Kelly Landry loves outdoor action, and she was chuffed to go to Bethel in South Australia to get down and painted. Paintball Adventures specialises in taking raw recruits, putting them in nine-a-side teams and turning them into lean, mean paintballing machines.
Paintballing has been happening in Australia for more than 25 years and all sorts of people have found enjoyment in stalking one another and having balls of paint fired at them. It's played the world over and is a bit like a grown-up version of hide and seek.
Be prepared for a challenging game as two teams set out to capture the other team's flag while protecting their own. Meantime, you are trying to eliminate opposing players by tagging them with a paintball.
Paint is contained in a gelatine capsule and expelled from a marker powered by a carbon-dioxide cylinder. Once the capsule hits its target there is an explosion of coloured vegetable dye, and once you've been hit, you're out of the game.
Unlike most extreme sports, paintball is a true team activity. Because of the rule of being out of the game once you're hit, teams need to work together. Despite being adrenaline-charged and lots of fun, safety is the number one priority with Paintball Adventures, so you are kitted out in camouflage and masks are worn.
Bethel, 20 minutes from Gawler in South Australia.
Paintball Adventures have packages starting at $45 per person from 9am to 12.20pm. Sessions from 9am to 3pm cost $55. All gear, 200 paintballs and barbecue lunch for full-day players are included. They operate every day.
Prices correct at December 3, 2009.
For further information
Pine Creek Road
Ph: (08) 8381 3337