Archive for December, 2011

Happy holidays 2011

Dear members of Aida Board and Aida Assembly,

It has been another busy and exciting year in Aida, and as 2011 comes to a close I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and thank you all, it has been my pleasure to share this adventure with you.

Merry Christmas and Happy new year !!!!

Yours Sincerely,

– Kimmo Lahtinen, president of AIDA


December Board Notes

The Aida International Board met on December 10,2011 via Skype. The first item on the agenda was the Instructor/Trainer candidates. The Board has not received a recommendation from the EC regarding the IT candidates proposed by AIDA nationals. The Board has deferred this topic until January; the Board asked the EC to provide recommendations promptly based on the candidates’ qualifications.

The Board continued to discuss sled diving procedures. Items to be considered include proper use of lanyards, use of video camera on diver during the entire dive, and the four levels of responsibility. Grant presented a revised version of the deep diving guidelines, and will review the general safety guidelines to make sure they are current. Sled diving guidelines will follow the general safety guidelines by approximately one month.
Ben Noble, treasurer, provided an update on financial matters, including closure of annual financial statements using formal accounting processes for prior years. The Board discussed a number of matters relating to AIDA’s accounts and finances.
New AIDA PayPal Account. Ben noted that AIDA’s new Euro based PayPal account has been implemented, with payee: bank @
Kimmo asked Robert to notify the Assembly of the new PayPal information. Full information regarding payments to AIDA International can be found on the AIDA website at:
The 2012 AIDA annual officer election was sent to Assembly members approximately 29 November, and concludes 12 December. Offices up for election this December (for the 2012-2013 term) are: President, Education Officer, Technical Officer.
AIDA 20th Anniversary Logo. The Board is reviewing a commemorative logo for AIDA’s 20th Anniversary (in 2012). Final choices will go to the Assembly for vote in 2012.
The Board voted to approve a request by an organization in Malaysia to be put to the Assembly for vote on Observer Membership. The Board also reviewed a proposal for an IT Contribution Policy for recently approved Instructor Trainers. The Board will implement this process in 2012.

It was decided that Grant and Ute will work with Claude Chapuis regarding medals and doping kits for the 2012 Team World Competition in Nice, France.

All of us at AidaInternational wish you a very happy holiday season and a new year filled with the dives of your dreams. We have some exciting plans to celebrate 2012 and the 20th anniversary of Aida!


“Best of the Best” AIDA Freediver Awards

Aida International, in conjunction with sponsor Suunto, is very pleased to announce award nominations for 2011 “Best” Aida freedivers in the following categories:

» Best Male Freediver
» Best Female Freediver
» Best Male Newcomer
» Best Female Newcomer
» Best Judge
» Best Aida Volunteer
» Best Coach
» Best Instructor
» Best Athletic Sportsmanship

The winners of the best freediver and newcomer categories will receive a Suunto D6i gauge and the other winners will receive a Suunto D4i, generously provided by Suunto.

Please submit your votes to:

You may only vote for one person in each category and you may only vote once.

The deadline for submissions is midnight Dec 31, 2011 (CET). Results will be posted on the Aida Website in January 2012. Suunto has requested that the winners be photographed with their prize and the Suunto logo. If the winner cannot comply with this request, the 2nd place winner will receive the award.


Important Information about Aida International Payments

AIDA has implemented a new Euro base PayPal account:
Please now use this account for all PayPal payments to Aida.

Information on payments to AIDA can be found on the AIDA website at: in the /questions-a-answers section .

Up to date information regarding AIDA’s PayPal account, and regarding wire transfers, is contained on this page. Questions regarding payments to AIDA may be made to AIDA’s Treasurer, Ben Noble, at:


Statements from candidates for Aida Board Election

Please see below; statements from the volunteers written in regards to the Technical and Education Officer positions for better understanding the plans and ideas of these candidates.


Antero JOKI

Antero Joki“I recognize that there is a lot of pressure to make amendments to the rules, but it is not working as it should currently. I would like to see regular revisions of the rules, for example annually or twice a year and with a transparent process where all AIDA nations can give suggestions and input, and the technical commission takes into consideration that input and acts (approves, rejects or alters) these modifications and implements them in the rules. Currently there is just random discussion on forums such as deeperblue and no one picking up on that to make it formally into the rules. This process could be much, much better. We’ve seen a lot of progress in areas such as Education in AIDA lately, but the rules could use a breath of fresh air – and it is after all the most important function for the competitive section of our sport.

Maintaining the rules is not the job for one person, so even though I have personal opinions as an athlete of certain rules, my first act as Technical Officer would be to establish a working Technical Committee, a good team and working processes for the future. I don’t expect miracles overnight, it will take a lot of work but building a good foundation is absolutely essential to AIDA. Another theme where I would like to put some effort is the quality and education of judges. It is not enough just to update rules, we need to ensure also that all of our judges are knowledgeable of the changes, rules and procedures expect of them. I would like to see more emphasis put on communicating to judges and their continuous education even after the eventual judge course.

As a long term goal I would like to start a conversation with CMAS to make the rules for competition compatible and easier for divers from each organization to compete in either system. We are still very small sport and growing will be much harder if there is two World organisations competing against each other. It can be too big step to take mentally for these organizations but it will be worth trying in the background.

The ultimate goal, which may seem like a dream now, would be to see freediving in Olympic games one year. But we must have dreams.”

Antero Joki 100 m constant weight dive:


Pim Vermeulen“If elected I like to continue the work I started on the rules development, a job that will never finish. Over the past period new things evolved in freediving safety (and education) and the rules need to be adapted to this. Furthermore there is loads of work to be done streamlining all older documents, the previous TC, where I was part off, made the start with the rules but now all technical documents need to revised urgently as development stopped the past 2 years. As part of the Executive Board I like to help setting up AIDA for the future, for me being a board member doesn’t stop with the position I am applying for (Technical Officer) but also means being part setting up AIDA’s future. A future with further growth in getting our beloved sport known for the bigger public but not only limited as sport. Freediving is a way of life for many of us but it is also a recreational activity for others and AIDA will have to find a balance in that. Also a future where AIDA Worlds Championships will get professional like we have seen this year in Kalamata. Championships where all is done to, not only create the perfect atmosphere, but also the possibility to create the best possible circumstances to perform in.”



Jean-Pol Francois“As most of the AIDA Board and Assembly Members know me and my commitment to AIDA since many years (16 or 17 years) I’ll do my best to run the EC with the actual members. I will not plan any revolution within the Education but will keep going with the good evolution and I will try to implement some steps into a more profesional organisation for the full benefits of AIDA freedivers.
I definitely will not do everything by myself and will work as hard as I can to ensure a real motivation from our volunteer members, which will be already a huge challenge.
The officer title doesn’t matter to me, work must be done and the team within the EC is a good one.
Also, the help from new ITs will also be very appreciated for some of the EC projects.”