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to take a load of 12/13 year olds paintballing? is it safe?

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freeandhappy Fri 28-Sep-12 11:28:08

i've booked and paid for it. now i've heard that you get terrible bruises from the paintballs hmm does anyone have any experience of this?

Mrsjay Fri 28-Sep-12 11:30:04

DD had paintballing for her 18th she did have a bruise on her leg but it is safe though and they all had a fab day , the company had all the protective gear and the suits are padded in places but she got a bruise on her thigh, but it she was fine,

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Fri 28-Sep-12 11:33:01

They will love it, bruises or not. As long as they wear the safety equipment provided (and gloves) they will be fine and love you forever for taking them grin

sookiesookie Fri 28-Sep-12 11:34:53

Its safe and you get protective gear. But honestly, it can really hurt when you get hit and it can leave fairly nasty bruises.
Good fun though.

Primafacie Fri 28-Sep-12 11:35:45

Make sure they wear the helmets/protective goggles at ALL TIMES. Sorry for shouting - but someone I know took his off because they were splashed in paint and he couldn't see, and got shot in an eye and needed surgery sad

Mrsjay Fri 28-Sep-12 11:36:49

All her friends mixed boys and girls loved it even her lovely but very squeally friend who hates 'boys stuff' loved it

HappyAsChips Fri 28-Sep-12 11:37:07

Dh and I have been a few times with friends, and yes, you do get some pretty impressive bruises! But it's such a lot of fun and it's very safe with all of the protective goggles, gloves etc. Don't worry, they'll have a great time!

whois Fri 28-Sep-12 11:37:21

It's safe. There will be protective clothing and a safety brief. They will love it. (it hurts and bruises, and it hurts the most in cold weather as the balls bounce off rather than burst)

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 28-Sep-12 11:37:38

My DS went to a paintballing party.
He loved it.
Got covered in bruises but didn't mind.
Filthy, dirty like I've never seen him (again he loved it)

And got a lift back from one of the dads in a cool 4x4 rather than my blush Nissan mum car.

If they wear the protection and prepare to be bruised and manky- they'll grin

freeandhappy Fri 28-Sep-12 11:39:46

thanks very much everyone. primafacie shock i will be crapping myself all day that someone will be injured but i guess all the parents have given their consent so are aware of the risks. they are really looking forward to it. wish me luck! me and 14 fired up boys! am dreading it!

WhereYouLeftIt Fri 28-Sep-12 11:40:01

DS went to a paintballing party with all the children about that age; no bruises, thoroughly enjoyed it. They wear protective gear, I really wouldn't worry about it.

PrincessOfChina Fri 28-Sep-12 11:41:01

No. Didn't you watch Byker Grove?

"Geoff man, He can't see!"

Caerlaverock Fri 28-Sep-12 11:41:53

this sounded nasty

WorraLiberty Fri 28-Sep-12 11:43:52

It hurts like absolute fuckery and they'll be covered in bruises by the end of it.

I expect they'll have a thoroughly good time grin

Mrsjay Fri 28-Sep-12 11:49:18

poor PJ bless him and Duncan trying to be his guide dog for a while grin

OP you playing too ? they usually take them off into the woods and have a waiting area we stayed cos we were bringing some of them back so sat and drank coffee

freeandhappy Fri 28-Sep-12 11:50:54

OMG did peter ever regain his eyesight? tore an artery in his testiclesshockshockshock

WorraLiberty Fri 28-Sep-12 11:55:27

My friend's adult brother got hit on the side of his knee at close range and ended up having to have an operation sad

Mind you, hitting at close range is against the rules for that very reason I suppose!

Mrsjay Fri 28-Sep-12 11:55:42

No he never did I am sure he got too old for byker grove--went off to a school for the blind

Mrsjay Fri 28-Sep-12 11:56:06

strike out fail blush

haggisaggis Fri 28-Sep-12 11:56:14

ds (12) has been a couple of times - they get well safety briefed and are usually warned that if they remove the protective gear they're out.
Make sure you have plenty of cash for spare paintballs - or see if they can stagger them out throughout the day. ds took one pal who used most of his paintballs in first 5 mins and dh ended up giving him his..

SammyTheSwedishSquirrel Fri 28-Sep-12 11:56:20

I've been paintballing. It's safe apparantly but it bloody hurts. I loved it until I got hit, then I didn't want to play anymore because I'm a complete wuss and didn't want to embarass myself by crying.

My brother used to go as a teenager and came back black and blue, but didn't care.

GobblersKnob Fri 28-Sep-12 11:57:57

Poor guy who got hit in the groin, but omg, best quote ever

'We only went paintballing because I've got a couple of big friends who wouldn't fit into a go-kart'


My friends ds nearly lost the vision in one eye after being hit, but then he took his goggles off so he could 'see better' (oh the irony).

Make sure they all follow instructions and that you have a nice bottle glass of wine ready for when you get home.

freeandhappy Fri 28-Sep-12 12:04:23

Ogodogod my son is the very one who'll shoot someone at close range. I think I won't play I am a complete wuss too

freeandhappy Fri 28-Sep-12 12:06:16

grin at the kart quote tho

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Fri 28-Sep-12 12:06:40

I'd log off for a bit OP!

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