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    Stinger resistan

    "Swimming enclosures afford a high degree of protection, however, they are stinger resistant not stinger proof. To avoid Irukandji stings check with Lifeguard/Lifesavers."

    I assume that proof means more than resistant, but don't know how exactly. It's seems to be the same problem with watches... for me :).

    a water proof watch


    a water resistant watch

    Where's the difference?

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    Re: Stinger resistan

    You can wear your water-resistant watch in the rain, but not swimming.
    You can wear your water-resistant jacket in a light drizzle, but not in a hurricane.

    Something that is "resistant" resists (fights off) for a little while, but it's not a complete guarantee. Something that is "proof" will be protected from it completely.

    (For the record, I think that anyone who says something is "foolproof" underestimates the ingenuity of the fool. It's more like "fool-resistant.")
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