Pete Mesley - Experienced technical diver, instructor and photographer from NZ
Pete Mesley is an experienced technical diver, instructor and photographer from New Zealand. His passion for diving first started in England over 14 years ago and It didn’t take long for the “Lust for Rust” to imbed itself firmly in his veins. Pete now has over 3000 dives under his belt in locations all round the world.
Take a look at his deep wreck photography in the photos tab above, or read more about him below.
Having built up over 3000 dives in various locations world wide. England, Scotland (scapa flow), New Zealand, The Red Sea, Cyprus, South Africa, Caves in Zimbabwe, The Great Barrier Reef, Vavau Tonga, fiji, Solomon Islands Guadalcanal, Gizo, tulagi, President Coolidge Vanuatu, Sipidan. Borneo). I have mostly been associated with training facilities teaching all aspects of PADI and TDI programs. Also guiding and taking groups of divers out on weekend trips both locally and internationally.
When I am not teaching I love taking underwater still photographs and videography (that's when I have just finished poking my head deep into rusty holes) . Marine Archaeology has become a new interest with the preservation of artefacts, knowledge and research so that others can benefit from what we have learnt.
I also spent many’s an evening in my garage designing and building a mixed gas CCR (“The Widowmaker”) completing over 250 hours on the unit. I now dive a buddy inspiration (400+ hours) - a great tool to get me to obscure places.
I have also been involved in many diving activities with significant experience in leading expeditions to deep wrecks like HMRNZ 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 Michael Lermontov (a Russian Ocean liner sunk in 36m in the South Island). 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. I have also become more involved with planning and organising technical trips round NZ and the South Pacific. Recently finding and diving a WW1 shipwreck off the top of the south Island - the Port Kembla in 96m (see a news reel of the wreck discovery in the video tab above).
Afelandra´s professional life started as a model, however science was her calling.