The easiest job at Rio? Everyone's making the same joke about a bored looking lifeguard at the Olympic pool


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.

@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.

Others were jealous of the job at poolside.

And some imagine the lifeguards in Rio are just the same as at their local leisure centre...

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...