Tobin Cooley is a board certified acoustical engineer and president of Listen Acoustics and joins the show to talk about managing sound in and around your float center. Tobin is in the business of making buildings sound good, whether it’s a concert hall, recording studio, or float center, by blocking out the sound you don’t want and enhancing the sound you do want. He’s taking questions submitted by the float community and dives into the topics of echo chambers, mass loaded vinyl, the value of specialty products, optimizing soundproofing on a budget, the meaning of STC, IIC, and OITC ratings, avoiding weak spots in soundproofing, and the importance of double-stud walls between float rooms. [Read more…] about Sound Proofing with Tobin Cooley
Dustin Erickson of Float Space in Kelowna, BC joins the show to talk about the history of his center, re-branding, and changing membership structures. Since opening his center three years ago, Dustin hasn’t been shy about implementing innovative change and has altered his membership structure six times with the goal of fostering a community that floats regularly. He received quite a bit of backlash initially after implementing a floater etiquette that puts more responsibility on the floater, such as bringing their own towel and earplugs and scheduling online, but allows for reduced pricing. He shares why he took that step and how it’s been going for the past six months. [Read more…] about 101 Business Models with Dustin Erickson
The gang is joined this week by Zak King of California Float Concepts to dive into the evolution of float tanks. Four years ago, he and his wife started the process of opening a float center and, after researching the tanks that were out there, decided that they needed to design their own float suite. Zak breaks down the renovations he’s making in heating, sound reduction, the pump system, dehumidifying, and even salinity maintenance. He and the gang discuss where float tanks started, how they’ve progressed, and how they could continue to evolve as the industry changes and demand increases for user options.
So how does a float center owner also find the time to tinker with float tank renovations? Zak talks about time management and his entrepreneurial spirit that began with learning how to build a computer in 8th grade and has continued throughout his life through a tenacious personal drive to work on new challenges. [Read more…] about Exploring Float Tank Innovation with Zak King
Lance is taking us through a deep dive of The Float Shack, beginning with how he and his business partner, Matthew, discovered floating while visiting Portland for a concert, tried it for the first time at Cloud 9 float spa, and soon formulated a plan to open their own float center. He talks about the struggles and huge knowledge gaps experienced in the process of opening, the lessons he’s learned, and how he and Matthew have worked to cultivate a strong relationship. The aspect of his center that he’s most proud of is his space, a lobby with thoughtfully planned areas to engage clients, opportunities to stimulate their senses, and future plans for a members only room. His vision of his center as a sensory spa means clients are coming for so much more than just a float.
But first! In float news…Amy talks about how the last year and half has been particularly difficult as an entrepreneur and how reaching burnout was a wake up call that spending funds and time on travel and self-care is essential. She’s currently podcasting from Las Vegas where she is making note of how the decedent hotels and casino’s create a “wow” effect for guests, details she plans to bring back to her float center. [Read more…] about The Float Shack
The gang is joined this week by Brad Dauk of FLOAT.Calm in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Before becoming a floatrepreneur, Brad worked in healthcare IT and found himself surrounded by people who he knew would benefit from floating. He and his wife, Leah, are in their second year of operating their five-tank float center, and he talks about how they share responsibilities as business partners as well as how they separate work time from home time.
Brad and Leah have been collaborating with and sending water samples to their local public health department to research the efficacy of H2O2 + UV after having to use bromine for their first year of operation. He talks about what he’s learned and gained from the collaboration. Something unique to FLOAT.Calm is staggered float times. Brad shares why they do it and details what it looks like for staff and clients. [Read more…] about Guest Brad Dauk of FLOAT.Calm