Your experience at the Bootcamp will be driven not only by the content of the training but by the instructors and for that reason, the instructors have been selected to ensure you get the most out of your time spent in class and in the field. When you leave, you will know your detector and can start putting what you learned to practice as soon as you get home. The instructors at a specific Bootcamp session may vary depending on the individual availability but you can be sure whomever is at the date you select will have the knowledge and teaching skills to put you at the head of the pack when it comes to knowledge on how the Deus operates. The instructors that are scheduled to be at specific Bootcamps will be listed for the specific date on the Schedule page.
My name is Andy Sabisch and my interest in treasure hunting began when I received a basic metal detector as a gift in 1965 and has remained high over the years. I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled to virtually every corner of the world as part of my job as well as on personal trips and hunted for all types of lost and buried treasure. Wreck diving along the East Coast, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, prospecting for gold throughout the Western United States, Georgia and Alaska, detecting the old ghost towns in the United States, Canada, Mexico and eastern Europe; hunting for bottles in New England and the deep South; searching for military artifacts from wars dating back over 2,000 years; beach & coin hunting throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe and South America and attending 100’s of competition hunts & shows - treasure hunting has an truly become an integral part of my life!
When I first got started in the hobby, I was fortunate to have had many of the legendary treasure hunters at the time “take a shine” to me. They provided me with their secrets so to speak which built the foundation for my current skill set and that is what I draw upon when I pen articles, books and conduct training. During the past 30+ years I have published more than 3,000 articles in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world along with more than a dozen books on treasure hunting. I have tried my hand at virtually every facet of the hobby and as a result, have acquired a wealth of knowledge that I welcome the opportunity to share with others who are interested in seeking lost treasures. I have worked with many of the major manufacturers in the design and field testing of new detectors and have been one of the primary field test writers for Lost Treasure Magazine for more than 20 years.
The XP Deus has really been a game-changer when searching sites that have been heavily hunted for decades, especially sites that are infested with trash and others tend to avoid. Coins, relics, jewelry and more have turned up at these sites thanks to the technology provided by the Deus. With countless hours in a myriad of sites, I look forward to sharing some of the tips and techniques I've learned with you at one of the upcoming Bootcamps!
I got started in metal detecting to pass time and to get a little exercise during family beach vacations. As my experience and interests grew as a detectorist, I explored more types of detecting and more advanced detectors and now own several for specialized detecting situations. The Deus was a game changer for me and is capable and versatile enough to be my go to machine for most situations. With the help of Andy’s book, his Bootcamp sessions, and several hours of swing time, I became proficient enough with the Deus to move beyond casual beach detecting and park coin shooting to the challenge of historic relic hunting. This enabled me to merge my passion for metal detecting with my love for history. Living in northern Virginia, I am blessed with a wealth of prime regional historic sites and I have found that half the fun of detecting is securing that permission to a new and hopefully productive historic site. Participating in several organized and ad hoc relic hunts over the past few years, I have really gained an appreciation for the research, skill, and patience needed to have success at pulling history from the ground. Having the right tool and knowing how to set it up properly can make the difference between coming up with a handful of square nails or that historic brass uniform coat button at the end of the day.
As I became more serious about relic hunting and responsibly preserving historic artifacts, I recently earned a certificate for completing a course in archeological metal detecting methods at a prominent historic site in central Virginia. This course taught me how to properly survey a site for artifacts and how to interpret and preserve my finds.
Along the way, I learned that I have a knack for explaining complex concepts in a straight forward manner to new detectorists. I like to empower these folks who might otherwise become frustrated and discouraged to have the knowledge needed to optimize the performance of advanced detectors such as the Deus. I have passed this knowledge on to new detectorists on various online forums and am excited that Andy has given me the chance to pass on my tips and tweaks based on more than two years of experience with the Deus. I love detecting and want everyone to enjoy it as much as I do.
