The Game Instructors association was created in 1967 and was originally called the APGAI or the association of game angling instructors. It was around 1997 that the organisation changed its name to the Game angling instructor’s association and is now know as GAIA.
GAIA's four key aims are:
- To establish and maintain a high standard of technical and practical knowledge and skills for game angling instruction/coaching.
- To administer and manage GAIA's awards and to support high standards of technical competence in such other awards and certification for game angling coaches/instructors that may at any time involve the Association.
- To promote GAIA and the professional integrity of its Members.
- To establish GAIA as a recognised professional organisation for game angling both nationally and internationally.