Floating in the Dead Sea is one of the highlights of Jordan. Floating naturally on the water surface is a legendary experience that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world than at Dead Sea.
Why Do You Float in the Dead Sea?
The Dead Sea is located 430 meters (1,412 ft) below sea level, making it the lowest point on earth. It is world famous for its high salinity averaging 28%. That is almost ten times higher than ocean water like the nearby Mediterranean Sea, which has an average of 3.5%. The high salinity makes it impossible for fish and vegetation to survive in the waters of the Dead Sea. For the same reason swimming in the Dead Sea is impossible. Your body will naturally be pushed above the water surface, giving you that ultimate floating experience. Floating in the Dead Sea is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enjoy lying on the water surface and relax.
Dead Sea Floating Do’s and Don’ts
Floating in the Dead Sea is quite a unique experience and we want to make sure you really enjoy it. There are a few things that you need to take into consideration with the floating experience.
How hard you might try, swimming in the Dead Sea is impossible. Attempts to swim could splash water into your eyes or mouth, creating an unpleasant or even painful experience. Therefore, do not try to swim but just walk into the water until it reaches your navel. Then gently lean back and your body will start to float on the surface!
If salt water gets into your mouth or eyes, make sure to rinse it with fresh water immediately. Never use salty water to rinse your face, lips or eyes. Limit your bathing time to 10 minutes and make sure to take a shower immediately afterwards.
Good to know for ladies: Salty water can be pretty painful on wounds or irritated skin. Avoid shaving the same day and the evening prior to your floating experience.
Keep in mind the above-mentioned safety notes for a pleasant and unforgettable floating experience at the lowest point on earth!