The Yukon is a dark place and our hot springs has no lifeguard. When it starts to get cooler outside, the steam from the hot water, combined with the darkness of night, makes it very hard to see clearly in the pool. This is a safety risk. Young children, even in relatively shallow water, who aren't properly monitored could suffer an accident. We are very safety conscious here and we have to mitigate all the possible risks involved with water.
The Environmental Health Department of the Yukon Government, as well as our insurance policy, clearly state that our pool must have a certain percentage of lumens (the unit that measures visible light outside) and without a large outdoor light on, we are not allowed to have children in the pool because we cannot achieve the number of lumens necessary to comply with the government's and the insurance's demands.
Lastly, the hot springs has two major types of clientele; families who want to play and splash, this usually involves lots of noise. They need a lot of light in the pool to be safe. As well as older individuals who come to relax and soak in a quiet atmosphere, away from public noise. This type of person generally wants the least amount of light possible in the pools because they are looking for atmosphere.
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