Do Hyung Kim: SDI Instructor Trainer Ambassador

Hi, I’m Do Hyun Kim

What was the first dive you did and how did it influence you to start a career in the diving industry?

When I was very young boy, I first came to SCUBA diving because of my father`s hobby.
I slept on my bed on Saturday, but it was the sea when I woke up on Sunday morning.
Every weekend, my dad went to dive to the sea with me. It was a new world, and from then on I had a future hope turned into a pilot and a SCUBA diving instructor.

What do you believe is the most important trait of a professional educator and why?

As one sows, so shall he reap.
I think trainer should always be an example that keep the rules thoroughly as educator, even in private.
So that they can gain the take trust from students.

What is your favorite SDI class to teach and why?  

Although I mainly used to coach Instructor Trainers, I prefer to Open-water Diver and Instructor Development course.
Actually I rarely coach Open-water Diver recently, but do be careful and having a passion.
Because their diving life can be affected by my coaching.
This is the reason why I always tell to them who applied IDC(Instructor Development Course).
In other words, be carefully, passionate, the best for it.

What is a bucket list dive you still have?

Whenever, wherever, someone wanted to go diving with me then it is my bucket-list.
If I had to pick it, Crystal-cave and Mine-diving in Europe.

What is one bit of advice you would give to a perspective Instructor candidate about to embark on becoming an SDI Instructor?

Seeing it essentially, IDC(Instructor Development Course) is not kinds of make performance good or learn new skills.
It is a learning how to coach well the diving skills you have learned so far.
Do not forget what their diving life can be affected by your coaching.