Can You Swim In The Dead Sea? Yes, you can, and we will show you how in this article. When you think of swimming in the dead sea you immediately picture in your head someone floating perhaps, with a book in hand with someone else taking a photo to capture that special moment.
Well, the Dead Sea is an absolutely unique beauty and the magical feeling of floating in the lowest point on earth is just something you want to add to your bucket list!
In this article you will get to know some amazing things about the Dead Sea and also know if it is indeed possible to swim inside it.
What Is the Dead Sea?
The Dead Sea is known as one of the saltiest bodies of waters in the world and is at the lowest point of dry land on earth at 430.5 meters (more than 1400 feet) below sea level.
The Dead Sea is completely landlocked. It is a depot for the flow of rain and surface water and this means that water flows into it, but never flows back out, so it is essentially trapped there and left to evaporate.
The high temperature in this region causes high losses of water to evaporation and this leaves behind just the minerals that have now become concentrated, with salt being the most evident among them.
The dead sea is located in the Jordan Rift Valley, which is bordered by Israel to the East and Jordan to the West. It can be visited from both countries. If you were to swim across (trust me for many reasons you wouldn’t do this) you could probably get to the shore of the other country.
One thing to be concerned with is that, the Dead Sea is located in one of the most politically contested regions of the world. Travelers who plan to visit other countries in the region must plan their routes carefully.
Can You Swim in The Dead Sea in March?
Spring and Fall are the best times to visit Israel and its accompanying beaches, including the Dead Sea. This is because at this time, the weather is between 60 to 80 degrees. Israel also enforces stern standards for its beaches.
However, travellers to the Israel side of the Dead Sea can plan their trips be around Passover in the spring and the High Holy Days in the Fall, when accommodations are few and at high rates.
How to Swim in The Dead Sea
In actuality, it is almost impossible to swim in the Dead Sea. This is because of the high salt content of the water. You only float. People who dip themselves in the Dead Sea can float on the surface of the water.
The unique salt and other chemical composition of the Dead Sea make it toxic upon contact to fish and almost all marine life. The only living things that are known are bacteria and a rugged species of algae.
One of the most tourist-friendly places to swim in the dead sea is the Kalia Beach. This area is popular because it has the facilities most tourists want; bathrooms, changing areas, showers, a bar, lifeguards, etc. It’s also a great spot to apply the dead sea mud which is known to be very good for your skin.
Contact with the water of the Dead Sea is not harmful or toxic to the human skin, however, the water may cause stinging in open cuts or wounds. You will know more about this in the tips below.
Tips for Swimming in the Dead Sea
The water is very buoyant. No matter how to enter you will pop right up and bounce on the surface here and there. However, just as you take a dip, you should consider these few do’s and don’ts.
1. Don’t plunge
Do not dive. This is to prevent you from putting your face in the water and getting the salt in your eyes. If this happens, it will sting like crazy. So don’t stick your head underwater if you don’t want your eyeballs to feel like fire.
You could also swallow it. Imagine gulping seawater that is ten times concentrated with salt.
Well, the commercial beaches all have open-air showers not far from the sea, so if you do get water in your eyes, you can come right out and wash it away.
2. It’s not exactly swimming
What you should do is carefully wade into the water (it’s not always easy to keep your balance). When you are about knee-deep, pretend you have a chair beneath you and just “sit”. It works! You’ll pop up. You can then stretch out, and be ready for your relaxing float.
How easy it is to keep your balance will depend on the lake bed where you’ve chosen to swim – pebbly, muddy, or in between, any of which will challenge your balance.
3. Do not shave – anything – for a couple of days beforehand.
You know when you cut into lime, and suddenly discover you had a tiny cut on your finger that’s now burning like hell? Multiply that by 1000. That is how it feels like to swim in the Dead Sea within minutes or hours of shaving your legs.
You’ve also heard of rubbing salt into a wound? Enough said. Also be sure to wrap any wounds in waterproof bandages before dipping into the water to prevent some unforgiving stinging.
4. Don’t bring your camera into the water
The Dead Sea is not the place for selfies. There’s a very high chance you will make a mistake and soak your camera/phone in salt or mud, no matter how careful you think you are. You can bring a selfie stick, a camera with super durable, waterproof housing or you can have a designated person onshore to capture the moments.
5. Do enjoy a Dead Sea spa treatment
You can indulge a natural spa day that’ll leave your skin as soft and supple as the day you were born. Dead Sea minerals like sodium, potassium, and magnesium are known for their healing and skin-enhancing properties.
Taking a mud bath in the Dead Sea feels amazing. All you have to do is reach down along the shoreline and scoop the smooth, black mud, then slather it all over yourself. Rinse off after 10 minutes in a freshwater shower. You won’t be able to stop touching your skin after because it will feel so soft!
6. Choose an official bathing beach with a lifeguard on duty.
Floating is indeed possible, but people sometimes drown in the Dead Sea when they take in that cloggy water, so if you can’t swim, don’t put anything in but your feet.