Metal detecting with the family

Metal detecting is a fun, exciting and rewarding hobby for the whole family. Metal detecting is done on the beach, near streams and rivers, in the woods, and in various parks and playgrounds. But what about under the waves, in the world underwater. For those who are up for an adventure, underwater metal detecting is by far one of the most relaxing metal detecting modes. This article will help guide the reader in the right direction.

What do I need to get started?
There are a number of items that need to be taken care of before attempting to take your metal detecting underwater. First you need a new metal detector that can used underwater. Secondly, if you don’t already know how, you need to learn either snorkeling or scuba diving.

Scuba diving is recommended because you can stay under longer and in this author’s opinion is far better. There are many places to get certified in scuba diving, even if you don’t live near the ocean. For example in Columbus, OH, there is no ocean in site but there are to this author’s knowledge at least two schools where anyone can learn and earn a certification; do a Google search for schools in your area.

Having a certification will give you a greater degree of freedom. Scuba gear can be rented or bought. Most places that have scuba diving activity have boats that take groups of people out. One very important note: NEVER GO SCUBA DIVING ALONE! Please go with a group for your own safety. Even professional go out with at least one other person.

Finally you will need some kind of sand scoop to dig. Remember to not disturb the natural environment too much. For example don’t destroy a portion of a coral reef in an attempt to find something. Respect the environment and use common sense.

Where can I go besides on the ocean?
You can go anywhere, but keep in mind the visibility level of the water you hope to go hunting in.

Be aware of the environment
In all of your joy and ecstasy, you can easily forget that the environment can be potentially harmful. Know of the precautions for the area. Are there dangerous jelly fish or sea snakes to be aware of? How about cone shells? Cone shells possess the ability to harpoon from a couple of inches away; the venom they emit can cause respiratory failure. What about sting rays? Sting rays will not bother you, but there stingers can be deadly (rip Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter, we miss you). Rubbing against the wrong thing can potentially cause irritation. Most creatures will not bother you if you don’t invade their territory. Just remember to keep safety in mind.

Do your research
Know the history of the water you are diving and hunting in? You should who has traveled across the water and why, and you should know of particulars such as maritime battles, whether the waters had a history of pirating, etc. Armed with information you will be more knowledgeable about what the items picked up during a hunt.

Underwater metal detecting can be very memorable with the proper training and precautions. Do research and have fun.


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