Archive for December, 2012

3 World Records now official

We are pleased to announce that the results of the required doping tests are in from the independent testing agency. The World Records for Ilaria Bonin (Italy) dynamic no-fins 163m, Ashley Futral-Chapman (USA) constant weight no-fins 67m, and Alexey Molchanov (Russia) constant weight 126m , are all now verified with clean test results. Congratulations to Ilaria, Ashley, and Alexey, for these impressive performances. Well done all !


Happy holidays!!!

Dear freedivers around the world,

It is a time for a small break and to enjoy some days with our families and friends.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Kimmo Lahtinen
Aida, president


Aida election results for new year

A recent vote was held to elect some of the Executive Board members and to approve the membership fee and budget for 2013.
Financial matters were supported by the Assembly and the following officers were elected:

Robert King- Vice – President
Ute Geßmann – Sport Officer
Carla Hanson – Secretary
Ben Noble – Treasurer.

Thanks to all who voted in these important matters.
We wish you happy holidays and many white cards for 2013!
Be safe and take care.


Aida accepted as associate member of EUF

I´m very happy to announce that Aida International has been accepted as an associate member of the EUF which is the European Underwater Federation. The EUF is an organization of European scuba diving training organizations.
The EUF serves as a forum allowing recreational scuba diver training organisations to meet, exchange ideas and speak with a common voice on important issues like diver safety.

The EUF has a membership consisting of a broad range of European training organisations, including both for-profit and non-profit making bodies. The EUF estimates that its members represent over 3,000,000 divers, 60,000 diving instructors, 5,000 clubs and 2,500 diving schools.

Individual training organisations may apply for full voting membership of the EUF either as profit distributing organisations and non-profit distributing organisations. Organisations that cannot meet the definition of a training organisation can either apply for Associate Membership or Observer status. Two special members also exist: CMAS Europe, which represents the interests of national diving federations located in the European Union and who are affiliated to Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques and RSTC Europe, which represents the interests of for-profit scuba training organisations operating in the European Union. (EUF related Information courtesy of Wikipedia).

On behalf of Aida Board,

Kimmo Lahtinen
AIDA, president