Promoting Safe and Enjoyable Boating in Alaska

What's Afloat

  • The Alaska Office of Boating Safety is seeking nominations for its Alaska Boating Safety Educator of the Year Award - Awarded to 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 Joe McCullough and are due by December 31.
  • The Alaska Office of Boating Safety is offering Alaska Water Wise, a free course designed for the Alaskan recreational boater, on January 23, 2016 in Homer from 9:45-5:45. This eight-hour course 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. For more information or to register contact Joe McCullough at (907) 269-8704 or Joe McCullough
  • The Alaska Office of Boating Safety is hosting our annual Boating Safety Video Contest. Create a video that speaks to Alaskans about the importance of wearing a life jacket when boating and the dangers of our cold water. Get creative, have fun and above all be safe! Last year’s winning entry was featured during the television news hour. Alaska Safe Boating Week. Visit to view last year’s winners.
  • The Alaska Office of Boating Safety offers Kids Don't Float classes and pool sessions for schools and other groups statewide. To schedule a class or pool session, contact Kelli Toth at (907) 269-6042 or Kelli Toth

-   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

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