Treated to a front row seat and with a negligible chance of needing to get out the fishing net to sort out children's mishaps, the lifeguards at Rio 2016´s Aquatic Stadium surely have a dream job?
Not so it seems from the unimpressed expression of one poor worker, whose picture has taken Twitter by storm.
-- #USA (@CJBForHeisman) August 8, 2016
@CJBForHeisman was the first to tweet the picture, and his inspiring message at the expense of the poor lifeguard received more than 20,000 retweets.
Some were quick to claim the life-saving job, which is required by Brazilian law on pools larger than 20 feet by 20 feet (six metres by six metres), as the easiest job at the Olympics and even had suggestions of which is hardest.
Easiest job at Olympics: lifeguard
Most difficult job: commentators learning how to pronounce the athletes' names pic.twitter.com/UPoY2RdYIJ
-- (((Max Meyer))) (@meyermax1) August 8, 2016
If youre feeling undervalued, just remember that someone is a lifeguard at the #Olympics Swimming Event
-- Adrian David (@Songman7) August 9, 2016
Others were jealous of the job at poolside.
I'd love to lifeguard the Olympics. You'd never have to do anything and have amazing seats ??
-- abbs (@Awright1996) August 9, 2016
There's a lifeguard for Olympic swimming.. Basically someone just got paid to watch the Olympics front row
-- Alec (@alecm1996) August 9, 2016
I want a job as easy as being a lifeguard at an Olympics swimming event.
-- B Tran (@brandonleetrann) August 9, 2016
And some imagine the lifeguards in Rio are just the same as at their local leisure centre...
Olympic lifeguard: ? " get off the lap lane" pic.twitter.com/nfXVxwYmB1
-- John Schuman (@J_Schuman) August 8, 2016
Rio 2016 lifeguard Anderson Fertes told the New York Times that the possibility of saving an Olympian such as Michael Phelps from the pool is a "one-in-a-million type of event" but that the lifeguards are prepared for it.
"I'm dreaming of that possibility" added Fertes, 39. Joke or not, for the sake of the sanity of Rio's lifeguards perhaps, it seems some viewers share this morbid curiosity...