Promoting Safe and Enjoyable Boating in Alaska

What's Afloat

  • The Alaska Office of Boating Safety is accepting nominations for Alaska Boating Safety Educator of the Year Award. Nominees should be a person or group who has made significant contributions to, and/or demonstrated outstanding performance in boating safety education during the year. Nominations (500 words or less) should be sent to Joseph McCullough or 550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1380, Anchorage, Alaska 99501 and due by December 31, 2014.
  • Spread the word, life jackets save lives. Please share this thirty second message, encouraging boaters to visit
  • Cold Water Survivors is a new instructional video for teens that reinforces the learning objectives of the Kids Donít Float Education program on the topic of cold water immersion and the importance of wearing life jackets. It recently received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter at their 51st annual award ceremony.
  • Kids Donít Float 100,000 Participants celebration - Kids Don't Float Fashion Show
  • The Alaska Office of Boating Safety offers Alaska Water Wise courses throughout Alaska. This eight-hour course designed for Alaskans is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard. The course satisfies most states boating safety education requirements and may even qualify boaters for boat insurance discounts.
    The course is free but pre-registration is encouraged. For more information contact Joseph McCullough, 907-269.8704 or by email Joseph McCullough.
  • The Navigation Rules of the Road reference guide.
  • What do you need to carry on your boat to be legal in Alaska? The Alaska Requirements Summary, is a quick reference guide for boaters.

-   In the last 10 years, 105 more Alaskans died in recreational boating accidents than died in commercial fishing.   -  9 of 10 of those who died were adult males   -  5 of 6 experience a capsize or fall overboard into Alaska's cold water   -  3 of 4 involve powerboats   -  Half are in salt water, half in fresh water   -  9 of 10 involve boats under 26 feet in length