Freediving New Zealand

(formerly AIDA NZ Incorporated)


AIDA International (International Association for the Development of Apnea) is the leading organisation of competitive Freediving. Over the years AIDA International has defined the disciplines of Freediving, recognised and authenticated world records and mandated team and individual world championships. More information on AIDA International can be found at:

AIDA International (AIDA) is managed by a Board (President, Treasurer, etc) and the council of Nationals. These are the delegates from each national organisation affiliated to AIDA. Freediving NZ is the NZ National affiliate.

Freediving New Zealand is an incorporated society established in 2006 (As AIDA NZ Inc) to support our athletes by facilitating competition in New Zealand and internationally, providing guidance on safety, assisting in training judges and promoting the sport at club level. As an affiliate and to maintain consistency and to benchmark against the world’s best, Freediving NZ utilises AIDA International rules and selects internationally qualified judges for competitions to offer world ranking for our competitors.

In addition to liaison with AIDA, selecting athletes for world championships, providing judges for club competitions, and hosting an annual national freediving competition, Freediving NZ from time to time also represents competitive freedivers in discussions with other bodies such as NZUA and others, particularly in the area of freediving safety.

Current Board Members

The Board currently consists of four members, and is actively recruiting for more.

Joy Keene
Brad James
Nathanial Fairweather
Tim Heeley