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    19 Secrets People Who Work In A Leisure Centre Will Never Tell You

    Don't even think about the ball pond cleaning rota.

    1. Children's parties are not as fun as they seem.


    Football parties guarantee bruises. Trampoline parties guarantee kids wetting themselves because they jump too much. And why do toddlers insist on getting stuck right at the top of the soft play area?

    2. And dealing with children's laughter on a hangover is pretty tough going.

    3. Lifeguards feel like heroes whenever they dive into the pool.

    4. But really, "lifeguard" just means "cleaner".

    5. And duty managers are just lifeguards in shirts.

    6. That said, carrying a whistle makes you feel like a boss.

    7. But we rarely get to use them. We spend most of our time watching swimmers and conducting an imaginary version of the Olympics in our heads.

    8. And none us can be bothered to wear flip-flops when we're on a pool shift.

    9. Even outside of work, whenever a siren sounds anywhere, anytime, we expect the waves to begin.

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    10. Sometimes we wear the wrong name badges, just because.

    11. We've learnt the hard way when it comes to confiding in receptionists. / Via

    Seriously: There is nothing receptionists don't know.

    12. We go to extreme lengths to avoid cleaning the ball pond.

    13. But we're amazed by the treasures we find when we do.

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    Is that a tenner? Omg.

    14. We will always resent 6am starts and working weekends.

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    But there is no shift as miserable as a Boxing Day shift.

    15. And we've all fallen asleep in the soft play area at some point.

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    It's just so squashy and comfy.

    16. Everyone's had a sneaky portion of chips behind the desk at least once.

    17. We have a code word that means "bomb threat".

    But if I told you what it is, I'd have to kill you. Maybe.

    18. Our hair always smells of chlorine and fried food.

    19. But no matter how much we moan, the staff perks make the job worthwhile.

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    Getting a free gym membership and free access to a pool on top of being paid is a pretty good deal.

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