Dec 26

Make money as a waterslide tester

Calling all mermaids!

Are you bored with the daily nine-to-five office treadmill?

An aqua-lutely amazing job as a waterslide tester has your name on it.


What do you do?

Middle aged man on water slide

Waterslide testing is the kind of job where you do what it says on the tin.

The usual set-up is you will be employed by a chain of hotels, holiday resorts or theme parks and travel to each of their locations to test their waterslides. As most holiday companies operate internationally, you will probably be flying all over the world to exotic countries to test the different waterslides.

There will be a set of criteria for you to rate the ride against, such as:

  • Adrenaline rush
  • Splash size
  • Speed
  • Water use
  • How fun it is overall

The most important thing to check for is health and safety.

  • Will the ride put some people at risk e.g. those with back problems, young children?
  • How hard do you hit the water?
  • Should there be any kind of height or weight restriction?
  • Will it kill anyone? (Only joking!)

Another task for waterslide testers might be to write up their opinions in a witty report for travel magazines, online reviews and the company’s own promotional endeavours.

And, of course, you will probably spend a lot of time explaining to envious acquaintances exactly how you got the coolest job in the world.


Should I apply to be a waterslide tester?

Woman in an inflatable ring on a water slide

We at MoneyMagpie definitely think you should!

As you can imagine, this is an incredibly competitive role. Luckily, it is very easy to qualify. All you need to do is:

  • Love water
  • Love waterslides
  • Have a flexible schedule

Some companies also have other requirements. First Choice, one of your best bets for employment, hired 22-year-old Seb Smith to be their waterslide tester in 2013. They have a few extra preferences for their applicants:

  • Applicants should be within the age range of 18 to 30
  • Applicants must be comfortable in using social media to promote the company
  • First Choice also want a video CV that explains why you would be the best person for the job

All the training is done on the job, and no official qualifications like college degrees are required – although some, for example lifeguard training, would obviously be an advantage.

As you can see, it is very easy to apply. So what are you waiting for?


How much money can you make?

Man on water slide

The average salary for a waterslide tester is around £24,000 ($32,000) a year, although some employees have bragged about getting closer to £50,000.

Seb Smith, the lucky student who became a waterslide tester for First Choice, had a six-month contract that paid him £20,000 salary with all overseas travel expenses paid.

Once the six months was up, he received a seven-night all-inclusive holiday for two at a top water park.

To summarise: you get money and a holiday for travelling around the world and riding water slides.

Need we say more?


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