From January through October 2005 Bali's Lifeguard Corps recorded some 305 "incidents" involving tourists being swept away by coastal currents. Sadly, from that total 13 people lost their lives while swimming off Bali's beaches.
A member of the Regional Parliament, I Wayan Puspa Negara, quoted in the Indonesian-language DenPost, recently issued a call for more attention to be paid to Bali's corps of 55 lifeguards who man only 12 lifeguard stations covering the entire distance from Uluwattu beach on Bali's southern peninsula to Seseh Beach at Seminyak. Ideally, according to the local legislator, Bali life savers should number 155 people supported with a great deal more equipment than is presently the case.
Help from Australia
Recently, life-saving societies from neighboring Australia have given assistance to their Balinese counterparts in the form of training and equipment. Because of Australian generosity Bali's life savers now have a jet ski boat, two patrol vehicles and a pick-up truck.
12 volunteer life-savers are on the island providing training to new Balinese recruits. A ten-day course conducted for 66 life-saving and security personnel commenced on October 19, 2005, on Bali's Kuta beach. The training provided to new life savers and security personnel from hotels in Bali covers basic resuscitation techniques and advanced life-saving training leading to formal certification as a trained lifeguard.
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