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AIDA Competition Freediver


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Association Internationale pour le Développement de l'Apnée - version 2009-v1.0,

AIDA Competition Freediver Course Outline 


To enrol in the AIDA Competition Freediver course, an individual must:

• Be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent)
• Have completed the AIDA **Freediver course or equivalent
• Have completed the AIDA Medical Form
• Have completed the Liability Release


AIDA Competition Freediver is a course for anyone who plans on entering an AIDA Competition for the first time and/or wants to know more about how one works. Students will develop their knowledge and skills of the main competitive categories of freediving including Static Apnea, Dynamic Apnea and Constant Weight freediving. The instructor will cover all the competition rules and procedures in the classroom before re-creating a competition environment out in the pool and/or open water to give the student a real sense of how it can be in a competition situation.

To conduct an AIDA Competition Freediver course, the following knowledge development, confined water and Open Water sessions are to be included:


The knowledge development will take place in a classroom-like environment. The Instructor should supply the student with a hand out of the current AIDA regulations for International Freediving Competitions.You may find it useful to have other reference materials handy such as freediving competition DVD’s.

The AIDA Competition Freediver exam must be completed by any student certified as an AIDA Competition Freediver. The passing score is 75%. Any missed questions should be explained to the student and the student must sign the bottom of the exam to indicate that this has taken place. If the student does not pass the exam on first sitting, they may resit after 24 hours.

NOTE! This course outline have not yet been ajusted to the AIDA International Competition and Record rules Version 12. The paragraphe numbering bellow is therefore incorrect, but each subject should still be covered in the course.

The theory session(s) will include:

• AIDA regulations for International Freediving Competitions- general rules
• The 8 disciplines of freediving and why competitions are not held for Variable
  Weight or No Limits


General rules for all the disciplines:

• Paper work 1.6 -1.9, 1.12, 1.18 including Medical Statement, Passport and AIDA
   National Membership
• Announcement 3.2, 4.2, 5.3, 6.2, - What is RP and AP
• Warm up time – presence in front of judges 3.8, 4.8, 5.6, 6.6
• Official zone 3.5-3.7, 4.5-4.7, 5.8, 6.8
• Count down 3.4, 4.4, 5.5, 6.4
• Surface Protocol 1.28, 1.29
• Safety Diver Behaviour – 1.27, 3.18, 4.18, 5.19, 6.16
• Judge’s Decision Cards 1.30
• What is a BO – post BO mechanical movements 1.26
• Protests – when and how 8.1-8.6
• Special rules regarding equipment – electronic 1.22. – lanyard 2.2
• General penalties – WR/NR 7.2 , -early start 7.3, -late start 7.4
• Athlete behaviour 1.23-1.25


Special Rules for Constant Weight with or without fins:

• Tags and depth measurement 3.13, 3.16
• Rope violation 3.14
• Equipment 3.1, 3.11, 3.12, 2.2
• The role of the coach- what they can and can NOT do. 3.7, 3.9
• The points 1.16
• Penalties – depth 7.5.1, -lanyard 7.6.1, - tag 7.6.2, - rope violation 7.7.1


Special Rules for Free Immersion:

• Tags and depth measurement 4.13, 4.16
• Equipment 4.1, 4.11, 4.12, 4.14, 2.2
• The role of the coach- what they can and can NOT do. 4.7, 4.9
• The points 1.16
• Penalties – depth 7.5.1, -lanyard 7.6.1, - tag 7.6.2

Special Rules for Dynamic Apnea with or without fins:

• Starts 5.24
• Turns 5.24
• Surfacing with body parts 5.13
• Equipment 5.1, 5.11, - propulsion device 5.17
• The role of the coach- what they can and cannot do. 5.10
• The points 1.16
• Penalties 7.5.2, -start/turn 7.8.1, - body surface 7.8.2, - support 7.8.3

Special Rules for Static Apnea:

• Equipment 1.22
• Taping system 6.14
• The role of the coach- what they can and cannot do. 6.10, 6.14
• The points 1.16
• Penalties 7.5.3


Safety at Competitions:

• The competitor’s announcement
• The safety freedivers
• The safety Scuba divers, - Lift bag on freediver, - Lift bag on line,
  - Manual (diver to diver)
• Counter ballast system


General Information for Competitors:

• Difference between training and competing- how your performances are affected
• Difference between competition and record attempts- differences between world
   record attempts and national record attempts
• Doping tests- the doping list and how we use it. 1.19-1.21



This course may be conducted at any swimming pool or confined water site although it is recommended the pool be at least 25 metres long. Students should always have access to a float, pool-side or other means of support on surfacing.

