The Schmitt family had a million dollar secret, one that they were just itching to tell. But they had to wait for a month before the world could learn of their underwater discovery off the coast of Melbourne, Florida. When the word finally leaked that they had discovered gold from a Spanish Galleon, treasure hunters all over the world took notice. After all, it was a family of normal people, not full time adventurers, who found the loot. And on vacation to boot. The story and the circumstances stir up the imagination. If an ordinary family can find long lost sunken treasure, then why can’t you? The answer is you can. You just need the right resources.
Whether you are brand new to treasure hunting or are a seasoned pro, your first and most important resource should be this website. If there is another, more comprehensive site on treasure hunting, then I have not found it yet. There is literally something for everyone on this site. From news articles about treasure hunts to information on current hunts to suggestions on what equipment you need for certain types of hunts…it’s all there. You can find all kinds of videos and write-ups on past treasure hunts, stories that will inspire and fuel your endeavors. And, to keep you in touch with other treasure hunters out there, trade techniques and tips, the site has a user forum.
Treasure Diving Workshops
Recently, Ocean Divers hosted a treasure diving workshop featuring two of the most famous names in the sport—Captain Brad Williamson, an advisor for the motion picture Fool’s Gold, and Captain Carl Fismer of hit TV series, Treasure Divers. The workshop focused on Locating shipwrecks, Guidelines for choosing a project, Obtaining funding for your project, and Documenting and preserving recoveries. The event was held December 5, so why am I telling you about it? Because there might be a treasure hunting workshop near you soon. Check with your local dive shop. They may know when a similar workshop is happening near you.
I have mentioned this website before when discussing resources for SCUBA divers, and there is a reason why. Though many people may malign forums because of negativity and trolling, this site still contains a wealth of information for divers of all stripes and skill levels. Treasure hunting is no exception. Search the site for all things treasure, and you will find another type of gem, this in the form of information. There are countless divers who go to the forum, many with mountains of experience.
Learn to Treasure Hunt – Facebook Community
Facebook communities can be just as valuable as forums. They allow anyone to post information, and they can be quite specific in focus. The Learn to Treasure Hunt page is not specifically aimed at divers, but it does contain some information on sunken treasure and how to locate it. Many of the postings feature videos, which help speed along the learning process. The page is definitely worth a visit to those who are excited about treasure hunting.