July Board Meeting

The Board met on July 17 ,2011 via Skype to discuss the present agenda.

Robert King, Secretary, noted that the Board sent the report from the work group on the sled-diving incident to the Assembly on July 10. This report was written after a comprehensive investigation of a no-limits training dive, which occurred on June 7 in Santorini, Greece.  The Board recommends that Assembly members share this document–including the “Human Factors in Sport Diving Incidents” attachment included with the report — with freedivers in their country.

In regards to this issue; The Board has asked Grant Graves to update the current AIDA Sled Diving Guidelines, with assistance from one or two other divers highly knowledgeable with sled diving, in the next month, if possible.  Items to be considered include proper use of lanyard, use of video camera on diver during the entire dive, and the four levels of responsibility.

The Board discussed matters relating to Anna von Boetticher’s recent Variable Weight record attempt.  Certain issues noted by the judges relating to this attempt may be referred to the AIDA Disciplinary Committee.

Kimmo Lahtinen, President, provided an update to the Board on AIDA financial matters and also summarized a proposed system update for ranking, renewals and judge points. This would be of great benefit to streamline these time-consuming processes.

Stavros provided a report on certification card printing is now up and running again.  Assembly members are asked to request again on line (without payment) any student certification cards that may still be missing from 2009 or 2010; these cards will be sent out the same week as requested. The Education Committee is very pleased to have rectified this problematic issue!

The Board reviewed matters relating to SSI and Freedive Dahab, and potential improprieties with respect to AIDA education and competition activities.

Kimmo provided an update on the 2012 Team World Championships proposals.  The Board has received one proposal as of 15 July. We encourage all potenetial organizers to submit proposals as soon as possible for this event, which coincides with the 20th Anniversary of AIDA!

Ute Gessman, Sport Officer, provided an update on judges for depth and pool world championships, noting that Marcello de Matteis has resigned his position at the depth World Championships, and will be replaced by Pavlina Prochazkova.  The Board selected Marcello de Matteis as President, and Grant Graves as Vice President, for the Lignano Pool World Championships.

Kimmo provided an update on AIDA officers, noting that Alex Boulting has resigned from the position of IT Officer due to personal reasons (effective 31 July). We are very sorry to lose Alex and thank him for his great contribution to the content of the website, database registry, and many other great efforts.

The next meeting will take place in August. Please contact us if you have an item for discussion on the agenda.


On behalf of Aida Board,

Kimmo Lahtinen
AIDA, president