Category: Education

Technical Officer Antero Joki to Lead Accident Review

As many of you know, United States freediver Nicholas Mevoli passed away yesterday after a competition dive at the Vertical Blue Competition at Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas.  On behalf of AIDA International, I would like to send my deepest regrets to Nick’s family and friends.  Nick was a Silver Medalist at this year’s Depth World Championship, and a man who brought warmth and humor to the freediving world.

Safety is the highest objective to AIDA in both freediving education and competition, and this tragic accident is the first fatality in over 20 years of AIDA competitions.  Accordingly, I have asked AIDA Technical Officer Antero Joki to lead a review of the accident, in order to learn what we can do to prevent further serious injuries.  Working with Antero on this effort will be AIDA Medical Officer Rik Rösken, diving medical researcher Erika Shagatay, and elite freediver and physician Johan Dahlström.

I have asked Antero to complete his review and report his findings to the Board in early 2014.  I plan to communicate the results of this review to the AIDA Assembly and freediving community by February, before the start of the Northern hemisphere’s summer diving season.  Please join me in giving your full support to Antero and his team on this critical project.

Kimmo Lahtinen
President, AIDA International

 

Board Notes August

The Aida International Board held a meeting via Skype call in August 11, 2013.

The first discussion was about the media plan for the Depth World Championships in Kalamata, Greece, September 15- 22.  Aida International will have a web channel dedicated to posting all pertinent information with announcements, start times, and results. We will include daily athlete interviews, photos, and videos. We will also be tweeting ” live” with unofficial results as the dives are completed. As with all competitions; the results are pending bottom plate confirmation and any protests but we want to get immediate information out to everyone, as soon as the official results are available.

In regards to Kalamata; Grant Graves will be the competition jury president with Jean-Pol Francois as V.P. We also plan to have a general meeting to discuss a very limited number of important topics including the Judge IOP document renewal, the competition rules update, Aida world championships competition concept and Aida world record attempts. All athletes are encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion.

The Board voted to approve Alex Boulting as an Instructor Trainer. Alex is based in the UAE and brings much needed expertise to this region.

The Board discussed the possibility of Argentina and Chile becoming Observer members. The Assembly will be asked to vote on approving these  two groups to join Aida International in near future (as soon all the official documentation are completed).

Rik Rosken, medical officer, contributed information on several projects he has been working on, including the safe freediving guidelines and guidelines regarding WADA and doping standards. Rik is also proposing to start a foundation for funding research on specific freediving medical issues. This would be a long-term project and is in the beginning planning stages.

The Board decided to approve the deadline of September 30 for proposals for the Team Worlds 2014. Any interested organizers should get their proposals in to Sport officer, Ute Gessman. The Board also voted to continue the moratorium on No-Limits dives. Sufficient progress has not been made to improve safety standards, at this point in time.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Kalamata and hearing your input at the general meeting. Please do not hesitate to contact the Aida Board at any time with any questions or concerns. We want to hear from you !

AIDA Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New World Records Verified

We are pleased to announced that the world records which were achieved at the World Championships are now official. The doping tests results are negative for any banned substances. Goran Colak bettered his own record to 281 meters in dynamic apnea for the men and Natalia Molchanova accomplished a record in all three disciplines for the women with 9:02 in static apnea, 182 meters in dynamic no-fins, and 234 meters in dynamic apnea.

Congratulations to both of these amazing athletes!

 

AIDA International Board

 

AIDA – Suunto Awards 2012

The results are in from an unprecedented number of votes in the 2012 awards. This year the winners were determined by an open vote on Facebook.  Some categories were very close with just a few votes separating first and second places. There were ten categories. All finalists will receive a beautiful certificate and the winner of each category will receive a generous prize provided by Suunto.

Best Male Freediver
WILLIAM TRUBRIDGE

Best Female Freediver
ILARIA BONIN

Best Male Newcomer
RÉMY DUBERN

Best Female Newcomer
TOMOKA FUKUDA

Best AIDA Instructor
KAROL MEYER

Best AIDA Judge
GRANT W. GRAVES

Best Safety Diver
DAAN VERHOEVEN

Best Athletic Sportsmanship
LIV PHILLIP

Best Coach
MARC LENOIR

Best AIDA Volunteer
CARLA HANSON

 

Board Notes April 2013

The Board had a meeting via Skype on 20 April.

The first order of business was to vote on the appointment of  Petar Bojovic and Panagiota Balanou as co-Judges Responsible. Due to the large number of judges and associated tasks; the workload will be shared. Carla will also assist, as needed, and fill–in until Petar is fully available to start after the AIDA Pool World Championships in June (Petar is one of the organizers of that competition). The implementation of the updated online Judge Database and standardization of judge course materials are priority projects.

The Board also voted to elect Grant Graves as President and Petar Bojovic as Vice-President of the Jury for the 2013 AIDA Pool World Championships. The other jury members (elected by the Assembly) are: Ute Gessmann, Robert King, Stavros Kastrinakis, and Ekaterina Romanova. Alternates are: Alex Karjuk, Jana Balounova and, Darja Sobutin.

The next topic of discussion was a vote to recommend that groups from Bulgaria and Indonesia as be accepted by the Assembly as new AIDA Observer Members; an Assembly vote on this matter is currently in progress.

The Board voted to resolve an ambiguity in the Judge IOP, using judge experience points calculated as indicated by the IOP, without use of the ambiguous term “times”; the term “times”—which is of unclear meaning, and if interpreted literally would lead to irrational results — will not be used in the calculation of Judge experience. Please note that there is a work group currently reviewing the Judge IOP, which will propose changes to reflect best practices and make the Judge IOP easier for judges and organizers to understand. Such proposed changes will be reviewed with the Assembly, and the Assembly will need to vote to approve them prior to their becoming effective.

The Board discussed the judge candidates for the variable weight world record attempt to take place in  Sharm el Sheikh, including judge candidates for that attempt, in May.

Antero stated that the updated competition rules should be ready to present to the Assembly for review by May 2013.

The Board has requested that either Antero or Robert will attend the meeting of the European Underwater Federation as representatives of AIDA International; Kimmo is not available on this date.

Jean-Pol provided a report on the status of the order for the rash guards and t-shirts for AIDA judges. The order  has been placed and we hope to have the new shirts available very soon.

On behalf of Aida Board

Carla Hanson
AIDA, secretary