NEW 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 Muskingum Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross encourages the community to get prepared.

As a recognized leader in swimming and lifeguard training, the Red Cross is set to begin Learn to Swim and Water Safety registration Monday, May 1 at the Red Cross office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn to Swim sessions will run from July 9 to 20, July 23 to Aug. 3 at Tuscora Park Pool. The cost is $20 per student, per session.

The Learn to Swim program is a two week program designed to help children, ages 5 and older, improve their swimming skills and the confidence they have in themselves.

"The chapters end result of this program is to save lives by teaching children and young adults how to be prepared in, on and around the water," said Executive Director Chad Conrad.

The Lifeguarding course is set to be held Monday through Saturday, June 4 to16 at Tuscora Park Pool from 8 to 11 a.m. To enroll, you must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class session and pass the skills evaluation which will take place on the first water day of class.

The chapter is always in need of instructor aides to assist with these lessons.

Training is available through the chapter to anyone interested in volunteering.

For more about course registration or how to get involved, contact the chapter at 330-343-8633 or e-mail