Promoting Safe and Enjoyable Boating in Alaska

What's Afloat 

  • Kids Don't Float Year in Review Thumbnail
    The Kid's Don't Float education program year in review.

  • 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 offers Alaska Water Wise, a free boating course designed specifically for Alaskans. This eight-hour course meets the American national standard for boating courses, satisfies most states boating education requirements, and may qualify owners for boat insurance discounts. For more information on course content, or how to schedule or register for a course, contact Joe McCullough at (907) 269-8704 or Joseph McCullough. Courses already scheduled for 2017 include:

         • 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