23 dos and don’ts of swimming in Lebanon this summer

Summer is here, and its heat is ruthless. With unreliable electricity and electricity bills skyrocketing anyway, options for escaping Lebanon’s temperature and humidity are limited.

Fortunately, the Mediterranean is still there, as are the swimming pools. Depending on where you’re going, enjoying a swim in the cool water doesn’t have to break the bank.

Before you get started, however, you need to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe.

So here is a safety checklist for swimming in Lebanon, published by the Internal Security Forces.

Do not

  • Go into the water immediately after eating
  • Swim in the sea at night
  • Jump into the water from high points
  • Swimming when there are strong currents
  • Swim until exhaustion
  • Let children swim or play in the water unsupervised
  • Let children run around the pools and swim in the deep sections
  • Let children swim in deep sea water, even with floats, due to the potential risk of being swept away by currents
  • Going or performing any activity in the water, including getting on boats, immediately after consuming alcohol
  • Swimming in irrigation water
  • Approach the banks of the river, to avoid slipping
  • Swim alone, especially if you have certain medical conditions
  • Wear clothes that prevent swimming

do

  • Ensure that children are constantly supervised by adults
  • Wear a swim vest, especially for people who cannot swim, and especially children. Always wear a swim vest while jet skiing, too
  • Select a suitable place to swim, where there are other people or lifeguards, in case you face an emergency while swimming
  • Stay close enough to others so that they can see you
  • Have someone to accompany you with in an emergency, especially if you have health concerns
  • If you suffer from any health problems, notify the nearest rescuer so that they are ready to deal with any emergency.
  • Respect your physical limits while swimming and take breaks
  • If you think someone might be in trouble, immediately call for help if you are unable to help.
  • Listen to the lifeguard’s advice
  • Remember, one moment of reckless behavior could be enough to cost you your life.

Apart from the above, be sure to check the official data on Lebanese beaches with low pollution and safe for swimming.

Now that you know how to stay safe, you can check out our list of 13 affordable beaches in Lebanon if you are on a budget.

Fancy a beach that accepts animals? Here are 16 where you can take your four-legged friend.

If you are looking for beach bungalows, you can check out our top picks for Lebanon.


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