PAINTBALL & LASER TAG 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 £8 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?
For children who want to join adult sessions using our .68 caliber FT12 markers the minimum age is set at 11 Years as per our insurance stipulations but just be aware that adult paintball hurts a lot more than the two above.
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.
Splatmaster Junior Paintball Questions:
Q: How long does a Splatmaster session last?
A session with 150 paintballs lasts an hour or 2 hours if you have the Unlimited Paintball package.
Q: How many Paintballs do we get in a Splatmaster session?
A: We have 2 packages, £15 Per Person for 1 hours play with 150 paintballs or 2 hours play with unlimited paintballs for £25 Per Person.
Q: Do we play in our own group if booking a Splatmaster session?
A: Yes all Splatmaster sessions are exclusive to your group.
Q: How many Splatmaster games are played in a session?
A: We play 4 games in a 1-hour session and 7 games in a 2 hour session.
Q: Are the Splatmaster shot guns easy to operate?
A: Yes they are and are designed for the youngest of players to be able to use with ease. Simply pump the action and pull the trigger to fire.
Q: How many rounds does a Splatmaster shotgun hold?
A: The tube magazine can capacitate a maximum of 15 balls, these are loaded one at a time into the top magazine tube via a trap door. Once 15 balls have been loaded a spring is released to guide the paintballs down the tube and one into the chamber at each pump stroke.
Q: What is the rate of fire of a Z200 shotgun?
A: As fast as you can cock and fire the marker using the pump action, basically 1 every 2 seconds if necessary.
Q: How are teams arrange during a kids Splatmaster session?
A: We split groups 50:50 to make the teams equal, then each team are given blue and red arm bands.
Q: Can players under 8 years play?
A: No sorry, but they can play laser tag at 7 years.
Q: Does Splatmaster paintball hurt?
A: I can do at point blank but no worse than a elastic band flicking you and the chances of bruising is very unlikely.
Laser Tag Questions:
Q: What is Laser Tag?
Outdoor Laser Tag is a highly immersive game experience using laser guns call “taggers” which fire harmless infrared beams up to 200 meters. Each player is armed with a tagger and a head band with 3 sensors, when the sensors are hit a certain number of times the player will be eliminated from the game. It involves many exciting woodland game scenarios such as capture the flag, domination, and king of the hill.
Q: How does it differ from Paintball?
Laser tag is a pain free alterative to paintball using inferred beams instead of paintballs. Infrared beams are completely harmless meaning that everyone can play without the fear of bruising which is associated with paintballing. There is also the relief of not having to wear a full-face mask which often fogs when playing paintball impeding game enjoyment. Unlike paintball the laser tag equipment has pinpoint accuracy and being all electronic there can be no cheating.
Q: What’s the Minimum age?
Our minimum age for laser tag starts at 7 years of age.
Q: Who can play Laser Tag?
Laser is enjoyed by all ages and is now one of the most popular choices for children’s parties. Stag and hen parties also enjoy our laser tag sessions due to the flexibility of the equipment with the advantages it has over paintball. Young or old we guarantee you’ll have a great laser tag experience.
Q: Are there any safety issues with using lasers?
None at all, they don’t actually fire a real laser but a harmless infrared beam like the one in your T.V remote, there are no known associated risks with Laser Tag. Your session will be fully supervised by our highly experienced staff.
Q: So… why is it called Laser Tag?
To simply put it Laser Tag sounds much cooler than LED tag, so Laser Tag is now used as a generic term for any sport which uses an infra-red beam to tag another player.
Q: How much does Laser Tag cost?
Each 2-hour session costs £25 per head and includes hire of all equipment (tagger, sensors, headband, and camo hat).
Q: Are there any hidden costs?
There are no hidden costs, all our equipment is set to unlimited ammo so you can blast away and not worry about extra costs. The only extra costs on the day would be for any tuck shop purchases or glove hire.
Q: What should I wear?
We recommend comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear to prevent any ankle sprains, if your session is during the winter season then ensure you have warm clothing for afterwards. Gloves are also a good idea in case of any trips, we do provide glove hire if required. You will be playing in a woodland environment so it’s also advisable to bring a spare set of footwear to avoid a muddy car on the way back home.
Q: What happens on arrival?
Each player will be required to sign a disclaimer and will then be given a safety brief covering all aspects of the game and correct operation of the equipment. Players under 16 must have their consent form counter signed by an adult. Once the safety brief has been concluded teams will be formed and the games will commence.
Q: How do I book?
Simply call us or send us an email enquiry and we’ll be happy to check availability for you, then it’s just a case of paying a 50% deposit to confirm your booking. We ask for the remainder balance to be paid 1 week in-advance of your playing date.
Q: How many people do I need to Book?
We require at least 10 players to run a session.
Q: Where can we play?
We have 2 woodland sites where we run our laser tag session from, our Wimborne and Dorchester activity centres. We can also bring the fun to you with our mobile laser tag set up which is popular with schools, colleges, scout camps, workplaces, and private functions.
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.
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.
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 which are included in certain packages. 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.
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