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The Divining Method – Part 2

Part 2

Divining For Fresh Water

*Before starting please follow preparation and priming steps outlined in The Divining Method – Part 1.

*Beginners – Please start with Learning the Basic Divining Method  and master the basics at home before attempting water divining in the field.

Use Correct Grip and  Starting Position

Next, grab your Divining Tool with the correct grip and arm position, with the tool pointing in the forward facing starting position.

For Finding Underground Fresh Water Systems

To find underground water, always begin on high ground, such as hills or slopes that serve as possible intake areas. Then, having followed all the priming and preparation instructions, and armed with your Divining Tool, walk over this area with the tool in the Number 1 position. (Click here for more information about adjusting the dial on your Divining Tool).

Start with the Dial in the Number 1 position as you walk around, then after a while move the dial slightly to position 1.1, then 1.2, and progressively to position 1.5 and so on. The dial is not marked in tenths, so you need to estimate these small shifts. Minimal movements of the dial between Number 1 and Number 2 positions are crucial, otherwise you’ll be divining too deep too quickly, and you’re more likely to find salt water at greater depths.

For water divining you’ll need to use small increments when rotating the barrel and adjusting the dial around Number 1 and 2 positions only.

Keep walking around the area until you feel the tool pull left or right. Your Divining Tool will swivel left or right when it comes across a feeder stream, so take note which way your tool points.

Adjust the dial on your tool by rotating the barrel on the head of the tool to achieve the maximum pull. Pull is felt by how hard the Divining Tool swivels and turns left or right. Only rotate the barrel small amounts each time so you can better feel the changes in the pull.

With your Divining Tool in the same setting (i.e., the same number on the dial), find other feeder streams.

Each feeder stream should point towards a common location  lower down the slope. Call this common location Point A, and this is where a stream commences.

Then divine outwards from Point A to check whether there is a circular pool of underground water. For example, circular pools of underground water can be up to 50m across.

Point A is the best place to drill for underground water because lower areas down the slope are more likely to involve salty water. In George’s experience, he found that more shallow sources of water produced the best quality fresh water.

Please Note:

  • The Number 1 setting on the dial indicates the shallowest underground water.
  • Divine for fresh water using depths indicated by Numbers 1-2 on the dial.
  • Larger numbers (3-8) on the dial indicate deeper depths and more often lead to salt water sources.


Need more practice and tuition?? George is hosting a Field Day for Water Diviners. Click here for more information.