Promoting Safe and Enjoyable Boating in Alaska

What's Afloat

  • 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
  • The Alaska Office of Boating Safety offers Alaska Water Wise courses throughout Alaska. This eight-hour course designed for Alaskans 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 qualify boaters for boat insurance discounts. For more information or to schedule a class, contact Joe McCullough at (907) 269-8704 or Joseph McCullough
  • Spread the word, life jackets save lives. Please share this thirty second message, encouraging boaters to visit
  • 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