Promoting Safe and Enjoyable Boating in Alaska

What's Afloat 

  • 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 is offering Alaska Water Wise, a free course designed for the Alaskan recreational boater throughout Alaska this Spring from 9:00-6:00. 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 Joseph McCullough

    2017 dates and locations of classes are:
         • March 3 in Palmer
         • March 4 in the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage
         • April 14 at the Kenai River Center in Soldotna
         • May 17 in Fairbanks

  • Kids Don't Float Video Contest 2017
    for details. Deadline for submission is April 30th, 2017. The winning video will air on prime time statewide television for one week in May. This is your time to shine.

  • 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