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How do you float?

How do you float?

People often ask us if there is any danger of drowning when they enter into a float tank. The answer is short and simple: NO!

For a variety of reasons, sensory deprivation is a completely safe experience. From the way the tanks are designed to how floaters are positioned, there is a very slim chance anything harmful could ever happen. To provide you greater insight, this article will explain the basics of floating and how occupants are well outside of harm’s way.

Float Tank Design

Most float tanks are filled with close to one thousand litres of water, an impressive amount to be sure. But considering how big floats need to be to fit one or more people, this amount only results in a very shallow body of water

There is no “deep end” in a float tank, and in fact, the water is only ever about a foot deep. If at any point a floater feels uncomfortable, they can quite easily reach for the wall and exit the tank.

Epsom Salt

In order to achieve buoyancy, float tanks are filled with over 1000 pounds of dissolved Epsom salt. If you’ve never set foot in a float tank before, you’re probably underestimating how effective it really is. Epsom salt allows you to lay on the water undisturbed – you might as well be on top of a bed. Even if you try to lower your legs to touch the bottom, they will be forced back up due to the nature of the salt.

What If I Can’t Swim?

Your ability to swim is absolutely inconsequential when it comes to float tanks. Thanks to the limited amount of water and Epsom salt, you will be able to lay on top unassisted. Even if you wanted to do a couple quick breast strokes, there wouldn’t be enough room to tread water.


There isn’t any trick to finding the correct positioning in a float tank. All you need to do is lay flat on your back, looking straight up towards the ceiling. Although rolling over is possible with intense effort, you will most often be reset and brought back to an upright position.


To give you a good example of how safe float tanks really are, consider that people often sleep inside for extended periods of time. Whether their reason being is that they suffer from insomnia, or are looking for effective jet lag relief, it isn’t all that uncommon. And if you’re thinking that it must require a great deal of skill to be able to do this, you’re wrong. After you get comfortable inside of a float tank, you may even find yourself dozing off!

Mental State

If you’re more concerned about your mental state inside of a float tank, know that it all comes pretty naturally. Many first time floaters overthink it, but the calm will eventually set in. After only a few minutes inside of a float tank, you’ll be as relaxed as ever.

If you have any concerns about your safety inside of a float tank, please feel free to reach out to us at Pro Float. We’re happy to provide you with any advice you may need.