David Mac Donald

  • Land/Shallow Water Search

Cost For My Service

I work on a ''Reward Basis''... that means you pay me what its worth to you and what you can afford, for me to come out and find your lost item.

I have a call out fee of $50 if the ring is not found, this covers my fuel expenses. Maybe more or less depending on where you are located...We can discuss this when you call.

Search Types

Beaches/parks/lakes/private yards

Search Locations

Greater Ventura area including surrounding communities

David Mac Donald's Bio

A PE teacher by day and I am an avid metal detectorist in my free time. I love being able to reunite people with their metallic keepsakes.

David Mac Donald - Recent Blog Post

  • Lost Wedding ring found Marina Park Ventura (2019)

    I got a text this morning bright and early at 6am from Heather who had lost her wedding ring at Marina Park Beach in Ventura yesterday. She and her daughter were playing in the surf enjoying the water when a sneaker wave came in and slammed them in the back causing her ring to fly […]

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  • Lost Platinum wedding ring Ventura Beach found! (2019)

    I got a call from Sara this afternoon letting me know she had lost her Platinum wedding ring while hanging out at the beach with her family. I told her I’d be there in about 20 minutes and to not worry because she would soon have her ring back. I knew I’d find the ring […]

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  • Lost wedding ring Oxnard Silver Strand Beach Found (2019)

    I got a call this afternoon from the Wiggins family as a fun time in the sand with the kids had resulted in a flying wedding ring into the sand, seemingly lost for good. After getting an idea of where it might have gone I started to grid out the area but things were quiet […]

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  • Lost wedding ring found in Oak Park (2019)

    I got a call from Steve this afternoon asking if I could help him find his ring. He had been at Chapparal park in Oak Park playing some frisbee golf and had lost his wedding ring. When I met up with him there was even more to the story. Not only had Steve lost his […]

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  • Lost gold wedding ring Carpinteria found (2019)

    Today started out busy as I was almost getting on the freeway to head home from a ring recovery and I got a phone call from Stuart about his lost white gold wedding band that he had lost yesterday in the sand at Rincon Beach in Carpinteria. It was a beautiful sunny day for a […]

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David Mac Donald - Testimonials

  • I wish I had known about Dave Mac Donald and Ringfinders (2017)

    I wish I had known about Dave Mac Donald and Ringfinders months ago. My engagement/wedding rings were lost on the beach just before Thanksgiving. Less than a week later sand was shifted by bulldozers and pipes were laid to begin dredging the harbor. We also have had the worst rain to hit the area in a decade. I tried several times on my own with a friend to go over the area with a metal detector, to no avail. I was feeling really disappointed and crushed that this cherished symbol of love and marriage that I intended to pass down to my granddaughter was lost forever. But I was having a hard time accepting the reality of that fact.

    More than six months later I thought I would make one more desperate attempt and posted an ad. While I was nervous about what kind of person might respond, I was blessed that Dave found my ad and offered to help. I am a firm believer that "God does not close a door without opening a window"'. Dave and his helper came down to the beach, made a huge grid of the area and set off to work. I was uplifted and hopeful that they were also Christians and we prayed for God's help. After they conducted a methodic and thorough search for hours, it was determined that maybe the ring was too deep in the sand and might require more sensitive equipment. Dave acquired the equipment and searched again. He put tremendous effort into finding my ring, but unfortunately, it has not been recovered. Yet. There is a possibility that the ring settled a few feet below where it was lost (which I understand is common), but due to the build up of several feet of sand during this time of year, it may still be hidden there. Dave has assured me that he will keep on the quest as conditions change. I hope it may yet be found. It may be a few months or a year, or maybe never. But I feel as though every effort was made, and will be made, on my behalf. It has lightened the load on my heart a little.

    There are other things in life and family that mean more. I am grateful that God brought Dave to me. He has been a blessing. I hope to hear from him again someday with the news that he has found my ring. But even if that never happens, at least I know we did all that we could. And I have a good man praying for my family and I.

    Thank you,

    Cathie Schmalholz