Guest Writer: Peter Bankss
The tools and methods you will use to find treasure under water really depend on what you're looking for. Most recreational treasure hunters will find that sifting works best for them.
As with other treasure hunting methods, it's good to have a plan in mind as you begin your search. You can mark out your search area with stakes in shallow water, or buoys in deeper areas. Deep water treasure hunting is an activity that you should never attempt on your own. Always take a treasure hunting friend with you, and notify someone else where you are going, what time you plan to be back, etc.
For the purpose of this guide, we will focus on treasure hunting methods that can be done in shallow water. While experienced Scuba divers can certainly venture into other territories, the average recreational treasure hunter will probably have more luck skimming the shoreline for jewelry, coins and other valuable lost at the beach.
A snorkel kit is a great tool for any underwater treasure hunter. Snorkeling allows you to keep your eyes on the ocean or lake floor as you carefully tread over top, searching for treasures. You can use an underwater metal detector as you snorkel, sweeping the coil over the bottom as you move along.
If you've ever snorkeled, you already know why marking out your search area is necessary. You can quickly get off track with only the ocean floor to guide you. Pick a natural landmark if you must, and look up often to be sure you are on track. In cooler water, a wet suit is a must. It will protect you from the cold water and keep you warm all day. In warmer climates, a wet suit is unnecessary but you will still need to wear gloves. There may be sharp cans, rocks or other objects just below the surface of the sand that could hurt your hands if you grabbed hold of one.
What would you be searching for underwater? Well, people lose all kinds of items at the beach. It is an area that can be searched often, as there is a constant supply of new treasures from forgetful and unfortunate swimmers who've lost their rings, necklaces, cell phones, earrings, watches and more. Coins are another popular find at the beach, though you are more likely to find new coins that were lost recently than you are to find valuable old relics.
Underwater treasure hunting poses its own unique dangers, even in shallow water. Before setting out, it is important to do a bit of research about the fish and plant life that live in the body of water you are searching. You may want to avoid certain areas at specific times of the year. If there are poisonous fish or plants, you must be able to recognize and avoid them.
Some treasure hunters simply use a sifter to search the top inch or two of the sand on the ocean floor. Others use a magnet to seek out any metallic objects.
Article by: Peter Bankss
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