Red Cross Kicks off water season with swim and life guard trainingsNEW PHILADELPHIA -- According to the Center of Disease Control drowning is the second leading cause of death from unintentional injuries for youth ages 5 to 24. In an effort to save lives, the American Red Cross is offering its Learn to Swim program to teach children to be prepared in, on and around the water at the New Philadelphia Tuscora Park Pool. Sign-up is during the months of May and June. Three swimming sessions are scheduled July 6-16, July 19-30 and Aug. 2-13. Students must be 5 years and older. Swim sessions are 40 minutes each morning and range from level 1 to 6. Cost is $20 per student per session.The Learn to Swim program is a two week program designed to help children improve their swimming skills and the confidence they have in themselves. This multi-level program teaches an array of skills ranging from putting their face in the water to learning how to dive from the diving board. "Safety is the number one issue stressed," said Muskingum Lakes Chapter Health and Safety Director Debbie Swegheimer. "The children really learn a lot while having fun, too." Additionally, a two-week life guarding class will be held June 9 through 19 at the Tuscora Park pool. This course prepares individuals 15 and older to be a certified life guard at lakes and pools. It includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer and first aid. Student must be good swimmers and cost is $120."Unless children receive proper water safety and swim lessons -- pools, water parks and even bathtubs can be dangerous places," said Swegheimer. The chapter is always in need of volunteer instructor aides to assist with the water program. Training is available through the chapter to anyone interested in volunteering. To register, visit the Red Cross office at 1451 4th St. NW, New Philadelphia. For information about course registrations or how to get involved, contact the chapter at (330) 343-8633 or e-mail