QUESTIONS? DOUBTS? Hopefully the following can help!
1. How long does it take to go through the Cubes?
On average, it would take a team of five about one hour from start to finish. There is no need to rush; when in complete darkness, people are naturally cautious and move slowly – that is the intention!
2. Is there an age limit for participants?
For adults, anyone up till age 70 can try the Cubes (we regret our insurance policy does not cover persons above 70). As for children, they must be at least 1.2m tall.
3. How about a size limit?
If you have a BMI of 26 and above (based on the Health Promotion Board’s guidelines), you might want to reconsider participating in this activity. However, BMI obviously doesn’t tell the whole story; if you are active and have good psychomotor skills then a high BMI isn’t necessarily an obstacle!
4. What should I wear?
You will be given a helmet to wear before you enter the Cubes. We strongly recommend you wear:
Sleeved t-shirt (avoid low-cut necklines)
Long or three-quarter pants (Avoid wearing denim)
Shoes or strapped sandals
The above will help you to minimise accidentally scratching yourself on the surfaces inside the Cubes. We can safekeep any jewellery like bracelets, necklaces and watches while you are inside the Cubes.
5. What are the safety measures for Challenge Cubes?
Every team is given a safety briefing prior to entering the Cubes.
All participants must wear helmets whilst inside the system.
A closed-circuit television (CCTV) system allows staff to observe the participants throughout the Cubes.
There is an intercom system to give instructions to the participants if necessary.
In case of emergency, hatches and openings in all the modules can be opened quickly, allowing fast and easy access to the affected participant/s. Each Cube is ventilated and a centralised monitoring system alerts staff to any dangerous buildup of carbon dioxide or temperature fluctuations.
6. What are some of the risks inherent in this activity?
You may experience one or more of the following:
Mental anxiety from having to move in complete darkness.
Physical discomfort from moving in tight and confined spaces.
Get minor scratches/abrasions/bruising from bumping against hard and rough surfaces/objects.
Feel pain in the back/joints from having to be in a crouching/crawling/kneeling position for an extended period of time.
We do take every reasonable measure to mitigate these risks, but please understand that we cannot completely prevent incidents from occurring.
7. Why is there a minimum of two and maximum of five persons in a team?
The Cubes are designed primarily with a teambuilding aim; it is not simply a ‘playground’ activity. From experience, teams larger than five not only take longer to complete the journey, but some of the team members can become less involved. We do not allow participants to go in 'solo'.
8. Are the Cubes very confining and will I have difficulty moving around inside?
Just like a real cave, there will be crawl spaces as well as areas where you can sit and even stand. The surfaces inside some chambers are made of Glassfibre Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) and attempt to replicate a real cave, without the fragility of loose rocks or danger of sharp edges.
9. What if I am claustrophobic?
Prior to commencing the activity, we will get you accustomed to the dark and the feeling of confinement for about half a minute. You should re-consider taking part in this activity if you:
Have been diagnosed with claustrophobia by a medical professional.
Have a tendency to experience feelings of panic when inside confined spaces.
Easily experience shortness of breath due to pre-existing medical conditions like asthma, compared to ordinary levels of exertion.
Have back/joint pains/injuries which limit your body’s normal range of movement.
We strongly encourage you to clarify with Challenge Cubes staff if you have any doubts about your ability to fully participate in the activity.
10. I am afraid of the dark, but I really want to try and challenge myself.
That’s great! We can offer you and your team a cyalume lightstick to provide a little bit of illumination. However, we do encourage you to activate the lightstick only as a last resort and if it is a group decision.
11. What if I want to exit the Cubes before the I reach the end?
If you feel unwell at any time, you just have to let us know through the intercom and we will assist you out of the Cubes through the many doors and hatches.
12. Why aren’t the Cubes airconditioned?
The activity is meant to be physically and mentally challenging – we offer you an opportunity to try something you may not have done in your life, and to gain a little more enlightenment about yourself. We hope you discover that despite the stuffiness, the confined spaces, the darkness and the perceived lack of air, it is indeed possible to overcome this challenge with your courage and the help of others.
13. For group bookings, why do you limit the number of participants?
We recognise it takes time for participants to acclimatise once inside and our aim is for all participants to get the most complete experience possible. Therefore we despatch the teams at approx. 10-minute intervals. This will ensure that the teams won't 'bump' into each other and allow each team the time and space to experience the Cubes. This despatch system naturally imposes a limit on the number of participants we can safely accommodate in the Cubes in a given session.