Adapt San Pedro

Since Rod Toms retired to Spain he has headed up this extremely popular group. He provides help and tuition to people who would like to try out this unusual and sometimes very profitable hobby.

This group expanded so fast they now have a north and south divide. South headed up by Rod Toms and the north headed up by Robin Bonathan. The group mainly detects the beaches up and down the south Costa Blanca and Costa Calida coast. They also have permission to search some historic sites via their partnership with San Pedro museum.

If you wish to know more about this group, Torrevieja and south then  Email Rod direct here.

Guardamar and above then Email Robin direct here.


There is also a aqua division within the Group who use specialist underwater metal detectors. If you wish to know more about this group then Email him direct here.

What is metal detecting?

Adrian scrutinising the hole he has dug

Adrian scrutinising the hole he has dug

It is simply finding metal items such as coins, rings, badges etc. buried in the first few inches of earth. The hobby takes you away from your computer into the fresh air, where with the use of other advanced electronic wizardry, (the metal detector) you can have gentle exercise, enjoy nature and see what your ancestors left behind for you to find. Once at home you can share the information about your finds with others on the Internet and learn from fellow enthusiasts about their most recent discoveries. Searching for treasure is something that children grew up with after reading books about pirates. This fantasy can now become a reality as the person can buy a metal detector and start looking for jewellery or old coins that have been buried in the ground. Some people think that reading the manual will make the individual an expert in looking for these objects. The truth is it takes time to master the skill and getting some help from the experts is a good start. Information regarding metal detection is available in books, magazines and on the Internet. The person should study the types of devices available or simply inquire about the types of model.

Buying a metal detector guide lines

Please, please, please, remember £25 will not buy a metal detector it will buy you a non functional toy…If you are serious about metal detecting be prepared to pay £250.00 minimum for a new detector or at least £150.00 for a second hand detector. This will get you started in the right direction


Training 1

Training a lady newcomer, where we rope off a section of beach and plant coins and jewellery for her to find.

Training is possible if it is booked in advance. They give 2 free tuition days to see if this is the hobby for you where they will loan out a detector. After that, you will need to decide on whether it’s the hobby for you.There is an investment of equipment required if you do go ahead and join the group. Apart from discovering the history beneath your feet, you will have exercise.

Dry land detecting

Sometimes they are able to get permission to metal detect the Campo. Different retrieving techniques are used and it’s a lot harder digging the soil than the sand on the beach.

Sea metal detecting

Shallow water hunting is one of the most rewarding ways to metal detect. Remember that when bathers sit on the beach and lather themselves with sun screen they usually jump into the water to cool down. Once in the water their fingers shrink and the rings just slide off their pre-lubricated fingers. With this in mind we know that there is more jewellery in the water than on the dry beach. Fortunately, for water hunters there is also less trash to dig in the water. Depending on location and time of the year shallow water hunters may need just a bathing suit or waders, a wet suit or even a dry suit for thermal protection. In addition, you will also need a metal detector that is completely waterproof and a strong long handle scoop.

Sea Metal Detecting

Sea Metal Detecting

For the purpose of this text we will consider shallow water hunting to encompass hunting from the high water mark down to approximately waste deep. Shallow Water Detecting Technique Detecting in shallow water is very similar to beach hunting. Since the surf may be rolling over your feet, once a target is located you should mark the spot. The easiest way to do this is to simply plant one foot just behind the target. That foot never moves until the target is recovered. Now place the scoop in front of your planted foot and take a deep scoop of sand. Pull the scoop out of the hole and rest it off to the side of the hole. Do not dump the sand or waste time sifting all the sand out until you re-check the hole. If the target is still in the hole the scoop can be dumped and another scoop taken. If after 2 or 3 scoops the target is still not recovered try changing the direction of each dig by 90 degrees. Once you confirm with the metal detector that the target is no longer in the hole than you know it’s in the scoop. Now all you have to do is strain the sand. Fortunately, simply submerging the scoop is often enough to cause sand to strain through exposing the target.

Historic Sites

Meeting in Santa Polo

Meeting in Santa Polo

The ADAPT metal detecting group is really privileged to be in partnership with the San Pedro Del Pinatar museum. The museum have allowed group to metal detect on certain historic sites within the san Pedro area. This is a new project for group and they have initialy been field walking the different sites. The museum has also given them information on how to identify roman pottery and glass ware on the walkabouts. So far, not much has been found, but they have only scraped the surface and they are looking forward to finding their first roman treasure. These sites will soon be open to the rest of the group members (subject to strict guidelines and supervision)

The environment

Equipment This group helps to clear metal rubbish that is discarded on the beach and in the sea. You would be so surprised what they find. There are so many sharp objects that could hurt someone if they step on them. This group also provides a Free Search & Recovery Service. If  you have lost a metal item such as a purse, jewellery, keys, etc, they can search for them for you,(subject to conditions)

Recent News

  • Metal Detecting Success!

    Yesterday, a distraught member of the public contacted us asking for help to find a lost wedding ring.  On Sunday, Dariush had been playing in the ...

    26th March 2019
  • Successful Detecting

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    22nd January 2019
  • Holiday shutdown

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    24th November 2017
  • Music to my ears

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    24th September 2017
  • Another good job done

      On Friday 18th March at an ADAPT metal detecting club meeting – Screwed again, and another good job done !   There we were on a Friday ...

    29th March 2016
  • Pleased to be able to help

    We get calls from time to time to do search and recover, this was the case when I received via a friend a story of a lady who had lost her wedding ring ...

    4th February 2016