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I get paid to be a rescue swimmer

For U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Kyle Stallings, a typical day includes jumping out of a helicopter into the open sea.

"From hurricanes to tsunamis, to people in the water, to cruise ship medevacs. If it's the maritime and it's rescuing, we're gonna get sent out to fly on it," Stallings said in an interview with CNBC's "Power Lunch."


U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers at work.
Source: USCG
U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers at work.

The rescue swimmer has experienced his fair share of rescues, one of which has stayed with him.

"We flew out for two guys on a boat that were out there for eight days. They were in pretty bad shape, we swam over to them, got them off the boat and they probably wouldn't have made it another day or two. It was about 30 miles off shore, and they were really happy to see us," he said.

When asked how he mentally and physically prepares for missions, Stallings credits his training.

"We will never experience anything harder than what we go through at 'A' school. Instructors there really prepared us for, you name it. Nothing is going to be harder than what they train us for. And you're always ready, you never know what you're gonna get," he added.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers at work.
Source: USCG
U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers at work.

While he likes jumping out of helicopters, Stalling's favorite part about the job is the people he gets to work with. "The other swimmers that I work with, the pilots, the flight mechanics, we're the best in the business and I love every minute of it. Love helping, rescuing people, and I love my job," he said.