Metal Detectors

Metal Detecting on the Beach

Metal Detecting on the Beach

Metal Detecting on the Beach

Metal Detecting on the Beach are known for their plethora of treasures hidden beneath the sand. Go to your local beach on a busy weekend, and you’re sure to see plenty of other metal-detecting enthusiasts sweeping the shoreline. Because beachgoers often remove their jewelry before swimming, small metal objects tend to get lost in the sand.

Increase your chances of finding coins, jewelry, and other metal treasures by reading this brief guide before you go metal detecting on the beach. Before you hit the beach, make sure you have sufficient gear. Here’s a list of items that will add ease and convenience to your detecting venture.

Obviously, you’ll need a high-quality metal detector to find treasures on the beach. In particular, Nokta metal detectors are great for beachgoers due to their ease of use and light weight.

Headphones & Sand Scoop

Avoid bothering other folks on the beach by keeping the noise of your detector to yourself. A good pair of headphones will ensure you hear the beeps signaling a found treasure without disturbing other beachgoers.

Keep a plastic scoop with you to dig through the sand with efficiency and ease when your detector finds something buried there. When you do find rings, coins, or other relics buried in the sand, keep them in a secure bag or pouch. If you just put items in your pockets, you risk them becoming lost again.

Where To Search

Where are the best spots on the beach to concentrate your search? Focus on the towel line—the line parallel to the shore where most beachgoers set up their towels and umbrellas. This is the most common place on the beach for people to lose things like jewelry and loose change.

Shady areas and places near lifeguard chairs are also good detecting spots. Think like a regular beachgoer—where do people flock when they visit the beach? Where are they most likely to drop things? This mindset will help you narrow your search area so you’re not overwhelmed sweeping every bit of sand.

When To Search

When is the best time of day to hit the beach with your metal detector?

The best beaches for metal detecting are large, tourist-heavy public beaches—you’d do well to get there early, before too many people arrive. You can also detect during the early evenings, before it gets too dark out but after most beachgoers have gone home.

Stormy weather erodes beach sand and brings metal relics closer to the surface. If your local beach has recently seen a storm, head out with your detector and see what treasures you find.

If you want to go metal detecting on the beach, use the tips from this brief guide to get started. Make sure you follow all laws and regulations relevant to your local beach, and bring all the equipment you need for a productive treasure hunt.

Dry Sand vs Wet Sand

When metal detecting on a beach it is important to know that a detector will react differently to dry sand compared to wet sand.

Dry sand detecting is a lot of fun and can be done with pretty much any metal detector. Dry sand areas often mean there is a large amount of traffic so be prepared to dig your fair share of trash to get to the good targets.

Digging trash isn’t as bad as it sounds as it helps to really get to know your detector, target IDs and the sounds it makes on different targets.

Using a metal detector that has discrimination or notching modes can help you dig less trash by “discriminating” out unwanted targets. This basically entails you telling the detector what type of metal you want to ignore.

Using discrimination takes practice and if you are not careful you run the risk of ignoring a good target if it is made from a similar metal as the unwanted target. Because of this we recommend digging every signal until you really have a good feel for your detector.

Wet sand detecting can be more of a challenge but can yield excellent results and much less trash. Wet sand can be difficult for most detectors due to salt and minerals, which can cause either false signals or a very chatty detector, neither of which are fun.

So it’s good to note that not all detectors can handle wet sand and salt water. When choosing a detector for wet sand you need to choose either a continuous multi frequency detector or a detector that you can ground balance to salt water and have adjustable sensitivity to help cut out unwanted chatter and false signals.

Metal Detecting on the Beach Tips

Make sure you have the right detector for the kind of beach metal detecting you want to undertake. As mentioned above, virtually any detector can handle dry sand but if you want to detect the wet sand or in the water then make sure you are choosing the right one. See below for our top tips.

Research your beach

Take some time to get to know the beach you plan on detecting. Beaches can cover huge areas of land so knowing where to start is going to be a big help. Visit the beach when it is busy and get a good feel for where people are sunbathing and hanging out on the dry sand and make note of where the majority of them are swimming and playing in the water. Having some firsthand knowledge of the beach is going to give you a much higher chance of finding some great targets.

Check the weather

Make sure you check the weather before heading out so you don’t get stuck in the rain or a storm. It can be really frustrating to have to cancel mid-hunt due to bad weather.

Wear the right gear

Make sure you are wearing the right clothing for the conditions and pack extra sunscreen, water and snacks so you don’t have to leave the beach to replenish your stocks.

Consider using headphones

Using headphones when detecting is a great advantage. They allow you to hear the faintest of signals and on the beach that is very important. The sound from wind and waves can easily drown out quiet signals. With headphones you can tune out background noise and focus on detecting.

Use a sand scoop

Sand scoops are a fast and easy way to dig up your target. Designed with holes in them, you can shake the sand out, leaving your target in the scoop. You can use a stainless steel scoop and attach a long handle for easy digging, or opt for a lightweight plastic one. Both are a great accessory for beach metal detecting. Using a sand scoop offers you a lot more protection for sharp objects too. By scooping a target, you can clearly see what is in your scoop before having to touch it.

Check your batteries

Whether your detector uses rechargeable or replaceable batteries make sure they are fully charged. If your detector has replaceable ones, then pack spares with you in case they go flat. If your headphones are wireless, ensure they are fully charged before heading out.

Sinkers are a good sign

If you find sinkers it is a good sign that other heavier objects such as gold rings might be in a similar spot. Gridding the area where you found a sinker is an excellent way to potentially find some great targets.

Dig every target

While many detectors can discriminate against objects, digging every target is the best way to ensure you don’t miss something of value. For example, by discriminating out pull tabs you could also be discriminating against a valuable target made of a similar metal. Our advice is until you really know your detector, dig every signal.

Practice before you go out

If you are new to the hobby or just bought a new detector, practicing at home is a great idea to get used to your machine. Place a few items in your yard such as a wedding ring, gold and silver jewellery, new and old coins etc. Also use some junk targets such as nails, pull tabs and beer lids to get a good overall feel. As you swing your coil over each target, write down the target ID of each one (if you have a display on your detector) and get a good feel for the different sounds targets make. Having a written copy of IDs can help you identify targets in the field. It’s also recommended to continue to make notes on your targets whenever you are out detecting.

By now you know that you will be digging up some rubbish as you go along. It’s really important as a detectorist that you take this with you and dispose of it in a bin as you leave. This is not only great for the beach but again gives our hobby a great reputation.

A finds pouch is a very handy accessory. They tie around your waist and are a great way to store your valuable targets, as well as any pull tabs or other rubbish for disposing of later on.


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