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Presentations

The Alaska Office of Boating Safety offers educational programs throughout the state, including presentations customized for a specific audience. For more information contact:
   Joe McCullough,
   Program Coordinator
   Office of Boating Safety
   550 W. 7th Avenue, #1380
   Anchorage, AK 99501-3561
   (907) 269-8704 phone
   (907) 269-8907 fax
   email:Joseph McCullough


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Alaska Water Wise

Alaska Water Wise is a free boating course designed for Alaskans.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. This course has also been approved for eight hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) training by the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services.

For more information or to schedule a course in your community, please contact Joseph McCullough Program Coordinator.

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Boating Alaska and Cold Water Immersion presentations

Boating Alaska: A one to two-hour presentation "Boating Alaska" targets the key issues relating to boating in Alaska. Even the most experienced skippers have been known to pick up a useful tip or two from this program.

Segments include pre-departure preparation, boating operations and handling boating emergencies.

Cold Water Immersion: Most boating fatalities in Alaska involve cold water immersion resulting from a person falling overboard or a boat capsizing. Based on the most recent  information available, this one to two hour presentation describes the effects of cold water immersion and actions you can take to increase your chances of survival.To schedule a presentation, please contact Joseph McCullough.

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Youth Programs

The Kids Don't Float (KDF) curriculum is comprised of several short lessons that include activities that emphasize boating and water safety, including the proper use of personal flotation devices. The Kids Don't Float Peer Educator program trains high school students to teach the Kid's Don't Float curriculum to elementary school children. Schedule a KDF class or Peer Educator Training.

-   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  - 5 of 6 fatalities are swamping, capsizing and falling overboard