As an organization dedicated to enhancing safety on and around the water, the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club conducts three important programs:

We have published a Water Safety flyer that is available at various locations around the Chain, or can is available for download here


WCYC’s goal is to help provide a safe boating environment for the lake residents as well as for visitors to our beautiful chain of lakes. Our principal responsibility is to provide and maintain the navigational buoys under direction of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Dept. The County designates the placement of the navigational and no-wake buoys. The WCYC spends several thousand dollars each year on this program. We recently added solar and battery powered light kits to many of the buoys to aid in navigation after dark.

Boating Safety:

Youth Boating - Minnesota law requires youth ages 12 - 17 to have Minnesota Watercraft Operator's Permit or similar certification from their home state.

WCYC sponsors, along with C&C Boatworks and the Crow The WCYC and C&C Boatworks sponsor this class, presented by the Crow Wing County Sheriffs Water Patrol which teaches basics of safe boat operation and allows the students to complete the state exam itself. The session will be followed by lunch (pizza of course, it's at Zorbaz) and allow on the water training supervised by the instructors.

Classes for 2019 are Wednesday June 12 and Wednesday July 10.

Boating Safety Instruction classes women - All too often the owner and captain of a boat are one and the same (male) boater who monopolizes time at the helm. This leaves too large a percentage of (female) boaters untrained, inexperienced and ill equipped to handle emergencies on the water. Our new class “Women At The Helm” is designed to provide these boaters with basic instruction in driving and docking a boat to, at a minimum, manage basic emergencies.

The class will be Friday June 21 5:30 PM - 7:30PM and repeated Friday July 12 5:30 PM - 7:30PM at Lake Bertha Boatworks.

Water Safety / Swimming Classes:

WCYC has been sponsoring accredited swimming lessons since 1967. Over that time more than 4000 swimmer sessions have been taught. Lessons are offered each July to children 5 years of age and older. and are now offered at no charge.