerful flow in the river. My books said watch out as things would be dangerous, especially for a novice. I decided to press on hard while things were manageable and just compress three days stopovers planned into one, to get past teh worst of the rapids safely.

    I learnt how to get through dozens of lovely fast water rapids with little time to do the survey of the rocks and current one is advised first. Baptism of fire ! I won through it all happily, due more to the designers of the Klepper than me, to reach a wider shore space just before the end of the gorge. I found some people camping there so it should be safe to camp and face the rising river ok with help if needed. I was sure too we could all get out of the gorge. if needed.

    In the night the river roared a lot and I checked the kyak, having to draw it up higher and tie it up well as the river had filled most of the gorge and was now many metres deep, flowing very fast.

    Next day it was sunny and quiet, with people going about naked all over the campsite. I speak good French so learned it was a Naturist camp Les Templiers. I got fresh stores and stayed there a couple of days, as the river seemed too much to risk. They told me there was a way up to the clifftop and there was an aerial ropeway to take my Kyak and camping kit. I got time to enjoy being naked in pleasant company as a new way of life.

    When It came to leave I was taken up the cliff inside, by a cave, with torches, as the cliffs were very steep and vertical at the top. It was quite an experience. My kit rose safely by the wire and a kind farmer who looked after the campsite took me to the railway station to go home.

    Next year I took a gang of others from a young professionals activity group and we repeated the journey with more kyaks. I found they too mostly willing to strip away from public spaces and we enjoyed a more leisurely holiday stopping more often down the gorge. Kyaking is a wonderful way to enjoy the sun and camping is usually very easy down French rivers.

    Advice on canoeing for those with handicaps.
    I know some people who have disabilities can enjoy a canoe, though getting in and out is probably the main issue. Visiting a river with shallows like the Ardeche may be a good idea. Maybe an open Canadian type canoe would be easiest, rather than my Klepper kyaks. You need strong arms also to be able to swim and wriggle well and balance the body sideways safely in the hull, but trips with rapids like the Ardeche require a company of others, say with a fit partner in a double-canoe and willing and physically able to help and make the sport and camping possible with safety for all.

    There are now huge numbers of young holidaymakers doing the Ardeche by canoe every day in summertime, based from Vallon Pont d’Arc, but whether naturism is possible needs thought and organisation to make happen. Canoe kit can all be hired locally nowadays. Firms like PGL UK run these holidays and might be able to help with “moniteurs” to teach water-skills and organise partners to share boats and give camping support for a party. with physical handicaps.