Playing Safe

by michael on July 7, 2010

in Paintball Gear,Paintball Information

Paintball hits mask

Image courtesy of Kristof Borkowski

As much as having a good time is paramount here at Bedlam, we’d be fools to think that paintball doesn’t come with it’s inherent risks. Luckily for us though, there are many rules and regulations that we rigidly stick to, so all you have to worry about it having a good time.

On site, we do everything we can to minimise any risk at all and our site managers and marshals are all fully trained and do a great job; from checking the CO2 canisters are at the right pressure so that your paintballs fly at the right speed, to making sure each Game Zone is kept in prime condition. All of our equipment is sourced from tried, tested and approved brands who have cut the mustard in the paintball industry, and we teach our onsite professionals exactly how everything works, so on a day out to Bedlam you know you are in very safe hands.

On top of this, we have dedicated Safe Zones on each site, where no paintball makers are allowed and, likewise, masks are not allowed to be taken off in the Game Zone. But all of this is explained in the safety briefings that every team gets before they play.

We certainly don’t want to ever put anyone off enjoying a game of paintball, but, like any outdoor pursuit, keeping your wits about you is recommended. To help you along though, here’s a simple checklist of the obvious dos and don’ts that everyone should know.

DO listen to your marshals. These guys and girls know exactly what they’re talking about and they want to have just as much fun as you do, so listen to what they say.

DO wear the right clothes for the job. We don’t mean head to toe in camo, but you should be comfortable and able to move quickly, we’ll then give you a Bedlam Paintball jumpsuit to wear over your civvy clothes. Shoes should be comfortable, sturdy and light.

DON’T take off your goggles. We provide every player with full head protection which is made specifically for playing paintball in, so don’t ever be tempted to lift your goggles mid-game.

DON’T leave your marker with the safety off.

DO stick to the rules of each game. If your marshal tells you that the opposing team gets unlimited life for the first 30 seconds of the game, then there’s probably a good reason for that. Respect the rules of the game as, ultimately, they’re in place to make it a far better experience for everyone.

And, whatever you do, enjoy yourself. Whether you’re at Bedlam for the day, off white water rafting or up to any other kind of outdoor adventure, have fun.

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