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 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

Metal Detector Accessories List for Beginners

Metal detector accessories are an essential piece of successful treasure hunting. But where should beginners start? Usually, there isn’t much money left after most purchase their beginners metal detector. Here’s a list of metal detector accessories every detectorist should have on hand no matter how long they’ve been metal detecting.

1. Metal detecting headphones.
2. Heavy-duty digging trowel for unearthing your finds safely. Or a sand scoop if you’ll be at the beach.
3. Coil cover for your metal detectors search coil, to protect it when in use.
4. Environmental screen or control box cover to protect the electronics of your detector from dust, drizzle and dirt while detecting.

An environmental screen cover will help protect the electronics of your metal detector as seen here on a Garrett Ace Series metal detector.

An environmental screen cover will help protect the electronics of your metal detector as seen here on a Garrett Ace Series metal detector.

Most metal detector accessories lists would also include a hand held pinpointer. However, this is one beginners metal detector accessory that can wait until you have a bit more money on hand. If you can afford it though, a hand held pinpointer will pay off greatly by speeding up your recovery rate.

For more information on metal detector accessories and beginner metal detectors in general, please review these related articles from our learning library:

Choosing a Metal Detector Headphone

What Are The Best Digging Trowels and Shovels for Metal Detecting?

What are The Best Beginners Metal Detectors?

Beach + Metal Detector = Success

One of the most lucrative spots to take your metal detector is the beach.  The more popular the beach, the better the treasure hunting usually is.  To get started all you need is a good beach hunting metal detector, a nearby beach, and some time.  In addition, you’ll want to be sure to have a good sand scoop, a carrying case to transport your metal detector, and a good pair of metal detecting headphones to help you hear your targets clearly without offending other beach goers.

Metal Detecting on the Beach

Once you’re out metal detecting on the beach, be sure to clearly define your search area so you can be certain that you’ve searched everywhere as deeply as possible.  From there, you’ll want to walk at a slow pace, swinging the metal detector from side to side as you walk back and forth along the waterline.

For more on how to get the maximum return on your metal detecting beach trips please take a look at these articles from our learning library:

Life’s a Beach Just Bring Your Metal Detector

What are the Best Metal Detectors for Metal Detecting on the Beach

How Can You Enjoy Metal Detecting on Your Next Vacation?

Retrieving Your Metal Detecting Targets the Right Way

Having the best metal detector to find treasure isn’t enough, you’ve also got to have the proper digging tools and target retrieval skills as well. Without this, your treasures will remain underground, or worse, you’ll dig them up incorrectly and damage both the target and the ground permanently.

The type of soil you’ll be hunting in as well as the depth of your targets will help determine the digging tools you’ll need to do the job. Sand scoops, digging knives, and metal detector shovels are all possible options for different circumstances. Then you’ll also want to carry a pinpointer in order to help you dig up as little ground as possible to retrieve your metal detecting targets. A good example of having the correct digging tools for tough conditions would be the US 1835 Half Dime found in hard clay by Tommy Cranmore of Tennessee.

Digging as small and as few holes as possible, as well as refilling all the holes you do dig is an important responsibility for all metal detectorists when it comes to retrieving metal detecting targets. Take a look at the Treasure Hunter’s Code of Ethics all metal detectorists observe and promote for more. You’ll also enjoy these other articles related to the best metal detecting tools for proper target retrieval from our learning library.

What are The Best Digging Trowels and Shovels for Metal Detecting?

What are The Best Metal Detector Pinpointers?

Metal Detecting Accessories and Necessities


The Best Metal Detector Accessories

Metal Detector Accessories

When it comes to metal detecting, owning the right accessories can make it easier and more enjoyable when searching for hidden treasures.

Our Learning Library contains buying guide articles also known as metal detector reviews. Of course you can’t go metal detecting without a metal detector, but the right metal detecting accessories are important too. How do you know what accessories will enhance your metal detecting experience the most? Let’s take a minute to discuss the best metal detector accessories to have along with you on any type of treasure hunt so you can decide which will be the right ones for you.

Digging Tools

If you want to unearth any of the potential treasures your metal detector locates, you’ve got to have digging tools! Not your run of the mill garden shovel, digging tools designed for metal detectors. The metal detector digging tools to choose will be lightweight and easy to carry, yet strong and ready for years of digging up treasure caches.

Pinpointing Probes

Next to digging tools, one of the most essential metal detecting accessories to have on hand is a pinpointing probe. Electronic pinpointing probes will save you time and energy by certifying where exactly to dig for the treasure your machine located. While most metal detectors do have a “pinpointing” feature, this only goes so far. With a pinpointing probe on the other hand, you can really zero right in on a target to help you dig in the right spot the first time, as well as unearth your treasures gently and in a way that won’t damage what you’ve just found.

Extra Batteries

Most metal detectors will come with a battery or batteries, but it doesn’t hurt to have an extra set on hand; especially if you’re in a situation where you’re using your metal detector frequently. Extra batteries often mean the difference between ending your trip early and hitting all the sites you’d planned to search. This is incredibly important if you’re working on a professional search, but even hobbyists will find extra batteries come in quite handy when out metal detecting.


Headphones will let you hear more of the target signals, the deeper, usually older coins and valuables. After the metal detector itself, a set of good quality headphones should be the very next accessory to consider. While not everyone will want to wear headphones, they can be not only convenient for a metal detector user, but also respectful when in public places to avoid disturbing others. One of the best values in headphones that are made specifically for use with metal detectors is the Depthmaster Audiophone II.

Metal Detecting Books and Videos

Keeping up to date on metal detecting is important and will not only help you find more treasures, but will also make metal detecting even more fun! Reading metal detecting books and watching metal detecting videos is a great way to keep learning about treasure hunting as well as metal detector maintenance, operation, and use. Depending on your area you may also be able to find metal detecting classes or workshops as well to help further your education. But, wherever you are, metal detecting books and videos make helpful accessories to any type of metal detectorist.

There are a variety of other types of metal detecting accessories you may find helpful depending on your unique situation too. But, no matter what type of metal detectorist you are, these five metal detector accessories will enhance your experience and make metal detecting more enjoyable, and successful, than you imagined!


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