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  1. John
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Hey all,



I'm trying to open a center in Nevada, been looking at properties and preparing business plans for financing. I was still shopping around for pods, looking for something around or under the 20K range.


I have however, hit a very interesting road block.The local health inspector I have been speaking with has been very adamant about me using an NSF certified float tank. He flat out refused to certify anything else. So adamant in fact, that he was pointing me towards Floatlab's float tanks! I am finding this extremely suspicous, that a health inspector can direct a potential operator to a company, regardless of other systems in the market.The sheer size of the monster would make rent a near impossibility for where I had planned my business. The cost of the floatlab system, at 50K, is also way out of my budget. Is there alternative products that has the NSF or similar certifications?


The question I would like to ask is, is NSF really necessary for shopping for a product? I understand the need for health and safety, but to be limited to a product that cost 50K, especially for a small business owner, is quite outrageous.



Can someone please give me some insights and suggestions on this?



Thank you

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NSF is a big name in pool certification and Floatlab may be the only float tank/room manufacturers that has their sanitation system certified under NSF CCS-12804 which is specific to float tanks. NSF is marketing the standard as a guide for health regulators to help with approval of Floatation Therapy systems.



There was a big hubbub about this at the 2014 Float Conference - https://youtu.be/o6I0nnhkLW0 - and it seems a lot of people got up tight bout it, right or wrong.



It may help to explain to the health inspector that the NSF standard is voluntary and hasn't been adopted by the majority of manufacturer as it cost a significant amount of money to be certified. I'd also bring this to the attention of the manufacturer's you plan on dealing with. Cheri Cockrum-Koene @ Float Rooms USA is very knowledgeable about the issue and has helped me with regulation questions in the past.



Also, be NICE to the inspector! They are there to do a job and cooperation makes everything go smoothly.



Hope this helps!
  1. Brent Vecchi
  2. more than a month ago
Sent you the contact info. I believe Greg purchased a Float Room from Cheri's company so he definitely can attest to her helpfulness.



Good luck!
  1. Brent Vecchi
  2. more than a month ago
I'll pass on Cheri's info if Brent hasn't done so already. She's been a huge help to me in the long process of getting a float center started.
  1. Greg
  2. more than a month ago
Hi Brent,



Thank you for the reply! I was thinking there was no one out there who was willing to help.

Would you mind sending me Cheri's contact over private message? I would really love to speak directly to her.



Cheers!
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HelLo this is Cheri Koene from Float Rooms USA. The float center in Las Vegas is called ifloat therapy they are located at 2291 south fort Apache suite 106 Las Vegas Nevada 89


Their phone number is 702-776-7766


they are opening the first week of June


Their website is still being developed


I was personally there when SNHD came and did the inspection


Our rooms are the first legal float centers in Nevada state history


if you are interestEd in purchasing a float room or visiting an ocean float room center


call me and I will personally take care of it


cheri koene 618-509-9033 office


618-550-4526 cell


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Hi Cheri, congrats. :-) Did Float Rooms USA go through a variance application process? What's the status in Florida? Were you approved at the May meeting?
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"Is there really a need for it?"


No.

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Yuck ~ no bueno, friend.


Hope this works out for you.

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I suggest figuring out which float rooms/tanks/pods you wish to use, and then call the manufacturer. The manufacturuer will help you get the tanks apporved by your health department. I was in a similar situation last year with our health department. Look into Superior Float Pods and Ocean Float USA Rooms. Both companies have worked hard, REALLY HARD, with many state health departments over the past year to get their pods and rooms approved in various states, making all sorts of upgrades in order to pass the certification. There is a center on the Vegas strip that went through a lot to get them approved by the state, but they are now using Ocean Float Rooms.


I'm sure there are other people here that will chime in and give you some great advice. It's a hurdle for sure, but can and has be done any times by centers all across the country.

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The only information I could find, but they have a phone number listed:



https://www.facebook.com/floatsublime
  1. Greg
  2. more than a month ago
Hey, thanks for you reply.



Can you send me the website of the place on the Vegas Strip? I would really love to speak with them.



Cheers
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