New Jersey lifeguards can retire when they’re 45 years old with a lifelong pension of up to $61,000.00/year. And when they die, the payments continue on to their dependents.
A lifeguard in South Florida was fired for saving someone who was drowning because the guy wasn’t technically in the lifeguard’s assigned area.
In 1968 big wave surfer Eddie Aikau was selected to be the first lifeguard at Waimea beach in Oahu. Not a single person died during his time as a lifeguard and he rescued over 500 people.