Promoting Safe and Enjoyable Boating in Alaska

What's Afloat

  • The 2023 Kids Don't Float Poster Contest (for K-6th grade students) and the 2023 Alaska Boating Safety Video Contest (for 7th-12th grade students) are now open for submissions! We can't wait to see how creative Alaskan students can get this year. Find out more on the Kids Don't Float website:

  • We are in the process of scheduling Alaska Water Wise classes and Cold Water Paddling classes for fall and winter. Please check our calendar at the bottom of this page to find a class to sign up for! If there is sufficient interest (5 people or more), we can offer an Alaska Water Wise class in your community. Contact Annie Grenier to find out more.

  • Check out our Rescue Ready video series on our YouTube channel to learn more about cold water survival, predeparture planning, navigation rules, life jackets, and required and recommended equipment:

  • 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 Annie Grenier at (907) 269-6041 or Kosette Seibert

  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