The staff is very friendly and always interested in feedback from the players.
The field is on the right side of the highway as you enter Penticton from OK Falls and about 5 minutes from the centre of the city. You canít beat the convenience of that. Itís right by the lake so you get a nice cool breeze in the summer. There is a decent sized building where you can hang out between games if the weather is bad. There is lots of parking and appears to be room for expansion. Spectators can relax on a picnic table and safely watch from behind a huge net.
The price is very affordable. Iím not sure how much rentals are because I have my own equipment, but itís a good deal if you have your own stuff. Itís only $5.00 to get on the field. With your own equipment and a $60 membership fee, paint and air are half price. Memberships including rental gear are also available.
The field layout is great. There are two fields that can be combined into a larger field. One is a typical speedball course and the other is a town. There is lots of good cover with ample opportunity to advance on your opponent and have some excellent firefights. Both fields are equipped with lights which is great for those hot summer nights. The lights project some interesting shadows on the field and considerably change the dynamics of the game.
The ground is covered with a fine sand. It is great if youíre diving for cover or rolling around; it is very soft and forgiving. The ground area is kept relatively clean - you donít have to worry about landing on a rock or branch. My only complaint is that the sand seems to get on everything. Be thankful if you have a gun with few external moving parts. Cleaning your equipment will often be a big nuisance, especially if itís a dry windy day.
Their tournaments usually turn out a decent number of teams. There is a nice mix of new and experienced players and there is usually an A & B division. From what Iíve heard, the teams are usually pretty evenly matched within each division (according to the final point totals). Paint is limited to a full hopper per game. Some people donít like this rule, but I believe it helps even out the technology and various levels of experience. Not everyone can afford to shoot lots of paint and not everyone has a fast trigger finger either. The tournaments are just for fun and there are no big prizes up for grabs.
Suggestions for Improvement:
I think it would be helpful to have another chronograph. I can appreciate the concerns of leaving it out at the target range unattended. Maybe it could be bolted to the table or something. At the present time you have to give your gun to a staff member to chronograph. Standing in line to do this to only be told your gun is too high or too low is a waste of time for everyone. If there was a chronograph at the target range players could setup their guns before getting in line to have the staff do the final confirmation of a safe velocity. Then there would hopefully be no additional adjustments needed. As we all know, sometimes we spend more time setting up our guns than actually playing.
They have a variety of games to keep things interesting, although the time limits seem a little short. Sometimes the action is just getting good and then time runs out. I can appreciate not wanting to drag things out for the players that are already eliminated, but an extra few minutes probably wouldnít hurt.
All in all, Action & Adventure Paintball is a great place to play and continues to improve every year. I look forward to the new changes over the years to come.