“If I go to a site with someone and we both find a silver quarter, that means if I had went alone I would have found two silver quarters.”
That is the mindset of many solo detectorists, the ones that just don’t believe in detecting with others. I used to be the same way. I was pleasantly surprised to find that detecting with others is not only more productive, but is much better than detecting alone for many other reasons. As a great detectorist named Jonathan J. put it, “More often than not, its the adventure, not the finds.” And what’s an adventure if you don’t have anyone to share it with?
Also, detecting with a partner makes everything easier. Good partners share sites, share each other’s personal network, share the burden of research and permission, and motivate each other to get out and detect more and detect harder. You can learn a lot by watching your partner and comparing your results with his after each session detecting together.
Here are some great places to meet detectorists and find a detecting buddy that is right for you:
I found my first detecting partner in the Nashville area at the Middle Tennessee Metal Detecting Club, one of the largest and most active clubs in the country. Just go to a meeting of your local club and hang out and meet people. You’ll be surprised at how cool everyone is.
The best way to meet a detecting buddy is face to face. This has a far better chance of working out than someone you meet online.
If your area doesn’t have a detecting club, you could start an informal one over lunch or on a weeknight at a cool venue.