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Statement for Belgrade

Published: 8/7/2018


Dear fellow freedivers,

In June we closed 2018 AIDA Individual Pool World Championship. We followed many great performances and personal bests. We witnessed great organization and excellent conditions. Some of you again pushed forward known human limits in pool freediving and established new world records.

We would like to request applications for local collaborators to organize the 2019 AIDA Depth World Championship.

As you probably noticed from our increasing financial involvement in the WCs, we felt the need to take over organisational tasks/costs in order to ensure good World Championships, attractive and accessible to the biggest number of nationalities. We will continue to do so next year and increase the role of AIDA in the organisation of its World Championships. Local collaborators remain a necessity, but they will not need to take all the risks anymore and we intend to work together in setting the budget of the event and the participation fees of our athletes.
The applications should be sent preferably through the National representing the respective country (if it exists) by the 30/06/2018 to the following e-mail:

Board Meeting Report - April 2018

Published: 4/5/2018

The Aida Board met via skype call on March 31, 2018.

Vedran stated that our finances are solid and he said we need to reach targets and spend wisely. Any changes can be made in an amendment and proposed to the Assembly. The financial statements for 2017 are currently being consolidated and once they are reviewed by the accountants , the statement will be available for review by the Assembly .

Vedran and Alex R. discussed a plan to offer financial support for both top competitions and those organized by smaller groups.  Vedran suggested that we initiate a pilot program to offer a €500 grant contribution to national championships . All eligible nationals may apply but must demonstrate a dedicated media plan to promote Aida and have a minimum number of national participants. Vedran also suggested that larger competitions might also apply to receive a contribution to facilitate Aida awareness and visibility in high-profile areas . The Board voted to approve the pilot program.

Brian presented a comprehensive report from the education department:

Please find here the Wild cards for the AIDA Pool World Championship 2018

STA Female              
Rank country FirstName LastName Points AccomplishedValue Abrv StartDate Name
1 AT Veronika DITTES 84 7:00 STA 2017-02-26 00:00:00 5th Tyrolean Apnea Cup
2 CZ Katerina SURANSKA 82 6:50 STA 2017-06-03 00:00:00 AIDA Czech National Championship 2017
3 NZ Kathryn NEVATT 81 6:45 STA 2017-09-15 00:00:00 Splash Freediving New Zealand Pool Nationals 2017
4 CN Jessea  WENJIE LU 78 6:30 STA 2017-05-14 00:00:00 Deja Blue 8

Vote results January 2018

Published: 1/21/2018

Vote topics : Secretary , Stipend / Salary


Start of election: January 9th 2018 14:00 GMT

End of election: January 19th 2018 14:00  GMT

Sport Officer report from Uros Kojic: Stavros has said that he would be willing to host the Team World Championship but there would be mandatory requirements for accommodations and number of competitors in order to meet the costs .

Board Meeting Report - November 2017

Published: 12/10/2017

The Board voted to approve two new IT candidates: MJ Kuhn and Marick le Hérissé. Congratulations to our new ITs!

The Board approved the 2016 financial report and released it for the Assembly vot

The Board approved 700€ for the trip of Antero to Austria to represent AIDA at the next EUF meeting.

Vedran presented the overall balance for the AIDA Bank and PayPall account. Alex requested also the bank statements to be made available to the Board and it has been decided the bank statements to be uploaded by Vedran on the AIDA DropBox

Vote results for the 2018 Board

Published: 12/4/2017

Following the Assembly vote that ended on the 1st of December, the following results have been registered:
President: 18 votes for Carla Hanson and 17 votes for Claude Chapuis
Technical Officer: 32 YES and 3 NO for Pim Vermeulen 
Education Officer: 31 YES, 3 NO and 1 abstention for Brian Crossland
Congratulations to the new Board members!


Published: 11/6/2017

This report has been written by Pascal Berger and Miguel Lozano. Note that neither of them were present during the accident so they did their best to interview all the people present to get the clearest picture possible.

  1. Promotions: Sendoh Wang (China) has been promoted Instructor Trainer and Serov Alexey (Russia) has been promoted Judge level D


  1. 2016 Financial reports: the documents have been received by the Board and are presently under evaluation before an Assembly vote request
  1. Selection of a new Vice President: Following the demission of Mario Zuzic, we would like to ask for applications to fill the remaining time of the VP mandate (end 2018). Please send your applications until the 10th of October 12 am UTC at An Assembly vote will be scheduled for 11-21 October.
The recordings of our 2017 World Championship deepest dives are now available for the AIDA community

We are pleased to inform you that we are offering free of charge* (*for non-commercial use) to our community all World Championship videos received based on the Diveye contract. We hope you can make good use of this investment; see the technique of top athletes, learn from the best and in exchange please promote AIDA in your circle of friends and generally promote our sport!

