Be an Organizer!
We are excited that folks want to organize Chunky Dunks in their own cities, states and countries!
It is actually our hope to begin offering seed money for first-time organizers to help each Dunk become a self-sustaining event. The seed money will not be a gift but a short-term loan which, when repaid, will then be turned around and offered to the next first-time organizer. We think this is an exciting model and hope to see it come to fruition in the next year.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We’re happy for you to use the name Chunky Dunk for your body-positive swim. It is our sincere hope that if you choose to use the name, you will also incorporate our learned-from-experience guidelines. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what the Chunky Dunk is and should be, its mission and its politics, and it would mean a lot to us if folks who choose to share the name also share our vision and commitment.
Also, we hope that you will let us know in advance of your planning so that we can join forces, cross-promote each other, and create a thriving network of like-minded events rather than isolated pockets. It’s more fun that way!
Resources: We will gladly help you find an appropriate pool in your area, add your event to our Where page, add your bio to the Who page, and even add your events to our mailing list, calendar and facebook feed to help you promote your event! Also, check out our Organizer Resources page where we’ve laid out all we’ve learned in the last decade!
The Chunky Dunk is dedicated to being a safer space. We function under a harm reduction philosophy — realizing that there is no true way to guarantee the emotional or physical safety of everyone in attendance — but that by providing a focused, intentional space where the natural diversity of human bodies is respected and revered, we can create a safer and more joyful space than most. In order to do this, our events require:
1) An accessible venue. Where possible, we ask that you book a pool with an accessibility lift. If this is not possible, we ask that you choose a pool with a sloping entrance or a wide stairway. No pools whose only entrance are ladders will be accepted as an official Chunky Dunk event.
2) An informed staff. We ask that each organizer consult with the pool staff in advance of the event to inform them of the nature and intention of the event and to ask that their on-duty staff be mindful and respectful of those in attendance.
3) An all-inclusive event. Chunky Dunk events are all-inclusive of gender, race, age (children must be supervised by parents or guardians at all times), sexuality, size, ability and class.
4) No one turned away for lack of funds. Chunky Dunk encourages (but does not require) sliding scale events. If you choose to have a non-sliding-scale event, we do ask that you not turn away folks from the door if they are under-funded. This needn’t be advertised, but must be offered in practice.
5) Positive language in promotion. Recognizing that each city is different and different language will be more appealing to different folks, we do not have a standardized event description. We do ask, however, that your announcements not use negative or exclusionary language (e.g. “no skinny bitches” would be a good example of what not to say.)
6) No Press at the actual event Your local media may be very interested in what you’re doing. Fat and body-positive events are not yet commonplace, so they might deem you newsworthy. This is great before the event, but to protect the privacy and safety of your attendees, inviting press to the actual event itself is a definite no. No filming or photography is allowed at the ChunkyDunks unless it is done by the organizer and only then with the permission of each person that is being filmed or photographed. (Note: BE VIGILANT about this. Press have snuck into our events in the past and filmed without consent.)
7) Make Everyone Welcome! If you see someone looking isolated or uncomfortable, do what you can to reach out and include them. Chunky Dunks are basically like aquatic club nights and the same social dynamics of cliquishness can apply — but it’s way more awkward when you’re half-naked and have to swim away when the conversation stops. As organizers, it’s important to provide opportunities for everyone to be involved in some fashion. Set up pool games like water volleyball or other silly toys! Have cannonball competitions! Look out for each other!
Made it through all that and still interested? Drop us a line!