Archive for June, 2012

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: 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: Payment instructions may be found on the AIDA website at:
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 (, 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


Molchanov family get a pair of new World Records !


June 6, 2012.  Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt 

Natalia Molchanova and her son, Alexey Molchanov, both completed successful world record dives on the same day! Natalia dove to 127 meters for the women’s Variable Weight record in a time of 3:38 while Alexey secured the men’s Constant Weight record at 125 meters, in 3:52. These records will be official once the doping test results have been verified.

We congratulate both of these outstanding divers on this momentous occasion!

Well done Natalia and Alexey!


Herbert Nitsch’s No-Limits Record Attempt

As many of you have now heard, Herbert Nitsch’s upcoming No-Limits record attempt will not be an AIDA-sanctioned event: AIDA judges will not be present, and performances will not be eligible for AIDA records.

This decision was made by the athlete, following a number of calls between the athlete and AIDA officers on several matters. AIDA intends to review this case to determine if a number of  procedures and related items may be improved upon on a go-forward basis. These include: (1) communications by the athlete and by AIDA regarding planned world record attempts, (2) clarification of the limited nature of AIDA’s and athletes’ obligations with respect to AIDA’s official depth gauge sponsor; both with the sponsor and with interested athletes, and (3) review of rules with respect to No-Limits attempts (by its nature, No-Limits is meant to be relatively unburdened by rules, other that those essential to safety and fair play, and AIDA’s rules for this discipline will be reviewed in that light).

We look forward to providing additional information on these subjects and, in the mean time, wish Herbert safety and success in his upcoming attempts.

Best regards,

Kimmo Lahtinen
Aida, president