When you first arrive to Blue Oceans Float, take some time to orient yourself in the lobby. Unless you tell us otherwise, we'll assume that you have never floated before and offer a thorough orientation to help you feel comfortable and relaxed in the float shop.
When you first arrive at Blue Oceans Float, you enter the lobby. Consider this the beach (wherever your favorite beach is, think of that).
At the beach, you kick off your shoes, set your belongings down, and run to the ocean. At Blue Oceans Float, In the lobby, we ask you to take your shoes off. After that, you can use the provided slippers or go barefoot.
A Float Guru will check you in and have you complete our info/waiver form. This provides a lot of background info on the float, more so technical stuff. Make sure to read thru this thorough, as it can also answer a lot of questions before the float.
If you want a cup of water or tea before your float, head over to the tea bar and help yourself! We serve delicious tea from The Tea Smith.
Beyond that, forget all the responsibilities and errands you have to do. Just be in the present, and enjoy the relaxing and rejuvenating atmosphere of the float shop.
Once your room is ready, one of the Float Gurus will usher you back to your private float room. The middle hallway we consider The Reef, or the Tidal Pool. In here, you're dipping your toes in the water, getting used to the feel of the waves and looking at fish and coral. This "quiet zone" is named such because we want to respect the peacefulness and quietness of a float, as well as not disturb other people's floats. We ask that any visitors and floaters transitioning into and out of their floats walk quietly, shutting the doors gently as well.
As you enter your room, you'll notice the air may be more humid and warm. It's especially true inside the float pod itself. The water is warm (about 94 degrees F, skin temperature) but not hot. So don't expect the water to be as hot as your bath water at home. We want to avoid overwhelming you. Plus, keeping the water at/near skin temperature enhances the sensory deprivation experience even more
Then, the Float Guru begins your orientation:
This will be your private float room. This orientation covers everything you will need to know in order to begin your float, to address common questions about the float experience, and to show you how to exit your float. Once we are finished, you are welcome to lock your door behind you. There's also some hooks on the back of the door to hang any belongings you have. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions!
First things first, you'll want to remove any jewelry, glasses, and contact lenses. Before your float, we ask that you take a thorough shower. You can use the soap and shampoo but save the conditioner for the shower after the float. This first shower is to scrub off all the dirt and oils picked up throughout the day and open up your pores. The shower after the float is to rinse off all the excess salt, so you're not walking out of here in a white body suit. :D
If you want to use earplugs, we advise putting them in before you shower - they stay better with your ears dry. They're made of a silicone-like material and mold really well to your ear shape. If you'd rather not use earplugs, we have an alternative. The bottle on top of the shower caddie contains vinegar-water. Simply squirt some in your ears after you're done with the float and rinse out with warm water to get rid of the excess salt.
When you're floating, the water will be still, and not moving around at all. On the left side of the pod (looking at it from the outside) are 3 buttons. The first, flat white button is your music. Press that to turn the music on/off. The second, white button (that's sticking out) is the light. There are a variety of colors and settings to choose from. If you're looking for a certain color, keep pressing the button. It will alternate between on and off, and each time it comes back on it changes color. Also, the lights in the room will turn off after a few moments of no movement.
When you lay back you will float effortlessly. Take your time getting used to this environment, as the weightlessness can be quite different. Play around with how you want your arms (above your head, along your sides, on your stomach or chest, etc.).
We suggest avoiding touching your face while in the pod. The salt-water solution stings and does not taste very good. If your nose begins to itch, either simply ignore it until it goes away or use the white washcloth to itch it. If some water does happen to get in your eyes, use the squirt bottle and wash cloth to spray the salt from your eyes.
If you want extra support for your head and neck, there's a blue float halo available. It will have been already placed in the pod for you. Simply rest your head on the hole. It lifts your head further out of the water.
The float will begin once you enter the pod. Play around with the settings and have fun. The float is 100% under your control, and you can exit at any time.
Towards the end of your float, a gentle voice will come on over the intercom letting you know your float is almost over. Sit up and squeegee off the water from your body and hair. Carefully step up and out of the pod and begin your post-float shower. We ask that you don't take too much time cleaning up in the float room after your float, as a Float Guru will need to still clean the room and prep it for the next floater. There are hairdryers and mirrors available in the bathrooms in back if you need extra time to prep.
After you're done, feel free to relax in the lobby and sip on some tea and water. You don't need to rush out of the float shop, as we love chatting with our floaters. Some floaters have even taken an extra nap on the couches!
Here are a few extras for the duration of your float:
It’s okay to bump into the walls – Depending on how much the water moves when you begin your float, you may notice your hands and feet will touch the tank walls. This is not uncommon, and please know that you are not doing anything wrong. Our natural inclination is to push off the walls, but this will cause you to ping-pong around the tank! Our recommendation is to place your hands on either side of the tank and pause, which will help your body find stillness.
Falling Asleep – It's completely safe to fall asleep in the float pod. If you do, that's great. If not, that's great too! Some people twitch themselves awake, but it just means you're falling into a deeper sleep. Either way, enjoy the float and the experience.
There’s no right or wrong way to float. The way you choose to float is completely up to you! Enjoy yourself. Every float is different.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us!