Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · Bali's Take on Baywatch
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from balidiscovery.com
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
Packages
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Diving
Golf
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Home
 
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
 
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
 
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Tel:
++62 361 286 283

Fax:
++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)
1-800-506-8633

U.K. Fax:
++44-20-7000-1235

Australian Fax:
++61-2-94750419

24h:
++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

SITE PATA ASITA
Bali News

Bali's Take on Baywatch

A Brief History of Bali Lifeguard Service - Balawista.


Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, Kuta, Lifeguards, Balawista, Gde Berata, Life Saving, Waja Surf Life Saving Guard, Kevin Weldon, Surf Life Saving Association
Click Image to Enlarge

(6/13/2011)

Balawista, the name given to Bali's troupe of ocean lifeguards,  had it seminal roots in 1965. At that time, a loosely-knit group of boys who patrolled the beach to help locals and foreigners in distress while swimming in Bali's surf, were known as the Waja Surf Life-Saving Guard.

Quoted in BeritaBali.com, I Gde Berata, a founding member of the group, said: "In the beginning we were just a groups of young guys who loved sports and nature. Beginning around 1965, we began to frequently do physical exercise outside in various areas, including Kuta Beach, which at that time was still very quiet. "

In 1970, while exercising on Kuta Beach, Gde Berata met a foreign tourist. Initially, he assumed the man was just one more of many "hippies" making Kuta his transitory home. "Kuta Beach was then very quiet, not like it is today. There would only be one or two tourists, and they almost always looked like hippies," explained Berata.

After awhile, the foreign tourist  was teaching his young Balinese friends ocean life-saving techniques. In time, Gde Berata came to know his foreign friend as Kevin Weldon, the president, at that time, of Surf Life Saving Australia.

After completing a course of training from Weldon, on October 28, 1972, the Balawista Pantai Kuta was formally established.

When it was first founded, the Balawista Kuta Bali were trained by professionals from several countries, but mainly Australia. The central skill was the ability to swim in the ocean while providing emergency assistance to those in difficulties.

"He (Kevin Weldon) pitched in on the actual training. At the time, we were told to prepare people for training as beach lifeguards. The first detachment of lifeguards totalled 75 people and was taught by Australian coaches in 1973. A couple of the newly trained lifeguards had the opportunity to received additional training at Palm Beach on Australia's Gold Coast," explained Berta, who will celebrate his 72nd birthday on June 20, 2011.

Year by year, the life-savers of Bali developed and progressed. Today, they number 147 members working from 18 watch stations along 63 kilometres of beach in Bali's Badung regency.

Now in their 39th year, the importance of Bali's Balawista to the island's tourism industry cannot be overstated. Poorly paid but deeply dedicated, they keep a watchful eye of the now many thousands of visitors to Bali's beaches and are credited with "coming to the rescue" for scores of people every year.


© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to http://www.balidiscovery.com.

       

 
 
Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!



Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

 
Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!




or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Empowering Small and Medium Sized Hotel
Free Seminar on Maximizing On-Line Bookings for Hotels and Small Inns in Labuan Bajo, West Flores on Tuesday, September 2015
(8/31/2015)
Honors Times Three
Bali Safari & Marine Parks Wins Triple Honors at Bali Tourism Awards Product Update
(8/30/2015)
Maximizing Hotel Market Share
The Trans Resort Bali Partners With Hotel Link Solutions To Optimize Online Marketing and Sales Strategy
(8/30/2015)
Bali on the Run
Kenyans Continue to Dominate Winners Platform at BII-Maybank Bali Marathon
(8/30/2015)
Happily Never After
Chinese Mainland Bride Drowns on South Bali Beach During Pre-Wedding Photo Session
(8/30/2015)
Vials of Salvation Now Available
Bali Health Department: Bali Has Enough VAR Vaccine for Three Months to Come
(8/30/2015)
Illegal Excavation on Ungasan Peninsula
Police Check Reveals PT Bali Raga Wisata Project Undertaking Illegal Excavation of Ungasan Cliff Face
(8/30/2015)
In the Event of a Tsunami
Tsunami Evacuation Plan Established for Nusa Lembongan
(8/30/2015)
Recognizing Tourism Achievement in Bali
38 Winners of Bali Tourism Awards 2015 Announced
(8/30/2015)
A Bitter Cup?
French Tourist Claimed He Was Poisoned Shortly Before Dying in Kuta Hotel Room
(8/30/2015)
The Golden Fleece
Investigation Underway in Bali of Alleged Extortion Involving Chief of the Kuta Police Precinct
(8/30/2015)
Best Things in Life are Sometimes Free
One Night Performance of Bharatanatyam Indian Classical Dance by Manjula Amaresh in Peliatan, Bali on Thursday, September 10, 2015
(8/30/2015)
All [News]!