SAR-1 from JW Fishers Mfg.

SAR-1 from JW Fishers Mfg.

What is it?

A search-and-recovery metal detector designed for public safety dive teams, law enforcement agencies and military units needing to locate metal objects in poor-visibility underwater environments. The SAR-1 alerts the operator to the presence of metal by vibration, which is transmitted through the handle. Even in zero visibility, the user can feel the intense vibration conducted through the detector’s handle and into the diver’s arm. In addition to vibration, the detector also has a high-intensity LED display, which is directly in front of the diver’s face and easy to see in all but the worst conditions.

Other features of the SAR-1 are its “snare less” design with no external wires or cables, rugged construction, streamlined configuration, and bright yellow search coil, which helps guide the operator to the target in low-visibility environments. The 8-inch (20 cm) search coil has solid detection capability on a range of targets, from small shell casings to weapons and explosive devices. Larger targets can be detected at more than 5 feet (1.5 m). The material between the search coil and the metal object does not affect the detector’s range. Whether detecting through air water, silt, sand, sand, mud or rock, the detection range remains the same.

Benefits to your diving:

If search and recovery in low visibility is part of your diving, the SAR-1 may be the perfect companion.

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