Dead Sea Dangers
The Dead Sea – Healthy or Dangerous?
It would very easy for us to close our eyes and ignore the dangers of the Dead Sea, when we focus on taking advantage of the delights of buoyancy, mud, minerals and smells (well, maybe, not the smells) this special place has to offer.
But the Dead Sea has unique dangers, and it is very important to be aware of them before diving right in (rule number one: don’t ever dive into the Dead Sea…).
The Dead Sea region is one of the hottest areas in Israel. At peak times, the temperature can reach 47 degrees Celsius. That is not the kind of heat that the human body can withstand for very long.
So before you hit the beach, drink a lot. Wear a hat or sit under an umbrella, and limit your stay if you have no interest in roasting yourself for dinner.
The sea is salty and the sea is deep!
The ratio of salt to water in the Dead Sea is 34%. True, it is fun to float on the water, but this salt is caustic, and aside from creating a burning sensation in open sores and burning the throat if water is swallowed, the salt can also dehydrate us.
Therefore, it is advisable not to immerse yourself in the Dead Sea water for more than a 20 minute session.
Did a jellyfish just sting me???
Well, there are no jellyfish in the Dead Sea, but its salt crsytal floor is rough and hard, and can cause unpleasant injuries that will naturally burn even more in the water.
So wear closed water shoes and protect yourself from this unnecessary discomfort.
The gaping earth
It does not happen all the time, but occasionally sinkholes open along the Dead Sea shoreline.
Definitely a real and serious danger to anyone in the vicinity when it occurs.
How careful should you be? Authorities closely monitor the entire area and report any new sinkholes, or the dangers of one opening up, so it is advisable to keep track of the reports and of course visit only the marked beaches.
Floating upside down
It is true that the amount of salt in the seawater enables us to float effortlessly, but if you try it once you also know that the same fact makes it difficult for us to flip or change position.
Now imagine what would happen if God forbid you found yourself floating on your stomach? It will be very difficult for you to raise your upper body out of the water or flip over, and thus drowning is a real threat.
To prevent such a tragedy, there are lifeguards on the shores of the Dead Sea. We recommend swimming and floating with caution, take care not to lose your balance, and if you feel a little dizzy or weak, get out of the water immediately.
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