5 Mistakes while detecting underwater

Detecting underwater can be a thrilling experience, whether you’re searching for lost treasures or relics from the past.

But, like any activity, there are common mistakes that can hinder your success. 

In this blog by GoldXtra, we’ll explore five of these mistakes and provide simple solutions to help you avoid them when detecting underwater.

Mistakes while detecting underwater

  1. Not knowing the regulation
  2. Using the wrong equipment
  3. Not understanding targets and signals
  4. Poor technique
  5. Not being safe

1. Not Knowing the Regulations

Solution: Understand the rules and regulations.

  • Research Local Laws: Different places have different rules for underwater detection. It’s essential to know and follow them.

  • Permits and Permissions: If required, get the necessary permits and seek permission from property owners or authorities.

2. Using the Wrong Equipment

Solution: Invest in appropriate underwater metal detecting gear.

  • Waterproof Detectors: Regular detectors are not designed for underwater use. Invest in a waterproof metal detector model that can handle the challenges of underwater detection.

  • Quality Headphones: Make sure you have high-quality waterproof headphones to hear signals.

3. Not Understanding Targets and Signals

Solution: Learn to interpret signals and identify targets.

  • Study Your Detector: Understand the sounds and signals your detector makes when it detects different metals. This will help you distinguish between trash and treasure.
  • Practice: Spend time practicing in shallow waters to get the hang of identifying different signals.

4. Poor Technique

Solution: Improve your underwater detecting technique.

  • Stay Steady: Underwater detecting requires a steady hand and controlled movements. Avoid rapid swinging or jerky motions.

  • Proper Depth: Maintain the right depth. Make sure your detector’s coil stays close to the sea or riverbed without touching it.

5. Not Being Safe

Solution: Prioritize safety when detecting underwater.

  • Buddy System: It’s safer to go underwater detecting with a buddy. In case of any emergency, you’ll have support.

  • Stay Hydrated: Being underwater can be dehydrating. Keep yourself well-hydrated before and after your detecting sessions.


While underwater metal detecting can be an exhilarating hobby, it’s vital to remember that safety, knowledge, and appropriate gear are key to success. 

Mistakes are part of the learning process, but by understanding and adhering to local regulations, using the right equipment, learning to interpret signals, improving your technique, and ensuring safety, you can significantly enhance your underwater detecting experience.

Howard rockse

Hey there, I am Howard a deeply committed individual who likes to share my knowledge and insights in this field, having spent over ten years as a metal detectorist.

My experience with GoldXtra has allowed me to provide trustworthy and informative advice to both new and experienced metal-detecting enthusiasts. I’m committed to assisting others in exploring and enjoying the world of metal detecting with the same enthusiasm and dedication that I have.

Howard Rockse
Senior Content Writer at GoldXtra

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