Scott Foss

  • Land/Shallow Water Search

Cost For My Service

My service is on a Reward Only Basis. You only pay if your item is found. Its what you feel its worth, for me to find it for you... However, if the item is not found, a $25.00 Call-Out fee to help cover fuel & vehicle expenses is greatly appreciated.

"10% donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation".

NO call-out fee for Seniors, Vets & Active Duty personnel and their spouses(within local area)

Search Types

Beaches, Private homes, Parks & Sports Fields. Also equipped for Shallow Water Hunting.

Permission will need to be obtained by YOU for searches on private property.

Search Locations

Santa Cruz /Aptos/Capitola/ Monterey Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area.

Searches outside this area can be arranged/negotiated on a case by case basis.

Scott Foss's Bio

I employ the same sound strategy to my metal detecting that I used to become a licensed General Contractor (CSLB # 947842), the very best tools and techniques for the job. I have lived in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area for most of my life. I

have raised my children here and now I pursue my passions of Metal Detecting and helping others. I joined The Ring Finders to be part of a team that is devoted to both.

Scott Foss - Recent Blog Post

  • Lost Wedding Ring Found at Twin Lakes Beach, Santa Cruz (2017)

    I’ve been doing ring finding for long enough that some of the searches now elude my memory but some of them stick out … this search will definitely fall in the latter. I received the call via a referral from another RingFinder who was further away .. the important thing is to recover the ring […]

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  • Lost Gold Wedding Ring Recovered at Black’s Beach, Santa Cruz (2017)

    This past Labor Day weekend was one for the record books literally. Living in Santa Cruz you’re not prepared to deal with solid, 105+ degree temps very well so it was fortuitous when I received the call that a wedding band had been lost in midtown Santa Cruz … at least the breeze from driving […]

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  • Lost Wedding Band Found at 26th ave. Santa Cruz (2017)

    I was going off what I deemed to be solid, reliable information to locate the precise area of the loss on a large beach and … 3+ hours into the search I was questioning that wisdom. This particular beach is subject to heavy sand movement on south swells and since we had just had a […]

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  • Lost Gold Band found on Sunny Cove Beach, Santa Cruz (2017)

    Taylor got ahold of me on the the 5th of July telling me he had lost his ring on the 3rd. It was the classic case of taking off the ring to be careful and then forgetting about it .. letting it slip away. Seeing as there was a bit of activity during the interim […]

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  • Lost Platinum Wedding Ring Set Found at Rio Del Mar Beach (2015)

    I received a call from the couple on Saturday evening that her wedding set, two platinum rings with diamonds, had been lost at Rio Del Mar beach that afternoon. After talking over the circumstances we scheduled to meet at the beach at first light the following morning. It is an all too common story .. […]

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Scott Foss - Testimonials

  • A lifesaver indeed. You truly made this vacation one to remember (2012)


    A lifesaver indeed. You truly made this vacation one to remember. Santa Cruz will never again be remembered for its beautiful beach and boardwalk. It is now remembered for the good Samaritan, super ring finder Scott Foss. thank you again for your super metal detector powers.

  • Scott, Thank you so much for finding my ring! (2012)


    Scott, Thank you so much for finding my ring! I really did not have much hopes of recovery, but wanted to give it a try. I really appreciate how you talked me through the process.

  • Leaping for joy, hooting, hollering, and hugging concerned bystanders. (2011)


    Dear Scott, I cannot thank you enough for recovering my ring– a formidable task for the reasons you have already mentioned. Twin Lakes Beach is one of the most frequented beaches in all of Santa Cruz. I realized that the ring was missing 2 hours after we had left and had a meltdown; fortunately, my friends who were visiting immediately eased us into problem-solving mode. We went back to the beach where we got on our hands and knees to search for this ‘needle in a haystack’ for quite some time, but it was clear that while we were gone, the foot traffic had been heavy, and the area was zigzagged with tracks left from tents, beach chairs, and towels. Sand had been kicked about and the tide was coming in. The lifeguard advised me to go to the Harbormaster office to ask if someone there might have a metal detector. The front desk attendant called a friend who apparently owned a detector and asked him to come in and the friend said that he would come within 10 mins., but that his equipment was low on battery. The search help arrived, but this man’s equipment was just really dusty and battered. Because the battery was low, too, we had to hurry. For 45 minutes, he scoured the area, but no luck. We threw our hands up in defeat and since my friends had to start their trip back to L.A. (this debacle had delayed them already by several hours), we left the beach and went home. My husband Marc was home from work and I told him everything and we were both so sad. Then, suddenly, I received a text from a dear friend of mine in St. Paul, MN, whose husband had lost his ring in a snow bank last winter. He had found a retrieval specialist through with success, so she urged me to research the site. Marc looked up the site and lo and behold, you, Scott, were listed. We called. You answered. We drove back to the beach and you met us there promptly (10-15 minutes tops) with all your bells and whistles; admittedly, seeing that you were so well-equipped gave me hope! As you explained, I was shocked when you called me over, less than 15 minutes into your search, to identify the ring. “Did your ring look something like this?” I COULD NOT believe it. I’ll never forget it, either! Leaping for joy, hooting, hollering, and hugging concerned bystanders. That one group you mentioned that had witnessed the search from beginning to end was carried up in the moment, too, with one woman actually crying because she was so relieved for me. Super-sweet. Recovering this ring was important, as you can imagine, not simply because of its’ material worth… as a cherished symbol, this ring carries a memory and marks some very important chapters of my/our life story! THANK YOU for your professionalism, meticulousness, and sincerity – all qualities that shined through in this pursuit! We will definitely recommend your services to our contacts in the future!

    Best wishes, Vickie