While these accomplishments are most impressive, when asked what he was proudest of, his response was always the same. His pride and joy in life were his loving, devoted wife, Karen, and an energetic, talented, young daughter, Karina. Karen and Karina Erickson kept his heart young and his face smiling.

Karina is, without a doubt, her father's daughter. She became a PADI divemaster at 18 years old, and a PADI Instructor at 22. Karina serves as the communications director of the Ralph Erickson Educational Foundation. 


Karen and Ralph co-taught both recreational and professional scuba classes their entire marriage. Karen continues to teach classes and Instructor courses in the Texas area, and remains heavily involved in the dive industry. 

Ralph and Karina were headed to the beach one day while Karen was teaching an IDC. Karina kept finding things that she needed to take with them. Always the daddy's girl, Ralph was wrapped around her little finger!