Category: Education

Aida Board Meeting 23 September 2012

The Aida Board met via Skype call on September 23. Many important topics were on the agenda that required attention. The first item was the proposal for Enhanced Financial Controls, which was delivered to the Assembly in June. In connection to that proposal, AIDA is seeking two to three candidates to act in an audit committee-like capacity: periodically to review AIDA financial statements and account records to help ensure that AIDA is not subject to misappropriation of funds in the future. Candidates having a degree and relevant experience in the fields of accounting and/or finance are requested to forward a short CV to: Board_AIDA@yahoogroups.com (questions may be referred to: secretary@aidainternational.org).

Jean-Pol François (Education Officer) then provided a report on a group of freedivers in China desiring to obtain AIDA Observer Member status. The Board voted to ask that the Assembly vote on this group’s request to obtain Observer status (only the AIDA Assembly may approve new members). It is exciting to see growth in this market with very large potential.

The next issue which was discussed was No Limits Sled diving. Due to a number of incidents resulting in serious injury or death in connection with No Limits world record attempts, and concerns regarding additional safeguards that may be needed for athlete safety, the Board voted to temporarily suspend for a period of one year (until 30 September 2013) AIDA International’s sanctioning of No Limits world record attempts. During this period, AIDA International, in connection with AIDA Nationals, will review incidents, procedures and other matters relating to No Limits (in addition to other work being done regarding deep and sled diving), and take additional steps relating to No Limits risk management. Please feel free to contact the AIDA Board with any input your National may have on this matter. Please note that this suspension will not limit AIDA’s work on guidelines for diver safety, including No Limits diving: many instructors and athletes use No Limits to train for other disciplines, typically at relatively shallow depths. Please also note that this suspension by AIDA International does not restrict the ability of an AIDA National to sanction, take other action on, or ban No Limits diving and record attempts in that National’s country.

Ute Gessman (Sport Officer) brought up the issue with the CARS system , competition fees, and judges’ points. She will coordinate a group (likely to include Marcello di Matteis and Panagiota Banalou) to consider a competition fee schedule, as well as judge points for small competitions, and will report back to the Board at a future meeting. Ute also provided a report on the recent 2012 AIDA Team World Championships in Nice, France, and issues that affected athletes, staff and others. AIDA will make improvements at future AIDA World Championships, and the Technical Committee will review policies and procedures to set minimum standards to be met at future World Championships. Following the subject of World Championships; the Board reviewed bids for the 2013 AIDA Pool World Championships. The Board will focus on challenges that occurred in Nice, and try to avoid their recurrence at next year’s World Championships. The Board expects to send the bids to the Assembly for vote approximately in the next 10 days.

The next agenda item was addressed by Antero Joki (Technical Officer), who provided an update on the newly constituted Technical Committee, the Judge IOP and update to the Competition Rules. The IOP will be updated first then the Technical Committee will be accepting suggestions for rules modifications.

Then Kimmo provided a report on the AIDA strategy project which encompasses the future direction of Aida and issues which need to be considered with the evolution of our sport. Kimmo also provided an update on the current drafts of the Deep Diving and Sled Diving Guideline, which is being supervised by Rik Roksen( Med/ Science Officer).

The Board reviewed a number of initiatives regarding insurance in various regions and was updated on the publicity efforts for the 2012 inaugural AIDA World Cup Circuit, and media coverage for final 2012 World Cup event, Suunto Vertical Blue. Then the discussion moved on to the final two agenda items, beginning with alternatives to Dropbox for archiving video of world record attempts (Dropbox does not support files the size of videos). Ute and Julien will look into using a YouTube or Vimeo private (i.e. archiving) account for this purpose.

Then closing the meeting; Kimmo reported that the Aida application for observer membership status in the EUF (European Underwater Federation) will be voted upon in their December meeting in Austria.

Any questions , concerns, or comments are welcome. Please contact any Board member.

On behalf of Aida Board,

Kimmo Lahtinen,
Aida president

 

Board Notes for July

The Board met via Skype on July 22,2012.

The first topic to be discussed was regarding the European Underwater Federation (EUF). Kimmo reported on an introduction with the EUF at their recent annual meeting. The EUF represents most major diving agencies in Europe (e.g. PADI, CMAS), and sets diving standards within the EU region. The Board voted to join the EUF as an Observer Member, at an annual cost of EUR 100.

