F.A.Q.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Before someones first float we ask them to arrive 15mins early to fill out a short waiver and to be given a orientation on float procedures.  


When you come in to float you will be asked to remove; any outdoor footwear at the front door, and any jewellery or eye contacts before entering the tank. You will have you own private room to keep your belongings and we cary spare contact lens cases if needed. 


Before coming in to float we recommend that you don’t drink coffee for several hours beforehand (it can make your system jittery). Also, we suggest not shaving the day of your float, the salt water can irritate your skin. Eating a light meal about an hour to 90 minutes ahead of time stops your stomach from rumbling while you float which can be distracting. 


Other than that, there’s no specific preparation needed.

Do I need to bring anything?

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

If you have longer hair, you may want to bring a comb. or brush. (We do also provide brushes, combs and hair ties.)


 If you wear eye contacts it recommend to bring, something to put your contact lenses into while you’re in the float tank. 

(We also cary spare contact lens cases if needed.)


You also do not need a bathing suit as you have your own private room and float in the nude.  


Other than that, we provide everything you need (towels, robes, earplugs, body wash/shampoo, moisturizer, tea, water,..)

What if I’m claustrophobic?

Is there a right way to do it?

Is there a right way to do it?

 You’re always in control of your environment, and even people with extreme claustrophobia have reported having no problems during their time in the tank.


 Once you close the door there will be no difference between opening or closing your eyes, therefore being in the tanks is more like floating in open space rather than being shut in a box


You can also always leave the door wide open or propped open with a pool noodle or face cloth for as long as you like – again, you’re in control.

Is there a right way to do it?

Is there a right way to do it?

Is there a right way to do it?

Nope. What's great about coming back to float is that each float is a different experience each time.


You may have a more passive float where you simply lay still and slowly relax every muscle in your body

or

You may have a more active float where you stretch explore you range of motion within the tank. 


Each person should find whatever position is comfortable for them. Some people float with their hands at their sides, some with their hands folded across their chest or abdomen, or behind their heads. You can keep your head at either end or sit up if you like. You may float with the door open or closed. Explore what’s best for you!

What kind of tank do you use?

What kind of tank do you use?

What kind of tank do you use?

We use Oasis Relaxation System Floatation Tanks. They have been manufacturing float tanks for 30 years – wow! The tank features a powerful UV filtration system and an audio system which allows us to gently bring you out of your float with some tranquil music.

How do you clean the tanks?

What kind of tank do you use?

What kind of tank do you use?

The water is fully filtered 3-5 times (20mins) between each float, passing through an intense filtration system for particulate matter and then a UV filter which targets the DNA and RNA of bacteria, viruses, algae and other biological matter. Furthermore, the Epsom salt solution is naturally sanitary; the combination of the high concentrations of Epsom salt and a small amount of sanitizer (hydrogen peroxide 50-100ppm) make it cleaner than a pool and nearly impossible for microorganisms to survive.

Can I float if I’m pregnant?

Can I float if its ‘that-time-of-the-month’?

Can I float if its ‘that-time-of-the-month’?

Pregnant women love floating! Floating relieves all of the weight of the baby off of the mother’s body which can be a great help to those suffering from lower back pain. 


We also have a few suggestions floating on the front for pregnant woman as a position to explore while inside the tank. 


If you are in your third trimester, or have any concerns, please consult with your physician before coming in.

Can I float if its ‘that-time-of-the-month’?

Can I float if its ‘that-time-of-the-month’?

Can I float if its ‘that-time-of-the-month’?

Yes. Just follow the same protocol you would for a swimming pool.


For more info on feminine hygiene and floating read the blog

 Ladies, Ladies, Ladies by oGO Float. 

Can I float if I just dyed my hair?

Is there a place to keep my stuff secure while I float?

Is there a place to keep my stuff secure while I float?

You must wait 2 weeks after dying your hair before you can float. While there is no guarantee that the salt won’t strip some colour from your hair, we recommend that you check if the water running through your hair in the shower at home is fully clear. If there is still some colour coming out you should wait a couple of more days/showers.

Is there a place to keep my stuff secure while I float?

