Archive for February, 2012

February 2012 Board Meeting

The Aida Board met on February 26 via Skype conference call. The first order of business was a vote to approve members of the 2012 Education Committee. The following people were approved:
– Jean-Pol François
– Richard Wonka
– Dean Spahic
– Konstantin Borisov
– Felice Mastroleo
– Simo Kurra

The Board also voted to approve the following persons as core members (each with individual voting right) to the 2012 AIDA Technical Committee:
Pim Vermeulen
Grant W. Graves
William Winram
Stavros Kastrinakis

Panel members (1 vote in total to have the 5th vote in TC); were also selected, these include:
Antero Joki
Guillaume Néry
Aharon Solomons
Sara Campbell
Ute Gessmann
Marcello de Matteis
Pim committed to deliver to the Board, in one week, a project plan for each of the key TC projects for 2012, including projected completion dates and milestones.

Additionally, The Board voted to approve the following persons as non-executive (non-voting) officers for 2012:
Legal: Petar Bojovic
Medical: Ralph Potkin
Judge responsible: Marcello di Matteis
Media/PR: CarlaSue Hanson
Information Technology: Julien Alias
The Board voted to approve the following persons as members of the 2012 AIDA Medical Committee.
Dr. Ralph Potkin
Rik Rösken
Mark Turner
Wilhelm Welslau
Frédéric Lemaître

The next topic discussed was the possibility of a product merchandising function, to create AIDA gear and clothing that can be marketed. It was agreed that this possibility should be researched further.

A number of financial matters were reviewed and discussed in the meeting. Ben Noble (treasurer) agreed to have preliminary financial statements for 2011 prepared for review by the Board by mid-March, and to be sent to the Assembly by 31 March 2012. Ben and Rob agreed to work with Simo Kurra regarding an automated PayPal invoicing tool for AIDA National annual membership fees.

In order to better respond to inquiries and issues with Aida activities; the Board discussed having a single point of contact for each of several functions, including student, IT, judge and organizer/ranking inquiries. It was agreed to identify a single contact point for these functions, and update the AIDA website with those single points accordingly. Jean-Pol and Ute agreed to identify such contact persons in the next 1-2 weeks, and Kimmo will request that Julien update the website appropriately.

A World Cup Depth Circuit for 2012, including three competitions: Med Cup, Red Sea Cup, and Vertical Blue ,was approved by vote. Information regarding this program will be added to the AIDA web site, and AIDA will work with the organizers regarding media matters.

Kimmo and the Board discussed creation of a workgroup to review long-term strategic matters. The Board also reviewed matters relating to instructor and other insurance coverage. There was also a discussion relating to sled diving procedures and the Medical Committee will be asked to review the Deep Diving Guidelines.

The next Board meeting will be in March. Please contact Aida with any questions.concerns, or topics for discussion.


January 2012 Board Meeting

The Board had a meeting via Skype on January 29, 2012 but only 3 executive members were present (+3 non-executive Board members). The Board did not have the quorum required to vote on or approve proposals. Therefore, the required votes on several proposals were attained by email ,after the meeting . These subjects for vote are described below.

The Board reviewed a number of Instructor Trainer candidates, and will vote by email regarding approval of one IT candidate.

The Board reviewed proposed non-executive officers and committee members, and will vote by email to approve such positions.

Marcello and Ute will request judge applicants for the 2012 Team World competition as soon as possible in order to take advantage of discounted air fare booking and other considerations.The Team World Championships are scheduled for September 8-16 in Nice, France.

The Board continued to discuss sled diving procedures. The finalized document should be completed prior to the start of the summer diving season.

AIDA will work with organizers of several competitions to set up an AIDA World Cup circuit for 2012. An original AIDA world cup was organized in 2000, and this will be the first AIDA World Cup Circuit since that time. The proposed competitions are in Crete, Egypt, and Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas.

The Board is reviewing a commemorative logo for AIDA’s 20th Anniversary (in 2012). Final choices will go to the Assembly for vote in early  2012, for this symbol of the evolution of  Aida freediving .

Disciplinary Committee Findings regarding Freedive Dahab (“FDD”).  The AIDA Disciplinary Committee completed a formal review of a number of issues concerning Freedive Dahab, in accordance with the terms of the AIDA Disciplinary Committee Charter.  Findings of the AIDA Disciplinary Committee regarding FDD will be communicated to FDD by AIDA’s President, Kimmo Lahtinen.  With respect to a number of the issues raised, the DC found no fault on the part of FDD; with respect to several other issues, however, the DC identified unethical conduct by FDD.  Nonetheless, the DC noted that AIDA International does not currently have specific rules prohibiting such conduct, and accordingly the DC recommended that (i) no action be taken by AIDA against FDD in connection with these issues, and (ii) AIDA develop and adopt a code of conduct to document expectations for ethical conduct by AIDA participants, including Instructor Trainers, Instructors and Judges.  By email vote, the Board approved both DC recommendations..

Jean-Pol Francois, the Education Officer, provided an update on identifying one or more insurance carriers for AIDA instructors and other AIDA participants on a worldwide basis. This project will be a priority for AIDA in 2012.

The Board discussed a schedule for upcoming meetings, and agreed that the next meeting will be in February. Please contact with any topics you wish to be discussed.

On Behalf of Aida Board,

Kimmo Lahtinen
AIDA, president


Aida 2011 “Best of the Best ” Awards

Aida International and Suunto are pleased to announce the winners for the 2011 Awards:

  • Best Male Freediver: William Trubridge
  • Best Female Freediver: Natalia Molchanova
  • Best Male Newcomer: Antonio Koderman
  • Best Female Newcomer: Jody Fisher
  • Best Instructor: William Winram
  • Best Coach: Martin Zajac
  • Best Judge: Grant Graves
  • Best Aida Volunteer: Carla Hanson
  • Best Athletic Sportsmanship: Goran Colak

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. We will be contacting you shortly to arrange delivery of your gauge from Suunto and photo to be taken. Thank you to all our Aida members who voted.

Aida International Board