Spa Pool rules

Follow these instructions for a safe and enjoyable spa pool session:

This advice relates to spas operating at or above body temperature (37°C)

Be aware that:

  • The temperature of the spa may be up to 40°C. Make sure that the temperature is comfortable for you.
  • Bathing time should not exceed 20 minutes at a time but may be repeated during a session.
  • Where a spa pool is operated with rest periods you must leave the spa pool during the rest period.
  • Some costumes may fade after immersion in the spa pool.
  • You should not submerge your head below the water level in the spa pool.
  • You should not take breakable cups or glasses into the spa pool.

You should not use the spa pool if you:

  • Have a serious illness, or have a heart condition, high or low blood pressure, or any other medical condition which may affect your reaction to heat. Consult your doctor first.
  • Are taking medication for any of the above conditions or of which you are unsure as to the advisability of using spas.
    Consult your doctor first.
  • Have a contagious disease, infectious skin condition, open sores or wounds.
  • Have had a heavy meal within one and a half hours.
  • Are under the influence of drink or drugs.
  • Are a diabetic with damaged feet or peripheral neuropathy who experiences reduced sensation in your feet.
  • Have recently exercised. Time should be allowed to enable body temperature to return to normal levels.

The potential hazards are:

  • Adverse reaction caused by heat, including giddiness and fainting.
  • Allergy to chemicals used in the disinfection process.
  • Infection from contamination of the water.
  • Slipping from wet surrounds or from entry or exit into the spa pool.
  • Drowning.
  • Pool water outlets which, if incorrectly designed, may cause hair or parts of the body to become trapped against them.

How to use the spa pool safely:

  • Try not to use the spa alone. If possible, bring a friend and always ensure a member of staff knows that you are in the spa.
  • Undress and place belongings in a secure place.
  • Take a thorough shower to remove any perfume, contaminants or perspiration.
  • Identify the correct entry point to the spa pool. When the water is turbulent it may not be possible to see any steps or ledges.
  • Enter the spa with care. If possible, sit down on the side of the spa pool and swing your legs in the water to enter safely.
  • Enjoy the spa pool for ten to twenty minutes until you feel uncomfortable or the session finishes.
  • Leave the spa pool slowly and with care by moving slowly and placing your feet securely on the ledges/steps/floor. If you stand too quickly you may feel giddy or faint. If possible raise your body out of the spa and sit on the side of the pool before standing.
  • Rest for between ten and twenty minutes and, if you wish to repeat the experience, return to the spa pool.
  • When you finish your spa experience, enjoy a shower and relax. As you rest, drink plenty of water to replace fluids lost.
  • Leave the spa immediately if you become nauseous, giddy or feel faint and inform a member of staff as soon as possible.

Are you in one of these groups?

Children: No one under the age of 16 years is allowed in the spa pool.

The Elderly: The elderly may be more susceptible to the effects of the spa. Be extra careful.

Pregnant Women: Pregnant women should seek medical advice before using the spa pool.

Diabetics: People with diabetes may need to check with their doctor before steam bathing. Where a person with diabetes can use a spa, they should be aware that taking a heat treatment directly after activity may cause dehydration. It is therefore best to wait at least 20 minutes and to drink plenty of water. In addition, therapies such as spa pool treatments directly affect insulin sensitivity. Thus, people with diabetes who inject insulin may find that it is absorbed more quickly than normal and this may lead to hypoglycaemia – not enough glucose in the blood. If people with diabetes are aware of this risk and take precautions they may use steam rooms safely.