PAINTBALL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
General Paintball Questions:
Q: Is paintballing safe?
A: At Mega Paintball your safety is our number one priority. We have a 100% safety record in the 12 years we have been operating which is testimony to our high safety standards. As with all activities the risk of injuries does exist but with our robust safety protocols and exceptional quality of staff you will not have a safer paintball experience. All our equipment is CE approved for paintballing as in accordance with our insurance. We carry out regular risks assessments and have £10 million public liability insurance (both documents can be downloaded from the bottom of the page).
Q: What qualifications do your staff hold?
A: All our marshals are first aid trained and enhanced DBS checked to work with children and venerable adults. Our “M-Tech” training program has produced some of the finest most competent paintball marshals in the United Kingdom. Safety is paramount to us and to ensure this and the enjoyment of others, all players must act upon all reasonable requests made by our marshals.
Q: Does Paintballing hurt?
A: Being hit with a Paintball can sting a little and leave a bruise. However, with the surging adrenaline and the thrill of the game any pain felt will be overshadowed and quickly short lived. We run paintball events for girl grammar schools for ages 12 – 16 years and they come back yearly so it really isn’t something to fear. We offer the use of chest protectors for the ladies and kids. Read our “Does Paintball Hurt” article.
Q: What should I wear to play?
A: We recommend loose fitting clothing or sports wear for your paintballing session. You will be issued with a set of coveralls which will help keep most of the dirt and paint from leaking through to your clothes. Sturdy footwear like boots with good ankle support should ideally be worn, flip flops, sandals and high heals are a not permissible for use at our site. It is advisable to bring a spare change of clothes for after the session and bin bags for muddy boots. Please do not bring jewellery as it could easily get lost in the game zones and cause personal injury if it gets snagged. During the winter months warm kit should be brought with you. Check out our in-depth blog about what to wear for paintball.
Q: Will I need more paintballs?
A: It all depends on what playing style you adopt and what package you initially choose. Consider that the average paintball usage per game is around 150 paintballs. Most people use 400 – 600 Paintballs in a half day and 800 – 1000 in a full day. Extra Paintballs are sold at £7 per 100 on the day.
Q: Can I bring my own Paintballs?
A: No, due to insurance requirements we can only use approved traceable paintballs supplied directly to us from a reputable manufacture. Only paintballs purchased from Mega Paintball may be used.
Q: What time should we arrive on the day?
A: The day starts at 9am for a full day and 12pm for half day, please click here for a detailed breakdown of an average paintball day.
Q: Can the stag attend in fancy dress?
A: Yes, the stag can wear fancy dress although we do ask for it to be reasonably tasteful so as not to cause offense to other groups on site. You can also take advantage of our “stich up the stag” service were you can hire a “Captain America” costume for the stag to wear.
Kids Paintball Questions:
Q: How old do you have to be to play?
A: The minimum age for our kids paintballing sessions is 8 years old using our low impact .50 caliber Markers. For older children who want to join adult sessions using our .68 caliber markers the minimum age is 11 Years as per our insurance stipulations.
Q: Do kids play with adults?
A: We always try our best to keep kids together at our paintball centre but this is not always possible due to the variety of groups who turn up. We do however evaluate each group who arrives on the day so you can rest easy knowing that whatever group your child plays with they will have been carefully selected by our marshals. Most of the time we find that kids who join adult groups have a great time as the adults who are playing often have kids themselves!
Q: Is there a place for parents to wait?
A: Yes, parents are more than welcome to chill out on the benches in our base camp area. Take in nature, read a book and relax knowing that your child is out having a blast of a time.
Q: Should parents stay on site during kids paintball parties?
A: Parents are more than welcomed to stay for the duration of the party in our base camp area, you can always chill with a book and a cuppa on our benches. Alternatively, you can take advantage of being kid free to get those jobs done or grab a coffee and some lunch in Dorchester which is just 5 mins away! Rest easy knowing that your children are in safe hands with our competent staff.
Q: Can I bring a Birthday Cake?
A: Of course, no birthday would be complete without a birthday cake. Just make sure you keep it away from the marshals!
