Stand-Outs in the Beach Scene

KUTA

The 160-strong Badung Lifeguard Department, which looks after Kuta Beach and other popular surf and swimming spots in South Bali, is sporting new uniforms, hats, sunglasses and surfboards.

They are the gift of sponsors Quiksilver and Coca-Cola.

The new gear was presented last Friday during a break in a training programme at Kuta Beach. The presentation was made by Quiksilver surf team captain Tipi Jabrik, tech manager Sam Gosling, Coca-Cola Indonesia’s business services director Bruce Waterfield and Quiksilver advertising and promotions manager Ni Putu Purniati.

Badung Lifesaving Department coordinator Made Suparka said: “Having these new uniforms means a lot to us, for now when we are out on the beach we can be even more proud of our jobs as lifeguards and everyone on the beach knows exactly where we are.”

The lifesaving department maintains seven posts – at Kuta Beach, Canggu, Dreamland, Padang-Padang, Uluwatu and two at Nusa Dua.

Quiksilver’s Ni Putu Purniati said: “They need good-quality equipment to perform at their best and they show a good example of how to be protected from the sun while at the beach.”

Waterfield said: “These lifeguards play a critical role each day in making Bali’s beaches safe so any help we can give them is the right thing to do.”

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