Enjoy Safe Boating This Summer

Story by – YKHC Injury Control and EMS

June 10, 2014 - 1 minute read
Float coats at fish camp
Using small boats is a way of life in Alaska. Don't make it a way to disaster. Wear your personal flotation device! — Photo by Debbie Michael

Be prepared to go boating

You never know how your day is going to end on the water, so take time to:

  1. Check the weather.
  2. Gather together and take along the proper equipment.
  3. Make sure your boat is loaded properly.
  4. Put on your personal flotation device.
  5. Tell someone your float plan.

Have a Float Plan

Before you begin your trip, tell a responsible person what your plans are. If you end up missing, he/she can get help.

Make sure the person knows:

  1. Who is going
  2. Where you are going
  3. When you expect to arrive there and when you expect to return
  4. What you are carrying for survival gear
  5. A description of your boat
  6. And remember when you change your destination tell the responsible person.

Drowning & Safe Boating Practice

The drowning death rate for Yukon-Kuskokwim Alaska Native people was significantly higher than the rate for Alaska Native people statewide between 1992 and 2011. – Alaska Native Injury Atlas

Drowning is the second leading cause of death in the YK Delta.

1. Wear a personal flotation device that will keep you afloat and help you stay warm if you end up in the water.

2. Make sure the weather and water conditions are safe. If they aren’t, don’t go, or stop and wait until they improve.

Don’t drink and drive and don’t ride with someone who has been drinking!


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