why do we float in the dead sea

One of the most unique experiences the Dead Sea has to offer is fun, free and available everywhere! Floating in the Dead Sea is a must do on your list! Just lay back, relax and enjoy this natural phenomenon. The minute your feet and legs are in the water you feel as if they are being pushed up. As your whole body enters the water you feel your body become lighter and more buoyant. Just lay back and allow your body to float. This is a relaxing experience, relieving you of stress and allowing your whole body to just rest. Actually floating in the Dead Sea is the only thing you can do. Because of the buoyancy you can t swim, because of the salt you can t dive, we recommend you bring a book or newspaper, relax and enjoy!

Why does this happen? The water of the is six times saltier than any other body of water on earth. The concentration of salt reaches 31%. The extremely high concentration of dissolved mineral salts in the water causes the water to be denser than that of plain fresh water. Since our body weight is lighter (less dense) than the density of the water, our body is more buoyant in the Dead Sea, making it easy to float. Think of it this way, in fresh water our body doesn t float at all, we actually sink. In the ocean we start feeling buoyancy and we float a bit, in the Dead Sea the water is so dense you float easily even to the point that it s hard to stand on two feet.

We recommend you don t dive into the water, soak you head (face) in the water or enter if you have any open cuts, and remember NOT to shave or wax the same day. Please note that the written above is only a recommendation. Visitors should always
bathe in official Dead Sea beaches and when lifeguards are on duty. Always use cautious when floating in the Dead Sea as you would in any other body of water. Never allow children to enter the water alone, always have adult supervision. Visit our to see a complete list of beaches around the Dead Sea.

Recommended For You: Deep in the Jordan Valley and 55 km southeast of Amman, is the Dead Sea, one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the whole world. It is the lowest body of water on earth, the lowest point on earth, and the world's richest source of natural salts, hiding wonderful treasures that accumulated throughout thousands of years. As its name evokes, the Dead Sea is devoid of life due to an extremely high content of salts and minerals which gives its waters the renowned curative powers, therapeutic qualities, and its buoyancy, recognized since the days of Herod the Great, more than 2000 years ago.

The reason for it being a famous spot for so many tourists from around the world, is the fact although it's name is Dead Sea, but actually no person can die here just because he/she cannot swim, rather even if you fall into the water by mistake, you have to give your minimum effort to keep yourself floating on the water!. To reach this unique spot, the visitor enjoys a short 30 minutes drive from Amman, surrounded by a landscape and arid hills, which could be from another planet. En route a stone marker indicates 'Sea Level', but the Dead Sea itself is not reached before descending another 400 meters below this sign.

The Dead Sea is a salt lake between Israel and the West Bank to the west, and Jordan to the east. The Dead Sea is 330 m (1,083 ft) deep, the deepest hyper-saline lake in the world. It is also the world's second saltiest body of water, after Lake Asal in Djibouti, with 30 percent salinity. It is 8. 6 times saltier than the ocean. Experts say that it is nine times saltier than the Mediterranean Sea (31. 5% salt versus 3. 5% for the Mediterranean). The Dead Sea is 67 kilometers (42 mi) long and 18 kilometers (11 mi) wide at its widest point. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River.