How to Easily Recover Shallow-Water Treasure

How-to tips on recovering gold treasure while metal detecting at the beach.

How-to tips on recovering gold treasure while metal detecting at the beach.

We recently posted an article about shallow-water treasure hunting, because beach detecting season is here! Many hobbyists steer clear of the water, which leaves lots more treasure for YOU! Even if you’re just searching in the first few inches of water, you’re embarking upon area where other detectorists haven’t touched. This is where lost jewelry, coins and other treasures are hiding. The buzz about the coastline is true—amateur detectorists are stumbling upon lost shipwreck treasure and coins all the time!

Keep in mind, you will also need a sand scoop for underwater items. For hunting in less than knee-deep water, use a short- or medium-handled scoop for target recovery. For wading in deeper water, a long-handled scoop is a must. One thing we know for sure is a sand scoop of any length will help you sift out your treasure from the sand.

Find a wide variety of  beach scoops, (from hand-held to long-handled scoops) at MetalDetector.com. Also see our buying guide article Best Beach Sand Scoops for Metal Detecting.

How to Recover Shallow-Water Treasure

Detecting underwater is different than land hunting because your signal can come in strong and then get weak. Why does this happen? It could be the way your coil swings over the target. The more level you keep your coil to the seabed floor, the better your signal. If you swing too high, you’re farther from the target and the signal weakens.

Once you’ve pinpointed your signal, take your detector and position the coil on the ocean or lake floor directly on top of your target. Next, put your foot against the back edge of the coil, which is on top of your target. Then, place a long-handled water scoop where your big toe is. Use lots of pressure and dig downward until your scoop is definitely under the target.

With your detector at your side, use one hand to carefully feel through the sand that’s in your scoop. Be sure to keep the scoop underwater. You should be able to locate the hidden treasure pretty easily! Here’s a brilliant technique when wading for treasure: USE A FLOATING SCREEN. After locating a target, dump the scoop into your floating screen. When you sift the sand through your screen, your target should become visible. This is an expert tip!

Entry-Level Metal Detectors for Shallow-Water Hunting

Metal Detectors for Wading and Deeper Water

Warmer Weather is Here! Consider Shallow Water Treasure Hunting

Shallow water metal detecting.

Shallow water metal detecting with the Garrett AT Pro waterproof metal detector.

Are you an ambitious treasure hunter? If so, you’re probably not afraid to get your feet wet. It’s almost time to hit the beach, and shallow-water metal detecting can pay dividends!  One of the major bonuses of shallow-water hunting is that the treasures are usually in good shape on the ocean or lake floor. Also, underwater treasures are known to be found right where they’re dropped. (That’s not always true because of the tide.) Regardless, there are coins, trinkets and gold jewelry beneath the wet sand.

How Deep is Shallow Water?

This is subjective, as some detectorists only want to search from the high water mark to a few inches deep. If you know you’re staying in water that is only a few inches deep, a detector with a waterproof search coil will work fine. Here some VERY affordable models with a waterproof search coil (not housing):

Wading and Snorkeling

If you plan on wading in knee-deep water up to ten-feet deep, then you’ll need a completely waterproof detector. Submersible metal detectors can be used for snorkeling and scuba detecting, too. So, once you become expert at shallow-water detecting, you can graduate to the next levels. Many water detectors are equally proficient at land detecting, so they are the perfect investment for the enthusiastic hobbyist. Listed below are some popular waterproof metal detectors.

(Note: some are waterproof to much further depths than others):

Whether you are shallow-water hunting in the ocean, lake or the river, there is a wealth of treasure to be found! Some detectors are better suited for the saltwater beach than others. However, newer models often have a “beach mode” setting that will cancel the effects of most to all saltwater mineralization. For more information about the best beach and shallow-water metal detectors, be sure to read our Learning Library article: “What are the Best Metal Detectors for Metal Detecting on the Beach?”

Look for an upcoming blog post about underwater treasure-hunting techniques.

Tesoro Sand Shark – the Most Affordable Underwater Metal Detector

Grab your Tesoro Sand Shark metal detector and head for the beach and ocean!

Grab your Tesoro Sand Shark metal detector and head for the beach and ocean!

Discover lost jewelry and coins from the sand and water with the Tesoro Sand Shark Metal Detector! This Pulse Induction detector expertly handles the mineralization of salt water and is submersible to 200 feet. Tesoro’s Sand Shark is among the most affordable underwater detectors for hunting the beach, shallow surf, wading, scuba diving and shipwreck hunting. PI detectors are the deepest-seeking underwater units on the market, and the Tesoro Sand Shark is feature packed! It includes a Pulse Width control for depth and sensitivity and two operating modes: VCO and Normal. Voltage Controlled Oscillator mode gives off a louder, higher-pitched tone as the target gets close to your coil. The strongest signal will be closest to the center of the search coil. Normal mode is designed for extended beachcombing. Owners of the Tesoro Sand Shark are passionate that it is the best “bang for your buck” underwater detector!

See Tesoro Sand Shark Detector Reviews

 

Garrett ATX Multi-Frequency Military-Grade Metal Detector: Underwater to 10 Feet

The Garrett ATX metal detector deepseeker package includes everything you need to locate deep treasures. The package includes the ATX with 12” DD coil, Land headphones, Soft storage/travel case, Garrett Detector Sling, AA alkaline and rechargeable batteries, Battery charger, 20" Deepseeker Mono Searchcoil and Military-grade Garrett hard case.

The Garrett ATX metal detector deepseeker package includes everything you need to locate gold nuggets, gold jewelry and even deep treasures.

World-renowned shipwreck diver, author and Master Scuba Instructor, Dan Berg, says that determined shallow-water treasure hunters can easily find diamond and gold rings, jewelry and valuable artifacts while water hunting. Berg explains that HIGH-quality underwater detectors will pay for themselves, as their deep-seeking abilities will uncover valuables lost by other machines. The Garrett ATX is a waterproof military-grade unit that provides maximum detection on all targets at the same time. This is due to its multi-frequency motion and non-motion modes — automatically adjusting while you search. Advanced ground balance handles rapidly changing terrain; and extreme sensitivity of the Garrett ATX is designed to uncover gold (from underwater jewelry to tiny gold nuggets). Garrett ATX’s exclusive “DD” search coil enhances detection of the smallest targets. The ATX is an extreme all-terrain metal detector, favored by prospectors for finding nuggets, as well as relic-hunters and shallow-water detectorists. The Garrett ATX is endorsed by “Diggers” Tim Saylor and George Wyant! Waterproof to 10 feet.

Choose the Garrett ATX Metal Detector Deep-Seeker Package to locate deeply buried treasure caches!

 

Reference: “Beach and Water Treasure Hunting with Metal Detectors,” by Capt. Dan Berg

Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II Underwater Detector: Patented Technology and Highly Accurate!

Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II Metal Detector being used in the ocean.

Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II Metal Detector

Owners of the Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II Metal Detector give it a remarkable 5-star-rating! The Sea Hunter Mark II is a Pulse Induction detector that delivers precision when snorkeling, scuba diving or beach hunting for treasure. This model is fully submersible to 200 feet. To handle salt water conditions, Garrett designed the Sea Hunter Mark II with its patented “Discrete Trash Elimination Mode.” This feature eliminates junk targets, while notching in gold with similar frequencies. This is a huge time-saver for serious underwater hobbyists!

Underwater Metal Detector Features

The Sea Hunter Mark II offers several elite features including 3 search  modes, sensitivity/depth adjustment, adjustable Audio Threshold and submersible headphones. Reviewer Randy K. says, “With the Sea Hunter Mark II, I have found a $20k diamond ring along with tons of other jewelry- as deep as 2½ feet down.” Satisfaction is guaranteed with Garrett’s Sea Hunter Mark II!

Owners of the Fisher CZ-21 Underwater Metal Detector- “It is the BEST Purchase Ever!”

Fisher CZ-21 Underwater Metal Detector

Fisher CZ-21 Underwater Metal Detector

Waterproof to 250 feet and exceptional in salt or fresh water, the Fisher CZ-21 Metal Detector gets five-star ratings. Underwater hobbyists LOVE the discrimination abilities of the dual frequency (VLF) Fisher CZ-21. According to one reviewer, “The CZ-21 is easier than a PI machine. I am finding a LOT more treasure and digging a lot less!” The CZ-21 is extremely deep-seeking; volume settings above 5 amplify faint, deep signals. Discrimination features: Target I.D.: Slow Motion, Silent Search Discrimination and  Auto-tune: Motion, all-metal with threshold. In Target I.D., high tones represent coins, mid-tones signal gold and low tones are usually iron. The CZ-21 also features advanced Pinpoint and touch-pad Ground Balance with manual and pre-set options. Fisher CZ-21’s dual frequency (5 kHz or 15 kHz) is designed for precision on land and underwater. Waterproof headphones and hip-mountable control housing are included—for ease while scuba diving and snorkeling. All this plus the CZ-21 will ground balance right down to salt  for smooth operation at the ocean!