How to use this site
General info of this site
The Aida International website contains basic information about this organization along with webpages on freedive disciplines, rules, etc.
There are helpful document downloads such as Aida governance documents as well as judge materials.
There is also a new special feature the "Community" section. Here, the member can register and open an account similar to facebook. You can post videos, photos, invite friends, and establish groups.
To Become a Member of AIDA International
If you are a citizen or resident of a country that does not yet have an AIDA entity (i.e. a National Member or Observer Member), you may wish to consider forming an AIDA entity in your country. Please note that no country may have more than one AIDA Member (AIDA Statutes, Section 4.1).
Typically, a group in a country without an AIDA entity first applies to become an Observer Member; after it has acquired additional experience and expertise among its members, it may then apply for full National Member status. Please note that only the AIDA Assembly may admit Observer Members or National Members; although the AIDA Board will review applications for completeness etc., no entity can become a member of AIDA until it receives a positive vote from the Assembly. Accordingly, no entity may use the AIDA name, trademark or other logo until it has been approved as either an Observer Member or National Member by the Assembly.
The following paragraphs describe the requirements for and rights of both Observer Members and National Members.
In order to apply for Observer membership, a group must: (i) be in a country that does not have an existing AIDA National member; (ii) have at least ten freedivers as members; and (iii) have statutes that would meet the requirement for a National member under AIDA’s Statutes. There is no annual fee for Observer Members.
An Observer member is permitted to: (A) have a non-voting representative in the AIDA Assembly; (B) have competitions that meet AIDA requirements (such as sponsorship by an existing AIDA National member) placed on the calendar, and have results go to ranking list; (C) send athletes to world championship competitions, with Board approval (subject to meeting standard performance requirements, fee requirements from the regulations, etc.); and (D) be listed as an Observer member on the AIDA International website.
In order to apply for AIDA National membership, a group must: (i) be in a country that does not have an existing AIDA National member; (ii) have at least 24 freedivers as members, which meet the minimum freediving education requirements noted in the New Member Policy; (iii) have statutes that meet the requirement for a National member under AIDA’s Statutes; (iv) have at least one resident instructor; and (v) have at least two resident AIDA judges. There is an annual fee for National Members (for 2011, that fee was €150).
A National member is permitted to: (A) have a voting representative in the AIDA Assembly; (B) have competitions placed on the calendar, and have their results go to ranking list (this includes sponsorship of competitions in countries without an AIDA National); and (C) send athletes to world championship competitions; (D) be listed as a National member on the AIDA International web site.
If you are interested is establishing an AIDA organization in your country, or have questions about this process, please contact the AIDA Secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary, AIDA International
How to renew Aida membership?
The Aida membership fee is based on Aida statutes (see below) The amount of the fee will be determined at year end. The fee is due each year by March 31
"7.1 Revenue. AIDA may receive revenue from Members, instructors, students, judges, organizers, from donations, and from such other sources as may be determined by the Executive Board and/or the Assembly. Member fees shall be determined by the Assembly each year during the budget approval process, and unless otherwise determined by the Assembly shall be payable by 31 March of each year; for 2010, Member fees shall be € 150 (one hundred fifty Euros)."
After sending your payment; please notify the Aida secretary at secretary @ aidainternational.org
The Aida secretary will confirm your Aida membership. The receipt of your annual fee also registers you on the Aida Assembly email list.
Aida payments and bank info
AIDA has a "PayPal" account to allow for easy payment of fees.
1. For those who also already have a personal PayPal account, the AIDA account is: bank @ aidainternational.org.
It is very important that you clearly label what the payment is for and who it is from.
2. If you do not have a PayPal account you can send an email to email@example.com with the details of what you are paying ( ie; "Aida national annual fee 150 eur") We will send you paypal information with an invoice for the fee. New payment features will be added to this website in the near future .
If you prefer to not use PayPal the Aida bank account information is;AIDA International Association for the development of apnea
Swiss Post Box: 100864
CH - 8010 Zürich
Name of the bank: Keski-Suomen Osuuspankki (KSOP)
Competing in freediving
Statement regarding AIDA International anti-doping program (2013)
Although AIDA International is not currently a formal member of WADA in order to promote safety and equal opportunity for all athletes, AIDA International does perform regular doping tests in accordance with the current WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.
AIDA athletes should adhere to WADA’s 2013 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods, and are themselves responsible to obtain, if required, a therapeutic use exemption. The therapeutic use exemption should be present prior the competition or record attempt, in accordance with WADA rules and regulations.
Additional prohibited substances
AIDA International recognizes that within the sport of freediving certain substances might improve performance, and/or pose a health risk. Accordingly, AIDA doping tests shall also screen for:
Beta-blockers include, but are not limited to, the following: Acebutolol, alprenolol, atenolol, betaxolol, bisoprolol, bunolol, carteolol, carvedilol, celiprolol, esmolol, labetalol, levobunolol, metipranolol, metoprolol, nadolol, oxprenolol, pindolol, propranolol, sotalol, timolol.
AIDA International Monitoring program
AIDA International reserves the right to screen for other substances that may improve performance and/or pose a significant health risk (including but not limited to human growth hormone, GBH and EPO) in AIDA doping tests, and to modify the AIDA International anti-doping program as deemed appropriate to protect fairness and athlete safety.
Aida competition in general
As a member of Aida national you are member of Aida international. This grants you access to Aida freediving competitions world wide. Before attending a competition please check the Aida competition regulations which you can find at the download area. This document also contains useful information for experienced Aida athletes.
Aida athletes in transit
AIDA Athletes in Transit
Since the 1.st of January 2009, AIDA International has a rule (220.127.116.11. v12) that regulates how athletes with two or more national citizenships can switch nationalities.
An athlete that already has competed in an AIDA competition with one citizenship/passport may only change his/her nationality upon official request to and approval by AIDA. All requests for change of nationality have to be received by AIDA International no later than the 31st October the year before that year he/she would like to have the new citizenship officially recognized. An athlete may change his/her nationality no more than one time every second year.
To change the nationality, the athlete most send a request directly to the Executive Board of AIDA, at info @ aidainternational.org this request needs to include scanned copies of the athletes passports, both the old one that been used previously and the new passport that will be the new nationality of the athlete.
This is the place where AIDA publishes the athletes that are in transit to represent a new country.