Promoting Safe and Enjoyable Boating in Alaska

What's Afloat

  • The Alaska Office of Boating Safety is offering Alaska Water Wise, a free course designed for the Alaskan recreational boater on April 21, 2018 in the MTA Headquarters Building, on 480 Commercial Drive in Palmer from 8:30-5:00. 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

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  • Alaska Office of Boating Safety Receives National Recognition.

  • 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" 

  • Information regarding inflatable life jackets, compliments of KTVA Channel 11 News, Joseph Vigil. 

  • 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, 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