Kimmo welcomed AIDA’s new Treasurer, Vedran Milat. Vedran has been working with Kimmo, Robert and Ben to ensure a smooth transition for treasury functions. The Board reviewed AIDA’s financial status, as presented by Kimmo and Vedran. Kimmo noted that AIDA is saving a significant amount by not reprinting instructor and judge cards (new instructors and judges will have cards printed). Kimmo also noted that the StampKey smartphone application (for example) allows divers to hold certification cards (and other nonpayment cards) in soft copy form on smartphones; this may be an alternative to issuing plastic cards (lower cost, and less environmental impact). In all Aida electronic certificates there is also a QR code that points to the original electronic certificate at AIDA’s webserver.
Kimmo and Rob then updated the Board on AIDA’s Competition Rules and announced that the 2015 version of the Rules has been posted on AIDA’s website, and Rob has distributed a summary of major rules changes to the Assembly (also posted to AIDA’s Facebook page). The Board discussed ways to help athletes, judges, organizers and others use the updated Rules. The Board plans to offer judge continuing education courses covering the new Rules at both 2015 AIDA Individual World Championships.
Kimmo is working with a number of National representatives on the new Rules update procedure, and will send the Assembly a note shortly on how this process will work for 2015. If you have suggestions for changes to the Rules, you will be able to use this procedure to have the TC and Assembly consider them.
Judge Responsible Petar Bojovic presented information on judges eligible for promotion. The Board discussed the candidates, and voted to approve a number of judges for promotion to Level D, C and B (under the 2009 IOP, no candidates were eligible to promotion to higher levels). Petar will notify promoted judges, and update their information on the judges list on the AIDA website.
Promoted to Level D
- VILLADSEN Astrid Rosenvold
- DINIĆ Sandra
- SUCK Christina
- ZUCCARI Andrea
- JARDINE Kate
- ZINCHUK Natalia
- CHRISTENSEN Flemming
- ZELENKOVA (NARYCHEVA) Irina
- ZINCHUK Arkadiy
- LINDQVIST Max
- MARTINEZ LAHTINEN Marie
- HANSSON Klara
- CAILLET Franck
- LARA Isabelle
- KITAHAMA Junko
- SAVVA SAVVAS
- WRIGHT John
Promoted to Level C
- SUBOTIN Darija
Promoted to Level B
- KING Robert
- PROCHAZKOVA Pavlina
- GACA Rładosw
JP provided information on Stephan Randig, an instructor in the Philippines. The Board voted to approve Mr. Randig as AIDA Instructor Trainer, subject to the standard 6-month review period.
Ute reported on the sanctioning of competitions in countries without Nationals. The Board discussed, and voted to simplify the sanctioning process to avoid having Nationals asked to sanction competitions outside of their countries: for competitions in a country with a National, the National must approve; for competitions in other countries, AIDA International will approve (Competition rule 2.3.11).
Ute noted that two competitions in November and December (in Thailand) were represented as AIDA competitions, but were not sanctioned. In order to protect the interests of the athletes—who spent time and money to attend those competitions—the Board voted to ratify those results and post to the ranking list.
Kimmo then noted that AIDA’s judge promotion system has failed to allow the promotion of experienced judges, and to assist with judge training generally. The source of this problem is the 2009 Judge IOP (which practically prevents experienced judges from being promoted); the cost of certification, training and experience is also contributes to the problem. The Board discussed this problem, acknowledging that it interferes with AIDA’s mission: to develop the sport of freediving worldwide. The Board voted to approve four items to help with judge training:
- To subsidize travel expense for up to four dedicated AIDA judges, to assistant judge at 2015 AIDA World Championships (up to a total of EUR 2,000; i.e. EUR 650 per judge); this will allow judges from other continents to gain experience as assistant judges, at a reasonable cost.
- To have an AIDA Judge Instructor teach an AIDA Judge Course at the 2015 AIDA Pool World Championship in Belgrade, at a cost not to exceed EUR 75 per student; this will allow judge students who pay to travel to Belgrade, and for hotel there, to take a judge course at a reasonable cost; (total cost not to exceed EUR 1,500). This also reflects the fact that there are no pool or classroom costs to run this course: Petar and Carla have volunteered to assist.
- To subsidize an AIDA Judge Instructor to teach a judge course at the Pan Pacific championships in Brisbane, Australia, in November 2015 (expense not to exceed EUR 800—class and EUR 50 fees included); the organizer will pay for airfare). Cost of the judge course will not exceed EUR 75 per student; this will allow judge students in the Asia/Pacific region to take a judge course at a reasonable cost.
- To hold judge continuing education courses in both Belgrade and Cyprus. These courses will cover a number of topics, including: 2015 changes to the Competition Rules, the CARS system, equipment, pool and rope measurement, start and surfacing issues, video, anti-doping testing and WR documentation.
