Dave Peel was born in Bolton, Lancashire, and at the age of 11 went to a naval boarding school (Royal Hospital School) in Suffolk. In 1961, at the age of 15, he joined the Royal Navy. A few years after joining he was fortunate enough to take a trip in a Search & Rescue (SAR) Helicopter, after which he had only one desire… to become a Search & Rescue Diver.
Since qualifying, he has been at the forefront of UK helicopter coordinated Search & Rescue, a career that has spanned almost forty years and has witnessed many changes since the early days.
Dave currently lives with his wife Margaret in Lee-on-the-Solent, Southern England. He has enjoyed his career to the full, and will take many enduring memories with him into retirement.