Is there a place to keep my stuff secure while I float?

Is there a place to keep my stuff secure while I float?

Each float room is private so you’re ok to leave your stuff on the bench beside the tank while you float.

Is this some hipster new-agey mumbo jumbo?

Is this some hipster new-agey mumbo jumbo?

Is this some hipster new-agey mumbo jumbo?

Floating has been around for over 40 years and has loads of published scientific research to back it up. No mumbo jumbo here.

How long have float tanks been around?

Is this some hipster new-agey mumbo jumbo?

Is this some hipster new-agey mumbo jumbo?

The first float tank was developed in 1954. These involved full submersion in water and a breathing device that completely covered your face. The first lay down, commercial tanks were invented in the early 70′s.

Who invented these crazy devices?

Who invented these crazy devices?

Who invented these crazy devices?

Dr. John C. Lily, an American physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, psychonaut, philosopher, writer and inventor.

Is this like altered states?

Who invented these crazy devices?

Who invented these crazy devices?

Yes, but you’re not fully submerged in water, you don’t eat ritualistic mushrooms, and only a small percentage of floaters turn into proto-human monkeys.

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

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

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

Only one person per tank. We have five float tanks and we stagger our floats so up to 3 people can come float simultaneously in our centre. Double-wide tanks do exist, but we feel that they take away from the whole ‘sensory reduced’ experience.

Do I have to stay in the whole time?

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

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

You are always in control of your float and can hop out at any time. That being said, the 60-minutes usually goes by waaaay faster than you’d expect.


There aren’t any latches on the tank doors and are in complete control of closing and opening the door.  

What’s the longest someone has been in the tank?

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

Will I become a dehydrated raisin from soaking for so long?

There is a float centre in Portland Oregon called Float On that had an endurance athlete rent a room for a 24 hour period and apparently floated for most of that time! We haven’t heard of anyone floating longer than that.

Will I become a dehydrated raisin from soaking for so long?

Will I become a dehydrated raisin from soaking for so long?

Will I become a dehydrated raisin from soaking for so long?

Nope - your skin doesn’t even prune up at all! The magnesium sulfate actually makes your skin very silky and soft. You will absorb some of the Epsom salt, so it’s advised that you to drink plenty of water or tea after your float.

Can I float for longer than an hour?

Will I become a dehydrated raisin from soaking for so long?

Can I float for longer than an hour?

Yes! There are a few ways to go about this..


  1. Members at Float Tank Barrie can float for up to 90mins/float
  2. You can book a Double Float: back-back sessions for a 2.5 hour float. 
  3. If you book the last float of the night (8:45 or 9:15pm) you can float up to 2 hours long. (At no additional costs) 

What if I fall asleep in the tank?

Will I become a dehydrated raisin from soaking for so long?

Can I float for longer than an hour?

The water in the tank is incredibly buoyant and very relaxing – it’s entirely possible that you could fall asleep. Indeed, some people love to sleep during their float and you should feel free to do the same! It’s extremely unlikely that you’ll roll in your sleep in which case the worst that can happen is getting woken up by a bit of salt water in your eyes or mouth.


The water is only 10'' deep so you can touch the bottom to push yourself up and rinse any salt that gets into your eyes or mouth.

How Often Should I Float?

Starting out, for truly optimal results, floating 2-4 times a month for 2-3 months is a great way to dive into the practice. For those really keen, floating once a week is incredible.  However, even 1-2 floats / month for 4-6 months is a great start too. 


IT MAY TAKE A FEW FLOATS...

Many people can easily sink into the depths of a float session on their very first try. However, we are all formed by our life experiences a little differently and for others it make take 2-3 floats before a deeper connection is made, this is normal. It is in our experience that the floaters whom have a regular meditation/yoga practice grasp the learning curve of floating a lot faster. 


Once you've cleared your first 10 floats, done within one of the frequencies suggested above, you should be able to to see how floating can benefit you and your life. Then typically 1-2 floats / month is a great place to be. Even taking little breaks is good and then coming back with greater intensity (e.g. 3 floats in 2 weeks) is excellent.