Kimmo noted that the failings of AIDA’s judge promotion system are too large for the Board to fix on its own: there are a number of items that require Assembly vote to address. The Board reviewed this issue, and voted to request that the Assembly approve three items to help with judge training:
- To approve two Assistant judges per elected judge at the 2015 AIDA Individual World Championships: 16 for Belgrade, and 12 for Cyprus. (The Assembly approved two assistant judges per judge at last year’s AIDA Team World Championship.)
- To approve judge credit for judge continuing education courses at the 2015 AIDA Individual World Championships (equivalent to a morning of judging, plus 1-2 “B” points). (The Assembly approved such credit for the continuing education course at last year’s AIDA Team World Championship.)
- To approve a change to the process for electing judges for AIDA World Championships, so that different judges may be elected (currently, a small group of senior judges is elected for every AIDA World Championship; this prevents other judges from getting experience at AIDA World Championships). The change would allow a judge to judge only at every other AIDA World Championship: if a judge judges at an AIDA World Championship, he/she would not be not eligible to judge at the next.
An Assembly vote on these three items will be requested in early February.
The Board discussed another item relating to the judge system which is the 2009 IOP, which has failed AIDA with respect to judge promotion: rather than govern judge promotion, the 2009 IOP prevents it. Rob noted that, AIDA has only six judge instructors, and ten other senior judges (Levels A and B): After 22 years of existence, AIDA has only 13 senior judges worldwide (many of whom are currently in-active) Kimmo noted that the 2009 IOP is unlike any system for judge/referee promotion in any other sport. In order to allow experienced AIDA judges to be promoted, sections of the IOP that prevent promotion must be replaced with fair processes for promotion. The Board discussed ways to change the 2009 IOP to permit experienced judges to be promoted, and voted to recommend that the Assembly review and approve the following changes:
- Simplify the system of points and levels (this was included in the draft from May 2014); recommend a system of one judge experience point representing one performance judged.
- Judges in countries without a Level D judge have often been unable to earn “D” points. Eliminate “D” points concept to reflect current AIDA Competition Rules (where there is only one type of AIDA competition— no longer “International” giving D points and “National” giving “E” points).
- Very few judges are elected as main judges at AIDA World Championships (required under the 2009 IOP for promotion to Level C). Remove requirement to be elected main judge to be promoted to Level C; recommend replacing with experience as main judge OR assistant judge, plus continuing education and assisting at a judge course.
- Very few judges are main judges for AIDA world records (required under the 2009 IOP for promotion to Level B and higher). Remove requirement to be main judge for world records to be promoted to Level B or higher; recommend replacing with experience as main judge OR assistant judge, plus continuing education and assisting at a judge course.
The Board will present the Assembly with a proposal for these changes in February, and will provide six weeks for review and comment prior to requesting a vote on them.
The Board discussed matters relating to the 2015 AIDA Individual World Championships. Rob noted that information regarding both World Championships has been sent to the Assembly and posted on Facebook, including competition dates, wild card invitation, and registration information. Please make sure that athletes planning to attend register by the registration deadlines.
The Board noted requests from athletes without AIDA Nationals to attend the 2015 AIDA Individual World Championships. The Board voted to approve such requests, and appointed Carla to manage them and coordinate with the organizers on this issue.
As noted, the Board voted
- (i) to subsidize room and board costs for committed AIDA judges from outside of Europe, who wish to assistant judge at the 2015 AIDA Individual World Championships.
- (ii) to provide a judge course at a reasonable fee (taking into account airfare, room and board that students must pay – EUR 75).
- (iii) to hold judge continuing education courses in Belgrade and Cyprus. 2015 AIDA Depth World Championship Safety Planning. Ute and Petar will be in Cyprus in February to teach a judge course, and will review facilities and plans for the competition with the organizer then.
Rob reported on safety preparations for Cyprus, noting that the organizer is working actively to implement the new safety rules (effective 1 January 2015). The Board voted to appoint Rob as safety liaison for the Cyprus competition; he will continue to work with lead organizer Savvas Savva on safety preparations. The Board reviewed work performed by the Vertical Blue safety team in December, including implementation of the new rule about squeezes. Tom Ardavany, medic for the 2014 VB competition, has volunteered to serve as adviser to the Cyprus WC; the Board voted to pay for airfare to fly Tom Ardavany to Cyprus to advise the Cyprus team (not to exceed EUR 1500); Tom will pay his own room and board, and will provide his services without charge to AIDA.
In 2016, there will be both AIDA Pool and Team World Championships. This is the first time that Pool and Team will be held in the same year. In order to allow organizers and athletes to attract sponsors more effectively, the Board voted to approve proposal deadlines for these events approximately one year in advance: for the 2016 AIDA Pool World Championships, by 30 April; for the 2016 AIDA Team World Championships, by 30 September. The Pool World Championships are expected to take place during April-June 2016, and the Team World Championships during August- October 2016.
In accordance with AIDA’s Statutes, the Board voted to appoint the following non-voting officers for 2015:
- Judge Responsible Petar Bojovic
- Medical and Science Officer Per Westin
- Legal Officer Petar Bojovic
- IT Officer Julien Alias
If you would like further information on these or other topics, please do not hesitate to contact Kimmo, Robert, or any other Board member.