Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Gold Panning lessons

While Gold Panning lessons are not absolutely required to get started with this awesome pass-time, it's recommended that you find someone with some experience to show you how. How-to articles, books and videos found all over the internet can be fantastic introductions but lack the ability to personally teach and coach you. If you're lucky enough to live in an area that has a history richly cultured with prospecting like California, British Columbia, or the Yukon, it's only a matter of waiting for an annual event. These events are held as family fun day type events and are often hosted on land that allows for public gold panning. There are lots of people who are willing to teach you many things and it's a spectacular resource for gold panning lessons.

Other Sources for Gold Panning Lessons

A great place to get some personalized lessons are also gold panning forums on the internet. Video yourself panning if you can and then submit the video to YouTube. Post it on the forums and ask for advice on your techniques. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a billion. People love watching videos so if you're able to record yourself, you will have no shortages of replies or advice!

Alternatively, you can try and locate someone near you who is experienced and owns a claim of their own. It's not un-heard of that many prospectors like company on their expeditions and most of the guy's I know enjoy sharing their knowledge on the matter. Give it a shot, what's the worst that could happen? This is the best way to stay out of trouble for the inexperienced prospector too. You don't want to get caught accidentally claim jumping!

So once again, Use the internet and its infinite resources to the best of your abilities but spend some time searching out a real live person who will show you what you need to know. Those organized events are usually held in "gold rush" towns and are moderately well advertised. Keep an eye out and make as many connections as you can. Soon enough you'll be the one giving out the gold panning lessons!

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