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PFD Loaner Board Program Contact:

Margy Hughes, 907-334-5967

Educational Program Contacts:
Alaska Office of Boating Safety
US Coast Guard Contact:
Mike Folkerts, 463-2297

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About Kids Don't Float

Alaska has over 47,000 miles of coastline and an abundance of lakes and rivers. For many of us in Alaska, the water is our highway, our playground, our work site, and our food supply.

Kids Don't Float History...

The Kids Don’t Float program was conceived and developed in Homer, Alaska through a State grant, to respond to the high drowning incidence of children in the Kachemak Bay. This program was named after a very successful program in New York called "Kids Can't Fly." Which drastically reduced injuries and deaths due to children falling from open windows.

The program was adapted for statewide use in 1997, and is currently sponsored by a coalition of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Safe Kids, the Office of Boating Safety, Alaska Native Tribal organizations, private businesses and community volunteers.

What is a PFD?

A PFD is a Personal Flotation Device. Our PFD Loaner Program provides Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) for kids to use at harbors and boat ramps.

PFD Loaner Board Program and Peer Education...

The Kids Don’t Float program has two components: a PFD (personal flotation device) Loaner Board Program and an Educational Program. Each program component is designed to be stand-alone and can be implemented by interested community groups or individual sponsors.

Donate your old life jackets...

Donate life jackets to Kids Don't Float at any of our designated donation centers.


Check out the KDF Loaner Program page...

Check out the KDF Educational pages...

Saving lives...

To date the Alaska Kids Don’t Float loaner board program has been implemented in 249 communities with 627 loaner boards functioning throughout the state…with that… 31 lives have been saved due to a PFD borrowed from a loaner board.

KDF Explained...