Metal detecting is an activity you can do anywhere — at your local park, in the backyard of your house, in an open site, and in many other places. But, you’re going for a summer vacation at the beach and have no idea what metal detector is good for underwater detecting. Worry no more!
Searching for collectibles underwater adds a whole new adventure level to treasure hunting. Imagine how many relics might be buried deep within the ocean or in a river! In this article, we’ll review metal detectors made specially for fresh water and for salt water. Keep in mind, though, that waterproof metal detectors are quite expensive, so get your wallet ready!
One of the best features of this metal detector is that it is not only waterproof, it’s also weatherproof! That means you don’t have to worry about going metal detecting when it’s raining, because the control panel will not be damaged. Also, the F22 is ultra-lightweight, so you won’t get tired when carrying it around.
The triangulated 9-inch search coil is perfect for searching in narrow spaces due to its shape, not to mention that it is submersible — you can go treasure hunting in shallow water.
The F22 features four search modes and its large LCD display has several indicators that provide you with lots of important features: it has a numbered target ID, just like the ACE 300, however, it also features a target category ID; together, these two features allow you to have a better indication of what type of materials you’ve found. Along with the four different tones, you’ll easily detect what exactly you’re targeting.
This product comes with a 5-year warranty.
The Fisher F22 Metal Detector can be found here.
This metal detector is one of the best all-around, mid-range machines for shallow water hunting. The AT Pro is designed to be used in basically any kind of hunting. It is submersible down to a 10-feet depth— however, it is more suitable for fresh water than for salt water. Of course, due to its manual ground balance and fast recovery speed, you might use it in salt water but don’t expect too much of it then.
Garrett AT Pro
At first, this metal detector might be a bit difficult to get a handle of, but it doesn’t take long before learning to use it properly. According to users, the very sensitive 11-inch DD search coil can find larger collectibles buried up to 12” deep. Smaller collectibles can be found if buried up to 10”.
Just like the Garrett ACE 300 Metal Detector, the AT Pro features a LCD display with numbered Target ID, which shows a numeral scale ranging from zero to 99 representing the conductivity of the target object.
One of the only downsides of this machine is that it doesn’t come with waterproof headphones, so you have to buy them separately.
The Garrett AT Pro can be found here.
Now, if you want to go diving down to a 200+ feet-depth, the Fisher 1280x is the metal detector for you. More expensive than the first two detectors, this one is ideal for those who want to go hunting deep down in the ocean.
Fisher 1280x Aquanaut
This metal detector doesn’t come equipped with a LCD display, so it may not be the most appropriate choice for a beginner user. However, it stands out due to being easy to use, for it features automatic turn-on-and-go operation modes. Also, the control box converts to a belt mount, which adds up to its ease of use.
One of the most attractive features of the 1280x Aquanaut is its battery life. One single charge can take you for a 75-hours hunting trip! Additionally, it features a volume control button, sensitivity and discrimination control, and it come with waterproof headphones.
This product comes with a 2-year warranty.
The Fisher 1280x Aquanaut Metal Detector can be found here.
Now, if you’re very serious about metal detecting, Minelab is the brand for you. If you have no problem with spending money on a top-notch, waterproof, submersible metal detector, then the Minelab Excalibur II is the machine for you.
Minelab Excalibur II
This metal detector is super popular among metal detecting aficionados. Users claim it is so good you’ll hardly ever get any false signals. It also features an automatic ground balance, which means it automatically ignores iron and minerals present in the sand. The 10” coil is better for beach hunting, while the 8” coil is better when you go diving.
You can go diving up to a 200ft depth with this machine. The 12-hours battery life enables you to have enough time having fun underwater. The iron discrimination is so good that, even if you tune it to zero discrimination, it’ll still zero in on your goal target.
The only downsides of this excellent metal detector is that the headphones are hardwired and it is quite heavy, so you might have to buy an additional waist mount kit. Additionally, this product comes with only a 1-year warranty on the control box and search coil.
The Minelab Excalibur II can be found here.
A pinpointer makes metal detecting much easier and increases accuracy when locating your target. It’s not an indispensable equipment, but it sure is very important if you want to find even more collectibles.
Garrett Pro-Pointer AT
The Pro-Pointer AT is a bright, orange-colored waterproof pinpointer. It is submersible up to a depth of 10-feet, so you don’t have to worry about taking it to a water hunting trip. It features a LED flashlight, a single-button operation for Power, Retune, Sensitivity — which has three different levels —, and Silent Mode (you can switch audio tones to a vibrate mode). This pinpointer turns off automatically; if it is inactive for over five minutes, it will emit a sound so you can easily find the pinpointer in case you lose it.
Another attractive feature of the Pro-Pointer AT is that it has a 360-degree side scan that improves its accuracy when scanning for collectibles and the battery life may go up to 30 hours.
This product is made in the USA and comes with a 9V battery, durable woven belt holster, and a 2-year warranty.
The Garrett Pro-Pointer AT can be found here.