As the weather improves, more Alaskans are hitting the water for both work and pleasure.
National Safe Boating Week begins on Saturday. It's a yearly reminder to be safe on the water.
Boating safety tips:
Wear a life jacket. Boaters are required to have one Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person aboard their vessel.
Wear your engine cut off switch link. The new law went into effect on April 1, 2021, requiring recreational boats to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL).
Boat sober! Abstain from using alcohol while underway.
Check all required safety equipment to be sure it is in good working order. Vessel safety checks
by the Coast Guard Auxiliary are free.
Check the weather. Be sure to look at the immediate weather forecast as well as the extended forecast; weather can change in Alaska in a matter of hours.
Have multiple forms of communication devices and extra batteries and chargers. Always remember, VHF-FM radio is the primary communications network for the maritime boating community.