Hot springs are generally very safe places in which to bathe, and the benefits far outweigh any potential risks. Potential dangers can usually be avoided by using simple common sense. The area around hot springs can get slippy, so no running! Also, if your hot spring happens to be in a warm climate, the combination of hot water and sunshine can make you tired very quickly.
The hot springs featured in our retreats will be regularly supervised, so any risks from wild animals is incredibly minimal. Some people worry about snakes in the water – if you’re in a country that has snakes, of course. Although warm water is a good habitat for some snake species, it’s rare to find a snake in a hot spring used by people. Not only will the water by monitored by attendants, but snakes go out of their way to avoid people.
Some hot springs may contain bacteria but again the risk of transmission to humans is low. To minimize the risk even further, refrain from drinking the water.