Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District is a proud recipient of the Association of Aquatic Professionals Life Jacket Grant. The life jackets are being utilized in a variety of swim and water safety programs hosted at THPRD’s eight aquatic centers and out in the community.
Life jacket safety is a key element of our Learn to Swim program. We provide instruction on how to properly fit and use life jackets. These skills are taught across the seven levels of our program, but we particularly focus on life jacket safety in levels 1-3 for swimmers who are still building fundamental skills in the water. The life jackets are also a critical part of our adaptive swim lessons, which provide instruction to individuals experiencing disabilities – whether developmental and/or physical disabilities.
THPRD looks forward to using the life jackets awarded through the grant as part of National Water Safety Month activities. Our organization is planning several public events that will incorporate instruction on proper life jacket use.
Finally, starting in summer 2020, THPRD will take our Learn to Swim program out into the community, offering free swim lessons at low-income apartment complexes. The AOAP life jackets will be used during these sessions to teach safe swimming in areas where there are no lifeguards on duty.