I had looked into getting to the Dead Sea by bus 384 of the Egged company. With only 3 rides a day, this was not the transport I had in mind. Luckely when the time came close, we had a group of 8 people and hiring a minivan taxi at Arad was a reasonable option. I was glad we went for that option, because the bus stop at the Dead Sea was an open stop with a sun roof, but still very hot.
Be aware the Dead Sea is very salt. Don't dive into the water, splash and avoid getting your hair wet. There are wooden walkways into the water; still flip flops are recommended to protect your feed from sharp stone etc.
First time bathers are advice to enter slowly and just lay back into the water easily. Swimming is impossible and only leads to salt water getting to your eyes.
When you go out of the water, use the showers and hose off all parts of your body. And I mean: ALL parts.
It had been planned that Frank, Mariana, Tal, Itzik, Karin and I would all do the skydive together in the skys above the Dead Sea.
(There is a small airfield near the entrance road to Masada just east of the main road that runs north/south along the shores of the Dead Sea).
But as luck would have it, Karin's mother chickened out (yes her MOM, not Karin) and Itzik and Tal backed out because it was just shortly before their planned wedding...they also asked me not to go since they were afraid that any injuries (a possibility) would cause problems with the wedding. SO, that said Frank and Mariana, still wanted to continue before they had to leave Israel and head back to Brasil and the USofA.
The photos show all the stages from equipment check to hitting the ground again. I forgot to bring along the information about the certified tandem skydivers you have at the Dead Sea, but until I add that info here you can just "DROP" in for a jump. Tell them Martin from Arad and the Arad Rescue Team sent you to them.
Okay, update, got the information on the "Masada Skydive" and one of the Tandem Instructor is Roy Ritter, check out their website at -