From the Blog
What Can Metal Detecting Clubs Do For You?
At the first glance of metal detecting people often do not realize that there is the potential to find much more than a few coins at the park or beach. Metal detection is actually about the adventure; discovery and opportunity of finding long lost treasures that can be centuries old. One of the easiest ways to have access to these treasures is to find and join a club.
Metal detecting can be enjoyed alone or with the company of other treasure hunters, depending from person to person. Joining a club is a great way to meet people who have the same interests as you, and make it possible to get invaluable information and advice from fellow metal detectors. Making learning the routes easier and get great advice on equipment from more experienced treasure hunters and a great way to make new friends.
Club memberships are mostly open to anyone and usually cost around about $ 15 – $ 25 per family per year. Normally the only requirement to join such a club is the willingness of abiding by the club's rules. Metal detecting clubs follow a strict code of ethics, making it almost the rules to metal detecting. The one most important rule which is strictly enforced is no trespassing while out on treasure hunts. Another rule that club members must hide by is to fill up the holes that they dug up during the treasure hunt and that they must respect nature.
One of the largest benefits of joining a club is that a lot of the research that needs to be done for finding great treasures is done by the club. The clubs also organize special hunts, making sure that all the right permissions and laws are abided to. This gives members the chance to just show up and hunt with fellow club members in an area where the odds of finding great treasures are higher than just going out to a random public place and trying your luck. This is also a benefit that you do not have to offer up your own time to do the large amount of research on different areas and getting all the right permissions from the owners or relative people. The club will also be informed about the latest laws in your community relating metal detecting.
The club is also a great source for general information. Some clubs publish monthly newsletters for its members, containing information about upcoming meetings, organized events, general information and sometimes even a few special tricks of the trade. Most clubs are online and have forums, picture galleries to post treasures found, comments, Q & A's, stories and much, much more. Some clubs even organizes events such as club member holiday get-togethers to strengthen the bond and friendships among members.
If you are interested in metal detecting as a hobby, I recommend you join a club. It is a great way to start, an amazing environment to learn the ropes and make new friends. After all, the goal is to create a group of people who all just enjoy metal detecting.