Promoting Safe and Enjoyable Boating in Alaska

What's Afloat

  • Public Notice: The Homer Load and Launch Ramp will be closed September 15 through December 15, 2015 for construction.
  • Boating season is upon us. Visit where boaters can check NOAA Marine weather and tide tables, and file an electronic float plan.
  • 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
  • Cold Water Survivors is an instructional video for teens that reinforces the learning objectives of the Kids Don't Float Education Program on the topic of cold water immersion and the importance of wearing life jackets. It received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter at their 51st annual award ceremony.

-   In the last 10 years, 105 more Alaskans died in recreational boating accidents than died in commercial fishing.   -  9 of 10 of those who died were adult males   -  5 of 6 experience a capsize or fall overboard into Alaska's cold water   -  3 of 4 involve powerboats   -  Half are in salt water, half in fresh water   -  9 of 10 involve boats under 26 feet in length

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