Breaking the Halo for Sea Kayakers


Breaking the Halo for Sea Kayakers - Online Classroom

This interactive zoom seminar is a companion training to Sea Kayaking Incident Management offered by the Olympia Branch, and will explore the "Halo Effect", including challenges unique to the open water paddling environment.

  • Casual

Zoom seminar clinic. Thursday, December 15, 6:30PM to 8:00PM Pacific Time

Zoom link to be emailed to registered participants the day of meeting. 

Breaking the Halo explores the deadly thinking errors that can occur outdoors and beyond, and offers a simple, universal approach to confronting complacency, assumptions, and communication breakdowns between subordinates and leaders.
Breaking the Halo is inspired by previous works on heuristic traps by Edward Thorndike and Ian McCammon and speaks to a more global audience. Participants will learn to recognize halos, participate in small group discussion, and share empowerment tools for breaking future halos they encounter.
While the general concept of the "Halo" is universal, this training seminar will be tailored to explore challenges unique to the open water paddling environment. 
Sea kayak leaders, instructors and participants encourage to attend and participate. 


Katjarina “Katja” Hurt (she/her/hers) is a Senior Consultant in Learning & Development for Plante Moran and the Founder and Director of the non-profit organization, Wilderness Chaplains. She has over fifteen years experience as a ski patroller, primarily at Snoqualmie Pass, with a focus on Psychological First Aid and Outdoor Emergency Care instruction. Katja has a background in law enforcement with Washington State and Missouri Departments of Correction. She currently serves as a volunteer chaplain with the King County Sherriff’s Office in Washington State and regularly assists local SAR and Mountain Rescue teams in the Puget Sound region.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Computer or mobile device (with camera preferable) and high speed internet.

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