Beach metal detecting can be an exciting and lucrative activity. It can also be extremely rewarding being able to return belongings to their rightful owners, and in some cases, finding treasures of national interest. It’s a hobby you can enjoy all year round, and with a few tips and the right equipment you can be on the hunt in no time at all.
One of the most important considerations when exploring the beach is staying safe. You may become engrossed in your hunt but make sure you have taken note of the tide times and any other factors, such as the weather, which could put you in harm’s way.
The right detector
Most beginners’ metal detectors will work fine on dry sand, but you should invest in an waterproof/underwater version if you plan to investigate the water and wet sand. Detectors can range from £100 – £1,000+, the trick is to balance the features you are likely to need.
Research is key
Do your research beforehand so that you can limit your searches to the most lucrative parts of the beach. Particular hotspots include exit and entry points, places of activity such as volleyball areas and those areas most popular with sunbathers in the warmer months. Also check areas around lifeguard stations and unique landmarks such as piers and under trees where people are likely to have got changed, or left their belongings while heading to the sea.
The best time
Hunting the dry sand can be a competitive business, particularly during the summer, so it’s important that you choose the best times of the day to go. Just before the sun sets on weekend days is often the most lucrative time. If you are a beginner, now is a good time to start honing your skills ready for the peak months to come.
This is a much-more complicated business because of factors such as tide times, the shape of the beach and weather conditions. It is better to start out on dry sand before investigating the techniques needed for wet sand success.