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Water Sports Association Tightening its Safety Standards

Move Follows Two Tourist Deaths in a Single Week in Bali's Tanjung Benoa Water Sports Area.

(5/18/2008) The Chairman of the National Water Sports Association (Gahwisri), Yos WK Amerta, has vowed to tighten standard operating procedures (SOP) in the wake of several fatal accidents over the past weeks involving tourists visiting Bali.

Explained Amerta, "We have evaluated our SOP and met with our members." While suggesting that the recent mishaps were “natural disasters” caused by the weather, Amerta said his association would nonetheless rededicate itself to improving procedures and keeping future accidents to an absolute minimum.

According to BisnisBali there are an estimated 25 water sports company operating in the Tanjung Benoa area. When challenged by the press on the ability of Tanjung Benoa to accommodate such a large number of water sports operators, Amerta refused to comment, saying the government has refused to seriously look at carrying capacity issues. The Government, however, has stopped issuing new licenses for operators in the Tanjung Benoa area since 2004.

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