I was asked to share a photograph that meant a lot to me and I couldn’t choose just one, as much as I really wanted to. So I decided to choose a day instead that means a lot to me, with one main photograph that you can see below and this little montage of the amazing women who were with me that day. My most magical swimming experience ever, was the day I swam in Israel in The Dead Sea. Luckily someone remembered their waterproof camera as we floated together astounded at both the feeling and the beauty of this special place.
We at first had lunch at the Herod’s Dead Sea hotel & Spa before heading into the changing room to get are bathing suits on. I remember feeling nervous as I’m really not a confident swimmer. I can swim, but have never ever done anything but paddle in the sea, so my nerves really were bumbling over. First of all it was so incredibly warm in the water, I can remember being so surprised by the heat. As I slowly inched my way into the grey/green water I couldn’t believe how lucky I was experiencing this, and my nerves disappeared.
Once the water was at waist-height I slowly drew my knees upwards, and low and behold my body naturally floated. It felt so strange, and yet completely right. I wish this was how swimming always felt. I remember moving my hands in a cupping fashion to move myself around (it felt like cheating butting you feet on the sea bed) so I could look into the distance, at the view.
I remember gasping as I took in the most ethereal looking lilac and white mountains that made me feel like I was either on another planet, or in actual fact in some other reality, it just felt so bizarre!
I would love to take my family to the Dead Sea, and Israel. I think they would have so much fun. My favourite thing about it (I can’t believe I’m sharing this with you) but in my head I was a mermaid swimming in the sea.
The Dead Sea is 304 m (997 ft) deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. It is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean, and one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which plants and animals cannot flourish, hence its name.
It’s a day I don’t ever want to forget, I’m sure I never will. I stirred something in me, that brought tears in my eyes, a totally natural experience that filled me with love and happiness.