Beach Metal Detecting - fun, easy to take part in and can be lucrative!
Beach Metal Detecting
As a metal detectorist for the last 19 years or more I have found some great items while metal detecting on both the land and beach. I believe metal detecting is a fantastic hobby and one that can be enjoyed by all the family. The easiest arm of the metal detecting hobby that you can take part in is beach metal detecting. Walking the beach metal detecting on a summers morning is second to none, but why is metal detecting on the beach this the easiest I ask you say? and let's see why with the following points.
Ease of access
Access to the beach and foreshore can be much easier than trying to secure permission to metal detect on field sites and other inland areas. Ease of access is also one thing to consider, especially if your are taking the younger members of the family metal detecting.
Ease of the finds, especially for the young metal detectorist
Another great reason is the amount of finds on offer, with beaches having a lot of recent metal detector finds from the various beach users. There can also be older finds, but this can be dependent on the location of the beach and weather conditions
Constant movement of the beach, natures ploughing.
Beach metal detecting can be very good after a storm that churns up the sand revealing new finds that were previously out of the range of the metal detector. These storms also remove sand from beaches allowing access to the harder packed sand that lies below and access to other possible finds that would normally lay buried. All these points make beach detecting one of the easiest and most fun aspects of the hobby. It's also one aspect of the metal detecting hobby that can be very lucrative, especially on beaches that have a lot of activity in the summer months. The winter storms, which I like to call natures ploughing, is always exposing and moving finds around. Even in the summer when the bigger storms don't disturb the beaches to much, the wave action on bigger tides can produce new finds.
Specialist gear extends your metal detecting search area
With beach metal detecting, using specialist metal detecting gear can extend the area on which you can detect. Using metal detecting machines that can be used in water will increase your finds area. On larger tides this will be extended further as you will be able to walk to the very low tide line and then continue into the shallow water. Areas that are out of the reach with traditionional beach metal detectors.
Beach Metal detecting can be classed as a specialist arm of metal detecting as you do need a metal detector that can cope with the wet salt water sand conditions. You will also need a specialist digging tool like a sand scope. Sand scopes are not essential but they can help with soft sand conditions or areas of the beach near the water line and the sand which is waterlogged, but a metal detector that can cope with the wet sand conditions is a must. I personally use the Minelab Explorer XS which is superb on both land and beach sites and you can a great Minelab Explorer XS review here.
Beach metal detecting is a fantastic and sometimes lucrative hobby and for more tips on increasing your finds rate on the beach take a look at this article beach metal detecting tips an article that has 5 tips to help you find more while metal detecting on the beach.
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Metal Detector reviews
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Beach Metal Detecting
As someone who metal detects I always look out for video, on and off line, but one of my favourites is the video below of a detectorist on my local beach. . . enjoy!
Look out for my hub and blog posts on metal detecting videos and where to find the best.
If your interested in Metal Detecting the take a look Metal Detecting a great hobby for all, another of my hubpages on metal detecting.
Metal detecting fun on the beach for the kids
Metal detecting can be a fun and rewarding hobby and during the summer the kids will love finding coins on the beach. Cheap kids metal detector can be hard to buy, as many can be no more than toys. There are metal detectors for children that work really well and will give them hours of fun on the beach during summer and take a look at one in action via the link above.