To cut the permanent staff of lifeguards in Newport Beach as a guise for saving money is the stupidest thing I have ever heard ("Off-season lifeguards may be reduced," April 19). Between Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, Chief Mike Morgan and City Manager Dave Kiff, they have no ocean lifeguarding experience.
I was a 32-year lifeguard in Newport Beach. I have been a tower guard, boat deckhand, boat operator, lieutenant, captain, battalion chief. I was the agency certification chairperson for the United States Lifesaving Assn. and have a master's degree in public administration.
I spent my life helping build the Newport lifeguards into one of finest lifeguarding organizations in the U.S. To discount the value of lifeguards in the off season is short-sighted. I have participated in and observed many rescues in the off season that had it not been for the permanent lifeguard, those people would have died.