Promoting Safe and Enjoyable Boating in Alaska

What's Afloat

  • Many Kids Don’t Float classes and pool sessions had to be cancelled this spring when school was cancelled in Alaska. For teachers and parents who would like to share our Kids Don’t Float “Cold Water Survival” lesson with their students, you can find links to three separate lesson videos on our YouTube channel. Click here to view the videos:

  • Check out our new Rescue Ready video series on our YouTube channel to learn more about cold water survival, predeparture planning, navigation rules, life jackets, and required and recommended equipment:

  • The Kingikmiut Singers and Dancers of Anchorage invite you to learn the newly released “Float Coat Song.” View the videos, learn the dance, share the story, and encourage Alaskan boaters to wear a life jacket. This project was a collaborative effort between the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), the Kingikmiut Singers and Dancers of Anchorage, and the Alaska Office of Boating Safety.

    Learn the Dance: Sing and dance the "Float Coat Song" in Inupiaq
    Share the Story: "Origins Of The Float Coat Song" 

  • 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 Annie Grenier at (907) 269-6041 or Annie Grenier

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  Alaska's boating fatalities: 9 of 10 were not wearing a life jacket, or were never found   -  5 of 6 followed a capsize, swamping, ejection, 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