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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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?

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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.

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.