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Leeds student lands job as water slide tester


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University student Sebastian Smith has just landed the “best job in the world” – as a water slide tester.

Back in January, TNS told you how First Choice were looking for someone to travel around the world testing their water slides, and the travel company finally found their man at the grand final in Egypt.

As you’d expect, competition was fierce; Smith triumphed over 2,000 other applicants. After sending in a painfully funny audition video (available below) - in which he travels down a kid’s slide in a playground before being doused in water - he made it to the grand final, managing to slide down the slides better than five other finalists.

Smith, a 22-year-old studying at Leeds University, is understandably over the moon. This summer, he’ll spend six months visiting First Choice’s twenty Splash World resorts across the world, including water parks in Faliraki, Turkey and Jamaica. All of his travel and expenses are paid for, on top of a £20,000 salary. As a suitable reward for the ordeals of his travels, he also gets an all-inclusive First Choice holiday for two at the end of his placement – for free.

The job specification of a water slide tester involves rating a slide on two key factors - “biggest splash”, and “adrenalin factor”. Smith is also required to blog about his travel experiences for potential customers via Twitter and Facebook.

Former water slide tester, Tommy Lynch, called it “the best job in the world”, but warned of a serious side to the job that involves a lot of responsibility. The 33-year-old held the position for four years but has now gone on to another job. Presumably not involving water slides.  

Watch Seb's audition video...


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