Let me tell me something about myself! I’m Kim ten Wolde, born (1987) and raised in Harderwijk, a small town in The Netherlands. I have always been mesmerized by the beauty of the sea – as a small boy I loved to go out and be on the water, mainly sailing. I was intrigued by the diversity and beauty of the animal kingdom and especially whales, dolphins and sharks were my favorite animals. As a kid I used to go to the Dolfinarium in Harderwijk frequently and already back then this sparked my love for these amazing animals. I now know captivity kills and think these marine animal circuses should be shut down, but unfortunately I did not know back then.
I studied chemical engineering at the University of Twente and it brought me to becoming a process engineer at Fertilizer’s producer ICL Fertilizers in Amsterdam. It started out as an internship for my thesis, but I ended up doing this job for just under 5 years! It was a great job – I got to travel quite a lot and there were a lot of challenging things I got to work on. However great it was – I decided it was time to turn my life around and fully focus myself om my lifelong dream, making a profession out of diving.
During my studies I stumbled upon the student diving club Piranha. I did a DSD and immediately was sold on being able to breathe underwater and enter this 3D-world. And there I went, about two weeks later doing my OWD course. A year later, I almost had 100 dives, so you can imagine I was quite addicted – especially knowing that of the 100 dives, only 30 were in warmer waters and I got my Divemaster licence half a year after OWD. I wanted to be able to show people the beauty of diving, so I became an instructor and at the moment of writing (Apr-2017) I have about 300 certifications on my name.
And now the time has come for me to focus my entire life on the underwater world. I will start off at Pico Sports from May ’17 until September ’17 and hopefully I will be able to go along to Norway in November and expand this even further afterwards.