Peter Mesley

Pete’s passion for diving started in the cold English waters over 31 years ago. This is where his "Lust for Rust" was created and from then onwards he has dedicated himself to researching, finding, diving and photographing wrecks. With over 6000 + hours in-water experience spanning over 28 different countries, Pete has been full time in the diving industry since 1991. As well as being a PADI Course Director, Pete is a Technical Diving Instructor Trainer. Pete is notably one of the southern hemispheres most experienced Technical divers and Instructors. 

He's also been involved in many diving activities with significant experience in leading deep wreck expeditions to wrecks like Port Kembla 2007 (cargo ship hit german mine in 1917) HMS Puriri (a Kiwi minesweeper sunk in 1940's in a 100m of water off the coast of NZ), RMS Niagara (a luxurious Ocean liner lying in 125m of water), the President Coolidge, Iron Bottom Sounds and many to the Mikhail Lermontov (a Russian Ocean liner sunk in South Island, NZ). 2009 being a part of a Nat Geographic expedition on the HMHS Britannic ( Pete has since returned to dive Britannic in 2015). 

Petes’ highly successful dive travel business “Lust4Rust & Shock&Awe Big Animal Diving Excursions” focuses on taking experienced divers to specialised dive locations worldwide. Places like Truk Lagoon, Solomon Islands, Bikini Atoll, Great Lakes, Sri Lanka, Palau, the South Pacific and NZ. Pete has also earned himself membership into the coveted Explorers Club. 

A well published and accomplished photographer, Pete has an appetite for finding new places, new wrecks and adventure! Pete has also been actively involved in assisting with scientific research papers (published in Medical Journals).  You can see where his next adventures are by going to on his site -

Presentation topic - “Great Lakes Shipwrecks - Undiscovered Gems” - Can you imagine diving a 160 year old triple masted schooner sitting bolt upright on the bottom? Entering an engine room of a steamer and all the brass gauges are as shiny as the day they sank? Artifacts everywhere, clocks, spectacles on a table, telescope, sextant, all just laying there! These are just some of the hidden gems of some of the 6000 wrecks in the Great Lakes.

Interested in a try dive?

There will be try dives of various units available all day on Sunday!