NAKED swimmers are being urged to sign up and take the plunge in a skinny dipping dash.
Sunderland paramedic Jacqueline Higginson is organising the North East Skinny Dip 2013 this month, and wants as many people as possible to join her in stripping off.
The 35-year-old organised the first skinny dip at Druridge Bay, Northumberland, last year and it was a big success with almost 200 people taking part.
Now, the health worker from Whitburn, is hoping this year’s dip, which is being supported by The National Trust, will be even bigger.
She hopes they could be in with a chance of beating the world skinny dip record of 507 people going into the water at once.
Jacqueline said: “We already have more than 100 people signed up, but we are hoping for many more.
“Last year was fantastic, and I had lots of positive feedback. I had loads and loads of people emailing me saying what an amazing life-affirming experience it had been and that they definitely want to do it again.”
She said the event, which will be held at sunrise on Sunday, September 22, which is the autumn equinox, is in no way a best body competition and people of all shapes and sizes will be taking part, so no one should be put off by embarrassment.
Jacqueline, a regular sea swimmer, said: “This event isn’t about looking good. It’s about taking a risk, celebrating our unique bodies, being close to nature, raising money for charity and maybe even breaking a world record.
“The benefit of being on the east coast is that if it is a clear day, we get to run towards a big red rising sun.”
Jacqueline took part in a previous Guinness World record dip in Wales in 2011 and loved it so much, she wanted to bring it to the North East.
She said: “It was just an amazing experience.”
The cost of entry to the North East Skinny Dip 2013 is £10, and money raised will be shared between the National Trust’s conservation work and the mental health charity, MIND.
To sign up for the skinny dip, visit www.northeastskinnydip.co.uk.