We have been made very aware of an article published by the Las Vegas Review – Journal in regards to a national lifeguard organization by the name of NASCO (National Aquatic Safety Company) that is no stranger in the news. It seems that when it comes to drowning aid/response, the Heimlich maneuver is recommended for drowning prevention but in reality that will only serve to complicate drowning causing further injury. Any lifeguard that is trained in this manner is certainly barking up the wrong tree.
We now believe that NASCO is finished which will leave the states to consider only three organizations such as American Red Cross, Ellis & Associates and Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) who all have agreed that the Heimlich maneuver is wrong for drowning victims.
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Here is the article that explains their troubles now: