Rip Currents Rip Currents account for 95% of the Manatee County Rescues. Here are the facts about how to get out of a Rip Current:
Warning Flag System
This "Warning Flag System" is in place on our lifeguard towers at Manatee Beach and Coquina Beach. With a quick glance at a lifeguard stand, beachgoers are able to keep abreast of existing water conditions and know that the guards will monitor conditions and will change the flags throughout the day in order to keep patrons informed. Florida’s beach warning flag program uses flags in four colours accompanied by interpretive signs along the beach to explain the meaning of each colour.
The Diver Down Flag
Indicates divers in the water. Boaters in the vicinity of another vessel displaying the diver down flag or a red Diver Down Buoy, must give 100' clearance inshore or 300' clearance in the open waters, or drop to idle speed within these distances. • • Please use caution when boating in the Anna Maria Island area as there are several wrecks that are popular with divers and snorkellers.