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Zorbing

Zorbing comes in all shapes and sizes – choose your adventure and see where it’ll take you.
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What to expect

There are lots of different ways to get stuck into zorbing. It usually involves an adventure inside an inflatable ball, but you could end up rolling down a hill, travelling across water, or even playing football. You may find that different activities suit people of different ages – chat to whoever will run to session to see what they’d recommend for your group.

What you’ll learn

Most people probably won’t have tried zorbing before, so it’ll give people a chance to take a deep breath and try something new. They’ll have to dig deep and support each other to find their brave and give it a go.

Fun facts

The greatest distance travelled by a zorb ball in a single roll is 570 metres. The record’s held by Steve Camp from South Africa, though his magnificent journey happened in New Zealand in November 2006. How far did you travel?

Handy hints

  • Dress for the occasion. Check with the centre to see if they have any rules about what you should (or shouldn’t) wear, and pass the information on to everyone else.
  • Grab some extra hair bobbles. People with long hair will probably need to tie it back. Take a few extra hair ties, just in case anyone forgets.
  • Have something else planned. If you’ll have to take it in turns, prepare another activity to keep everyone entertained when it isn’t their turn in a zorb.

We’re reworking our safety guidance for adventurous activities to make it easier to understand and follow.

In the meantime, before you try zorbing, review the safety information.

Reflection

Zorbing is a great opportunity to try something new. How did people feel before they tried zorbing? What did they expect? People may have been excited, or nervous, or both at once. They might’ve expected it to make them dizzy or out of breath. Did zorbing meet their expectations? Would people try another zorbing activity if they had the chance? Do they think they’d feel differently beforehand, now they’ve tried one kind of zorbing? Sometimes trying new things is easier when people have similar experiences to compare it to.

Zorbing is also a great opportunity to be courageous – getting inside a big inflatable ball can seem intimidating or scary, so well done to everyone who gave it a go. Were people worried about anything before they began? How did they deal with their fears? They may have chatted to someone, asked questions, or watched someone else give it a go. How did people support each other? People could think about how they could use what they learned next time they’re feeling afraid – would it help to talk to someone else, follow a role model, or give it a go one step at a time?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.