Archive for April, 2012

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

 

 

 

Important : Change to email addresses for all inquiries

NOTICE: In order to better serve and respond to questions and issues we have created new email addresses for inquiries to AIDA.
Please note that all inquiries on the following subjects should be sent to the indicated email address; inquiries to other email addresses on these subjects will not be forwarded or answered.

STUDENT INQUIRIES: all questions, inquiries etc. from AIDA students (1*, 2*, 3* and 4*) should be sent to the following address:

student-support@aidainternational.org
This includes questions regarding lost certification cards, course locations, and all other student matters. Your question will go directly to the AIDA IT managing such issues.

INSTRUCTOR INQUIRIES: all questions, inquiries etc. from AIDA instructors should be sent to the following address:

instructor-support@aidainternational.org
This includes questions regarding student cards, renewal matters, etc. Your question will go directly to the AIDA IT managing such issues.

JUDGE INQUIRIES :

judge-support@aidainternational.org

This includes all questions regarding judge points ,registration, judge courses, and all judging issues.

ORGANIZER INQUIRIES:

organizer-support@aidainternational.org

All questions regarding competitions, fees, calendar ,etc will be sent directly to the Sport Officer.

RANKING LIST INQUIRIES :

ranking-support@aidainternational.org

All questions/issues regarding the ranking list will be directly sent to the list manager.

We thank you for your cooperation and look forward to assisting in all inquiries more efficiently with these new direct addresses.

Aida International Support Team

 

 

 

 

Judges Shirts

With the great help from the sponsorship of Suunto; we will receive a new order of judge shirts for Aida events by the end of April 2012.

Sincerely yours,
Marcello De Matteis
AIDA judge responsible

 

Aida March Board Meeting

 

The Aida Board met via Skype conference call on 17 March 2012. As only three Executive Board members were present for this call, the Board did not have a quorum required to vote on or approve proposals; accordingly, the Board voted on the proposal regarding Observer member teams competing at the Team World Championships by email vote after the meeting. The result of that vote is that Malaysia and Romania have been approved to participate in the competition.

The Board then discussed possible means of gathering information from IT (Instructor Trainer) candidates and how such information should be initially reviewed. Jean-Pol will present the Board with options for an enhanced process for this at the next meeting.

It was then noted that Assembly members should be reminded that payment of annual member fees by AIDA Nationals for 2012 is due not later than 31 March 2012; if your National has not yet paid 2012 fees, please do so by 31 March. Annual National fees for 2012 are 150 Euro; payment instructions can be found on the AIDA website at:  http://www.aidainternational.org/questions-a-answers

Ben Noble (Treasurer) is in the process of producing preliminary financial statements for 2011. Although he had hoped to deliver them to the Assembly in March, he is currently traveling out of country, and has committed to deliver them by 3 April.

The AIDA website will be updated shortly with single points of contacts for the 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. This will help to expedite the responses and avoid redundancy in the replies.

Ute and Carla will send out requests in the near future for bids for the 2013 individual world championship competitions (depth and pool, separately). Those wishing to host may want to start working on their bid submission. A vote will take place on the proposals as soon as possible, in order to provide the organizers adequate time to prepare and arrange sponsorship for the competitions.

The Board reviewed the 2012 AIDA World Cup Circuit; Carla Hanson will act as the AIDA officer to coordinate with the event organizers. The Board noted that this circuit in 2012 is separate from the 2012 AIDA Team World Championships. The Cup includes three competitions which are: The Med Cup in Crete, The Red Sea Cup in Egypt, and Vertical Blue in the Bahamas.

The Board discussed possible meeting times for the April meeting and Rob King (Secretary) will be contacting the Board members to coordinate the time.

 

AIDA international Board