Ralph Clark        Email email05.gif (296 bytes)

PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) Staff Instructor #238712

          Ralph strapped on his first SCUBA rig in the mid-1950s and upon descending and finding he could breathe underwater experienced the greatest thrill of his young life so far.

Over the years the thrill has continued and he has discovered that he is more comfortable on or under the water than on land.  He particularly enjoys participating in others’ first experience of SCUBA diving and learning new dive skills.  “To see the awe and wonder in their eyes and hear it in their voices upon surfacing after a dive and to know that I played a part in introducing them to this very special world is a never ending joy in my life.”  He is concerned about the state of coral reefs around the world and stresses respect and care for that very precious natural resource. 

Ralph’s diving experience includes most of the popular dive spots around the world and even a little tactical Scuba diving in the South China Sea while a member of the US Army Special Forces.  After retirement from the Army he became a Divemaster/Assistant Instructor, then an Instructor, attempting to pass on the enjoyment he has experienced Scuba diving.

Ralph owns The SCUBA Shack, LLC, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, a small, full service dive shop providing Travel, Training and Equipment Sales and Service opportunities. 


Specialty Instructor Designations
Emergency First Responder Instructor


Enriched Air / Nitrox Deep Digital Underwater Photography
Wreck Dry Suit Underwater Photography
Underwater Navigation Sidemount Project AWARE
Night Peak Performance Buoyancy Coral Reef Conservation
Search & Recovery Equipment Specialist