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Baptiste Duflos (Truk Nov 2015)
A short (haha - okay, longish) re-cap of my recent trip with Lust4Rust Diving Excursions with Pete Mesley
I had an amazing time and really appreciate how seamless and easy the entire experience was. I know this represented a tremendous amount of effort "behind the scenes" that Pete has heavily invested in over countless trips (years! Pete has over 31 trips to Chuuk alone!). I logged 20 dives during this trip and close to 40 hours underwater and this was a truly lifelong memory for me!
The trip from my slice of hometown USA to Chuuk involved over 40 hours of travel time. Chuuk is a small island in Micronesia with a basic level of services. Many of the amenities we consider standard basic living are luxuries for the people of Chuuk.
The Blue Lagoon Dive shop staff was fantastic and always willing to help. I deeply appreciate the dedication and detailed briefings my dive guide, McKenzie, provided before each dive - it really helped me plan and narrow down my focus the enormous and overwhelming large wrecks we explored.
The Rebreather support by Pete and the Blue Lagoon Dive Shop was phenomenal. Pete provided high quality sorb and O2 clean rebreather tanks. Helium rich fills were handled by Blue Lagoon Dive shop and were always accurate and ready to go in the morning - although they were hot filled it was always a good fill that analyzed clean on the CO sensors and the HE and O2 mixes were delivered as requested.
The dive schedule was fantastic and out of the 20 technical dives I did we only had a single dive where another boat from the resort was present. I can't even imagine the planning and agile logistics this required with 32 divers in our group. Pete maintained the "The List" and ensured that each boat had an unrushed and special experience on each wreck site. I enjoyed the in-depth briefings and insights Pete had on each wreck during dinner - they really enabled me to focus on specific aspects of each wreck that I was interested in.
The Blue Lagoon resort staff were extremely accommodating to my unique food allergy. Having Celiac disease it's often difficult to communicate my dietary restrictions and the staff handled it extremely well. I'm happy to report that over the course of 14 days I didn't have a single reaction and only had a couple of close calls (mainly cross-contamination) which were easily absorbed. This was a huge relief for me since I am very sensitive to gluten contamination issues and the resort was not only handled our large 32 person group but juggled several other large guest groups as well.
This was my first experience with Lust 4 Rust and it exceeded my expectations. This was a very very expensive and time extensive trip and I would highly recommend it to any of my friends looking for a seamless technical diving experience in a remote location! Pete did everything possible to ensure this was truly a once in a lifetime experience!
I'm really looking forward to joining Pete in Bikini Atoll 2016 and looking forward to joining more Lust 4 Rust excursions in the future!
VP Sales & Marketing SHEARWATER RESEARCH INC.
'We thoroughly enjoyed our Lust for Rust, Truk Lagoon 2011 adventure. We were very impressed with Pete's organizational abilities, attention to detail and commitment to diver safey. An added bonus was the great group of fellow divers Pete attracted. It may have been our first Lust for Rust experience but certainly won't be our last. We hear the wrecks of Bikini Atoll calling our names."
Associate Professor Simon J. Mitchell
MB ChB, PhD, DipDHM. DipOccMed, CertDHM (ANZCA), FANZCA
"I cannot imagine there is a better way to do these complex trips. Pete makes it so easy to get the most out of diving the wrecks of Truk and Bikini. He has established relationships and procedures in these isolated places that spare the uninitiated a thousand potential mistakes. The most "can do" guy on the planet. Job done!"
Paul V Toomer
RAID Director of Technical Training
"My life as a full time tech instructor has taken me on some incredible trips and expeditions, but I can honesty say that I have never felt more important, more thrilled and more fulfilled than when I dived Bikini Atoll with Pete. He has turned customer care, service and quality into an art form. When it comes to technical expeditions, Pete is simply unrivalled."
