Make Your Hobby Pay For Itself
There’s something about the quest for lost riches that captures our imaginations. As a SCUBA diver, you may be dreaming of the day when you find an intact chest full of gold doubloons sitting on the ocean floor. Of course, you might think that kind of discovery is reserved for the “big boys” who spend millions of dollars (both investors and their own) and most of their spare time on searching for wrecked Spanish galleons. But did you know you can get started hunting for treasure now without the budget of a major Hollywood film or a huge ocean dredger? It’s called SCUBA detecting, and if you are a certified SCUBA diver you can get into it much easier than you might think.
First, What is SCUBA Detecting?
You’ve most likely seen them on the beach, people with those strange wand-like devices that hover just above the sand, wandering and listening to a headset like a lost hiker. Metal detecting on public beaches is a popular pastime, but exploring the sea floor with an underwater metal detector takes it to the next level. With the right equipment, it is possible to recover rare coins, valuables and even some ancient artifacts if human activity in the area is old enough. So what do you think? Sound like fun? If you want to start SCUBA detecting, all you need are a few simple items.
Underwater Metal Detector
This one might seem like a no-brainer, because it is. It all starts here, with an underwater metal detector. I can/won’t get into recommendations. Everyone has his or own individual preferences. I can say that there are loads of models out there to choose from, and if you visit some popular scuba detecting forums, you will find all kinds of people raving (or ranting) about the ones they use. Just do your due-diligence, research and ask questions and you’ll find the right unit for you.
Just like on land, choosing the best sand scoop will help you uncover your items effortlessly when SCUBA detecting. Sand scoops come in a variety of styles and sizes. There are short handle, medium handle, and long handle scoops. There are aluminum, plastic, and wood scoops. It all depends on where you are hunting and what you are hunting for. It’s good to know that weight is not much of a factor when it comes to SCUBA detecting with a larger scoop as buoyancy of the scoop will help you out.
As I have mentioned in a previous post, using a dive hookah, or SNUBA, can be a fun alternative to recreational SCUBA. The same can be said for metal detecting. Maybe you want to be freed from the limits of an air tank. Maybe you don’t have access to all the SCUBA gear you need. In many cases of treasure hunting, having more bottom time can mean the difference between finding that stubborn treasure and losing it to the tides.
SCUBA detection involves more equipment than this, but these three items are the basics. Of course, in colder climates you would want a dry suit to keep comfortable, along with other safety items. However, with a good U/W metal detector, a sturdy scoop, and a reliable hookah breathing apparatus, you will be good to go.
Sources: findmall.com | metaldetectingworld.com | skin-diver.com |