Lifeguard Duties

Bridge Rescue

The Marine Rescue Division’s staff is tasked with the responsibilities of victim rescue, emergency response and ordinance enforcement on Manatee Public Beach and Coquina Beach.  Due to our knowledge base and proximity to the Manatee River, Sarasota Bay and Tampa Bay, the division's personnel are often seen responding to incidents on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key communities and even inland to some of our lakes and river areas.


In conjunction with the duties listed above, Marine Rescue personnel also deal with a wide array of other situations along the 17 plus miles of coastline, such as:


  • On-scene emergency medical care and transport to awaiting medic units
  • Medical response to water and land borne emergencies outside of beach boundaries
  • Lost person searches
  • Stranded boater assistance
  • Evacuations of island communities and other low lying areas during times of emergency
  • Dive rescue
  • Traffic control.


Lifeguards are on duty 365 days a year at both Coquina and Manatee Public Beaches with future hopes of expanding coverage. Currently the covered hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.