The statewide Kids Don’t Float program will reach a milestone next month, as they teach their 100,000th students about boating and water safety in Alaska.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska’s life jacket wear rate among youth is now more than 60 percent higher than the national average. The Alaska Boating Safety Program said they’re proud of their training, and the life jacket loaner boards which are found along most of Alaska’s popular waterways.
Joseph McCullough with the Program said the loaner idea was met with resistance at first…
McCullough: “Oh they told me I was crazy because they’d steal them or we’d lose them or they’d go away, but really our attitude: One, we don’t lost that many through theft, but if somebody were to steal one or two or five a year, what are they going to do with them? They’re going to wear them, and solves our goal, even though we don’t want anybody to steal them, don’t get me wrong.”