ADDITIONAL POOL FREEDIVING COMPETITION REGULATIONS
1. Athletes must be at least an AIDA 2 Pool Freediver or equivalent international certification.
Each athlete must be able to provide proof of certification of their freediving education/training equivalent to AIDA 2 Pool Freediver prior to the competition day. All athletes must be trained in freediving and breath hold activities by an International freediving certification organisation without exception and be able to provide evidence of this education/training.
2. An athlete cannot perform if he/she has blacked out during his/her warm up dive during the pool freediving competition.
As it is stated in the AIDA Regulations, any athlete who has a black out (BO) during his/her performance has to stop diving for the rest of the day. Since it is a mini competition and we only have one AIDA discipline on the competition day, this rule does not have much relevance. Nevertheless, a black out during the warm up is still considered a black out and an athlete who has a BO during their warm up, will not be allowed to compete on that day.
3. An athlete who has a BO will not be able to win in the cumulative points across all Freediving Gold Coast competitions to be awarded overall 2019 Freediving Gold Coast Male Champion or overall 2019 Freediving Gold Coast Female Champion.
It is possible that an athlete who has a red card in one of his/her performances could still have a higher total score compared to his/her competitors and still be able to win the Overall Champion title. However, if the red card was given because the athlete suffered a black out, he/she will lose the chance to win this title. As we are prioritising safety, all athletes who black out are penalised in the competition point standings.
4. For Australian residents to achieve an athlete ranking on the AIDA International website an athlete must be a member of the Australian Freediving Association (AFA). Please go to the AFA website to join online. Freediving Gold Coast will be unable to upload your results to AIDA if you are not a member of an AIDA National PRIOR to the event. It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure they are a member of an AIDA National and Freediving Gold Coast is not responsible for an athlete’s membership status.