Number of valid votes: 10

Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, UK.


Number of invalid (late) votes: 1



Number of countries not voting: 25

Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Czech Rep, , Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark Greece, Israel, Serbia, Slovenia,  Switzerland, Mexico, Korea, Latvia, Spain China, New Zealand, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Germany, UK, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela.    


Vote: Freediving Rules for Competitions and Records (August 2017)


YES votes

NO votes




Result: with 2 YES votes and 8 NO votes, the proposed rules document is NOT approved.


Vote counters: Olivia Motus- Jaquier and Alexandru Ursu-Vlagea

AIDA Board meeting - August 2017

Published: 8/13/2017

  1. We were happy to hear from Esteban that 26 nations registered already for the World Championship.


  1. Carla signed the contract for having Diveye in Roatan to enhance safety and for the promotion of our athletes , the promotion of AIDA, and generally the promotion of freediving. The Media/PR Officer will follow-up for live streaming the Championship to AIDA YouTube channel. The cost of the service is covered from the marketing budget approved by the Assembly for 2017. Ren Chapman in charge of the safety team now strongly requested this investment saying it's a small amount if it prevents injuries and saves lives.

AIDA Board meeting - June 2017

Published: 6/12/2017


Carla Sue Hanson                   (6/6)

Uros Kojic                              (6/6)

Mario Zuzic                            (4/6)

Vedran Milat                          (5/6)

Alexandru Russu                    (6/6)

Antero Joki                            (2/6)

Denys Rylov (IMedia/PR Officer)     

Irina Zelenkova (Medical Officer)

AIDA Board meeting - May 2017

Published: 5/30/2017


Carla Sue Hanson               (5/5)

Uros Kojic                          (5/5)

Jean-Pol Francois                 (5/5)

Vedran Milat                       (4/5)

Alexandru Russu                 (5/5)

Alexandru Ursu (IT)             (1)

RESULTS UPDATE:  May 26, 2017

After the 26th of May re-vote (for the judges with equal results), Junko Kitahama and Savvas Savva joind the 2017 World Championship jury and Cedric Palerme was promoted to the Ai judge level. 

The final composition of the jury is:

Alex Russu

John Wright

Ekaterina Romanova

Radoslaw Gaca

Junko Kitahama

Savvas Savva


And the list of judges beneficiating of special Ai promotions is: Gaca Radoslaw, Lahtinen Kimmo, Romanova Ekaterina, Rose Fran, Zuzic Mario, Palerme Cedric

Judge promotions April 2017

Published: 4/18/2017

At the proposal of the Judge Responsible, the AIDA Board approved the following judge promotions on April 12, 2017

 "AI" judges
 Prochazkova   Pavlina 
 Hanson   Carla 

Following the Assembly vote from the 22nd of March 2017, the following changes will be made to the AIDA Competition Rules and the Judge International Procedures and Operations: 


Update 1

Purpose:  For Aida International to assume the ownership of the video rights to be able to promote AIDA and freediving

NEW rule: 5.2.8 (Tech Doc) All official video images of the attempt become the property of Aida International. Aida International has exclusive rights to the official video

AIDA Board meeting - April 2017

Published: 4/6/2017

Alex presented the status of the Assembly member’s renewal for 2017. The official deadline expired on the 31st of March and we have at present 21 voting members in the Assembly. We invite the remaining 16 countries to proceed with the renewal and inform us (at: so we re-activate their member rights.  You can check the status of your country here:

AIDA Board meeting - March 2017

Published: 3/24/2017

Irina presented the priorities for the new members of the Medical office:

  • Fix the imprecise medical info from the manuals
  • Make flyers on the important topics (e.g. narcosis, squeeze) – to add a new webpage on the site for them
  • Start a long term study concerning the FD effects on the cognitive functions

Suggestions received by the the Medical Office from the Board:

  • follow-up with Erika Schagatay on the advances of the squeeze study
  • monitor the medical publications related to freediving & brief us

AIDA Board meeting - January 2017

Published: 1/18/2017

ITs vote: the Board voted to approve the applications of Felice Mastroleo (Belgium) and Agata Bogusz (Poland) for AIDA Instructor Trainers (pending validation from their AIDA Nationals)

EOS 2: Jean-Pol will prepare the requirements definition for a tender to update the EOS

