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Alaska Water Wise

The Alaska Office of Boating Safety offers several educational opportunities throughout the state, including standardized courses and presentations customized for a specific audience.

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Alaska Water Wise

The Alaska Boating Safety Program is pleased to offer Alaska Water Wise, a free boating course for Alaskans. This course has been approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard. The course satisfies most states' boating safety 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 legal requirements. Students who attend all sessions and pass the written exam and skills 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.

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-   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  - 5 of 6 fatalities are swamping, capsizing and falling overboard