February 23rd, 2002
Art. 1. NAME, HEAD OFFICE, LEGAL FORM
Under the name A.I.D.A. International - Association Internationale pour le
Développement de l'Apnée an association was founded in Paris on the 11th of December,
1999, as defined in Article 60ff of the Swiss Civil Code.
The head office of A.I.D.A. International is in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The annual period starts January 1st and ends December 31st.
A.I.D.A. International is obliged towards third parties to sign collectively by the President
and/or Vice-President and by a member of the Executive Board (according to Art. 11.1).
Art. 2. GOALS
A.I.D.A. International has the following goals:
- The development of freediving in all countries.
- The organization of international meetings and competitions.
- The standardization of regulations in regard to education, competitions and records.
- The assurance of cross-border communication between practising members.
- The development of a system of reciprocity for various existing forms of education.
- The recognition and registration of records and achievements for the various disciplines
A.I.D.A. International will undertake all necessary steps to achieve these goals.
A.I.D.A. International may associate itself with other international organizations.
A.I.D.A. International is a non-profit organization.
Art. 3. MEMBERS
A.I.D.A. International consists of the following member categories:
- EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER
- ACTIVE MEMBER
- HONORARY MEMBER
Art. 4. EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER
Members of the Executive Board are those mentioned in article 11.1.
Members of the Executive Board have the right to vote.
Art. 5. ACTIVE MEMBERS
An active member of A.I.D.A. International is a national institution comprised of several
A national organization wanting to become a member of A.I.D.A. International must send
written application to the Executive Board.
A copy of the statutes and a list of members must be enclosed in the appendix of the
The Executive Board will decide on admission of a new member after consultation with other
5.3 A.I.D.A. NATIONAL
Countries having several national affiliated institutions (active members), the Executive
Board/Assembly of Delegates will appoint the institution considered as the A.I.D.A. National
each year, by taking into account the number of verified members and the activities
organized by these institutions.
To that effect, the institutions will circulate history file to the Executive Board/Assembly of
Delegates, no later than the 1st of December of each year.
Only the A.I.D.A. National expressed by its national representative or, if he is unable, by its
national consultant has the right to vote (1 country = 1 vote).
All withdrawals must be adressed in writing to the Executive Board no later than the 1st of
December, to take effect December 31st. Members fees for the year in progress are remain
Exclusion may be pronounced by the Assembly of Delegates by the majority of 2/3 of the
members having the right to vote, against a member who, by his conduct, or any other
manner, has harmed A.I.D.A. International, violated the present statutes or breached the
internal A.I.D.A. International regulations.
Membership fees that have already been paid will remain with A.I.D.A. International.
5.6 MEMBERSHIP FEES
Fees are established by the Assembly of Delegates.
There are due by March 31st of each year.
Art. 6. HONORARY MEMBER
A natural person may be nominated as Honorary Member by the Assembly of Delegates of
A.I.D.A. International by proposal of the Executive Board.
An Honorary Member is exempt of all fees and may participate in the Assembly of
Delegates, however, he does not have a voice.
Art. 7. RESOURCES
A.I.D.A. International has the following resources:
- Annual member fees.
- Donations, legacies etc.
- In general, the total income generated by A.I.D.A. International activities.
Art. 8. RESPONSABILITIES
All members are freed of all personal financial responsabilities.
A.I.D.A. International obligations are only guaranteed by the assets of the association.
Each member takes part in A.I.D.A. international activities on his own responsibility.
Art. 9. GOVERNING BODIES
The Governing Bodies of A.I.D.A. International are:
- The Assembly of Delegates.
- The Executive Board.
- The Auditors.
Art. 10. ASSEMBLY OF DELEGATES
The Assembly of Delegates is the paramount authority of the association.
It is composed of representatives of each active member (1 national representative having
the right to vote per country).
It has jurisdictions conceded by law and the present statutes, notable:
- Election of the Executive Board.
- Election of Auditors.
- Approval of various activity reports.
- Approval and release of annual and auditors reports.
- Approval and release of the management of the directing bodies.
- Establishment of membership fees for the following year.
- Votation of the budget.
- Nomination of Honorary Members.
- Pronouncement of exclusion of members.
- Modification of the statutes.
- Decisions of all submitted questions.
- Decision of the dissolution of A.I.D.A. International.
With the exception of dispositions contrary to the law or to the present statutes, the
Assembly of Delegates, meaningfully appointed and convened on a regular basis, may make
decisions by simple majority of the members present.
No decisions can be made on subjects not listed on the agenda.
The regular Assembly of Delegates is convened by the Executive Board.
Appointment to the Assembly of Delegates is addressed to each national representative at
least 10 days in advance. The appointment must include the meeting agenda.
All decisions, with the exception of dissolution of the association, may be decided by mail no
matter the media used.
Corresponding information must be sent simultaneously to all voting members (national
For validation purposes, a decision must be announced in writing within 10 days following
the decision, by simple majority of the members present.
A special Assembly of Delegates may be convened by the Executive Board or by the
President at any time or by request of at least 1/5 of the voting members.
In the case of emergency an Assembly of Delegates may be convened by mail within 48
hours (no matter the media used).
Only the delegates of active members (national representatives), and voting members of the
Executive Board have the right to vote at the Assembly of Delegates, whether it be regular or
In case of impediment, a member may appoint a delegate of another country to represent
him, provided that a signed power of authority has been sent to the President declaring right
Elections, nominations and votes are made by handsign. A secret vote is made on request
by the president or if requested by at least 1/10 of the members present.
Art. 11. EXECUTIVE BOARD
The Executive Board is responsible for the management and administration of A.I.D.A.
International activities, which consists of the following members:
- Technical Director.
- Officer in charge of international relationships.
- Officer in charge of education and training.
- Officer in charge of records./li>
Art. 12. COMMISSIONS
To ensure the smooth functioning of A.I.D.A. International or if the Executive Board sees
the need, they may nominate commissions deemed useful throughout the course of the
A detailed list of duties and a budget will be created.
Art. 13. AUDITORS
Each year the Assembly of Delegates elects two auditors and a substitute.
Each auditor remains in office two years and will be replaced by his substitute.
Auditors verify the books and compile a report for the Assembly of Delegates of A.I.D.A.
Art. 14. MODIFICATIONS OF STATUTES
The statutes may only be modified by an Assembly of Delegates consisting of at least 2/3 of
the members having the right to vote, and by majority of 2/3 of the voters.
Art. 15. DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION
The dissolution of A.I.D.A. International may only be decided by special assembly
consisting of at least 2/3 of the members having the right to vote, and by majority of 2/3 of
the members present.
The dissolution of the association can not be made by written correspondence.
In the event of a dissolution, the assets of A.I.D.A. International assets will be transferred to
a legal public entity or to a natural person having similar goals.
Art. 16. QUORUM
If the quorum of Art. 14.1 or 15.1 are not attained, a second assembly will be convened.
It will deliberate no matter the number of members present or represented having the right to
vote and will make decisions on the majority of 2/3 of the members present.
Art. 17. FINAL DISPOSITIONS
The present statutes were accepted by the founding assembly in Paris, the 11th of
December, 1999, and modified by special Assembly of Delegates the 23rd of February 2002.
They take effective immediately.
President Sébastien Nagel
Vice-President Frédéric Buyle
Technical Director Claude Chapuis
Secretary Annick Chapuis
Treasurer Marcello De Matteis
Officer in charge of international relations Karoline M. M. Dal Toé
Officer in charge of education and training Kirk Krack
Officer in charge of records Dieter Baumann