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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.

Association Internationale pour le Développement de l'Apnée
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AIDA International
Aida freediving organisation logo.png
AbbreviationAIDA
Formation1992
TypeSports Federation
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
Region served
Worldwide
Official language
French, English
President
Carla Hanson
AffiliationsEUF[1]
Websitehttp://www.aidainternational.org

Contents

HistoryEdit

  • 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 certificationsEdit

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.

RecordsEdit

AIDA recognized world records as of July 31, 2014

Sea DisciplinesEdit

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

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

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

Pool DisciplinesEdit

Static Apnea (STA)Edit

Immovable breath hold for time.[2]

Men

Women

Dynamic apnea with fins (DYN)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

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

Women

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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