Elric van Velden is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer with over 30 years experience. He started Liquid Divers in 2010, wanting to share a passion for scuba diving and in so doing promoting our oceans as a place that we need to cherish and protect.

As PADI Diving Instructors we aim to make dreams come true, by allowing normal people do extraordinary things – thus opening a truly magical world that lies just beneath the ocean surface. 

We try to inspire young and old to experience the ocean like they never have before. 

PADI Seal Team:

The PADI Seal Team is for young scuba divers who are looking for action-packed fun in a pool by completing exciting AquaMissions.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to dive with flashlights, take digital pictures underwater or float effortlessly like an astronaut?

Beyond learning basic scuba skills, there are specialty AquaMissions. such as wreck diving, navigation, buoyancy, environment awareness and more. PADI Seal Team includes doing some cool stuff in the pool, meeting friends and sharing in the adventure of the underwater world. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but kids should be comfortable in the water. Parental approval is required

Need to know:

The PADI Seal Team program teaches responsibility and respect for the aquatic realm. It’s broken into two parts.

  • Part one, AquaMissions 1 – 5, covers basic scuba diving skills, such as breathing underwater, clearing a mask of water, recovering a regulator and swimming around experiencing the sensation of being weightless. Each session takes about an hour. Complete these AquaMissions and become a recognized PADI Seal Team Member. Your experience may also count toward the PADI Open Water Diver course when you’re old enough to participate in the course.
  • Part two, 10 specialty AquaMissions, includes adventures like creature identification, search and recovery diving, and skin diving. Complete all of these and you’ll become a PADI Master Seal Team Member – joining an elite group of young scuba divers.

Getting Started:
PADI Seal Team program from R500.00
(T’s & C’s Apply) Contact us and book your spot.


Discover the lesser known underwater world of Port Elizabeth with Liquid Divers,  without needing any prior diving experience getting your feet wet as they say.

Whether you are on holiday, looking for an adventure, or thinking of taking up diving as a hobby. The Discover Scuba Diving Course, created by PADI, is the perfect introduction to a whole new world.

Need to know:

  • Duration: between 2 – 4 hours depending on the option you choose.
  • Choose between doing your course in a swimming pool or in the ocean.
  • Bring your swimsuit, sunscreen, towel and a snack.
  • You must be at least 10 years old.

Getting Started:
Discover Scuba Diving packages from R999.00
(T’s & C’s Apply) Contact us and book your spot.


If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it all starts. Get your scuba diving certification through the PADI® Open Water Diver course with the Liquid Divers team. This is the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba diving course.

To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge Development (online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
  • Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you learn to use basic scuba gear, including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device and a tank.

Getting Started:
Open Water packages from R4500.00 
(T’s & C’s Apply) Contact us and book your course today!


The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your Liquid Divers PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

Each Adventure Dive may credit toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty Diver Course. If you’ve already taken a specialty diver course, ask your instructor if you’ve earned credit for an Adventure Dive.

PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old are ready to step up and enroll in an Advanced Open Water Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your PADI Instructor.

If you’re already an Adventure Diver, you only need to complete two more Adventure Dives to earn the Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives.  During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.  The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.

Beyond using basic scuba equipment, you’ll need a compass and dive knife or dive tool. You’ll also use specialized gear depending on the Adventure Dive you choose.  Your PADI Instructor will explain the equipment that you need and may suggest additional gear, such as dive light for night diving or lift bag for search and recovery diving.

Getting Started:
Advanced Open Water Packages from R4500.00 
(T’s & C’s Apply) Contact us and book your course today!