Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarabeth Duke and Petty Officer 3rd Class Hamilton Cleverdon sit with students after a Kids Don't Float demonstration at Diomede School in Little Diomede, Alaska, February 19, 2016. Kids Don't Float is a Coast Guard and Alaska Office of Boating Safety program that teaches children about safety on the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Kids Don’t Float teaches children lessons for life

When seven-year-old Sam Fredrickson plunged into the water during a hunting trip with his father, Walter Washington Sr., and a family friend, near Angoon, Alaska, it was Sam’s quick thinking and use of boating safety equipment that ultimately saved their lives.


Saving Lives at the Top of the World

The Iñupiat of Barrow have a history on the waters of the Arctic that can be traced back 1500 years. They owe their survival to the skills they’ve acquired subsisting off the sea’s bounty, and those skills include what they’ve learned about safety. That’s why the people of Barrow welcomed Rear Adm. Dan Abel, commander, USCG 17th District, other Coast Guard personnel and representatives of the Alaska Office of Boating Safety when they brought the Kids Don’t Float education program to the northernmost community in the United States Feb. 3.


The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR marches with Santa, elves and presents through the village of Old Harbor, Alaska, Tuesday, Dec. 04, 2012. This year members of Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak also joined the crew of the SPAR, Santa and his elves to deliver holiday cheer to the children of Old Harbor. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

‘Tis the season for Boating Safety: 10 boating safety holiday gift ideas

Have you been struggling to find the perfect gift for your friendly fisherman or avid boater? You can give them a gift that will keep them safe while they are out on the water this season. From stocking stuffers to safety seminars, safety is the gift that’s in season.


JUNEAU, Alaska - Petty Officer James Formosa stands ready on the bow of a Coast Guard 47-foot motor life boat to provide cooling water during a boat fire in Thomas Basin, Ketchikan June 27, 2005.. The Coast Guard crew assisted the Ketchikan Fire Department and provided security. USCG photo.

Smoke on the water; Coast Guard reminds boaters of onboard fire safety

Boating plays a vital role in Alaska and, in many instances, a vessel serves as both a means of making a living and a floating home away from home. Like any other home in Alaska, the cabin of a boat can often provide a warm refuge during cold weather, but mariners may become complacent to fire hazards onboard.


Boating Safety at the Hub of the Kuskokwim

It’s only natural that the people of river communities spend a lot of time on, or near, the water, even at an early age. With so many boaters using the frigid, powerful river, its inherent ability to take life contrasts harshly to its life-giving benefits. All over Alaska, waters like the Kuskokwim contribute to one of the highest boating fatality rates in the nation.


Boat Responsibly

Labor Day weekend boating safety tips

As the Labor Day weekend approaches and marks the end of the summer boating season, an increase in the number of recreational boating activities is anticipated. Boaters need to take proper safety precautions and remain vigilant using these recommended safety tips:


Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates 75th anniversary

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a volunteer organization made up of more than 30,000 men and women across the U.S. with more than 420 members volunteering in the state of Alaska. Today, the Coast […]


Coast Guard promotes safety among gold dredge operators

Alaska is well known for its wealth of resources. Fish, lumber and oil are only a few of the valuable commodities that have driven people to brave the challenging environment of the Last Frontier, but there is another hard sought […]


Safest Fourth of July weekend in Alaska since 1998

Since the Alaska Office of Boating Safety was established in 1998, it has kept a watchful eye over the Alaska boating community. The state organization and the Coast Guard 17th District’s office of boating safety track recreational boating fatalities to […]


Historical Image of Native Alaskan Kayakers courtesy Alutiiq Museum

Boating safety applies to Alaska paddlers, mariners equally

The Alaska Native coastal people who mastered survival in the world’s harshest climate did not shrink from the open ocean — they respected it, lived with it, and made its rich resources an integral part of their tradition. The seagoing […]


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