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He is Watching You; From a Distance

Lifeguards are Saving Lives on Bali's Busiest Beaches.

(12/28/2009) Bali's badly equipped and underpaid team of lifeguards are credited with saving 348 people from drowning in 2009, while, during the same period, they have reduced the number of actual drowning deaths on Bali's southern beaches.

Bali answer to "Baywatch" works from 16 life-saving posts spread across the Badung regency, including stands at Nusa Dua, Uluwatu, Kuta, Legian and Canggu. During the current peak holiday period of Christmas and New Years, the Bali lifeguards are on full alert to safeguard beach visitors flocking to Bali's most popular swimming beaches.

The 16 lifeguard posts are manned on two shifts from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm and 12:00 noon until 7:00 pm. This scheduling provides for overlap between noon and 2:00 pm when Bali's beaches are busiest.

In 2008, 15 people drowned on beaches supervised by the lifeguards.