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21 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When You're A Lifeguard

"NO RUNNING ON THE POOL DECK!"

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1. Whistle

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What other people think it means: A small device you blow into to make a sharp, high-pitched noise.

What lifeguards know it means: That thing you twirl around when you're sitting in the guard chair, and drop in the pool WAY too often.

2. Running

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What other people think it means: The fastest way people can move on their own.

What lifeguards know it means: What you're constantly yelling at kids for doing on the pool deck.

3. Pool

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What other people think it means: A man-made body of water used for recreation and leisure.

What lifeguards know it means: Basically, your office and the place you spend way, way too much time.

4. Thunder

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What other people think it means: A weather phenomenon.

What lifeguards know it means: The best possible noise you can possibly hear when you're lifeguarding because it means you get at least half an hour of FREEDOM — and you've developed superhuman senses to detect.

5. Chair

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What other people think it means: A device used to sit upon.

What lifeguards know it means: The device that BETTER have an umbrella up when you're sitting in it for your shift. Unless you're working on your tan, of course.

6. Snack Bar

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What other people think it means: The place where you get food and drinks at the pool.

What lifeguards know it means: The place you practically treat like a five-star restaurant even though it probably serves stale chicken nuggets, because you get HUNGRY while guarding.

7. Parents

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What other people think it means: A human being who has a child.

What lifeguards know it means: The bane of your existence, and dealing with them is most likely the hardest part of your job.

8. Tan

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What other people think it means: What happens to your skin when you spend too much time in the sun.

What lifeguards know it means: What happens to your skin when you spend too much time in the sun and you get those weird lines all over your body.

13. Chemicals

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What other people think it means: A distinct substance with unique properties.

What lifeguards know it means: The thing you forget to check at several points throughout the day.

14. Bathroom

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What other people think it means: A room where you can find toilets, sinks, and sometimes showers.

What lifeguards know it means: The one place you dread being told you need to go clean.

16. Closing

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What other people think it means: When you shut something down for the day.

What lifeguards know it means: You're supposed to close at 8, but why are there still kids in the pool at 8:15?

18. Frog

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What other people think it means: An amphibious creature.

What lifeguards know it means: The gross animal you have to fish out of the water despite the fact there are seemingly no lakes or ponds around your pool.

19. Diving Board

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What other people think it means: A device you jump off of into the pool.

What lifeguards know it means: A device that kids jump off of and nearly hit their heads that terrifies you on a daily basis.

21. Lifeguard

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What other people think it means: A job where you're assigned to watch over a pool or body of water, and maintain the safety and cleanliness of the facility.

What lifeguards know it means: It can be a pain in the ass sometimes...but really, the best job ever.

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