Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to bring anything?

Just an open mind, we provide everything else you need, towels, earplugs, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and blow dryers. If you require anything else (comb, brush, contact lenses case) please bring it with you.

How is the water cleaned between each float?

Between each float session all the water inside the float room passes through a filter 3 to 4 times, the 1000 lbs of Epsom salts in the water also acts as a natural disinfectant, inhibiting the growth of bacteria. We also use an advanced chemical free, 100% biodegradable disinfectant, which fully complies with all Alberta Health Standards and we require each floater to shower before getting in the float room to maintain the highest sanitation standards.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

It is recommend that you don’t drink coffee several hours before floating as it may inhibit your ability to relax. Try to eat a light meal an hour or so before your float just to stop you having to listen to your stomach rumbling. We would also advise that you do not shave or wax before floating since the salt water may irritate your skin, otherwise no specific preparation needed.

What do I wear in the tank?

You float within your own individual room (so there is no requirement to wear a bathing suit). Each of our rooms has its own shower and is for your exclusive use for the duration of your session.

What type of tanks do you have?

We have World Class OceanFloat Rooms, no small pods for us.

Can more than one person float in a tank at a time?

Only one person can float in a room at one time, but we do have several rooms.

Do I have to stay in the tank the whole time?

You may leave the Float room at any time during the float for any reason. There are no latches on the room doors making exiting the tank quick and easy. However, we recommend that floaters stay in for the full 90 minutes to experience the full affects. Many floaters say that 90-minutes goes by quickly.

Can I drown if I fall asleep in the tank?

No. You may fall asleep, but because of the buoyancy of the water you stay afloat eliminating any possibility of drowning, if you were to turn over then the salt water would wake you up right away.

Is the Float room completely dark?

That is your choice, you have complete control of the Float room underwater lighting, we do suggest that you try your float without the lights on to get the full benefit of the experience.

I’m Claustrophobic, can I still Float?

It’s OK... many people are, but we don’t use float tanks, rather, float rooms... you can stand up inside them. Also, the light is controlled from inside, giving you total control of your environment.

Can I float while I’m pregnant?

Of course! Floating has been proven to relieve much of the stress and discomfort of pregnancy and can offer you and your baby deep relaxation, we do suggest that you check with your health care provider during the first and third trimesters.

What if it’s that time of the month?

No problem, just follow the same protocol for when you go swimming.

Will I become all wrinkly?

No. Because the water contains high salt levels it doesn’t rob your skin of salt, (which is what causes wrinkling). Rather, it leaves you skin soft and silky.

What if I just got a tattoo?

It is important to wait a couple weeks to ensure the water doesn’t soak the scab and then pull out any of the color.

Is this new age mumbo jumbo?

Floating has been around for over 40 years and has a great deal of published research to back it up.

Am I Locked in?

No, you’ve been watching too many horror movies! The door simply pushes open. Also the light switch is located inside the Floatroom.

Are there people who shouldn’t float?

Anyone under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering drugs.
Epileptics that do not have their seizures under control.
If you are in the first trimester or being treated for a medical condition, please consult your doctor.
We also recommend that anyone under the care of a physician for severe psychological or emotional issues consult their healthcare provider before floating.
If you have open sores or wounds, you cannot float until they’re healed. This includes recent tattoos.
Please also wait 7 days after having your hair colored before floating.

If you have any other questions or concerns about floating and your health, please contact your primary healthcare provider and have them get in touch with us with any questions.

Pre-float Tips

1. Don’t shave or wax the day of your float as the Epsom salts could sting.

2. Try not to drink coffee or any caffeine based products a few hours before your float as it might make it difficult to relax.

3. Try to have just a light meal a few hours before your float, although floating on a full stomach might be uncomfortable.

4. Make sure you are not dehydrated before your float.

5. If you want to perform physical activities before your float it could enhance your floating experience and the float will also help to speed up recovery, this could also help you to achieve a greater state of relaxation during your float.

6. If this is the first time you have tried floating with us please arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes early before your appointment time, this will give us time to go through a floating orientation and answer any questions that you might have.

7. Before entering the float suites we recommend that you use the washroom if needed.

8. Please just bring an open mind.



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