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Freedivers from across Canada met for the AIDA Canada AGM on February 19, 2017

Freedivers from across Canada met for the AIDA Canada AGM on February 19, 2017. Members celebrated 2016′s achievements and progress and joined in to discuss the future of freediving in Canada. Elections were held and the new board includes the following:

Roberta Cenedese (BC), President
Francois Leduc (QC), Vice-President
Yaroslava Timoshenko (Ont), Treasurer
Jillian Rutledge (BC), Secretary

Re-elected board members Roberta and Francois will continue for an additional term. They are very pleased to welcome back Yaroslava Timoshenko, who has previously served, and Jillian Rutledge, who will serve for the first time. Together, the Board will develop the initiatives of the previous term and move forward with AIDA Canada’s plans for 2017. Several committees have already been formed and work has begun on vital areas of growth:

Website Committee
Social Media Committee
Competition Committee

Thank you AIDA Canada members Nikkey Ward, Jaime Kirstein, Joannie Huberdeau and Jean-Christophe Pelletier for volunteering. For more information on any of the above committees, please contact the board (board@aidacanada.org). Volunteers are always welcome.

An integral part of our growth is the new Provincial Representative Committee. So far we have representatives in BC (Luca Malaguti), Quebec (Joannie Huberdeau), Ontario, and Nova Scotia (Jared Cloutier). To contact your provincial representative or to apply for the position in your province, please e-mail the board (board@aidacanada.org). We want every province and territory in Canada to be represented and encourage freedivers to spread the news.

Our goal as we move forward is to continue to represent Canada to the international freediving community and to support our members, clubs, and athletes across Canada. Canadians are some of the toughest and most resilient divers on the planet. We want to celebrate this and encourage further growth of this great sport here at home.

2017 Annual General Meeting and Elections

AIDA Canada’s AGM will take place on Sunday, February 19, 2017. All AIDA Canada members in good standing are encouraged to join in to discuss what happened in 2016 and goals for 2017. At this meeting a vote will be held to elect three new board members.

The meetings and election will be held over a SKYPE conference at 12h EST/9h PST. Three main sites will host freedivers in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Our President will join in from Edmonton. If you are in one of these areas and would like to join freedivers from your local community, or if you would like another site added, please post a note in the Forums or send us an email at board@aidacanada.org.

Our National is only as strong as its members. Let your voice be heard.

 

Happy Sweet 2016

Stand Up Paddling is a great cross-training tool to freediving training

Happy New Year AIDA Canada!

January 1st, 2016 marks the 7th year of AIDA Canada as a new expression of the Canadian freediving community.

Prepare for an exciting new year ! Do browse our forums which will give you access to the AIDA Canada community, full of ideas and initiatives. Do you feel like putting a lot of fun in your freediving ? You are in the right place.

The AGM will be held on Saturday February 13, 2016 for AIDA Canada Members. Make sure you are up to date with your membership and consult the forum for more details.

With this new year comes a new opportunity to represent Canada at two major international competitions, the 2016 AIDA Pool World Championships which will take place in Turku, Finland, from 25 June – 4 July 2016 and the 2016 Team World Championships which will be held in Kalamata, Greece from September 16 to 25. Are you itching to know where your 2015 performances placed you on the national ranking list ? Perhaps you will want to apply for a spot on the national team. Do take the time to learn about the selection criteria.

And for those of you who would like to promote the sport of apnea, we welcome all forms of support (volunteering, donations, sponsoring, etc).

AIDA Canada is the Canadian national representation of the international federation of AIDA (Association internationale pour le développement de l’apnée). AIDA Canada governs the competitive sport of freediving in Canada and ratifies provincial and national records. AIDA International ratifies world records.

For more information, contact us !

All the best for the new year!

The AIDA Canada Board

11th Cup of Montreal

Montreal, May 30th, 2015 – The 11th annual Coupe d’apnée de Montréal (Montreal Cup) took place at the Parc Jean Drapeau swimming complex. The event, organized by CASM (Club d’apnée sportive de Montréal), benefited from almost perfect warm and sunny weather.

Group picture of the 11th Cup of Montreal

This year’s competition was a busy one, with some 24 competitors coming from as far as Toronto, Quebec City, Gaspésie and, of course, Montreal itself. In addition, the competition was supported by over a dozen volunteers and a very competent safety team. Benoit Daoust was again available to take great pictures of the day’s competition.

