Winners of the Best Jobs in the Travel Business

By Marisa Lascala - 2013-10-25T16:29:53Z

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Sebastian Smith

From: Wedmore, Somerset

Winner: Slide Tester for First Choice, June 2013–November 2013

Job duties: "I travel all around Europe and North Africa to the First Choice SplashWorld hotels. "

What's surprised you about the job? "I didn’t realize quite how ridiculous some of these water slides would be! At the very first water park I went to, I went on a water slide in which I was locked in a cubicle about 70 feet high. Looking down at the floor, I had to wait nervously, only for a trap door to open leaving me free falling, shooting down the slide at an insane speed."

What's one of your favorite parks so far? "Siam Park in Tenerife was a big surprise. I couldn’t believe how big it was. It’s like a Thailand-themed water park and it’s absolutely amazing. The level of detail across the park is remarkable, and all of the water slides are so over-the-top, they leave you with the biggest smile on your face. Also the lazy river there—longest in the world—is unreal. At one point it turns into a rapid section, resulting in you bobbing along through a tunnel under a shark pool!"

What's been one of the most memorable moments?"One time in Turkey, a tiny little boy went down a slide but then stopped himself halfway because he got too scared. I slid down and stopped along side him and held his hand and went down slowly with him. Stopped him from crying and he was very happy once back in the pool. Felt like a bit of a hero."

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