25/04/2013 06:21 BST | Updated 25/06/2013 06:12 BST

Student Seb Smith Wins Dream Job Testing Water Slides For Holiday Firm First Choice (PICTURES)

A 22-year-old student has beaten off slippery competition to secure a £20,000 job testing water slides.

Seb Smith will spend the summer travelling the world to ride water chutes on behalf of holiday firm First Choice.

The Design Technology student will visit locations including Majorca, Turkey and Egypt and stay at the firm's 20 Splash World resorts over a six-month period.

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Smith, who is studying at the University of Leeds, described his summer job as a "dream come true".

He said: "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.

"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."

Smith, from Cheddar, Somerset, 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 salary.

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And at the end of the contract as a reward for all his "hard-work" Smith 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 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."