Learn How to Metal Detect!
Updated: Oct 28, 2020
I've made a fair few videos on my Youtube channel, teaching people how to go about starting their Metal Detecting journey. Hundreds of thousands of people have benefited from these videos, and I get messages daily, thanking me for positively nudging those newbie diggers in the right direction.
In this blog post, I wanted to bring all those videos together in one place so my viewers, and readers of this site have a one stop place to use as a reference guide in the future. All links will be also be added here for ease of use.
Let's start with the video that is JAM packed with useful information. Get yourself a notepad and a pen, and maybe a beverage of choice, and enjoy:
Here are the links that I mentioned in the video above:
Metal Detecting code of conduct (NCMD)
VISM bags I just found this awesome alternative to the VISM bags. Cheaper, too!
The above link is a great book called 'Advanced Detecting' by John Lynn (AKA Norfolk Wolf) and is great for both beginners and advanced Metal Detectors. One of my favourites!
Moving on, the next video which was mentioned in the above, is a video full of practical ideas on how to go about getting Metal Detecting Permission. Excuse the overblown image of my huge face.
The links mentioned in this video are mostly the same as the above, in the beginners guide. But here are the additional:
So now you have fair few good starting points to embark on your Metal Detecting journey. But this is just the beginning, brave warriors, and many traps and pitfalls await you on your way. Firstly, have a read of this post on 'How to make money metal detecting' to get an awareness of the truth around this subject. In addition, check out this video I did on my truthful finds rate.
Once you understand that, let's take a look at the psychology of staying positive and consistent. Try and maintain this way of thinking BEFORE you start the hobby, and your journey will be a long and fruitful one, trust me.
Now, before we move on - many people ask me what the best beginners Metal Detector is to buy. Well, having tested and reviewed many detectors, I'd have to say that the Quest X10 is my favourite so far, especially for the ridiculous price it is! Here's a link to the machine at the Joan Allen website, but if you want to see my reviews of the machine, click here.
Now you understand the basics, know how to get permission, and have strengthened your psychology so you proactively understand that it's not all about the treasure, let's move on to how to Metal Detect beaches. The video below is also jammed with tips on how to successfully go about hitting those beaches. If I was to add anything to this video, it would be to recommend some sort of sand scoop, as this has really helped me on the beach recently. Here's one, here.
Now before we move on, I want you to consider getting yourself a pointer. This, is a small hand held Metal Detector, which really quickens your finds rate. Most on the market are ridiculously expensive, but I managed to find one that is super cheap and super efficient after using many others. Here's a video explaining more about it, with a link to the pointer below the video:
So even though the above videos are crammed with useful information, you've probably still got lots of questions you want to ask. Such as 'should I join a club?' and 'what do I do if I find a bomb' as well as more. I do my best to answer the most common of Beginners Metal Detecting questions in the video below:
And now you're up and running. You have your detector, you know the laws, you understand good technique, and have the proper additional equipment as well as a lot more. Let's take a look at some common Metal Detecting mistakes, and how to avoid them:
And now let's have look at some dangers of Metal Detecting:
And now you're well and truly up and running. Everything is going well, and you're beginning to find some really interesting items. But how do you clean them? Here's a couple more videos on how to clean your finds (well, the way I do it anyway - there's plenty of options out there)
And there you have it! An extensive guide that will have you up and running Metal Detecting in no time at all. If you have any questions you want to ask me, please do so in the comments section below. Oh, and of course - don't forget to subscribe to my Youtube channel by clicking the image below if you haven't already.
Good luck and happy hunting out there, Bleepers! Addicted To Bleeps.