Medford Recreation Department Awarded Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP) Life Jacket Grant

The City of Medford is dedicated and focused on aquatic safety, while educating the residents of our community on best practices. Our Recreation Department was selected as one of the grant winners for the Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP) life jacket grant. These life jackets will enhance water safety for open swim, camps and swim lessons at Tufts Pool this summer.

As a recipient of this grant, the City will benefit from the AOAP R.E.S.P.E.C.T program, to further educate participants on water safety concepts.

“I am thankful to AOAP for awarding Medford Recreation these life jackets. It will go a long way this summer to promote water safety in our swim lessons and ensure our non-swimmers visiting the pool will be wearing Coast Guard approved lifejackets,” said Kevin Bailey, City of Medford Recreation Director. “In addition to direct supervision, lifejackets are truly one of the best ways to prevent drownings.”

“I applaud our Recreation Director, Kevin Bailey, for his efforts in receiving this grant to further educate our youth on aquatic safety and the importance of wearing a life jacket,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “It is wonderful that these life jackets will help to ensure the safety of all our swimmers this summer!”

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