Promoting Safe and Enjoyable Boating in Alaska


What's Afloat

  • The Alaska Office of Boating Safety is pleased to offer Alaska Water Wise, a boating course for Alaskans on April 21, 2018 in the MTA Headquarters Building, on 480 Commercial Drive in Palmer from 8:30-5:00. This free course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) as meeting the American National Standard for basic boating knowledge. The course satisfies most states' boating education requirements and may qualify boaters for boat insurance discounts. Segments include pre-departure preparation, boat operation, boating emergencies, cold-water survival, the navigation rules, and boating laws. Students who complete the course and pass the written exam will be issued a course completion certificate. 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, at (907) 269-8704. Want to become an instructor? Find out more here.

    Click here to see the flyer (19MB)

  • 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.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS9ERbys6lU 

  • 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

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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