Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people can tank at a time?

Sensory deprivation tanks are designed to serve one individual at a time.  Also, Buoyancy is currently a single-tank facility.  We are happy to accommodate back-to-back services for couples; however, we can not serve more than one guest at a time.  Austin Landing is very close to our location.  Some guests prefer to pass time there rather than waiting in the lobby during others' services.  There are several float spas in the area that operate multiple tanks.  We are happy to refer you to one of them if your preference is concurrent services.

Why do I have to shower before my service if I took a shower before leaving home?

Tanking centers provide special cleansers that are designed to greatly reduce the amount of synthetic contaminants that are introduced into the salt solution.  Since there is no way to regulate or understand who uses what and when, the North American Float Tank Standard has mandated that all patrons of commercial tanking (or "floating") centers shower prior to receiving services.

Why can't I wear my bathing suit?  I have worn one at other places.

Buoyancy adheres strictly to the health and safety policies outlined in the North American Float Tank Standards. This is not really our rule.  It is an international standard:

"Users do not wear bathing suits while floating, eliminating the detergents and other contaminants that bathing suits and clothing articles normally introduce into the floating solution."

We completely understand if you feel uncomfortable "ditching the suit" and highly recommend that you continue to tank where you are most comfortable.  We want you to have an excellent experience, even if it is not with us.

Is the water in the tank clean?

The water in sensory deprivation tanks is much cleaner than any swimming pool you have ever been in.  The high concentration of epsom salts present has significant impact on the chemistry of the solution, making it very difficult for pathogens to even survive.  In the 40+ years that sensory deprivation tanks have been available, there have been no reported cases of illness, infection, or outbreak associated with tanking services. 

What is the temperature of the water?

The water temperature always falls in a range of between 92 and 96 degrees.  Buoyancy aims for a tanking temperature of approximately 94.0. 

Is Buoyancy a men's facility?

No.  Our patron-base is fairly evenly distributed.