Wirral Sailing Centre and West Kirby Marine Lake are now open for the launch of personal equipment with a licence.

All activities must be booked in advance.

Book sessions online here.

To speak to a member of the Sailing Centre Team, please call 0151 929 7707 or email wirralsailingcentre@wirral.gov.uk.

All licences purchased prior to the recent national lockdown in January will be extended in line with the closure period.

Information on other Leisure Facilities can be found on our homepage


You can now view the weather at the West Kirby Marine Lake online at any time via our new weather station located at the North end of the lake. 


The new weather station has been installed and jointly funded by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council and West Kirby Windsurfers.


Wirral Sailing Centre is based at West Kirby Marine Lake and is run by a highly qualified team of instructors offering a range of water sports activities. 

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One Day Session (All Crafts)£10
1 Month Licence (Kayak/SUP)£20
1 Month Licence (Dinghy/Windsurf)£23
3 Month Licence (Kayak/SUP)£30.45
3 Month Licence (Dinghy/Windsurf)£42.78


  • Licences can be purchased by telephone on 0151 929 7707 (9am – 4pm daily) or 0151 606 2010 (Phone lines are open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 7pm, Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturday to Sunday, 9am to 3pm.)
  • Three month or daily licences are available. All licence holders must also book a session before 5pm on the day they wish to visit   
  • Visitors to the Lake will be provided with an access code in order to access the car park, this code will change daily
  • Members with a three month licence can now book up to three days in advance of their visit to the marine lake.  On arrival please call and you will be checked in and given the barrier code.
  • To use the lake early in the morning before staff arrive at 09:00 please book the day before and you will be given the barrier code to use the following morning.  Note that if you leave after 09:00 you will need to call for the exit barrier code.
  • Advanced bookings can be cancelled at any time.  Please remember to call and cancel if your plans change or your booking will be flagged as a “no show”.

All customer registration, purchase of licences and bookings can be made by telephone. If you have registered your details with Wirral Leisure and have an existing Member ID number, please try to have it available when you call.  Please do not leave an answer phone message to book a session.

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Amazing event held at Wirral Sailing Centre a few weeks ago – the first of many! ⛵️ ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

A plain sort of day at the lake... 😉Photo by Jo Power ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Great advice about staying safe on your paddle board 👍Have you recently purchased a new stand-up #paddleboard (SUP)? Or maybe you’re a regular paddler? 🌊 Whatever your experience, if you’re heading out paddling this #bankholidayweekend, follow our 'SUP'er safety tips: ✅ Take a fully charged phone in a waterproof pouch 📱✅ Buddy up - go with someone else if you can 👭✅ Or tell someone where you're going/when you'll be back✅ Check weather and tides. If in doubt, don’t go out ☂️✅ Always wear a Personal Flotation Device and leash 🌊Make sure you can reach your phone so you can call for our help if you need it - even the most experienced can get caught out. #999Coastguard🚨 Remember, in an emergency at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. 🚨Visit the following link for further safety tips from our friends at the RNLI: bit.ly/3vqBET2Go PaddlingBritish Stand Up Paddle Association RNLI British Canoeing#Paddleboarding #SUP #Paddle #Safety #BeCoastSafe #BeWaterAware #RespectTheWater #StandUpPaddleboarding ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

An important safety message #BeWaterAwarePhoto credit: Kieran SherlockWe are asking people to avoid using West Kirby Marine Lake for open water swimming as it’s not safe now that water sports have restarted following the Government’s COVID-19 roadmap update.Swimming isn’t actually allowed at the Marine Lake however, during the last year when lockdowns limited access to other leisure activities and the Marine Lake wasn’t in use as usual, some swimmers made the most of the opportunity to enjoy the water while it was quiet. Unfortunately, now that sports such as windsurfing are happening again, it’s just not safe to swim at the same time. Our leisure team are looking into the possibility of holding dedicated swimming sessions, we will share any updates on this as soon as we know more. For more information on sessions that are available at West Kirby Marine Lake for licensed users, please visit the Wirral Leisure website wirralleisure.co.uk/ ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

We've been spoiled for choice with several super West Kirby sunsets lately. Thanks to Ali Culshaw, who snapped this cracker 😊 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

We'd like say a big thank you to the 60 windsurfers of "Wind West Kirby" social media group who have very generously funded an upgrade to the sailing centre weather station. This means that you can now check the wind strength and direction at any time by following the link below; ideal if you're travelling any distance to use the lake. Thanks to all who contributed and a special mention to Phil Knight for technical input and Alan Cross for collecting donations. Any money left over will be donated to the West Kirby Warriors T15 youth windsurfing club 😀🤙Photo credit: Iain Woodsideskylink-pro.com/remote-index.php?domainname=wirralsailingcentre&keyword=sailing&units=kt ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Not West Kirby but too good not to share!Hoylake lifeboat, photographed from Meols, on a bitterly cold day with Wales in the background.Photo credit: Rara Sara ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Revalidating our 1st Aid certificates today. Feels great to be back at work and lovely to see some of our team of instructors. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

A busy, breezy Easter weekend on the water; brilliant to see so many licence holders back in action! We'd like to apologise to anyone who had difficulty in contacting the centre by phone over the weekend; we've experienced some IT issues and are also finding our feet with the new till system. Thanks for some helpful suggestions and for your patience too!Photo credit: Simon Moore ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

UPDATE FOR LICENCE HOLDERSThe phones are back up and running! You can now call the centre on 0151 929 7707 to purchase or reinstate a licence, and to obtain the barrier access code if you have a booking for today. Please don't all call at once! 👍Remember, you can also purchase licences, and make a booking online: wirral.xncloud.co.uk/LhWeb/en/Public/HomeWe're thrilled to be able to welcome you back! ... See MoreSee Less
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Wirral Sailing Centre is:


Wirral Sailing Centre
South Parade
West Kirby
CH48 0QG

Tel: 0151 929 7707

Email: wirralsailingcentre@wirral.gov.uk

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