Originally Posted by HGI
Funny, I actually volunteer at a rock climbing gym and have my belay card, your right but again you are wrong. Your actually not required at all what so ever to do anything you said, you can go into any climbing gym and bolder with out a harness or you can have someone with a belay status belay you but you can not belay another person.
All of those sports, kept for rock climbing(cause you actually don't need to) but all the others you listed have a extreme high risk of death to yourself or to a bystander. Where airsoft, only minor injures occur and very unlikly dose someone actually lose a eye (to be honest in all my years in this sport I've never actually heard or read of someone losing a eye or dieing).
I know this is really off topic but Scuba diving actually dose not require a mandatory regulated indoctrination course unless it's below a certain depth, I've had a 20min sit down and got handed the gear and off we went in 15meters of water.
You guys are really going overbored with this, really, do 14 year olds that goto the paintball field for their birthday have to show up a few days before hand to take a course? The risk in airsoft vrs paintball are very similar if not paintball has a higher risk rate. If filtering out the complete idiots is what your trying to do then just let them show up then have the game admins issue them a warning or kick them off the field. No need to have people jump threw hoops just to play airsoft.
In other places .. they have "non sanctioned events" where it's open and anyone can come.. you don't need a course..
other events require the completion of the course..
the whole point is to have a few hoops to jump through to exclude the people that could not be bothered to jump through them.. as it is very likely these same people would not be bothered with following the rules or respecting other players .. or taking the time to listen or learn..
The 14 years olds at a birthday party is an apt comparison.. as there are lots of new players that behave like they are 14year olds at a birthday party.. and that is kinda the whole point here..
Would it note be better to not have to issue warnings or kick idiots of the field ... if there were fewer idiots .. because we took some action to stop them from getting to the field in the first place?