REef's Mission

The Ralph Erickson Educational Foundation is a  501 (C) (3).  We strive to  provide an opportunity  for those divers whose economic status prohibits them from continuing their education to the Instructor ranks of the scuba diving industry. 


Ralph knew the amazing connection that occurs when man goes underwater and explores a whole new world. REEF works to provide local islanders with the opportunity to advance in the scuba diving industry. Connect with us on social media! 

What's New?

Explore ReEF

Keeping the Dream Alive- one instructor at a time

 January 23rd

Support REEF at the Dallas World of Water Show

Febuary 26th

REEF will be at Our World Of Water Show in Chicago

Ralph Erickson , Co- founder of PADI

it all started with a meeting of Minds

Ralph and John Cronin set down one night with a bottle of scotch and an idea that would revolutionize  the dive industry. What followed would become the largest organization of divers in the world. Ralph's passion was diver education, REEF aims to continue his dream!

Ralph Erickson Educational Foundation