Promoting Safe and Enjoyable Boating in Alaska

What's Afloat

  • The State Office of Boating Safety recognizes contributions to recreational boating safety through its awards program. Currently nominations are being accepted for, Alaska Boating Safety Educator of the Year, awarded to a person or group who has made significant contributions to, and/or demonstrated outstanding performance in boating safety education during the year.

    Nominations should include all of the information that you feel is pertinent but be limited to two one-sided pages or less. Please include the nominees full name, their organization or agency (if applicable), and their contact information. All nominations will be treated as confidential by the award selection panel.

    Nominations are due by December 31st and should be sent to or

    Mail: Joe McCullough
            Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
            Office of Boating Safety
            550 W. Seventh Avenue, Suite 1380
            Anchorage, Alaska 99507

    Fax: (907) 269-8907. 

  • Notice to Boaters: Kidde Recall, please check your fire extinguishers. 
    Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall diagram

  • 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