Promoting Safe and Enjoyable Boating in Alaska

What's Afloat 

  • Do you know a person (or group) that was involved in helping make Alaska a better place to boat in this year? Nominations are now open for the Alaska Boating Safety Educator of the Year Award - Awarded by the Alaska Office of Boating Safety to a person or group who has made significant contributions to, and/or demonstrated outstanding performance in boating safety education during the year. Due by December 31st they should be sent to Joseph McCullough or  

    Mail: Joe McCullough
    Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
    Office of Boating Safety
    550 W. Seventh Avenue, Suite 1380
    Anchorage, Alaska 99501

    Fax: (907) 269-8907 

  • Announcing a non-pyrotechnic SOS distress light that complies with state and U.S. Coast Guard requirements for night visual distress signals.

  • The Alaska Office of Boating Safety offers Alaska Water Wise courses throughout Alaska. 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. 

    The course is free but pre-registration is encouraged for more information contact Joseph McCullough, 907-269.8704 or by email Joseph McCullough

  • 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

  Alaska's boating fatalities: 9 of 10 were not wearing a life jacket, or were never found   -  5 of 6 followed a capsize, swamping, or fall overboard, into Alaska's cold water   -  9 of 10 were adult males -  9 of 10 involved boats under 26 feet in length  -  3 of 4 involved powerboats