The Board then reviewed financial matters including  the proposal for enhanced financial controls sent to the Assembly in June, and discussed items remaining to be completed; all items are currently on schedule. Ben Noble, Treasurer, has prepared draft financial statements for 2001, and Robert King, Secretary, is reviewing them. A draft of financial statements will next be prepared for 2002 and 2003, and audited with the accounting firm.

Jean-Pol Francois, Education Officer, reported on the pilot project to create national level judges (Level F) and judge instructors, which was approved at the June meeting; this project will be tested in Sweden and China. If the program is successful, it will be rolled out to members generally. The goal of this program is to allow faster training of judges capable of judging national level competitions only, as a stepping-stone to having them become international judges (i.e. Level E) after obtaining additional training and experience.

The Board then voted to approve the following candidates as AIDA Instructor Trainers: Brian Crossland; Wendy Timmermans; Maria-Teresa Solomons. Congratulations to these new ITs !

The Board welcomed AIDA’s new Technical Officer, Antero Joki. Antero discussed potential TC members, and structure for the TC; candidates for the TC will be reviewed at the next meeting. The Board also reviewed target schedules for revising the Judge IOP and Competition Rules.

The Board reviewed issues relating to AIDA Spain, and athletes going to the world championships. Petar Bojovic has been working to come to a resolution for these athletes.

In regards to the Individual World Championships for both pool and depth; at the request of a number of organizers who await confirmation from venue officials, the deadline to submit bids was extended to 31 July 2012. Please notify all potential organizers of this extension, and note that bids should be submitted not later than 31 July. Get those bids in!

Kimmo provided an update on the strategy project, the first meeting for which was held in May. He has assembled a strong committee for this important project for the future direction of Aida.

The Board discussed alternatives to Dropbox for archiving video of world record attempts (Dropbox does not support files the size of videos). Marcello and Julien will look into using a YouTube or Vimeo account for this purpose.

Kimmo again noted that we have terminated AIDA’s former address within Switzerland. Please note that AIDA has a new address in Switzerland, which can be found on the AIDA website, on the “Contact Us” page: http://www.aidainternational.org/contact-us

The next meeting will take place in August. Please contact any Board member for any topics which should be discussed.

 

Aida Board

 

New Aida Technical Officer – Antero Joki

Due to work obligations, Pim Vermeulen had to resign from the Technical Officer position but he will continue to contribute his expertise on Aida matters. An assembly vote has resulted in the election of Antero Joki to replace him in this important role. Many significant projects will be addressed by the TC including; revision of the judge points system and updating the competition rules. We want to thank Panagiota Balanou for also volunteering to run for this position and for her work on Aida projects.

Congratulations to Antero and we look forward to updates on the progress of important TO tasks.

Aida Board

 

June Board Meeting Notes

The Board met via skype call on June 17, 2012.

The Board would like all to know that the mailing address in Switzerland has been changed. The new address can be found on the AIDA website, on the “Contact Us” page: http://www.aidainternational.org/contact-us. It was also suggested that contact info (email addresses) for questions should be and will be included in the “Contact Us“ section.
Due to work commitments, Pim Vermuelen, Technical Officer, had to resign. Robert has requested that the Assembly elect a new Technical Officer. Please cast your vote as soon as possible, and not later than the deadline indicated in the vote request.
At the request of a number of organizers who await confirmation from venue officials, the deadline to submit bids for the 2013 AIDA Pool and Depth World Championships has been extended to 31 July 2012. Please notify all potential organizers of this extension, and note that bids should be submitted as early as possible, in order to allow time to resolve missing or unclear information.
Please note that all overdue annual member fees were due not later than 30 April 2012. Members who have not paid annual member fees for 2011 and 2012 will be contacted to determine if they are still active and valid National members (if you have questions regarding your national, please contact Robert at: secretary@aidainternational.org. Payment instructions may be found on the AIDA website at: http://www.aidainternational.org/questions-a-answers
The Board requests all judges who have not yet done so, to immediately upload their judge points to the automated judge points system; judges who have not updated their judge points will remain listed as “Inactive” until the judge has registered and updated their points. Please contact Marcello (judge-support@aidainternational.org), if you need help with this.
The Board approved cross over status for courses from freediving education agencies for Russia and France.
The Board approved a pilot project to create national level judges (Level F) and judge instructors, to be tested in Sweden and China. If the program is successful, it will be rolled out to members generally. The goal of this program is to allow faster training of judges capable of judging national level competitions only, as a stepping-stone to having them become international judges (i.e Level E) after obtaining additional training and experience.
Rik Rosken, Science/ Medical officer, reported on proposed revisions to the Deep Diving Guidelines. This comprehensive document will soon be available, following the final editing.
Kimmo provided an update on the strategy project, the first meeting for which was held in May.
Kimmo also reported on an introduction with the EUF (European Underwater Foundation) at their recent biannual meeting. The EUF represents most major diving agencies in Europe (e.g. PADI, SSI, NAUI, CMAS etc.), and AIDA is considering joining this prominent group as an “observer member” to send a representative to future meetings.
Robert will be contacting the Board members to schedule a meeting in July. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

