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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)

 

Attending:

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)

Absent:

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)

 

Attending:

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)

Attending:

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)

Attending:

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

Absent:

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