Can You Swim in the Dead Sea?

Yes you can swim in the Dead Sea but there are some precautions you need to take. Read how to get the most out of your swim in the Dead Sea and stay safe.

By Petal Mashraki
Edited by Joel Taylor

Published November 30, 2021.

The Dead Sea is a natural wonder located at the lowest point on Earth in southern Israel. It is 9 times saltier than the ocean, and rich in minerals, but is it possible to swim in the Dead Sea?

Is It Safe to Swim in the Dead Sea?

Swimming in the Dead Sea is not dangerous, so long as you follow a few simple rules that are discussed below. Always swim where there is a lifeguard on duty, and proceed with caution. The Dead Sea region's high temperatures, together with the sea's high salt content can dehydrate you quickly.

However, you don't have to worry about sharks or any other living creatures in the Dead Sea as its high saline level makes it uninhabitable.

Why Are There No Boats on the Dead Sea?

As there are no fish in the Dead Sea, fishing boats are redundant. It is also extremely hard for boats to move or navigate through the thick viscous water.

How Can You Swim in the Dead Sea?

  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and even goggles to keep water out of your eyes.
  • Only swim at a beach where a lifeguard is on duty.
  • Keep your head above water, as the Dead Sea water can be harsh on sensitive facial skin and dangerous if swallowed accidentally.
  • Stay hydrated.

You can go in and out of the Dead Sea several times, but limit yourself to 20 minutes each time. The highly saline water can cause electrolyte imbalance, skin irritation, dehydration, and other issues if you stay in too long.

Additionally, you can swim in the Dead Sea at night or during the day, but it is safest during the day when there is a lifeguard on duty. You can swim in the Dead Sea in December, November, January, and February at the height of Israel's winter. The summer months can be excruciatingly hot so avoid July and August if possible.