Meet Sebastian Smith. His life is ten times better than yours, and before you recoil in disagreement, let me tell you why. Whilst most of us rally to find work placements or jobs in hellhole pubs this summer, Sebastian will be packing his goggles in preparation to undertake a hedonist’s dream job. Seb has bagged himself perhaps the greatest job known to man. This lucky student of Leeds University has recently been made ‘Water-slide Tester’ (official name) by First Choice holidays. Yes, it is exactly how it sounds. Mr Smith will be jetting off on an all expenses paid trip for 6 months, visiting Splash World resorts and rating the slides based on ‘biggest splash’ and ‘adrenaline factor’. Sebastian will be thundering down water-slides in sun-drenched countries such as Egypt, Turkey, Spain and Jamaica, just to name a few. For all the intensive, gruelling and laborious work that Seb will face over the next 6 months, he will be paid £20,000. That’ll do.
Where did this magical, Willy Wonka-esque opportunity come from? Well, Sebastian emerged victorious out of 2,000 contestants in a competition by First Choice Holidays, where applicants faced various challenges to show just how well suited they are to testing out water slides. I can’t help but wonder what the judges were exactly looking for, perhaps someone who is streamlined and really good at queuing.
Ex-Slide Tester, Tommy Lynch has hung up his speedos after 4 years in the trade in order to ‘look for a new challenge.’ I wonder if he will go on to be the chief chocolate taster in Cadbury land.
Seb Smith commented, "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.” Well, all the best to Seb, and in the future pay closer attention to job advertisements where ‘getting wet at work’ is listed in the description.