Read This If It's Your First Time Trying Paintball
Hold your position. Look to the right. No one’s there. To the left, you see an enemy hiding but he hasn’t seen you. You aim, lock on your target and shoot. Bang.
As paint splashes down his back and you claim victory. You jump up and down... cheering, holding your gun, confident that your team has won this round of paintball. Just then, you feel something hitting you.
You see paint streaking down your chest. Damn! You missed the last one and you’ve lost. Joy turns into sadness. Yet excitement doesn’t leave you. You’re thrilled with your first ever game of paintball.
Wait… don’t tell me you’ve never gone paintball. Fine, read this article to find out exactly what you need to know before you play your first round of paintball.
At Action Paintball, we know all about having a satisfying, quality game. In our prime location at Yarramundi, 10 different battlefields, 10 kinds of paintball guns and 20 years of experience and cutting edge equipment to help you make your first paintball game the most memorable. Oh and you must be over 12 years old to play this thrilling game.
What You Should Wear
Get your strong shoes out. Hiking boots, cross-country running shoes are the best. The terrain is uneven and changes a lot. You’ll also have to deal with a lot of stumps and rocks. So, get shoes with good traction.
According to the boutique apparel store owner at Tierra Alma, pants and a long-sleeve shirt are probably not mandatory but highly recommended. Paula explains “Breathable apparel is a good choice in the summertime, since it can get a bit hot outside.” And we agree, you’ve got to be able to move freely so that you can shoot more of your enemies.
And NO cleats. We don’t want you to fall and injure yourself on your first outing.
Headbands and hats certainly help. Not only do they absorb sweat, but they also take some of the brunt of a paintball when you get shot in the head.
We're frequently asked whether or not participants should wear a cap. To be honest, people rarely only get shot down there. Hopefully, your first day will give you beginners luck. So, the decision is really yours.
If you want additional protection, chest protectors are certainly available to cover that area as well.
The Safety Briefing
Once you and your group all get checked in, you're going to get a detailed safety briefing. Here, you’ll learn all the safety rules and the entire paintball process and experience. If you’re here with a private group, we’ll assign you a referee who’ll act as your guide on this memorable day.
Your First-Ever Game
Once you've gone through the safety briefing, and your paintball gun gets calibrated to adjust the speed of your paintball pellets (the fancy term we use is chronograph), the referee will lay down the rules of the specific game you're about to engage in. This is your starting point. It is at this point we see many newbies getting excited. Full of adrenaline and energy… it’s time for paintball… LET’S GO!!
Will It Hurt?
It's not a great feeling, but it's never as bad as first-timers imagine. You're not getting hit with a rock, as it doesn't take much for a paintball to go splat. If you can handle getting snapped with a rubber-band, you're going to be fine. Actually, those might be worse, come to think of it.
Once you get hit once, you'll know that the pain’s nothing compared to the thrill of the game. You’ll forget the pain and have one of the best days of your life. In fact, the sports massage therapist at Peak Performance Massage says a little hurt is never a bad thing. Jason says “if you end up all achy, all you’ll have to do is get a good massage to relieve the pain.”
If all this information hasn't calmed you down a little by now, why not start off with one of our starter paintball sessions at Action Paintball? Learn more about those here.
Written by: Mike Bird