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PFD Loaner Board Program Contact:

Margy Hughes, 907-334-5967

Educational Program Contacts:

Alaska Office of Boating Safety

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PFD Loaner Program


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.

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.

About the PFD Loaner Program...

Alaska’s Kids Don't Float life jacket loaner board program has been a success. As of July 2013 there are 627 KDF loaner boards that have been placed in 249 communities around the state, hosted by many different agencies, organizations, and individuals. At least 24 Alaskan children are known to have survived a near-drowning accident because of a Kids Don't Float life jacket. In a 1997 study, the observed life jacket wear increased from 16% to 35% at a loaner board site immediately following its installation. A 2001 observational wear-rate study conducted by the Alaska Boating Safety Program, the U.S Coast Guard D 17 and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, showed that the wear rates of children between 0 and 17 years of age increased by 25% in those areas with loaner boards.


Renew an existing sponsorship or become a sponsor for the Kids Don't Float Loaner Board Program using these forms:

Important PFD Loaner Board Program Information...

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