What if a co-worker, a friend, a frat buddy, or somebody has talked you into playing paintball? You would probably think, “What in the heck did I get myself in to?” Don’t worry, paintballing is fun, safe, and you are going to have a good time. So, what you are in for? This article will give you an idea what you should expect in your first paintballing experience.
#1: Sign a waiver
First things first, before you are allowed to play you need to sign a waiver form. It states the do’s and don’ts in the game zone; in other words, it’s just to make sure that you are not going to make anything stupid.
#2: Attend the Orientation
Once you registered in, they will probably give you an orientation right away. During the orientation, it’s very important that you pay attention. These are the rules of the day and you have to know them.
#3: Gear Up
You will be given your regular equipment which is composed of a full-faced mask, a paintball marker with a plug (Never remove the plug until they the facilitators tell you so), and paintballs.
A lot of people wonder what they are going to bring with them when they go paintballing for the first time. You may ask yourself, “Do I need to buy a fancy gear?” The answer is, NO you don’t have to. If you don’t already own a camouflage, don’t bother buying one. There are a lot of people who are playing paintball with long sleeve t-shirts and blue jeans, and they are perfectly fine. However, some fields like rent out camouflage, over-all’s, or jackets. Do a little bit of homework and find out a little bit about the field and see if they rent out these stuff, and if they do, borrow from them.
If the field have a target range, take a few shots on it. Get to know how your paintball gun shoots like. Remember that your paintball marker is not a firearm; plus when you put the goggles on, everything in the world changes. For example, you can hear your own voice really loud and your field of vision is really small. But this doesn’t mean that it’s better to play paintball without them because that is the only thing that will save your eyesight when you take a blast in the face. It is a good idea to learn how to use your paintball marker in the target range rather than learn it in the field.
#5: Game Time
When everything is all set, it’s now time to play. When you get to the field, just relax because you are going to have a good time. People are not expecting you to be a tactical genius, if you are that’s a bonus, but you are newbie and everyone has been a newbie once. If you decided to stick with it, THEN you’ll start learning all the fun tricks.