Wirral Sailing Centre

Based at West Kirby Marine Lake and offers a full range of water sport activities, with courses available for all ages and levels of experience.


As the national lock down starts to ease, the council is working as quickly as possible to re-establish services that are permitted to reopen, including the Sailing Centre and the Marine Lake. Speed cannot be our only consideration at this time.

The health, and the safety, of our communities, businesses and staff has to be our top priority during this process.

We are keeping watch on the infection rate in Wirral and across Merseyside to make sure anything we do does not contribute to raising it.  This means we have to make slow and steady decisions that are thought through.

Our staff may not be readily available to re-establish their service. Apart from the fact that we have some staff who are having to shield to keep themselves safe, a number of others have volunteered to work on priority services while their own areas were temporarily closed, such as the emergency food hub and resident helpline.

We can’t, and indeed we won’t, take a staff member away from a service supporting vulnerable people until we can ensure there is someone else to step in.

We are a public service – in fact we’re a collection wide ranging public services – we can’t operate in the same way as a private club or business.

We know many of you are keen to get back to those services you regularly use, we appreciate this, and we promise we are doing our best.

Thanks for your understanding 


To view our Summer 2020 Timetable, click here

View our 2020 brochure here.

  • Certificated courses for adults & juniors: RYA windsurfing, dinghy sailing & power boating; BCU kayaking.
  • Children’s holiday courses: certificated courses as above. Multi activity fun weeks.
  • Tasters: sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boards & power boating.
  • Group bookings: ideal for schools and youth groups.
  • Private tuition.
  • Children’s parties.
  • Splash! Fun on the water, age 6 – 8 years.
  • Mini-Splash sessions available for 4 – 6 years.
  • Ladies who Launch: sociable sailing & windsurfing for ladies.
  • Equipment hire.
  • Hilbre Explorer Boat Trip: an exciting 2 hour RIB trip to Hilbre Island.
  • Private craft: launch your own craft – daily, seasonal & annual licences.

Club Nights

  • Windsurfing & sailing (adults/older teens) Monday 6pm – 8pm.
  • Kayaking (juniors) Tuesday 4.30 pm – 7.30pm.
  • Windsurfing (juniors) Wednesday 4.30pm – 7.30pm.
  • Sailing (juniors) Friday 5pm – 8pm.
  • T15 (youth windsurf coaching & racing) Friday 5pm – 8pm.

NB Club times change late season. Contact centre for details.


  • Free parking for Sailing Centre users & lake licence holders.
  • Changing rooms.
  • Toilets & showers.
  • Lockers.
  • Use of wetsuits/buoyancy aids plus all equipment used on session.

Equipment Hire

SUP’s (stand up paddle boards) are available to hire in light winds to those who have taken a taster.

Dinghies, windsurf boards & rigs and kayaks are available for hire to those who have NGB certification (minimum RYA L2 or Stage 3, BCU L2.)


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We know you are keen to get back to the lake and we are too. We have been reviewing our processes, creating guidelines and working hard in the background with Wirral's Public Health Team to ensure that we have all the measures in place when we do reopen to protect both yourselves and the safety of our staff. We will be bringing you an update in the forthcoming weeks on the future reopening of the lake and centre. In the meantime please bear with us as protecting our customers is our main priority right now and we hope to see you soon, socially distancing of course 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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Wow! A glorious shot of the lake and surrounding area, taken earlier today.
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A wonderfully atmospheric shot from Sy Leigh ❤️
Please do send in your photos; it's a great way to keep everyone's spirits up!
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All Wirral Council’s golf courses, West Kirby Marine Lake and the Sailing Centre will remain closed temporarily.

We have been reviewing the detail from Central Government on reopening certain services. We are working hard behind the scenes to get everything ready, as quickly as we can, while keeping the safety of our staff, residents and customers at the heart of what we do.

Please bear with us while we do this work and look out for updates on our website, social media and information at each site.

We will look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can.
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The tide's in, so peaceful ❤
Down for a site check and have to say we're really missing the water in this glorious weather. Good to see how quiet it is here though 👍
Happy VE day everyone!
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Not the lake but too good not to share!
Meols, beautifully captured by Mike Stephenson.
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Who's missing the sea? 🌊
Take a moment to treasure this beautiful image from Thurston Photo.
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Two teens on sailing boat

Teen Windsurfing on Marine Lake

Teens on Sailing boat on Marine Lake

Sailing Centre Opening Hours

April9am - 5pm
May9am - 8pm
June - August9am - 8:30pm
September9am - 8pm
October - March9am - 5pm
Wirral Sailing Centre is open Monday - Sunday throughout the year.

Price List

Taster Session (3 hours)£35£30
SUP Taster (2 hours)£25£20
2 Day Course£142.50£100
5 Day Course£350£235
Half Day Week CourseNot Applicable£115
Dee Tours£40£30* (60+ also)
Monday 6pm - 8pmWindsurfing & Sailing£18N/A
Tuesday 4.30pm - 6.30pmKayaking N/A£12
Wednesday 4.30pm - 7.30pmWindsurfingN/A£12
Thursday 6pm - 8pmWindsurfing & Sailing£18N/A
Friday 5pm - 8pmSailing N/A£12
Ladies who Launch£18
Splash (6-8 years) £13
Log Hours/Hire (Book 2 hours get 3rd hour free)£8 (per 1/2 hour)
Powerboating (2 days)£220
Group Bookings£7.50 (per hour - min 2 hours)
Children's Parties (minimum 6 children)£90
Private Tuition£30pp (additional person 1/2 price)
First Aid (1 Day)£75
ACTIVITYANNUAL (1st April - 31st March)DAY/EVE
Sail Boats£171.15 (25% - £128.35)£12.60/£7.35
ACTIVITYSEASONAL (1st April - 30th September)SEASONAL (1st October - 31st March)
Sail Boats£142.80 (25% - £107.10)£103.95 (25% - £77.95)

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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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