7 Things You Should Know Before Floating in the Dead Sea!
The Dead Sea borders Jordan, Israel and the West Bank and the shore is 1,388 feet below sea level, making it the Earth’s lowest elevation on land. Everything about this lake is unique, especially the high concentration of salt! This means with the natural buoyancy, it’s very easy to float. In many respects, the Dead Sea is similar to the Great Salt Lake in Utah.
While our tour guides will be happy to answer any questions before your jump into the beautiful turquoise waters, we think your first experience should be one you will always remember and not for the wrong reasons, so we came up with a few tips!
Cuts and rash, OUCH!
Unless you like being in pain, make sure you do not have any cuts or rashes before getting into the water, after all it’s like rubbing alcohol or as a matter of fact, salt on your wounds. But on the other hand, it is believed to be very, very healing.
We highly suggest you do not shave a few days before getting into the water. The minor cuts and skin irritation after a shave might make it hard for you to fully enjoy the waters, especially when you feel your legs or your face burning.
Lay back and relax
While enjoying one of our signature Israel tours, you will stay at the Herods, Dead Sea Hotel, which offers a relaxing time. You will be ready for your next day of touring! You will find a modern spa with health and beauty treatments, heated water pools and even a Turkish bath-house, however nothing could replace the experience of floating in the Dead Sea.
You’ll immediately find that by laying back, without any effort and no matter your weight, you will float! Pauline Pancake, one of our travel specialists said that you will most likely connect and make new friends while playing in the Dead Sea waters. Because of time constraints and a busy touring schedule, she also suggested to plan ahead of time any massage or spa treatments, so that you do not miss out on experiencing the Dead Sea.
Don’t dip your face in the water!
If you see a shiny coin or feel like grabbing a chunk of sea salt, don’t do it! You definitely do not want to taste the water. And, if you open your eyes under the water, you will most likely have to run out of the sea to rinse your eyes at the shower and expect to have red eyes for the rest of the day.
Float like a boat
While floating, use your hand to navigate through the water, row slowly as if you were steering a boat, just make sure not to splash water into anyone’s face!
Don’t stay in for too long
Your body will tell you when to leave the water, you’ll start feeling a mild burning sensation, which means it’s time to walk back to the hotel and enjoy a nice shower or enjoy the beautiful spa area.
Any additional tips?
Write your comments below, enjoying the Dead Sea is nothing complicated, but first time travelers would surely welcome getting it right the first time!