The Dead Sea is one of those places that are beyond our imagination. Many people are already intoxicated by various images, before reaching its shores. It knocks you out without a remedy. Perhaps, for that curious combination of spa hotels and surreal landscape that make us think about Salvador Dalí.
Floating is the most pleasurable sensation for a human being. No muscle in tension, every body part is relaxed. Who wouldn’t want to experience the feeling of «zero gravity»? And if you don’t have the opportunity to get to a spaceship, then just come to the Dead Sea. Grab your newspaper or book and enter the water to have a unique experience of floating.
The Dead Sea is located about 80 kilometers east of the Mediterranean, bordered by Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territory. It is flanked by mountains to the east and by the hills of Jerusalem to the west. That is why its landscape is breathtaking.
Its basin is located more than 400 meters below sea level. It is the lowest point of Earth.
It has an area of 1049 km², with 80 kilometers in length and 18 in width.
The true importance of the Dead Sea lies in the role it has played in history, not only in the local, but in the history of all humanity. In the political, economic and religious aspects. In fact, in prehistoric times the Dead Sea was a vital point in the migratory routes of the towns. Later it has become one of the main commercial routes of the ancient world.
• It is not a sea, it is a hypersaline lake.
• It is not dead! this has received its name unjustly, because nobody had ever seen a fish or a plant in its sterile waters. However, far from the reality of our limited human view, there is a whole world of microorganisms capable to live in the most extreme conditions.
• It is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world (328 m being the maximum depth).
• It has natural resources ideal for the treatment of certain diseases. The Dead Sea area offers unique natural characteristics for the treatment and investigation of dermatological, pulmonary, cardiovascular and rheumatologic diseases.
• It is shrinking. But no worries, people are already working on its conservation, so it does not disappear.
• It is not the most saline lake in the world. The Don Juan Pond, located in the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica, won the title of the most saline water body.
7 Things to Remember, Before Going for a Swim in Dead Sea
1. Do not shave! I repeat. Do not shave at least two days, before you go to swim. Also, do not enter the sea if you have large scratches, cuts or injuries. Although salt water has many antiseptic and healing properties, the high concentration of salt will make the wounds burn.
2. My best advise do not wear your best bathing suit, as salt can fade some fabrics and damage them.
3. Put something on your feet. Sandals or old slippers would do. At the bottom the sea may contain salt remains that form sharp stones.
4. Do not dive! Be careful even if you wet your hair, because any drop of water that gets into your eyes will burn a lot.
5. Do not attempt to swim or make very fast movements, as the high concentration of salt will automatically expel you up and can easily destabilize you.
6. Take photos before touching the water (even those who have GoPro or other water apparatus). The water is oily in consistency and will tarnish the camera lens.
7. Don’t spend too much time in the water, because the combination of salinity and sun can burn your skin.
Well, swimming in the Dead Sea can sound dangerous. But, for sure, it will be one of the best experiences of your life! So, lay back, relax and enjoy this wonderful life.