Pete's passion for diving started in the cold English waters over 21 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 2000 + 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 Technical Diving Instructor Trainer, TDI Advanced Trimix Instructor, and CCR Inspiration Advanced Trimix Rebreather Instructor. Pete is one of NZ's most experienced Technical divers and Instructors. Nowadays his equipment of choice is the Inspiration CCR.
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.
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 300 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, ,
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
Pete with Oztek organiser David Strike