Five Tips for Swimming in The Dead Sea

Even if you've never meditated a day in your life, floating in The Dead Sea will make you feel like a Zen master. In other words, the hype is worth it.

And although you don't need any special skills, you need to know a thing or two in advance.

So, before you toss that bikini or Speedo in your carry-on and jet off to the Middle East, note these tips for swimming in the dead sea, which are almost more important than sunscreen.

The unusually high salinity of the water in The Dead Sea makes it possible to float without any effort whatsoever. So much so that the BBC reports that it's about ten times saltier than a typical ocean.

Appreciate The Calm Waters and Have a Meaningful Experience

Once you're at the water, pay close attention. After about three or four steps, you'll feel a sensation under your feet. And from there, as your body sinks in, you'll begin to free-float. Hurrying into the water can be disorienting.

Watch Your Step, It's a Doozy

As it turns out, you can't really swim in The Dead Sea. You're far too buoyant, and efforts to swim would have you looking (and feeling) like an astronaut spiraling into outer space.

Plot Twist: No Swimming in The Dead Sea

Do you remember the last time you got salt water in a cut or abrasion? Well, multiply that by ten, and you'll start to have an idea of the discomfort when your paper cut encounters the high-salt waters of The Dead Sea.

Grooming Can Be a (Literal) Pain in The You-know-What

But it's not the little scratches the locals will warn you about. Instead, frequent visitors often follow one golden rule for enjoying The Dead Sea – skip the shave. Although it's not visible to the naked eye, a fresh shave causes mild abrasion to the face, and you will feel it. This also applies to more intimate grooming.

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