About Lust4Rust and Aquatic Adventures

Pete Mesley is the driving force behind Lust4Rust Diving Excursions and Aquatic Adventures. Pete is one of the Southern Hemispheres most experienced Technical Diving Instructors and Explorers, but is not the driving force behind what he does "Its actually getting out there and doing the diving that is most important to me!"

I started specialising in rebreather and technical diving trips about 15 years ago, shortly after I went on a diving holiday with my breather and coudnt get any assistance and support from the dive operator.

On top of that, dive times were limited to 30-50min and the person that I was paired up with had done 10 dives in 4 years. This was not the way I had wanted to spend my diving holiday! So I did something about it - and started Lust4Rust Diving Excursions and Aquatic Adventure .

So ever since then I have been focusing on producing quality dive trips globally, focusing on taking people from experienced Recreational Divers to Highly Experienced Rebreather and Technical Divers to some of the best dive locations on the planet! We have a massive inventory of technical diving equipment in many locations (Truk Lagoon, Bikini Atoll etc etc), Rebreather tanks, deco tanks, boosters, Helium, Sorb, Manifolded twins etc. All this to reduce any hassles of transporting gear to these destinations.

Safety is of the utmost importance so on all our specialised trips we take a diving physician and a comprehensive medic kit, for everyones piece of mind.

We really look forward to diving with you in the future! Check out what people have had to say about our trips on this link

Experience in the Diving Industry

Pete's passion for diving started in the cold English waters over 25 years ago. This is where his "Lust for Rust" was created and from then onwards he has dedicated himself to researching, finding, diving, photographing and leading expeditions to wreck diving meccas! With over 3000 + hours in-water experience spanning over 15 different countries, Pete has made diving a full time occupation.

Originally from Zimbabwe Pete married a Kiwi girl and moved to NZ in 1994. As well as being a PADI Course Director, Pete is a Tech CCR Diving Instructor Trainer, TDI Advanced Trimix Instructor, and CCR Inspiration Advanced Trimix Rebreather Instructor. Pete is one of the Southern Hemisphere's most experienced Technical divers and Instructors.

National Geographic Expedition in 2009 Diving the HMS Britannic

He's also been involved in many diving activities with significant experience in leading and being a part of expeditions to wrecks. One of his recent expeditions was where he was one of 2 stills photographers brought in for a National Geographic expedition to the HMHS Britannic. Being part of a team of 10 divers from all over the world diving the famous wreck!

In June 2000 he was involved with Tanya Streeters 90 meter variable ballast sled dive in New Zealand. Also featuring in the National Geographic series X-Force The Science of Diving. He has become more involved with planning and organising technical trips round NZ and the South Pacific.

Being the first to dive the Port Kembla, sunk in 1917

Pete has also been the first to dive many NZ deep wrecks. The Port Kembla in 2007, 96m (cargo ship hit German mine in 1917). HMS Puriri in 1999, 2000, 2005 in 97m (a Kiwi minesweeper sunk in 1940's), RMS Niagara 2000, 2004, 2006, in 125m (a luxurious Ocean liner sunk by German mine in 1940's) He is also a veteran of the Mikhail Lermontov with over 400 hours inside the wreck!

He has also conducted expeditions and has experience diving in the Solomons, President Coolidge, Vanuatu, Truk Lagoon, Bikini Atoll, Sipadan Island, Borneo, Great Barrier Reef, Red Sea, Scapa Flow, Scotland, dived over 100 wrecks in UK, Fiji, Tonga, Cyprus, South Africa, Caves in Zimbabwe, ice diving in South Island NZ, Melbourne wrecks Australia and the South China Sea.

An accomplished photographer and videographer, Pete has an appetite for finding new places, new wrecks and adventure! Pete currently lives in Auckland with his wife, Kim and his two daughters.

2013 Saw Pete being accepted into the coveted "Explorers Club" as a member for his contribution to exploration of wrecks around the world and documenting them.

Also receiving recognition at the 2013 Oztek Technical Diving Conference in Sydney Australia for "Exceptional Contributions to the Growth and Development of Technical Diving"