Founded in the 1980s, the Gold Coast Treasure Hunters is a club for people involved in the hobby of coin, jewelry and artifact hunting with a metal detector. Since 2006, the Simi Valley Senior Center has graciously accommodated club meetings.
The Gold Coast Treasure Hunters are active in Ventura County and beyond. Club activities include periodic group hunts at various area locations including parks, beaches and open land. Also offered are the annual Jim Lee Hueneme Beach Hunt sponsored by long time club member, beginners' detecting classes and periodic intermediate/advanced classes.
Classes are free to all club members and a complimentary class is offered to guests. For seasoned members, the classes have developed into an exchange of detecting ideas and experiences.
Individual and family memberships are offered. There are currently 46 members with ages ranging from about 10 through seasoned citizens. Detecting experience levels of the members range from those new to metal detecting to very experienced detectorists. Meetings are open to everyone including those that are just curious about the hobby.
A range of metal detecting topics discussed at meetings. Often there is a demonstration of a detector or other detecting equipment. Occasionally, target recovery methods are discussed. Group hunts are scheduled and sometimes pictures or video of recent hunts are shown. Members display their finds since the last club meeting and there is a friendly competition for determining the best displays.
It is amazing to see the variety and volume of items discovered by members. Some members display hundreds of ordinary coins each month. It is quite common to see many silver rings and other jewelry items. Many watches appear in the displays. Gold rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces (often containing precious stones) are not unusual in the displays. Members have found and displayed gold, silver and bronze US and foreign coins ... some dating back into the 1800s and a few even older.
Gold Coast Treasure Hunters meetings currently occur on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM. The meeting location is the Simi Valley Senior Center at 3900 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley.
For more club information, contact Steve at email@example.com or visit www.gctreasurehunters.com