Visitors to Kuta Beach on Monday, October 6, 2008, could be forgiven for thinking they were watching a watersport's disaster or the filming of a Balinese version of "Baywatch" as they saw local lifesavers carrying "near-drowned victims" ashore.
The unfolding drama on Kuta beach marked the beginning of a week of training for Bali's dedicated team of lifesavers. Assisted by professional lifesaving instructors from Australia, training was provided to 82 Bali life guards, including recent new recruits to the corps that keeps a careful watch on Bali's swimming beaches.
Local life guards who successfully completed the 9 days of theoretical and practical training were presented with bronze medals certificates.
One of the pre-requisites to become a Bali lifesaver is a demonstrable ability to swim several hundred meters in high surf conditions.
The recent seaside training also involved students from the local medical academy who practiced their resuscitation and first-aid skills.
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