The 2017 AIDA Executive Board term began 1 January. The non-executive (non-voting), Board members are appointed each year and  we are now requesting applications for the following positions: Media/PR Officer, IT Officer, Judge Responsible, Legal Officer and Medical Officer - see a brief description at the end of the mail.
We would also be happy to receive any other volunteers willing to integrate a commission or work-group, so if you have a project/idea that you’d like to develop inside AIDA, come and join us!
Vote results for Board election, Observer members and 2017 World Championship
The results of the Assembly December votes are: 
    - Vice President: Mario Zuzic, 
    - Sport Officer: Uros Kojic
    - Treasurer: Vedran Milat, 
    - Secretary: Alexandru Russu, 
    - New observer members: Egypt and Cayman Islands, 
    - Organizer of the 2017 World Championship: Roatan Freediving School

Participants :

  1. Carla Hanson (President)
  2. Mario Zuzic (Vice President)
  3. Ute Gessmann (Sport Officer)
  4. Vedran Milat (Treasurer)
  5. Petar Bojovic (Judge Responsible)
  6. Alexandru Russu (Media/PR Officer)

The meeting was opened by Vedran who reminded the importance of the Statutes changes for finalizing AIDA registration in Switzerland. Carla confirmed 31 positive votes and zero negative votes for the statutes changes. With a proportion of over 2/3 of member countries, the vote for statutes changes is valid and Vedran will move forward with the lawyers to finalize the paper work.   

AIDA will continue recognizing World Record Attempts

Following internal discussions in the AIDA Assembly, the vote closed on the 15th of Novomber shows the majority of countries is in favor of continuing the World Record (WR) Attempts: 11 countries voted YES, 9 voted NO and 1 country reported a draw (during their internal vote process they received the same number of votes for YES as for NO)  

129m CWT new World Record

129m CWT new World Record

Published: 10/29/2016

Congratulations to Alexey Molchanov for bettering his CWT World Record to 129m in a dive of 3:50 minutes. Alexey said the dive was hard. There was a lot of current today

In response to the suggestions received from our community, we are requesting now the Assembly vote for continuing or discontinuing the World Record (WR) Attempts outside competitions and we encourage all our freedivers to participate to their National's decision.
The initiative was generated by the example of the other sports and the assumed conflict with the principle of equality which is a fundamental value of our competition regulations. On the other side, the WR Attempts as a differentiating factor on the international sport arena proved over the years to bring publicity to AIDA and motivation to the athletes without a significant alteration of the equality principle. The argumentation is complex and we leave you to investigate deeper, have a democratic debate inside your National and make the final choice.

Applications request for 5 AIDA Board positions

We are getting closer to the end of the year and, as per the point 6.2 of our Statutes, it is time to elect the following executive officers for the next 2 years mandate: Vice-President, Sporting Officer, Secretary and Treasurer. Additionally, the Executive Board is requesting applications also for the (non-executive) position of IT Officer.

300 (meters, not Spartans!)

300 (meters, not Spartans!)

Published: 7/4/2016

The athletes kept the best for the end! The last day of the AIDA Pool World Championships from Turku was also the most exciting with the men DYN podium having a world record on each one of its three steps: Oleksandr Bubenchykov came up at 289m and then we had not one, but two 300m dives! With no shades on the white of their cards, it was only a regulation detail on the announcements that helped deciding who gets the gold between the Greek Giorgos Panagiotakis and the Polish Mateusz Malina!

2 World Records in the DNF finals of the AIDA Pool World Championship 2016

The reults of this morning DNF finals from Turku are now out and we have new World Records for both women and men categories! The Polish Magdalena Solich does 3m more than the previous DNF World Record and sets the bar to 185m now for the girls! On the men side, Mateusz Malina did it again! After his 232m DNF World Record from Thuesday qualifications, he made it to the 244m mark with a white card! He is elated to have finally broken Dave Mullins 232m national record (NZ) which was greater* than the World Record for so many years.

2016 AIDA Pool World Championships STA finals

After validating 9’23” in the qualifications, the Spanish Aleix Segura Vendrell confirms exactly the same performance today during the finals and secures the gold medal despite a late start penaly. With a white card at 9'14" and a difference of only 1 point, Goran Colak gets the 2nd place and on the 3rd place we have the Finish Timo Kinnunen with 8'02"

May 2016 Board Meeting notes

Published: 5/22/2016

The AIDA Board met via Skype call on 22 May, 2016.


1. Judges Promotion / Presented by Judge Responsible, Petar Bojovic.

There were 37 level E judge and 23 level D judge nominated for promotion and 57 judges of which in total have been promoted to the higher level. The promotion of this time is of the largest scale in recent years, which represents the commitment of our organization to promote more qualified judges.

The list below follows alphabetic order:

Wild Cards - Pool 2016

Published: 3/5/2016

The wild cards are a privilige offered by AIDA to the top 10 male athletes and top 10 female athletes for each discipline, to automatically qualify for the World Championships independent of the selection done by the Nationals.

