Underwater Metal Detecting Activities


"Underwater metal detecting" offers a bit more challenging than doing it on the land but it's actually more fun. Although, it requires a good skill in swimming and other equipment for submerging underwater for a long period of time.

There are actually three different types of underwater metal detecting activities and they are the following:


If you are not really good at swimming under deep water areas, you should consider snorkeling. With your diving mask and water-resistant metal detector, you will be exploring the water that usually have less than 6 ft deep. Or, the surface of the water is at the level of your chest or just above your head.

The perfect spot to determine where to detect is by going with the flow of the water currents. Feel the force of the current and follow the direction as it goes to the lowest spots. Best spots tends to be at the bottom of the rocks or obstacles. The reason is that, what usually happens is the water will pile up sands on one side of the obstacle then wash it on the other side. This explains why most items tends to be deposited next to rocks.

When it comes to danger, snorkeling for the purpose of metal detecting at night should be avoided. It's because in the tropical and subtropical ocean, you may encounter sting rays. While in the lakes and ponds, you may encounter dangerous snakes and other wild reptiles.

Scuba Detecting

In scuba detecting, you will be diving at a deeper depth under the water which is usually less than 20 ft deep. Take note that scuba detecting requires proper training. You also need to buy a complete scuba diving equipment.

What makes scuba detecting quite an interesting activity underwater is that, there are chances that you will recover lost large cache of treasures that were either intentionally or accidentally dropped in the past. There are also small boats that got sunk which might contain some valuable items.

Shipwreck Diving

Shipwreck Diving are for the serious treasure hunters only who are searching for valuable artifacts inside the sunken ships. Wrecked ships can be found at either shallow water or to a depth of up to 200 ft.

If you wish to engage into this kind of underwater activity, you need to consider your budget. You have to know that shipwreck diving requires a lot of expensive diving equipment. And not just the equipment, the divers or treasure hunters must also have considerable amount of experience in diving under water to succeed.

Underwater Metal Detecting Locations

You won't find anything if you are searching in the wrong place. The main trick in finding the perfect place for underwater metal detecting is to study the area.

If you are going to do snorkeling with your metal detector, go to the popular beaches, oceans or seas where people spend their joyful life. As for scuba detecting and shipwreck diving, you will need to conduct a research about Sea Navigation particularly about the old routes of large ships and boats in the past. It's because those routes are the best places for scuba and shipwreck hunting.

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Moreover, some says that underwater metal detecting is a lot much more profitable than doing it on the land. Although, it has high risks. You may be surprised to know that a single dive of a shipwreck hunter could make him a millionaire.