ERICKSON, Ralph D., M.Ed.
Last updated: April 18, 2017 at 18:00 pm
Educator; writer; Co-Founder of PADI with John Cronin in 1966; started the Erickson Underwater Swimming School in 1959; attended the first NAUI Instructor Training Course in 1961 and became NAUI Instructor number 35; wrote scuba instruction book, Under Pressure, in 1961; co-owned and operated an International PADI Instructor Training Center in Chicago with Patrick Hammer; paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne during WWII.
Honours and Awards:
International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (2007)
Diver of the Year (Our World-Underwater, 2004)
DEMA Hall of Fame (1992)
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