December 2015 Board Meeting Notes

Published: 12/22/2015

In this article, we say goodbye to our long-term president Kimmo Lahtinen, read about news from the IT-side of AIDA and talk about the upcoming world championships. There are also exciting news about the new education material and recent elections for the AIDA board.

November 2015 Board Meeting

Published: 12/7/2015

The Aida Board met via Skype call on 14 November 2015.

Kimmo started the meeting on a somber note to convey our deep sadness for the people of France and Lebanon who recently suffered attacks by terrorists. We expressly wish to send our thoughts to Aida France and all of our members who were affected by this tragedy.

October Board Notes

Published: 11/2/2015

1 November 2015 , Kalamata, Greece.

The Aida International board met via Skype call on 14 October. An urgent matter that needed to be reviewed regarded the document sent to the Board with the findings of the Disciplinary Committee of the incident with the World record attempt of Guillaume Nery in Cyprus. The Board voted to approved the recommendations from the DC. Robert King declined to accept the offer to return to the vice-president office. The position will be added to the December elections for a one year term beginning 2016 January.

New World Record Men's Variable Weight 146 meters

1 November 2015 , Kalamata, Greece.

The sun shone upon Stavros Kastrinakis, Aida International Renaissance Man: Instructor/ trainer, Judge, Organizer extraodonaire and now World Record holder. Stavros is best known for assisting others to reach their freediving goals but today he achieved a very well-deserved record of his own (pending doping test). Stavros said "The dive itself felt good once I was in the water and the way down was smooth and easy with my equalization holding well all the way to the bottom. The way up was long and at around 50m I had a feeling of "how much longer will I have to swim for? At that point I met my deep scooter safety Nicholas and I re-composed myself and continued to the surface were I completed a very clean surface protocol which I was happy about. I am glad to be ending our first season in Kalamata at such a high note and I am looking forward to the future."

September 2015 Board Meeting notes

Published: 9/28/2015

September 28


The Board met via Skype call to discuss several items of immediate importance.

It was noted by Kimmo that the incident (Nery WR attempt) that occurred during the pre-comp in Cyprus has been referred to the Disciplinary Committee. The DC has the ability to gather information, assess obtained information, and make recommendations without concern of being influenced by outside parties. See note from Kimmo (Aida President) below regarding the DC process.

August 2015 Board Meeting notes

Published: 8/9/2015

Date: 9 August 2015, 16:00-18:30 CET


Meeting: Conference Call (Skype)



Kimmo Lahtinen (5/6)

Ute Gessmann (3/6)

Jean-Pol Francois (5/6)

Carla Sue Hanson (6/6)

Robert King (6/6)

Vedran Milat (5/6)

Per Westin (1/6)


Antero Joki (3/6)

Petar Bojovic (2/6)

June 2015 Board Meeting notes

Published: 6/6/2015

Date: 6 June 2015, 16:00-17:45 CET


Meeting: Conference Call (Skype)



Jean-Pol Francois (4/5)

Carla Sue Hanson (5/5)

Robert King (5/5)

Vedran Milat (4/5)

Absent: Kimmo Lahtinen (4/5)

Ute Gessmann (2/5)

Antero Joki (3/5)

Petar Bojovic (2/5)

Per Westin (0/5)

May 2015 Board Meeting notes

Published: 5/10/2015

Date: 10 May 2015, 14:00-16:30 CET

Meeting: Conference Call (Skype)


Kimmo Lahtinen (4/4)

Jean-Pol Francois (3/4)

Carla Sue Hanson (4/4)

Antero Joki (3/4)

Robert King (4/4)

Vedran Milat (3/4)

Petar Bojovic (2/4)

Absent: Ute Gessmann (2/4)

Per Westin (0/4)

March 2015 Board Meeting notes

Published: 3/21/2015

Date: 21 March 2015, 15:00-17:00 CET


Meeting: Conference Call (Skype)


Attending: Kimmo Lahtinen (3/3)

Jean-Pol Francois (2/3)

Carla Sue Hanson (3/3)

Robert King (3/3)

Vedran Milat (2/3)

Absent: Ute Gessmann (2/3)

Antero Joki (2/3)

Petar Bojovic (1/3)

Per Westin (0/3)

February 2015 Board Meeting

Published: 2/21/2015

Date: 21 February 2015, 15:00-17:00 CET
Meeting: Conference Call (Skype)


Kimmo Lahtinen (2/2)
Ute Gessmann (2/2)
Carla Sue Hanson (2/2)
Antero Joki (2/2)
Robert King (2/2)


Jean-Pol Francois (1/2)
Vedran Milat (1/2)
Petar Bojovic (1/2)
Per Westin (0/2)