General Information

  • Apr 30, 2010
  • Marine Rescue

General information about our beaches and life guard duty hours.

Tower 5 at Sunset

Coquina Beach and Manatee Public Beach are the only beaches in Manatee County that provide beachgoers with professional lifeguard and medical rescue services.  Although the lifeguards are stationed at these two beaches, they are dispatched by 911 operators to water emergencies along our waterways and beaches, so you will see them at various locations on and off the sand.


The Gulf of Mexico is a normally calm body of water, but caution must be used should adverse conditions arise.  Mother Nature can whip up high winds or storms, thereby causing fast moving currents, wave action, and rip currents.  So remember to "Swim near a lifeguard".  According to the United States Lifesaving Association, the chances of drowning on a beach manned by lifeguards is 1 in 18 million!  


Lifeguard hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Memorial Day through Labor Day, lifeguard hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Swimming areas are designated by buoys to provide a safe haven for swimmers, free of boats and other water craft.  Swimmers should take care, however, to remain within these areas. 


Lifeguard towers post information boards denoting current beach conditions and also use a warning flag system to alert patrons of relative safety levels.


Water Temperatures range from about 59F/15C in the winter to approximately 88F/31C in the summer with an average of 74F/24C.


Tides range from one to three feet under normal conditions and may represent two or four tides per day.


Sun exposure at this latitude may be more severe than you are accustomed to, so always take precautionary measures. Wear a sunscreen of at least 15 spf and don't remain in the sun for more than a few hours your first day or two.  For best results, when wearing sunscreen, you must reapply it throughout the day.