How should the hot trend of cold plunging be regulated in Utah?

Jan 22, 2024, 5:00 PM

Priscila de Andrade, cold-plunges in a tub at Ash and Ice in Pleasant Grove on Friday, Jan. 19, 202...

Priscila de Andrade, cold-plunges in a tub at Ash and Ice in Pleasant Grove on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024. Cold tub plunge centers are waiting on legislation to be able to open. Andrade is a friend of the owners, and the tub was filled as a demonstration. (Megan Nielsen, Deseret News)

(Megan Nielsen, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Capitol Hill is wading into the growing trend of cold plunging. A Utah County lawmaker wants to allow some cold plunging without health department regulations.

According to Dr. Raj Dasgupta, there are benefits to cold plunging when done correctly. 

“Cold-water exposure can increase the production of white blood cells in the body, which are responsible for fighting infection,” said Dr. Dasgupta.

State Sen. Curtis Bramble is sponsoring SB106, which aims to regulate public cold baths.

Individuals vs. businesses

Bramble said the state statutes on small one-person cold-plunge equipment are silent on how it should be regulated.

“So the Departments of Health, both county and state, have had no option but to regulate them like swimming pools.”

Bramble said the prefabricated tanks, equipped with refrigeration units and sanitation filters, meant for individual use “don’t fit the regulatory structure of a swimming pool.”

Under his bill, there will be no health department regulation imposed on a one-person bath that is “maintained at a temperature lower than 60°F and is limited to no more than 180 gallons at a depth that allows the bather to maintain his or her head above the water while in a seated position.”

However, regulations would be in place for larger cold plunge tanks designed for a handful of bathers. Larger tanks are often run by businesses. 

“We wanted to give statutory clarity [to cold plunges]. That’s really what’s going on,” he said.

If signed into law, Bramble’s legislation would go into effect on May 1, 2024.

Cold plunging can be dangerous

According to the CDC, “Cold water immersion creates a specific condition known as immersion hypothermia. It develops much more quickly than standard hypothermia because water conducts heat away from the body 25 times faster than air.”

“Typically people in temperate climates don’t consider themselves at risk from hypothermia in the water, but hypothermia can occur in any water temperature below 70°F,” the CDC explains. 

 According to a 2022 survey published in the Interactive Journal of Medical Research, cold-water swimming may put people with underlying heart and cardiovascular conditions at greater risk for poor heart health, as reported in “What Happens to Your Body When You Do Cold Plunges.”

Related reading:

Dave & Dujanovic can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app, as well as Apple Podcasts and Google Play. 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


someone taps on facebook icon, utah lawmakers working to protect kids from social media...

Curt Gresseth

Utah lawmaker talks about his work to shield kids from social media

State Sen. Mike McKell discusses the legislation he has sponsored to undo the harm to Utah children from social media.

1 day ago

donating platelets at the American Red Cross on April 12, 2023. Murray facility approved for cold-s...

Heather Peterson

New platelet storage program could save lives, Red Cross says

The American Red Cross has secured new funding to support their new cold-storage platelet program. They say being able to extend the shelf-life from five days to 14 could be a life-saving matter. 

3 days ago

Katy Welkie, vice president of Intermountain and CEO of Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital, ...

Eric Cabrera, Amie Schaeffer

Intermountain Health to open behavioral health center in Taylorsville

Intermountain Health is expanding its behavioral health services. A new center for children and teens will open in Taylorsville in 2025.

5 days ago

A hand is surrounded by blue surgical napkins as two other gloved hands operate on it during a carp...

Mariah Maynes

Utah Hand Center celebrates milestone in carpal tunnel surgeries

The Utah Hand Center said that is has become the first U.S. provider of orthopedic care to complete 3,000 successful carpal tunnel surgeries.

5 days ago


Michelle Lee

Foods and drinks linked to anxiety

Let’s Get Moving Host Maria Shilaos spoke with Health Educator Dr. Julie Gatza to learn how we can reduce anxiety with foods and drinks.

7 days ago

The Foundation’s 38-foot RV, customized with two private exam rooms, will travel around the count...


Free skin cancer screening program visits Park City

Local dermatologists will provide free full-body skin cancer screenings in Park City in an RV meant just to check patients.

7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...


Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

How should the hot trend of cold plunging be regulated in Utah?