It’s not enough to have risk-reducing controls, they have to be used. The most effective controls are those that don’t require any action on the part of the participant. For example, having an indoor event eliminates the risk of anyone getting wet. To the maximum extent possible, we design our risk-reduction system to be invisible to you, the participant. However, some of our controls do require use by the participant, and in those cases, you have to be trained.
Training has to be appropriate to the event: an online experience requires less training than a multi-day, in-person event, and you probably don’t need a 30-minute workshop for a 1-hour event (although there are exceptions). Most of our training sessions occur in five minutes or less, and only require you to practice two or three simple skills. However, we consider it vital that if we expect you to use any risk-reduction tools that you practice them before the event.
Also during your training, we’ll reiterate any risk notices, and make sure you have the opportunity to make a risk-aware decision with a clear moment of consent. You can still change your mind later, but we want to make sure everyone involved understands what they’re getting into.
This isn’t the only training we do: prior to the experience, your staff will have more robust training to use their risk-reduction tools. We might also not have an explicit workshop or training event: whenever possible we try to build training diegetically into our events.
If you have questions, you can review our Standard Workshop: this is an eight-minute script that trains individuals at the beginning of live events. Alternatively, you can log into our Discord, the first time you do so, a bot should walk you through everything you need to know to enjoy one of our online experiences.