AIDA International

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Association Internationale pour le Développement de l'Apnée
AIDA International
Aida freediving organisation logo.png
TypeSports Federation
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
Region served
Official language
French, English
Carla Hanson

Association Internationale pour le Développement de l'Apnée (AIDA) (English: International Association for Development of Apnea) is a worldwide 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.


  • 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, replaced Roland Specker as the President
  • 1999: AIDA became AIDA International
  • 2001: Third AIDA Team World Championship, Ibiza, Spain
  • 2004: Fourth AIDA Team World Championship, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2005: Bill Strömberg, Sweden, replaced 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, replaced Bill Strömberg as President
  • 2010: Seventh AIDA Team World Championship, Okinawa, Japan
  • 2011: Seventh AIDA Individual World Championship, Kalamata, Greece
  • 2011: Eighth AIDA Individual World Championship, Lignano, Italy
  • 2012: Eighth AIDA Team World Championship, Nice, France
  • 2013: Ninth AIDA Individual World Championship, Belgrade, Serbia
  • 2013: Tenth AIDA Individual World Championship, Kalamata, Greece
  • 2014: Ninth AIDA Team World Championship, Cagliari, Italy

Qualifications and certifications[edit]

AIDA has a star system for grading its freediving certifications:

Freedive certifications

  • AIDA 1 Star Freediver, 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.


AIDA recognized world records as of July 31, 2014

Sea Disciplines[edit]

Constant weight apnea (CWT)[edit]

Deep freediving using bifins or a monofin.[2]



Constant weight apnea without fins (CNF)[edit]

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



Free immersion apnea (FIM)[edit]

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



Variable weight apnea (VWT)[edit]

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


  • 146 m
  • Name: Stavros Kastrinakis  Greece
  • Date: 2015-01-11
  • Place: Kalamata, Greece


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]



Pool Disciplines[edit]

Static Apnea (STA)[edit]

Immovable breath hold for time.[2]



Dynamic apnea with fins (DYN)[edit]

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



Dynamic apnea without fins (DNF)[edit]

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


  • 244 m
  • Name: Mateusz Malina  Poland
  • Date: 2016-07-02
  • Place: Turku, Finland


See also[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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