I was 9 or 10 years old at the time. I grew up in a small southern Indiana town. A buddy and I were out riding bikes one Summer afternoon. We discovered a utility access road. On one particular hot August day, we were riding our trail and stopped by the creek to eat our lunch. The sun was high overhead and we were sweaty from the ride, so we decided to take off our sneakers and socks and wade into the creek. I had gone about 2 feet from the bank when I stepped on something sharp. After saying a word that would have gotten my mouth washed out with soap from my Mother, I reached down and picked it up. It was a good sized rock. This was no ordinary rock though. It had GOLD in it! I held it in my hand, unable to speak, and just looked at the shiny substance in the rock. I had images of gold prospectors before me. I shouted, “I FOUND GOLD!” Turned out to be Pyrite, but that started me on a lifetime of searching for gold, artifacts, treasure and more! A few years later I met a couple of guys prospecting the Whitewater River in southern Indiana. They taught me how to look for real gold.
That led to my first metal detector, a Heathkit in the early 70’s. I used it for everything from searching under bleachers after high school football games for coins to exploring Native American caves in Minnesota. I even learned how to scuba dive in efforts to find sunken treasure. I have personally owned over 40 different metal detectors since those early days.
I have progressed as well from that early Heathkit to more sophisticated machines like today’s XP Deus. I watched the XP DEUS as it took Europe by storm. I knew eventually that it would come to the states. When I read Andy Sabisch’s review in “Lost Treasure Magazine” I knew I had to become a dealer. Even after 45 years, I still get excited finding gold in the bottom of my pan to digging up a “hit” from my DEUS!
My name is Sal Guttuso and I’ve been treasure hunting for as long as I can remember. I received my first metal detector as a Christmas present in the early 80s. Since then I have metal detected and treasure hunted on land and under water all over the US and England. I have used and sold almost every brand of detector available. I only sell machines that I believe are good tools for the job and I can tell already that the Deus from XP Detectors is a very effective tool for the job of successful detecting. Here is a bit more information on my relevant experiences:
Serious Relic / Treasure Hunting Experience – 15 years, Open Water Certified Scuba Diver, Historical Archaeology Coursework Completed – Louisiana State University – 1 Semester = 4.0 GPA Non-Matriculating, Extensive Historical Archaeology Field Work Volunteering, Metal Detector Expert – Sold and Trained on all of the major brands of metal detectors for more than 10 years. Owner and Operator of TreasureOutfitters.com. Research and Land Acquisition – Successfully researched and secured treasure hunting leases on well over 5000 acres of different historic lands in the US and close to 10,000 in the UK. Proven as a professional relic / treasure hunting guide – owner and operator of History Hunts, LLC. Over 10 years of video blogging my personal treasure hunting adventures – many of which can be seen on YouTube where my channel has close to 2,000 subs with over 1,000,000 video views. I am a Licensed Auctioneer in the state of Virginia, owning and operating an auction house that specializes on the sale of rare collectibles such as artifacts, relics and guns: ChumneyHouseAuctions.com .
I have had
great success with the Deus in both relic hunting in the US and ancient coin
hunting in the UK. I am very eager to share my knowledge and experiences
with all of you at the upcoming boot camp session!
My name is Richard Angelico and I have been metal detecting since the early 1980‘s. I began using a metal detector on vacations in Florida to find coins and jewelry, since I found it impossible to lay on the beach and do nothing.
Then one holiday weekend, the focus of my metal detecting changed forever. My wife and I were in Eunice, Louisiana visiting her parents. I got away for a bit to do some detecting and found a funny looking button with an eagle on it. I had no clue what it was. After a bit of research I learned it was a Union General Service button from the Civil War. That was it!! I became a relic hunter and never looked back. My home is now filled with Civil War buttons, bombs and everything in between!
Over the years I was fortunate to meet many old timers who searched Port Hudson in the early days and they shared information and suggested places to hunt. In the late 1990’s I started my own business, Cayenne Metal Detectors, selling and renting machines and finding lost items for folks. I learned about the XP Deus online and it seemed an intriguing machine, then Michael Bernzweig from Detector Electronics called me and asked if I would consider carrying it. When those first machines arrived I was amazed at the incredible design, simplicity of operation, ability to modify and create programs and its stellar operation in the field. If it is there, the Deus will find it.
My name is Todd Yerks and I first got into this great hobby with a Fathers Day gift from my wife about 17 years ago and have never looked back. My primary focus has always been searching for and finding coins and relics from the Colonists that settled in the Northeast. I have found that doing solid research to locate sites and knowing my detectors inside and out have been the keys to my success. I am looking forward to sharing some of the techniques I have perfected over the years so that you can get the most out of your equipment.