Swimming in the ocean at night might be on your to-do list and can be accomplished if you follow safety swimming guidelines. Not all beaches are open to nighttime swimming. If your swimming location does not have posted hours of operation, contact the local police department so that you will be in observance of local laws regarding night swims. Without the commotion of crowds on the beach and in the water, swimming in the ocean at night can be a peaceful and memorable experience.
Swimming in Burj Al Arab
This place has two indoor pools but, being a seven star hotel, both of them are infinity and located a whopping 150 metres above the Arabian Gulf. Enjoy 180 views of Dubai’s skyline from either the mixed-pool or female only pool.
Talise Fitness (Madinat Jumeirah)
This majestic indoor pool looks likes the sort you find in the opening montage of a slick crime drama in Miami. The deep blue tiles and neo-classical surrounds is a stunning setting for a few laps if you’re staying in one of Jumeirah’s palatial hotels in this ever-popular complex.
Details: Non-members can access facilities for AED 150 per day. There are also swim classes for all ages on offer at the pool.
Hamdan Sports Complex
Serious athletes, length lovers and exercise enthusiasts, this is one for you. The swimming pool at Hamdan Sports Complex is huge – 50 metres to be precise – and is open for public use, competitions, and events.
Details: Check schedule for public swimming times.
Consult a local tide chart before your night swim. Determine if the tide will be low or high. A low tide will place you farther out into the ocean and into the path of more sea creatures.
View local sign postings for cautions regarding jellyfish or stingray. Wear shoes to protect your feet from animals, shells and other debris.
Mark your entry point into the water with a light such as a flashing light or lantern. Begin your swim just before sunset if possible to use the natural light as you enter the ocean.
Swim with a friend. Use the buddy system when swimming in the ocean at night. Stay close to each other while swimming.
Keep the shoreline in sight or swim parallel to the beach. Reserve energy for your return swim and remember that in cold water uses more energy than swimming in warm water.
Keep your body as low as possible in the water, or swim underneath it when a large wave approaches.
Swim parallel to the shore when the current is strong. Swim on a diagonal line toward the shore if you get pulled out too far with a current.
Do not dive into the ocean. Do not swim while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
Wear a glow stick or reflective tape on your arm so others can see you. Always face the ocean instead of turning your back to the water.