NECO Marine is a PADI 5* Gold Palm IDC Training Facility and National Geographic Dive Center, so you’ve come to the right place to learn!
At NECO you’ll find the best training facility in Palau. With our experienced and highly professional staff and custom training pool, you’re starting your dive career right at the top. And with world class diving to suit all levels, you’ll be spoiled for life!
Introduction to Diving
So you have never tried SCUBA before? Interested to find out about diving?
- The PADI Discover Scuba Diving course is for you.
Discover Scuba Diving is exactly what it says… an introduction to diving. It includes two dives – one in confined water, off a beach or in our pool, and one dive in the ocean. There are only a few basic skills to master before you have the opportunity to experience the underwater magic of Palau with one of our PADI Instructors. This is one the few PADI courses offered where there is no certification upon completing the course.
- PADI Scuba Diver
This is the second step up the PADI ladder, and is Discover Scuba plus a little bit more! This course consists of three confined pool sessions, where you will get the chance to master skills needed for the open water (ocean) dive portion of the course. There is also some study involved – two knowledge reviews and a couple of quizzes to complete. This course takes two days and on completion, you are certified to dive with a PADI instructor to a maximum depth of 12 meters/40 feet.
- PADI Open Water Diver Course
This is a four day course, consisting of reading the PADI Open Water manual, completing the included knowledge reviews, watching a DVD that complements the manual, four quizzes and an exam, confined/pool water skills practice, and four open water dives (in the ocean). This is the first level in PADI certifications, after completing this course you will be certified to dive to a depth of 18 meters/60 feet without supervision.
- PADI Open Water Referral Course
Want to get your Open Water certification but want to learn somewhere exotic? Don’t want to spend your valuable vacation time studying? You don’t have to! Contact a local PADI dive center near you, and you can complete the independent study portion of the course before coming to Palau. Once here, you can then complete the remainder of the course with us in the beautiful waters of Palau.
- PADI e-Learning
Learning to Scuba dive has never been so easy. Designed for people who wish to study on their own time or have busy schedules, PADI e-learning lets you complete all of the independent study portion of the Open Water Diver course on-line, giving you more time on vacation to complete the diving portions of the course.
Haven't dived in a while, feeling a bit rusty?
- We offer a PADI refresher course, which is a single tank dive in our pool with one of our PADI instructors.
- Private Guides are available if you want that little bit of extra assurance that your dive buddy is a NECO PADI professional.
Want to improve your diving skills?
Want to keep learning and become a better diver? Do you have a particular diving interest you’d like to explore? We offer the courses to suit:
- Advanced Course
This course is all about diving and increasing your diving experience and skills. After a deep dive and a navigation dive, choose three different adventure dives from a list of many different possibilities.
- Nitrox Course
Enjoy the benefits of diving nitrox by becoming a PADI certified nitrox diver. Don’t want to lose a diving day? No problem! We can schedule the class work so you don’t lose time in the water.
- Emergency First Response
PADI’s CPR and First Aid course is for divers and non-divers alike. In addition, CPR and first aid are prerequisites for anyone wishing to become a Rescue Diver. If you don’t have a current CPR and first aid certification we highly recommend this course.
- Rescue Diver
Learn to look out for others as well as yourself. This course builds your self-confidence and survival and rescue skills and is often quoted as the most rewarding scuba course among divers.
- Specialty Diver Courses
Gain a knowledge and skills in a specialty in an area that interests you. Gain five specialties and you can apply for PADIs Master Scuba Diver rating – the highest non-professional rating a PADI diver can achieve. NECO offers the following specialties:National Geographic Diver – can be done as an extra part of the Open Water dive course or taken as a Specialty. Either way this course brings you in touch with the local reefs and what to look out for on your next dive.
AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
AWARE Fish Identification
Digital Underwater Photographer
Enriched Air Nitrox Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Search and Recovery
Professional Level Courses
NECO Marine is rated as a PADI Instructor Development Center. We can help start off your dream diving career with the professional skills that all instructors and divemasters need.