Hanging out and Sunbathing on the Beach is one of the best things one can do! When it comes to Metal Detecting on the Beach, you can expect a lot. Obviously, people lose jewelry, money and other precious things on the beach.
The biggest advantages are definitely the digging conditions and the fabulous view while detecting. Digging in sand is usually no problem and a lot easier than digging a hole in the woods or on fields.
Therefore, you absolutely should head out to the next beach and start scanning several areas. In the following, I am going to give you the best tips regarding locations on the beach and what to have an eye on while Metal Detecting on the Beach
Bathing in Summer – Bonfires in Winter
In Summer, people tend to spend their time in or near the water. Therefore, you should scan areas near the water. Usually, even if you do not have an underwater metal detector, the lower part of your device is nearly almost waterproof.
Of course, do not forget searching the towel line. Mostly, the towel line is close to the water. If your aren’t sure where exactly to search, maybe have a quick look at the beach after lunch to find out where the towel line is.
In Winter, many people enjoy making a bonfire and a Picnic. This is perfect, because you can come to these places and scan near them to find everything which has been dropped! Certainly, you can scan areas near the water too. However, in winter, focusing on picnic and fireplaces should be the first priority.
The Ocean Comes and Goes
In general, there is high tide and low tide. At High Tide, the beach is covered by more water and therefore, the beach area gets smaller. In contrast to that, water draws back at Low Tide and the covered beach during High Tide gets visible again.
When you want to find treasures when Metal Detecting on the beach, you should go out and start scanning during Low Tide. Everything, which has been washed up at High Tide lies on the beach now and it is your chance to find awesome objects.
Metal Detecting on the Beach – Do’s and Dont’s
Firstly, the slower you swing your search coil, the better your detector works. To put it simply, signals can be picked up easier, especially in high depth. Therefore, do not rush. Otherwise, you may miss some interesting stuff.
Secondly, cleaning your detector after using it on the beach is recommendable. When it comes to salt water, it is better to give it a wash. In general, take care of your searching coil. With the time, your coil gets scratched and the searching accuracy can decrease tremendously.
Beach Metal Detecting Equipment
Moreover, get yourself a Pinpointer and a Sand Scoop. When dealing with jewelry or coins, a Pinpointer is quite useful. Oftentimes, bracelets, rings and other precious objects aren’t that big. Searching without a Pinpointer is possible, but it definitely takes you much longer to locate your finds. Maybe you have to start digging several times to find the treasure, so use a Pinpointer
Obviously, a Sand Scoop is made for Sand. When using a usual shovel, you always have to search twice. Digging with a Sand Scoop let’s sand through and everything else is immediately visible. In case, you do not want to buy one, go and do it yourself.
Whenever you now there’s a Beach Party somewhere, scan the area after it to find good things. People lose a lot while partying, jumping around and having fun!
Do a good deed! When Metal Detecting on a Beach, please take a separate bag with you, where you can put in all the trash you find during scanning the beach.
The same with your treasures, have a bag with you where you can keep and transport them safely. Nothing is worse than damaged treasures!
Last but not least, try to connect with like-minded people via Online Forums etc. Oftentimes, they discuss about good places to search and maybe you find someone you can metal detect with. Doing it together or even in a group is fun!
Please always get a permit before scanning areas on beaches. Oftentimes, people are more than happy giving you the right to metal detect a beach, because you will definitely find trash too and thus it helps to keep the beach clean.
Another important thing to consider is to not disturb sunbathing people on the Beach. Hearing “Beep-Beep-Beep” all the time can be quite disturbing when relaxing.
For this reason, just use headphones in case the beach is crowded. In many cases, proper headphones are already included when buying a Metal Detector.
Especially when Metal Detecting on the Beach, some finds can have emotional value for those who lost them. Maybe someone proposed to his dream partner and accidentally lost the ring. If you can spot an engraving, try to google the name or search Social Media.
Metal Detecting on the Beach is basically one of the best things to do when you want to find interesting objects.
In summer, people used to hang out near and in the water. Hence, focus on areas near the water and start scanning even a little bit in the water.
In wintertime, it is also bonfire time and people usually do not prefer spending time in the water, so it is better to scan areas apart from water. Barbecue and Picnic areas are examples for such locations.
Additionally, head out to the Beach at Low Tide. At this time, a bunch of awesome objects has been washed up because of High Tade. Literally, the Ocean brings you all the stuff, you just have to find the precious things!
Also, make sure to get yourself a Sand Scoop and optionally a Pinpointer to locate your finds easily.
Separate all the trash you find while detecting on the beach and throw it away afterwards. For the treasures you find, keep them in a bag where they can not be damaged. Some Jewelry you find may have an emotional value for someone else. As soon as you have found an object with an engraving, try to find the owner by searching the web.