I have been a member of this website for several years and this is my first post about my experiences detecting so here I go. I went to Hawaii in December for a week and I stayed at a hotel on Waikiki Beach. I had a wonderful time and for the very first time I did some water detecting. I had been to Hawaii several times in the past a managed to do a lot of detecting on the beach but never in the water. In the past I saw so many people detecting in the water that I decided that I had to do it myself. I purchased a Garrett Sea Hunter Mark II and tried my luck. I managed to find 3 nice rings this time out, two on the beach, one 10k gold mans ring with diamonds and a platinum ring with a blue stone in it and one woman's 14k ring with a diamond in the water. I detected every morning and just about every evening. I found about $30 in change and tons of junk in the dry sand. Detecting the beach with my Mine lab 705 was a breeze no problems at all. Detecting in the water was a totally new challenge for me. Everyone that I watched seemed to just glide along the water without any effort. I almost killed myself. First I didn't seat the gaskets on the battery compartment and headphones correctly and I had to clean everything out and start over. Then I didn't have a long handled scoop and I had to dig everything with a small hand scoop. I must have dug a hundred bobby pins and a ton of junk before I found my first gold ring in the water!! I would have to say that my most enjoyable experience was talking to other detectorists on the beach. I met a few very nice people who were really helpful. A gentleman JT, TJ, or something like that and a guy with a Whites Prizm who were very knowledgeable and helpful. I did also run into an older gentleman who was a jerk zipping around and seemed to be disturbing people on the beach by getting into their personal space, I guess that there is one in every group!! I will be moving to Europe later this year and I cant wait to go and hit the beaches in Spain to see what I can find! I was stationed in Germany for a spell in the 80s and 90s and had previously found about 50 gold rings on the tourist beaches in Spain over the course of about 8 years. I am now hooked on water detecting!!!