Q: Do we need to fill out a Youth registration form?
A: Yes, all under 16 players must have a youth disclaimer filled out with the help of a parent or guardian. You must both carefully read the form as it is a legal document with important safety rules which you are agreeing to abide by. Both the under 16 player and parent or guardian must sign their section of the form, incomplete forms will not be accepted.
Questions about Booking:
Q: How many people do we need to play?
A: We require a minimum of 10 players to open our site if no other groups are booked in on your requested date. However, if we do have games running then individuals and smaller groups are more than welcome to join in. If you are a group of less than 10 players call the office, if we have groups already booked for that day then the more the merrier as they say!
Q: How far in advance must I book?
A: In general the sooner the better as we do book up weeks in advance during peak season. We always recommend calling the office or using our automatic booking system which will check availability for your requested date. If you are a last-minute booking then give us a call and we will try our best to accommodate you as sometimes we get cancellations.
Q: How do I secure my booking?
A: We require a £10 per head deposit to secure any booking made with us with the remainder paid on the day. All bookings remain provisional and unconfirmed until deposit has been received, please ensure deposits are paid at the earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.
Q: Do we need to fill out a registration form?
Q: What happens if players do not turn up on the day?
A: Players who do not turn up on the day forfeit any paintballs or packages that has been paid for.
Q: Can I book exclusive use of your site?
A: Yes, we can offer a bespoke service at an additional cost if you want exclusive use of our site. This service is often used by big corporate companies and ogainsations who want a strictly closed session. Please contact us for more information about exclusive site hire and prices.
Q: Do you have any offers for large groups?
A: Yes, we do have offers for large group bookings, please see our paintball offers page for more information.
Payments and Products:
Q: What payment methods do you accept?
We accept cash as well as most card payments except for American express.
Q: Can I buy extras on the day?
Paintballs can be brought throughout the day as well as pyrotechnics (smoke and paint grenades). Our tuck shop supplies chocolate bars and cans of fizzy drinks should you need any refreshments.
Q: Do you serve lunch?
A: Yes, hot dogs at lunch time, snacks and drinks are available to purchase all day. Tea, coffee, squash and water are available free throughout the day.
Q: Do you cater for vegetarian and dietary requirements?
A: Yes, but we must be made aware of this at the time of booking by the group orgainser so we can arrange a suitable lunch option. It’s no good leaving it to on the day to tell us!
Q: Do you offer any bespoke catering options?
A: We can provide any type of catering for bespoke packages, from BBQ’s, Pizzas to hog roasts and buffets. These options are not included in our standard packages but can be applied at additional cost, please contact the office for prices.
Misc Paintball Questions:
Q: Can I bring my own equipment?
A: If you have your own marker and goggles then we may allow you to use them on the day. However, you will need to act in keeping with the rest of the group. Your cylinder must be currently in test and your goggles should be in serviceable condition.
Q: What happens in bad weather?
A: Paintball is a weather hardy activity so can be played in most weather conditions. If the weather is exceptionally bad, torrential rain, storms or gales are forecasted then we may have to postpone your session for customer safety.
Q: What happens if we get lost?
A: We advise all players to ensure that everyone in their group has downloaded our site directions from our download section at the bottom of this page. If you do get lost, please call the site manager on the mobile number provided. We reserve the right to cancel your session if you turn up late, please bare in mind that we have other groups to consider and will not keep customers who have arrived on time waiting for groups who are late!
Q: Is there any onsite lockers for valuables?
A: Yes, we have secure lockers for you to store any valuables you may have until the end of your session.
Q: Can we bring alcohol?
A: Alcohol is strictly prohibited at Mega Paintball and presents a serious safety concern. You need to have your wits about you and if you are deemed intoxicated or have been drinking prior to arrival your session will be forfeited with no refunds. This is nonnegotiable and is an insurance requirement.
Q: Do you currently have any job opportunities?
A: Our team of marshals are a friendly bunch and we do occasionally have recruitment drives especially in the summer seasons so it’s always worth getting in contact. Even if we do not have any vacancies currently available we can put you on our waiting list.
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