The beach has always been a favorite location to do metal detecting for novice and experts alike. There are a plethora of reasons why. First, beaches are always frequented by a lot of people, and all that running around can cause them to go careless with their valuables. Coins and valuables easily get lost in the sand because they get buried under all those piles the moment they drop, and a metal detector is just the perfect device to find them. The fact that most people apply slippery sunscreen raises the probability of losing metallic baubles and trinkets, as well.

Just make sure that most people have already left before you go treasure hunting. When the coast is clear, everything you find is fair game.

Don't discriminate too much when you go metal hunting. What if that ugly shard you picked and threw away is an actual arrowhead? Sometimes you'll never know what you are really finding until you have them under close inspection. So grab a big bucket to drop your finds and set your detector's all-metal search option on.

What you can do is draw an imaginary line in your head between the low tide mark and the high tide mark, then extend 10-12 feet from each side starting from the middle. You can use both sides as your search zones, and treat them as your demarcation lines. After mapping it all out in your head, it's up to you where you want to start, as long as you try your best not to miss any spots.

Some hunters miss out on important finds because they were doing it too fast or were too impatient. It is always wise to draw search zones in your mind before you start skimming the sands. The proper way to use a metal detector is to sweep the cone from side to side, with each full sweep spanning 4 seconds (give or take a few nanoseconds). This allows your detector to have more time to probe deeper under the sand, and will make it difficult for you to miss out on any important finds.

Now during your search, it is important to "grid the beach", meaning, you need to keep track of the spots that were checked and those that weren't. To ensure you don't miss a square inch, you can employ the zigzag pattern as you skim through the "grids". Going back to retrace the search is also a good way to ensure that nothing has been missed.

There's a certain pleasure to be derived from metal detecting at the beach. It's like golf - you have a purpose in mind but don't ignore the simple pleasures of walking the greens. When you go metal detecting at the beach, don't disregard the fragrant smell of the sea breeze, and the sound of the waves as they crash into the coast. Metal detecting at the beach is not only a hobby, it's also a way of life.


Metal detecting as a hobby might be strange and tedious for some, with a handful of others looking at the activity with disdain. But truth to tell, metal detecting as a hobby is already a popular activity for more than 40 years, and with the internet disseminating more information about this wonderful hobby, it seems far off before this activity loses its luster. The best reasons why metal detecting will be around for a very long time are its benefits, both short term and long term. If you've entertained the notion of trying it, reading this article can give you more reasons into finally taking up metal detecting as a hobby. I promise you that you will never regret it.

The following are the benefits of metal detecting.


Metal detecting can appeal to quite a large number of health freaks, especially those people who are already in their golden years. It is a good form of exercise since the activity involves a lot of walking. You also have to do a lot of bending and crouching, not to mention digging and lifting. Older people also love the fact that they can walk at their own pace, since metal detection doesn't really require speed. The freedom to decide the frequency and duration of rest intervals also bode well to their usually fragile physical constitution. And finally, basking in the beauty of the surroundings and breathing the fresh air are involved in the activity, and we all know that spending time outdoors is always good for our health.


This hobby can improve the quality of life in more ways than one. I believe that a sense of adventure is a basic inclination of the human psyche, and when stoked, can be very rewarding both physically and intellectually. The thrill of discovery, compounded by the excitement of the hunt, can stimulate the mind and loosen the cobwebs of crankiness that can often be attributed to old age. You can also meet lots of interesting people who share a fondness for this particular hobby. In fact, there are hundreds of metal detecting clubs in the United States alone. These clubs give enthusiasts opportunities to share with each other their own experiences in metal detecting, show each other their particular finds, and share advice about the science of metal detection. Going to these particular meetings is very beneficial to beginners when it comes to acquiring tips and advice from experienced hunters.

If you're going out on a hunt for stuff, then you might as well earn profit from it, right? If you are able to get some precious metals like gold and silver during your hunts, you can always sell them at pawnshops and scrap buyers.

The possibilities of metal detecting are limitless, and the pull of the hunt is an urge that cannot be denied. So go ahead and pick up your metal detector! Your biggest find could be buried somewhere out there, just waiting to be discovered.