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Golden Tips to Metal Detecting on Beaches
Beachcombing is one of the most popular uses of the metal detecting machine. Here are some tips to help you optimize your opportunity for finds on the beach.
1. Search the Beach in Daytime
This is the peak time for beachgoers and so with all the activity it's a good time to search for lost items such as jewelery. However, you might get some dirty looks from the sunbathers as people feel uncomfortable with you digging around them and you might have accidentally hit someone with your swinging coil. If you search at this time of the day, it's better to search a little distance from large groups and then quickly search areas if you see groups leave.
2. Search late in the afternoon
Since few people are on the beach at this time, you can search undisturbed for any items that might have been dropped during the day's frivolities.
3. Search immediately after it rains
Rain will naturally erode the beach and help pull items to the surface of the sand. It's therefore a perfect time to search the beach if it rains during the summer beach season. You're also likely to have the beach to yourself.
4. Look for natural Erosion cycles
Part of the natural cycle of beaches is to undergo erosive activity and rebuilding through wave and tide action. Take careful note of where the beach is undergoing natural erosion and be sure to search these areas to maximize your chance of finding valuables that are being exposed by the natural processes.
Essential Items for Successful Beach Combing
Here is a list of some key items that will help you effectively search for treasure on the beach:
1. Trowel or shovel – Even on the soft sand of beaches you will need to dig under the sand to find your treasure and you can not always use your hands. In these cases, some detectors choose to use a long-handled shovel if they have a bad back or weak knees as they will not have to bend down as much. Others prefer a short-handled shovel or trowel. In either case, it's a good idea to get a shovel made from stainless steel since the salt will soon erode any iron or lighter alloy.
2. Beach basket – this is simply a box made of wire. Put any finds you make in the basket and all the sand will fall off as you carry on searching. The wire mesh for the beach basket should be fine enough that your treasures do not fall out as well.
3. Earphones are useful when searching on the beach to ensure you hear the signals emitted from your machine properly. Earphones will block out all the background noise of people or of the waves crashing on the beach helping you pinpoint your targets more accurately.
4. Garbage bag – It's always good ethics on the part of detectors to clear up any trash they may unforgettable. Do your part to clean the environment.
5. Belt pouch – a belt pouch is important to keep extremely valuable finds such as gold rings. You do not want to put these valuable items with all the other stuff in your beach basket but rather keep them extra safe on your person.
6. Flashlight – A headlamp or flashlight is critical if you want to go metal detecting at night when the beach is empty.
7. Pads – Sand is highly abrasive and kneeling on the sand digging up your finds can now play havoc with the skin on your knees. It's a good idea to wear knee pads to save yourself some pain.
Now it's time to get out there and go find that treasure!