The Business of Dowsing

by Susan Collins © 2003

I am often asked how to find a dowser and how to go about hiring one. Finding the right practitioner can be a hit and miss affair, and in the end, you’ll have to rely on your intuition to find the right person. Here are a few questions to ask along the way to help you find the right person:

Questions To Ask When Hiring a Dowser

  • What are your areas of dowsing expertise? (For example: Do you work with: wells and other water sources; geopathic stresses, non-beneficial energies; entities; health issues; lost objects; sacred geometry; shamanism, teaching or other specialities?)
  • Do you have experience in the specific area I need help with? 
  • Are you affiliated with any dowsing or other professional organization? 
  • Will you work at my location, or remotely? 
  • What are your rates? Do you charge by the job or by the hour? Do you charge for your travel time? Are materials included? Do you charge whether or not you get the desired and expected results? 
  • Do you guarantee your work? 
  • How quickly can I expect results? 
  • What is your success ratio? 
  • Do you have references? 

Standards for Dowsers

To my knowledge, there is no professional dowsing body in Canada that regulates dowsing standards and practices. Perhaps such a group will develop over time. Dowsing is a personal and subjective activity based partly on physical principles, and partly on principles which science does not yet fully understand. In my experience, responsible dowsers have developed their own high ethical standards of practice, which they consistently try to meet and exceed. Some of these standards are outlined in the following statements. See which resonate with you: 


  • I will obtain appropriate permissions before undertaking work. 
  • I will not initiate any action that may result in harm. 
  • I will work with and for the Best And Highest Good As Appropriate for All Creation. 
  • I will not make medical diagnoses or promises. 
  • I will have the appropriate skills, training and mental state for the work I undertake. 
  • Fees will be discussed and agreed upon, and an estimate provided before commencing work. 
  • I will respect the confidentiality of my clients. 
  • I will refuse to undertake, if compensation for such work is involved, work which may be of questionable value or result, without first advising as to the probability of success. 


Susan Collins was President of the Canadian Society of Dowsers from 2003 to 2006 and was named Dowser of the Year in 2006. She is a full-time, professional dowser who has presented at many international conferences in North America, England and the Middle East. Susan has a dynamic private practice and is the author of a successful series of books and DVDs on dowsing techniques. Contact: Website; .  © 2003, Susan Collins.