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BOARD MEMBERS & VOLUNTEERS
AIDA Canada Board of Directors, elected February 28, 2021 and current volunteers.
Jillian was a marine mammal trainer for 12 years and learned to breathe and dive like dolphins. For several years she crewed on a live-aboard boat in the Bahamas specializing in freediving and interacted respectfully with dolphins. She has trained with some of the world’s top athletes such as Umberto Pelizzari, Sara Campbell, Emma Farrell, Mike Maric and William Trubridge. In 2012, she became an instructor with Apnea Academy in Sharm el Sheikh. She is a life and performance coach, utilizing breath techniques, intuitive and experiential learning to enhance awareness, skills and techniques. Her specialty is recreational freediving certifications while diving with marine animals on adventure retreats in the Bahamas and Hawaii. You’ll also know her from her years of dedication on the board of directors as Secretary.
Irene might be a relative newcomer to freediving, but has an extensive scuba diving and aquatic sports background. She is the first female Course Director in Quebec with teaching experience on 3 continents, and used to also teach lifeguard and first aid courses and instructor level for many years. Before that she was an international level synchronized swimming coach, coach trainer and official, with extensive experience organizing competitions and events. She hopes her experience will be an asset to the board going forward.
Dani began Freediving while travelling around Bali in 2016. Her passion comes from finding relief from anxiety and fitness benefits from diving. She travels as much as she can meeting divers from all over the world. She loves networking globally but also bringing the local community together. Dani also sits on the board of directors for Freedive Toronto as Vice President
Joshua Bearden recently began formal dive training and joined Halifax Freediving Club as a founding member. Joshua believes that the sport of freediving has the potential to increase our awareness and appreciation for our oceans and transform our relationship with the planet. Joining the board of AIDA is a way to contribute to its growth and acceptance in Canada.
Past President (Consulting)
Roberta has been a mainstay of the Vancouver freediving community for over 15 years. One of the original founders of AIDA Canada and former president of the Vancouver Apneist Club, she has organized competitions - including Nationals - and training and recreational outings. Currently she teaches AIDA and PADI freediving courses in the Vancouver area and organizes annual pool and depth competitions in Vancouver. She is committed to the development of the sport of freediving across Canada. She will continue to be active with select projects as she transfers her regular duties to the new acting President of Aida Canada
Jean-Christophe made the switch from an avid snorkeler to a freediver in 2016 after hearing the call of the deep during a trip in the Caribbean. Ever since he has enjoyed the camaraderie that surrounds the sport and keeps finding new places to dive with his buddies in Québec. He also helps translate AIDA Canada's communications in french.
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