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 Wing County Sheriffs Water Patrol classes which prepare young boaters for the Operator's exam.

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.


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.

Information will be emailed to previous participants.