A lucky university student today said his dreams had ‘come true’ after he landed a job as an international water slide tester.
Seb Smith, 22, from Cheddar, Somerset, beat off competition from 2,000 applicants to fill the £20,000-a-year ($30,500) role with holiday company First Choice.
He will now spend the whole summer travelling to exotic locations across the globe where he will ride and rate the company’s most exhilarating chutes.
Rather pleased: Seb Smith, 22, from Cheddar, Somerset, celebrates after beating off competition from 2,000 applicants to be named the new official water slide tester for holiday company First Choice
The design technology student will visit sun-soaked holiday locations like Majorca, Turkey, Egypt and even Jamaica, staying at the firm’s 20 Splash World resorts over a six-month period.
Mr Smith, who studies at the University of Leeds, today described his summer job as a ‘dream come true’.
‘I’m absolutely over the moon to be chosen as the new slide tester – and can’t wait to get started in my new job,’ he said.
‘I can’t believe I’ll be travelling the world judging slides based on the biggest splash and adrenaline factor.
‘It’s going to be amazing and I’m really looking forward to being part of the team and to sharing my experiences with holidaymakers via Twitter and Facebook.’
Mr Smith was picked for the adrenaline-packed role after battling against four other finalists at the five-star Iberotel Makadi Saraya hotel in Hurghada, Egypt.
He will now be given a six-month contract with all overseas travel expenses paid on top of his £20,000 ($30,500) salary.
And as a reward for all his ‘hard-work’ at the end of the contract he will receive a seven-night holiday for two staying at an all-inclusive resort.
Luke Gaskins, head of Holiday Innovation at First Choice, said: ‘We’re thrilled to have Seb as our new slide tester and to welcome him as part of the First Choice team.
‘We were impressed by his enthusiasm and skills at every stage of our search and at the final it was clear that we’d found the ideal person for the role of slide tester.
‘Seb is going to be a key part of the team who will help us to give our SplashWorld customers the best all inclusive water park experience possible and we can’t wait for him to get sliding.’
The tour operator advertised the post after their last water slide tester Tommy Lynch, 33, from Liverpool, hung up his trunks after four years in the role to move to a new job.
Potential candidates were told they needed to be fun-loving, passionate and enthusiastic as well as ‘mad about waterparks.’
Additional job description information said applicants must be ‘willing to travel’, ‘comfortable in swim-wear’ and ‘happy to get wet at work.’
Attribution: Damien Gayle, Daily Mail