Confined Water Session- Static and Dynamic Apnea

After this session the student freediver will be able to:

• Plan a Static Apnea warm up taking no longer than 45 minutes in the water
• Plan a Dynamic Apnea warm up taking no longer than 45 minutes in the water
• Have announced a time for a Static Apnea performance
• Have performed the announced Static breath hold following AIDA Competition
  Regulations for Static Apnea
• Have demonstrated appropriate starting and turning techniques for
  Dynamic Apnea
• Have announced a distance for the Dynamic Apnea performance
• Have performed the announced Dynamic Apnea dive with or without fins,
  following the AIDA Competition Regulations for Dynamic Apnea



These dives should be conducted in open water with a line to be used as a point of reference by the student freediver. This line should be sufficiently buoyed and weighted so that the student freediver could use it to pull up or down if necessary. The line should be at least 8mm in diameter. The maximum depth of the freedives should be limited to the announced depth of the student by placing a bottom plate on the line. A lanyard should be used for all dives except warm-up dives.

After this open water session, the student freediver will be able to:

• Plan a Constant Weight warm up taking no longer session than 45mins
  in the water
• Demonstrate appropriate duck dive and turning techniques for a competition
  Constant Weight freedive
• Announce a depth for the Constant Weight performance.
• Perform the announced Constant Weight dive with or without fins, with a
  countdown, bringing a tag up and performing Surface Protocol according to
  AIDA Competition Regulations



Student Equipment – mask, bi-fins or monofin, snorkel, appropriate exposure protection, weightbelt, lanyard

Instructor Equipment – mask, bi-fins or monofin, snorkel, appropriate exposure protection, weightbelt, stop watch, depth gauge, first aid kit, guideline with bottom plate, tags, lanyard and floatation device, oxygen administration kit (in countries where this is permitted or required by local law) (If there is a student that is
using a monofin during the course, the Instructor can use a monofin when he/she
is showing skills and techniques to this student)

Optional Equipment –nose clip, goggles, lights, underwater video camera, surface video camera


The AIDA Competition Freediver course may be conducted by an Active AIDA Instructor who is also an AIDA Judge with current CPR and First Aid training (completed within the last two years). The instructor should carry liability insurance for teaching freediving. The maximum student diver-to-instructor ratio for open water training dives is four students per instructor (4:1). This may rise to six students per instructor (6:1) when the instructor is assisted by another freediver qualified to at least AIDA **** AND AIDA Competition freediver level. The maximum student diver-to-instructor ratio in confined water is eight students per instructor (8:1). With an AIDA **** Freediver acting as an Assistant, 4 additional students may be added to this ratio to a maximum of 12 students.



Before commencing any in-water training, each student freediver must complete the following documents, for students aged under 18 years, both must be co-signed by a parent or guardian:

• AIDA Medical Statement – this must be completed in full with students marking
  YES or NO to each of the medical conditions listed. If the student answers YES
  to any condition, they must seek medical approval before taking part in any in-
  water activity. The physician must sign the form to indicate this approval.
  Whether or not the student then is then accepted onto the course is left at the
  discretion of the instructor.

• AIDA Liability Release or local equivalentThe AIDA Instructor should hold these
  documents on file for a minimum of seven years or longer if required by  local



Freedivers who meet all the performance requirements outlined above may be certified as an AIDA Competition Freediver. Students who meet all the performance requirements other than those listed under ‘Open Water Dive Session’ may be certified as AIDA Pool Competition Freediver. Students who complete the full AIDA Competition Freediver course in combination with the AIDA ****Freediver course will be certified as AIDA ****Freediver/Competition.The certification request should mot be send later than 3 month from the certification date.


Prerequisite certifications: AIDA **Freediver or equivalent
Minimum Age: 18 or older (16 with parent/guardian signature)
Minimum theory sessions: 1 of at least 1 ½ hours
Minimum confined water sessions: 1
Minimum open water sessions: 1
The course should be run over at least 1 day
Student to Instructor Training: 8:1 (confined water), 12:1 (confined water with an assistant of certified to least
AIDA ****Freediver), 4:1 (open water) ) 6:1 (open water with an assistant of certified to least AIDA ****Freediver and AIDA Competition Freediver)
Minimum Instructor Rating: AIDA Instructor and AIDA Judge, Active with current First Aid and CPR Training (within 2 years)

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