CASM’s event was supported by two new sponsors this year: Enjoy Freediving and Les Projets de Nicolas. Enjoy Freediving offered a pair of R2 Trygons fins to the top male and female competitors in the dynamic with fins event while the best static performers were offered Trygons’ famous noseclips. The medals for top competitors in each of the discipline were awarded courtesy of Les Projets de Nicolas. A big thank to both organizations for their support!

Impressive performance by Alexandre Chapdelaine who placed 2nd in the Dynamic apnea event

The dynamic with fins event saw stiff competition this year as Gregory Costa, a 2014 record breaker, sought to regain his title after a solid performance by Alexandre Chapdelaine who posted a white-card performance of 173 meters. In the end, Costa was not to be beaten and finished with a result of 190 meters, putting him within range of the national record currently held by William Winram (205 meters).

In the women’s category, a newcomer, Rosalie Julien took first place. Once again, Marie-Christine Lamontagne managed to place with a silver medal performance followed closely by Toronto’s Larissa Lolyada.

Overall winners of the 11th Cup of Montreal in the Women’s category:
1-Rosalie Julien
2-Marie-Christine Lamontagne
3-Larissa Kolyada

Medal-winners - from left to right Tamara, Marie-Christine, Larissa and Rosalie

Overall winners of the 11th Cup of Montreal in the Men’s category:
1-Alexandre Chapdelaine
2-Gregory Costa
3-Marc-André Piché

Winners - from left to right - Marc-André, Gregory and Alexandre

Naturally, an event like this could not be possible without its tireless volunteers: safety divers, judge assistants and judges !

The safety team - the most important people of a competition - from left to right: Marc-André Tratch, Philippe Beauchamp, Lionel Bernard and Yan Deschaintre

AIDA Canada looks forward to the 12th edition of this event in 2016 ! If you’d like to be a volunteer to help competition organizers, contact your local club or AIDA Canada.

2015 Team Canada Selection

 

Congratulations to Anne-Louise Fortin for having been selected to attend the 2015 Individual Depth World Championships (Limassol, Cyprus – September 11-20).

We wish her many successes.

For more information on selection, please visit the National Team Selection page for more details.

Team Canada welcomes your support. All donations will help offset the travel and competition costs.

Free-Z-Dive 2015

This past March 21st, AIDA Canada’s affiliated Club d’apnée sportive de Montréal (casm.info) set out once again to enjoy some high-visibility diving at Morrison quarry in Gatineau, Quebec. As a result of a particularly cold winter this year, the ice was thicker than is often the case by late March. In total, sixteen members came out to enjoy the fun and, as is traditional, we were joined by a few tech diving friends (Michael Grebler and Adam Kulczycki) who were kind enough immortalize the outing on film. This event kicks off what will be a busy year for the club. Up next, the annual Montreal Cup on May 30th!

flying underwater - © Michael Grebler

what's up? - © Michael Grebler

Brand New Year

Happy New Year and Happy Birthday AIDA Canada!

January 1st, 2015 marks the 6th year of AIDA Canada as a new expression of the Canadian freediving community.

AIDA Canada logo




Prepare for an exciting new year ! Do browse our forums which will give you access to the AIDA Canada community, full of ideas and initiatives. Do you feel like putting a lot of fun in your freediving ? You are in the right place.

The AGM will be held on Sunday February 8, 2015 for AIDA Canada Members. Make sure you are up to date with your membership and consult the forum for more details.

With this new year comes a new opportunity to represent Canada at international competitions, including the individual world championships which will take place in Belgrade, Serbia (pool) and Lymassol, Cyprus (depth). Are you itching to know where your 2014 performances placed you on the national ranking list ? Perhaps you will want to apply for a spot on the national team. Do take the time to learn about the selection criteria.

And for those of you who would like to promote the sport of apnea, we welcome all forms of support (volunteering, donations, sponsoring, etc).

AIDA Canada is the Canadian national representation of the international federation of AIDA (Association internationale pour le développement de l’apnée). AIDA Canada governs the competitive sport of freediving in Canada and ratifies provincial and national records. AIDA International ratifies world records.

For more information, contact us !

All the best for the new year!

The AIDA Canada Board