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The complete Diver's Handbook featuring underwater metal detectors used while Shipwreck Diving
     

 

 

 

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METAL DETECTORS
By Capt. Dan Berg


Metal detectors have been very popular with treasure hunters for years. They allow these divers to find gold and silver coins plus many varied artifacts buried up to twelve inches below the ocean floor. Metal detectors are also an excellent tool for recreational wreck divers and are rapidly increasing in popularity, especially for use on older wooden vessels. The very first time I ever took a detector onto a wreck, I located a pile of brass spikes and a few pewter toys. During following dives, after spending some time learning how the machines worked, I added some gold and silver to my collection. With some experience, you can determine the approximate size of an object by the tone the detector makes. Usually a small sharp tone means a coin, ring or other small object, while larger tones may mean junk, spikes or large steel objects. With a pulse detector, having a good ear for the deep faint signals will surely be rewarded. A good friend of mine, treasure hunter, Mike Mc Meekin, continues to tell me that treasure is where you find it, and just like the lottery, you can't expect to win it if you're not in it. If you have never tried an underwater metal detector you're missing out on a lot of fun and possibly some treasure.  Photos: Dan Berg treasure hunting with a metal detector in Bermuda.



There are two types of underwater metal detectors and about a half dozen major manufactures. Motion detectors require the search coil to be in motion in order to locate a target. The unit then beeps as the target is passed. Divers fanning the sand constantly check to see if the target has moved while they dig. The pulse detector does not need motion and will continue to sound a steady tone when held over a target. Both types of machines should be operated by slowly moving the coil, sweeping the sand in front of you. As a side note, if two divers are using metal detectors at the same time, they will have to stay approximately ten to 20 feet apart from one another, or the machines will react to each other causing false readings. Both types of machines work great in the water, but there are other considerations when purchasing a metal detector. Some machines work better in salt water than in fresh. Others are adaptable for beach and land hunting, and others have better volume control for hearing through a neoprene hood. I have used both the Garret Sea Hunter model XL500 and the Fisher Aquanaut model 1280-X and have found them to be excellent machines. With these units, I have consistently retrieved coins, artifacts, gold and silver. A new type of metal detector on the market is called a multi frequency machine. These units are a bit more expensive but basically give you all of the benefits of both the Pulse and motion detectors. I have the Minelab Excalibur and have nothing but good things to report about the machines performance.  Remember that you should never ascend or descend while wearing ear phones. Put the ear phones in place at depth and remove them before beginning your ascent. This will prevent any equalization problems.
 
 
Beach and Water
Treasure Hunting with Metal Detectors

A complete how to guide to discovering lost jewelry and coins from the sand and water. Includes sections on dry beach detecting, shallow surf, wading, scuba detecting and shipwreck diving.


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Beach and Water Treasure Hunting with Metal Detectors is a 70 page downloadable, printable PDF booklet. The text is packed with information and hundreds of color images.

Ever go to the beach and watch a guy strolling down the waters edge metal detector in hand. That guy is not just searching for pocket change. He is looking for and most likely finding treasure. For the purpose of this text we will focus on Beach and Water Hunting. Learn why Metal detecting can be enjoyed as a hobby by those of all ages. Its one of the only activities that can quickly pay for itself while providing the hobbyist with outdoor fun, adventure and exercise. This text defines water and beach detecting into five distinct forms of treasure hunting. Please be aware that many of these types of detecting overlap. For example a beach hunter with a water proof detector will often venture into the shallow surf in search of gold rings and a scuba diver could certainly use his same detector on the dry beach. This text teaches the basics as well as tricks of the trade learned form years of detecting. These techniques make it easy and will greatly increase your productivity. Anyone can discover lost gold and this book will show you how.

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Birth of a Treasure Hunter by Capt Daniel Berg

TREASURE HUNTING with a Metal Detector Part One By Fred Kropowitz

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Whites Metal Detectors   Minelab Metal Detectors
     
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Shipwreck Diving, by Capt. Dan Berg is a complete how to book about the sport of wreck diving. This book is packed with information and heavily illustrated with over 80 sensational color photographs.

 
 

   
 
 
 
 

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The complete diver's guide to mastering the skills of shipwreck diving.

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Shipwreck Diving is a complete how to ebook about the sport of wreck diving. This downloadable PDF e-book is packed with information and heavily illustrated with over 80 sensational color photographs. Daniel Berg, a noted wreck diver, instructor and author of ten shipwrecks related books, describes all the basics of wreck diving. Topics include everything from equipment modifications, communication, and wreck penetration to artifact preservation. Dan also tells how to navigate on a wreck and be able to return to the anchor line after the dive. Why some divers find more artifacts and explains how to catch lobsters. Shipwreck Diving also covers such diverse topics as shipwreck research, photography, spear fishing and how to use an underwater metal detector. This exciting book tells all the tricks of the trade that until now have only been learned through years of experience. Shipwreck divers of all caliber will find Shipwreck Diving informative, rewarding and entertaining

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