AIDA Board

 

April Board Meeting

The Aida International Board had a meeting via Skype conference call on April 21, 2012.

The Board voted to appoint Ute Gessmann as President of the Jury at the 2012 AIDA Team World Championships, and to appoint Robert King as Vice President of the Jury. The Board also voted to approve a request by the World Championship organizer to permit up to two alternates per team.  Petar Bojovic updated the Board on medals for the World Championships, and will work with Claude Chapuis directly to finalize medals.

The AIDA Sport Officer will send a request for bids for the 2013 world championship competitions as soon as possible; the deadline for bids will be 30 June. The Board noted that sponsor budget cycles often conclude in September of the year preceding the budget year; accordingly, advance scheduling can be critical to obtaining sponsors. Separately, the Board also noted that it intends to separate sufficiently the dates of the pool and depth competitions, so athletes wishing to attend both can do so conveniently. For all submitting bids; flexibility in dates is preferred for scheduling purposes.

In order to appoint a more active Medical and Science Officer, the Board voted to approve Rik Rosken as AIDA’s new Medical and Science Officer; Ralph Potkin will remain as a committee member. We welcome Rik to the Board and look forward to his contributions and expertise in freediving science  .

Robert notified Assembly members regarding past due annual member fees (fees for 2012 were due on 31 March 2012).  In order to stay current, please ensure that your National has paid any overdue annual member fees not later than 30 April 2012.   Payment instructions may be found on the AIDA website at:  http://www.aidainternational.org/questions-a-answers

Kimmo noted that an automated notice process regarding overdue competition fees and results has been put in place; the Board discussed having judges work with organizers to ensure that competition organizers properly register competitions, and upload results promptly. This process will aid in keeping the the ranking list current and accurate.

The Board requests all judges who have not yet done so to immediately upload their judge points to the automated judge points system; judges who have not updated their judge points will remain listed as “Inactive” until they have done so. A helpful video on registering judge points can be found here :

http://www.aidainternational.org/videos/judge_exp.mov

and judges may contact the judge responsible with questions at the following address:

judge-support@aidainternational.org

The Board reviewed a new process for the initial vetting of IT candidates prior to review of such candidates by the Board for approval.  The Board approved a new vetting group to be lead by Jean-Pol François, supported by Savva Savvas and Andreas Falkenroth.  The Board also approved an accelerated instructor course for experienced instructors wishing to cross over and become AIDA Instructors; the curriculum for such accelerated course will be prepared by the EC, and candidates for this course must be approved by the AIDA Education Officer.

The Board reviewed a number of enhanced AIDA Education course offerings that will be rolled out over the next several months, which are intended to provide additional options for potential students in the AIDA education system.

Kimmo provided an update on the upcoming strategy project. Kimmo will lead  a committee with members uniquely qualified to contribute to this important project to outline the future direction of Aida.

The AIDA website will be updated shortly with single points of contacts for all inquiries relating to the following subjects: students/cert cards, instructors, judges, organizers, and ranking list inquiries. When this update is complete, a notice will be provided on the AIDA website, and inquirers will be requested to use those contacts.

Robert King , Secretary, will be contacting the Board meeting to set up a time for the May meeting.  Please contact Aida with any questions, concerns, or comments.
AIDA International Board