Archive for August, 2011

New Aida Instructor Trainers

We are very pleased to announce that the AIDA Executive Board has approved the following five freediving instructors as AIDA Instructor Trainers:

Aharon Solomons (Mexico)
Kateryna Smirnova (Dahab, Egypt)
Nik Linder (Germany)
Richard Wonka (Thailand)
Simo Kurra (Finland)

Each of these candidates was reviewed by the AIDA Education Committee, and recommended to the AIDA Board. In addition, each of these candidates was either recommended by the AIDA National for the country in which they teach, and/or is teaching actively in a strategic location for AIDA education.

The AIDA EC and Board are currently reviewing additional candidates for approval as ITs, and the Board expects that a second group of ITs to be approved within the next 4-6 weeks.

We would like to thank the individuals who have offered to be considered as candidates, and in particular to thank the AIDA Nationals that have recommended candidates; please continue to identify potential candidates to the Board and EC for consideration. With respect to candidates who have applied but have not yet been approved as ITs, it is the intention of the AIDA Board to contact all such candidates to identify areas that may require improvement (e.g. additional teaching experience), so that such persons may continue to work toward becoming an AIDA Instructor Trainer. We also welcome any current Aida instructor interested in being a trainer to apply.

The new instructor trainers will enable more prospective students access to Aida freediving courses. We look forward to expanding quality Aida Education throughout the world and welcoming new freedivers to the Aida Community!

Now you can also find your closest Aida freediving instructor at Aida instructor finder.

On Behalf of Aida Board,

Kimmo Lahtinen
AIDA, president