Rivanna River Company’s Sauna and Cold Plunge Liability Waiver
Anyone entering the Rivanna River Company sauna and cold plunge (river or tub) assumes full responsibility for their medical/health conditions. All guests must know their own limitations and assume all risks associated with any activities in which they may engage in at the Rivanna River Company.
I accept that I am participating in hot and cold therapy and I assume all risk unto myself. I deem myself physically and emotionally capable of participating in these activities.
I understand that eyeglasses should not be worn in the hot room as they can become damaged by the heat. I understand that contact lens wearers may experience discomfort and should be prepared to remove contacts if this is the case.
I acknowledge that the sauna is wood-fired and that the cold plunge is the river, a natural body of water with rocks and slippery, uneven surfaces. Decks and steps throughout our facility will often be wet.
Medical Conditions and Sauna and Cold Plunge Use:
Cardiovascular Conditions – Individuals with cardiovascular conditions such as (but not limited to) hypertension/hypotension, congestive heart failure, impaired coronary circulation or those who are taking medications which might affect blood pressure should consult a physician prior to sauna/cold plunge use. Heat stress increases cardiac output and blood flow in an effort to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment via the skin (perspiration) and respiratory system. This takes place primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the potential to increase by thirty (30) beats per minute for each degree increase in core body temperatures.
Medications – Diuretics, barbituates, and beta-blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Anticholinergics such as amitriptyline may inhibit sweating and can predispose individuals to heat rash or to a lesser extent heat stroke. Some over-the-counter drugs, such as antihistamines, may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke. Please consult your physician.
Chronic Conditions/Diseases Associated With Reduced Ability to Sweat or Perspire – Multiple Sclerosis, Central Nervous System Tumors and Diabetes with Neuropathy are conditions that are associated with impaired sweating. Please consult your physician.
Hemophiliacs/Individuals Prone to Bleeding – The use of saunas should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding.
Fever – An individual who has a fever should not use a sauna until the fever subsides.
Insensitivity to Heat – An individual with insensitivity to heat should not use a sauna.
Joint Injury – If you have a recent (acute) joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury or until the swollen symptoms subside. If you have a joint or joints that are chronically hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind.
Implants – Any individual with metal pins, rods, artificial joints should consult a physician prior to using a sauna.
Pacemakers/Defibrillators – Please discuss with your doctor the possible risks this may cause.
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding – Pregnant women should consult a physician before using a sauna. A doctor’s consent is required. If breastfeeding, consult your physician prior to use.
● If any of the above apply to me
I Agree to consult a physician prior to sauna/cold plunge use
Menstruation – Heating of the low back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase their menstrual flow.
Elderly – The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature. As we mature, our body naturally loses this capability. Guests over the age of 70 must use extra caution.
Children ages 12-17 – The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. Consult with the child’s Pediatrician before using the sauna. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to use the sauna. Anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and are only able to use the sauna during a private rental. No one under the age of 18 is permitted to use the sauna during a Community Session.
I have read all of the above and
Alcohol and Drug Use – Alcohol or drug use while participating in sauna/cold plunge is a dangerous combination. We do not allow alcohol or drug use on premises. We reserve the right to ask any individual to leave at any time.
Lost or Damaged Personal Items – The Rivanna River Company is not responsible for lost or damaged personal items. RRC will keep items found by staff in the Lost & Found for one week only.
I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS THE RIVANNA RIVER COMPANY, LLC , its officers, officials, agents and/ or employees, volunteers, other participants, sponsors, advertisers, and, if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used to conduct the event or activity ( Southern Ventures, Inc, ), from any and all claims, demands, losses, expenses, and liability arising out of or related to any INJURY, DISABILITY OR DEATH I may suffer, or loss or damage to person or property, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE; to the fullest extent permitted by law. This does not apply to claims, demands, losses or liability determined to be the result of the Gross Negligence or the Wanton and Willful Misconduct of the Releasees.
General Rules and Recommendations
● Guests may NOT spend longer than 10-15 minutes in the hot room at one time.
● Cool down periods must last as long as periods in the hot room.
● If a guest feels dizzy, light-headed, or unwell at any time they MUST leave the hot room.
● Guests are not permitted to go to the river alone. Guests may ask a staff person to accompany them if necessary.
● Guests should come to their sauna session well hydrated!
● Guests should not eat a large meal within 1-2 hours before their sauna session
● Guests should leave metal jewelry at home, though rings are fine. Guests should be prepared to remove eyeglasses and contacts before entering the sauna.
Dated: December 6, 2023