"A friend of mine from South Africa asked me if I wanted to visit Truk with him and some other buddies. I'm more of a cave diver than a wreck diver, but I thought that since Pete had organized a rebreather only group, that this would be my best ever opportunity to see the wrecks with decent bottom times. Pete did not let us down. Everyone on the trip was experienced, allowing us to do long, trouble-free runtimes. We got to explore whatever wrecks we wanted, and Pete's energy in guiding us to the best wrecks was unbelievable. Somehow he also convinced Simon Mitchell, one of the world's foremost decompression experts, to join us and this provided some real peace of mind, knowing that we had top-notch medical help on hand. Overall, I cannot imagine a better organized, better run trip. Pete arranged copious supplies of 'sorb, tanks, helium and oxygen, making travelling easier and ensuring great dives. Blue Lagoon Resort really came through as well, with friendly, knowledgeable guides on all the boats. If you're considering doing Truk, Pete's operation will give you the trip of a lifetime!"
Following a successful expedition in 2008, Pete Mesley already had most of the supplies in place for another trip in 2009. Pete’s trips cater almost exclusively for rebreather divers and their special requirements in terms of gases, cylinders and scrubber materials. Now while I am not an ardent rebreather fanatic who will advocate their use over any other system for any occasion, I do believe in using the right tool for the job. And there is no doubt that these machines are the perfect tool for exploring the wrecks of Truk Lagoon. The deeper and lesser dived wrecks can be explored at leisure without the same time constraints as open circuit. And of course the rebreathers offer almost unlimited bottom time on the shallower wrecks.
So 2009 saw the meeting in Guam of three separate teams from around the world. The British team headed by Leigh Bishop, the Kiwi team led by Pete and including Simon Mitchell, and the South African team (including one living in LA and one in Perth).
Arriving in Truk we were met at the airport and delivered straight to the Blue Lagoon Resort. After check in it was straight to the dive shop for kitting up in preparation for the following day. Pete’s organization was magnificent and all gases and gear were ready as promised. The following day’s diving was a real eye-opener to the size and scale of these wrecks. The rough plan was max five people per boat and one boat per wreck to maximise enjoyment and minimise silting etc. We had a total of 23 planned dives each and unless one wished to repeat a certain dive, these could all be on different wrecks, which would still leave about 40 still to do! (Next trip is a must!) The morning dive would generally be a deeper one (max 62m) and then this was followed by an afternoon dive on a shallower (35m) wreck.
Jeans Full trip report on Flickr on the link below. Check out his awesome pictures!
Hi from another Pete Mesley Truk repeat offender,
This like Simon M (aka the Doc) was also my second trip, and I am already saving the pennies for a return. Truk is indeed the true Mecca of wreck diving especially if you like penetration dives, engine rooms, Kawasaki shipwrecks (yes I kid you not), marine life, and the odd bell. Pete runs a very professional set-up, and to my mind provides the optimum support service for CCR divers, in fact he cannot do enough to make sure that everyone has a mega "Lust 4 Rust" experience. His trips also bring together a diverse group of like minded divers from all over the globe to share in this amazing experience. Highly recommended.
I too was a purveyor of all things Truk! This was my 1st time there and WOW what a place, truly as Des says a mecca for rust! Pete's trip in my opinion was second to none, his attention to detail in regards to providing everything a wanting CCR dive (and the odd O/C head) could hope to need was available in abundance.
His logistics in organizing our boats so each boatload could virtually choose where they wanted to dive on a daily basis instead of being hand held by a dive company - as I'm sure some of us have been accustomed to- was refreshing and exciting to say the least.
The good humor that was present during the trip was fantastic, this was backed on a serious side knowing that we had a world class dive Doc on site in Dr. Simon Mitchell with us taking a fully stocked medical kit out on the boat...All the boats in our party were linked via radio so if there was an incident our Dr. could act quickly, this was extremely comforting to know we had such acute backup on hand. Thankfully Simon had a reasonable time to enjoy his diving as there were no major diving incidents on the trip and everyone went home with all their bits still attached and a smile on their dial.. Pete even went so far as to pre arrange the rooms so as his party got the best rooms at the resort reserved prior to our arrival.
For me after 22 years of diving the world this easily goes down as my best away trip so far! I said one would need to "Do Truk" at leas once in their life....Unfortunately I feel I will need to return now year after year to satisfy a new itch I have developed!
I can't praise Pete Mesley high enough...cheers Pete and see you next year.