Sitting on a lifeguard chair and "watching patrons" really isn't that difficult BUT you would be surprised at how hard it is for some. There are some damn good lifeguards that deserve to be there and do a great job, but the majority is just high schoolers looking to meet chicks and get tan. Most of the type B lifeguards can't even swim much less in 2 ft surf. I think it's a fair debate, i'm sure if the radio host got into trouble or was injured at the beach they would be quick to change their tune and would be quite happy there were lifeguards there. Lastly. I think as surfers we overestimate how good others are at swimming "it can't be that difficult" we say but WOW some people really are non-swimmers. (Mostly day vacationers and what not) There would be a very significant increase in deaths and accidents without lifeguards. So many so that I don't think lifeguards could be removed morally. It would then fall on locals to do the work, but without the equipment and set up that lifeguards have if needed. So, I get it lifeguards can be real tools, and some are....but I think for the most part they do what they are there for which is watch the water so that the patrons can relax and enjoy the beach. I for one wouldn't want to sit and watch people swimming all day unless you at least threw me minimum wage per hour. Which is what most are making. Sorry for the rant.