Ralph Erickson Educational Foundation

The Ralph Erickson Educational Foundation is in memory of Ralph Erickson, a local Midwest Instructor Trainer, who along with John Cronin started PADI. So far we have funded well over 30 IDC candidates to complete their instructor rating. These underprivileged divers were barely making it and today are making a good living as PADI instructors. Some have moved up into management positions too. It is an honor to be able to bring this to them, but we can only keep up the good work with your support.

You can support the growth of dive industry by having Instructor Classes offered under your name. The Erickson Foundation offers grants to IDC candidates that truly cannot afford to enroll. Scuba manufactures, or any company for that matter, can become a corporate donor and have a full IDC conducted under your company name. To sponsor an IDC or apply for a grant, contact patrick@ourworldunderwater.com. Learn more visit 

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