AIDA International

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Association Internationale pour le Développement de l'Apnée
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AIDA International
Aida freediving organisation logo.png
Abbreviation AIDA
Formation 1992
Type Sports Federation
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland
Region served
World wide
Official language
French, English
President
Kimmo LAHTINEN
Affiliations EUF[1]
Website http://www.aidainternational.org

Association Internationale pour le Développement de l'Apnée (AIDA) (English: International Association for Development of Apnea) is a world wide rule-and record-keeping body for competitive breath holding events (freediving).[2] It aims to set standards for safety, comparability of Official World Record attempts and freedive education. AIDA International is the parent organization for national clubs of the same name.

History[edit]

  • November 2, 1992: Frenchmen Roland SPECKER, Loïc LEFERME and Claude CHAPUIS, founded AIDA in Nice, France, with Specker as its first President
  • 1993: AIDA Competitions start to take form
  • 1994-95: National clubs begin to form over all Europe
  • 1996: First AIDA Team World Championship in Nice, France, for national teams
  • 1998: Second AIDA Team World Championship, Sardinia, Italy
  • 1999: Sébastien NAGEL, Switzerland, replace Roland SPECKER as the President
  • 2001: Third AIDA Team World Championship, Ibiza, Spain
  • 2004: Fourth AIDA Team World Championship, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2005: Bill STRÖMBERG, Sweden, replace Sébastien NAGEL as President
  • 2005: First AIDA Individual World Championship, Renens, Switzerland
  • 2005: Second AIDA Individual World Championship, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
  • 2006: Fifth AIDA Team World Championship, Hurghada, Egypt
  • 2007: Third AIDA Individual World Championship, Maribor, Slovenia
  • 2007: Fourth AIDA Individual World Championship, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
  • 2008: Sixth AIDA Team World Championship, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
  • 2009: Fifth AIDA Individual World Championship, Aarhus, Denmark.
  • 2009: Sixth AIDA Individual World Championship, Dean's Blue Hole, Bahamas.
  • 2009: December, Kimmo LAHTINEN, Finland, replace Bill STRÖMBERG as President

Qualifications and certifications[edit]

AIDA has a star system for grading its freediving certifications:

Freedive certifications

  • AIDA 1 Star Freedive, 8m CWT, 1'15" STA, 25m DYN.
  • AIDA 2 Star Freediver, 16m CWT, 2' STA, 40m DYN.
  • AIDA 3 Star Freediver, 24m CWT, 2'45" STA, 55m DYN.
  • AIDA 4 Star Freediver, 32m CWT, 3'30" STA, 70m DYN.

Speciality certifications

  • Competition Safety Freediver.
  • Competition Freediver.
  • Deep Tank Freediver.
  • Monofin Freediver.

AIDA has 3 levels of Instructor qualifications and certifications:

Instructor certifications

  • AIDA Instructor, can teach up to 3 Star Freediver.
  • AIDA Master Instructor, can teach up to 4 Star Freediver.
  • AIDA Instructor Trainer, can teach all levels, and instructors.

Records[edit]

AIDA recognized world records as of December 31, 2009

Sea Disciplines[edit]

Constant Weight Apnea (CWT)[edit]

Deep freediving using bifins or a monofin.[2]

Men

Women

Constant Weight Apnea Without Fins (CNF)[edit]

Deep freediving using swimming strokes only, no fins allowed.[2]

Men

Women

Free Immersion Apnea (FIM)[edit]

Deep freediving, allowing pulling along the vertical depth rope.[2]

Men

Women

Variable Weight Apnea (VWT)[edit]

Deep freediving using a weighted sled for descent, pulling along the depth rope for ascent.[2]

Men

  • 145 m
  • Name: William WINRAM
  • Date: 2013-09-03
  • Place: Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Women

No Limit Apnea (NLT)[edit]

Unrestricted deep freediving, all propulsion means allowed, traditionally using a weighted sled for descent and inflatable balloon for ascent.[2]

Men

Women

  • 160 m
  • Name: Tanya STREETER
  • Date: 2002-08-17
  • Place: Turks and Caicos

Pool Disciplines[edit]

Static Apnea (STA)[edit]

Immovable breath hold for time.[2]

Men

Women

Dynamic Apnea With Fins (DYF)[edit]

Horizontal freediving for distance, using bifins or a monofin.[2]

Men

Women

Dynamic Apnea Without Fins (DNF)[edit]

Horizontal freediving for distance, no fins allowed.[2]

Men

Women

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Associate/Observers". European Underwater Federation. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i McKie, N (2004). "Freediving in cyberspace.". Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society. 34: 101–3. Retrieved 2013-10-05. 

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