WIRRAL WATERSPORTS CENTRE

& WEST KIRBY MARINE LAKE

WIRRAL WATERSPORTS CENTRE IS OPEN FOR THE LAUNCH OF PERSONAL CRAFT, WATERSPORTS ACTIVITIES AND COURSES

Wirral Watersports 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.  The Centre and the Lake are now open to launch personal equipment with a licence and a range of activities and courses are available to book.

All activities must be pre booked and paid for in advance.

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

Alternatively book online here 

OPEN WATER SWIMMING

Open Water Swimming sessions accredited by BeyondSwim are now available on Sunday mornings between 07:30 and 08:30 with full safety cover.

More information can be found here.

Sessions must pre-booked and paid for in advance.

To book or speak to a member of The Watersports Centre Team, please call 0151 929 7707.

SUMMER WATERSPORT ACTIVITY PROGRAMME AND SESSIONS

(Description of sessions and courses available below)

ADULT & OLDER TEENS

Activity: Course:Price:Dates Available:Pre Requisites:
Sailing Single HandedStart Sailing Level 1£150.00-None
Basic Skills Level 2£150.00-Level 1
Sailing CrewedStart Sailing Level 1£150.00-None
Basic Skills Level 2£150.00-Level 1
Windsurfing Start Windsurfing£150.00-None
Intermediate Non-Planing£150.00Sat 4th Sept
Sun 5th Sept
Sat 2nd October
Sun 3rd October
Level 1
PowerboatingPowerboat Level 2 (Coastal)£235.00Sat 9th October
Sun 10th October
Sat 23rd October
Sun 24th October
None
Paddlesports
(British Canoeing)
BC Start (Certified Taster)£25.00-None
Discover£35.00-Start
Open Water Swimming sessionweekly sessions£5.50Every Sunday 7.30am - 8.30amNone - safety team throughout session
Explorer session£75.00-Discover

JUNIORS

Activity:Course:Price:Dates Available:Pre Requisites:
Multi Activity 5 x AMs or 5 x PMs£117.50-None
SailingStage 1, 2 & 3£235.00-None
Stage 4£235.00-Stage 3
WindsurfingStage 1 & 2£117.50
5 x half days
-None
Stage 3£117.50-Stage 2
PowerboatingLevel 1£100.00None
Paddle SportsBC Start, Discover & ExplorePlease enquire for more information.Please enquire for more information.Please enquire for more information.
Splash & Mini SplashSplash£13.00-None (Parent or Guardian must be on site for the duration of the session)
Mini Splash£10.00-None (Parent or Guardian must be on site for the duration of the session)

LICENCE PRICES:

Session/Licence:Price:
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

HOW TO PURCHASE & BOOK

  • Licences, sessions and courses must be pre booked and prepaid before attending any activity online or 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
  • Licences can be purchased online by creating or activating your online account and selection Membership Options to view all licence options for personal crafts
  • Some activities may only be available to customers who have certain qualifications, please check prerequisites before booking (see below)   
  • All visitors to the Lake will be provided with an access code in order to access the car park, this code will change daily and please call before 4pm 
  • 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.

COURSE AND ACTIVITY DESCRIPTIONS

Junior Sailing

  • Minimum 8 years of age
  • Stage 1, 2 and 3, 30 hours over one week with no previous experience required.  This course starts with the absolute basics and progresses to include rigging, launching and recovery, capsize recovery, sailing theory and building confidence in a range of sailing techniques. Includes plenty of time for fun and games on the water.
  • Stage 3 and 4, 30 hours over one week. Required experience: sailing skills to the standard of Stage 3. Children should have logged sailing hours within the last year.  This course includes transferring previously learned skills, techniques and manoeuvres to sailing crewed boats, improved rigging, launching and recovery and practical skills to recover a man overboard.

Adults and older Teens Sailing

  • Start Sailing Level 1 – No prior experience necessary.  A two day or 16 hour introduction to dinghy sailing for complete beginners, covering everything you need to get afloat under supervision.
  • Basic Skills Level 2 – Required experience:  skills to the standard of L1 sailing.  Over two days or 16 hours this course builds your confidence and develops your skills; by the end of the course you’ll be a competent sailor in light winds.
  • Better Sailing Level 3 and Advanced RYA modules (such as Seamanship Skills) are available on demand.
  • All adult dinghy sailing courses will be run in single handed dinghies until further notice.

Junior Windsurfing

  • Minimum 8 years of age
  • Stage 1 – No prior experience necessary.  Stage 1 is the ideal first introduction to windsurfing, teaching the basics of getting on the water and sailing the board across the wind and back.
  • Stage 2 – Required experience: skills to the standard of Stage 1.  This course covers the practical skills to get you sailing around, tacking and gybing, and enabling you to make progress towards and away from the wind.
  • Stage 3 – Required experience: skills to the standard of Stage 3.  This course aims to enhance the practical skills and knowledge gained in Stage 2 plus learn how to hook in to the harness and get going in stronger winds.

Adults and older Teens Windsurfing

  • Start Windsurfing (was Level 1) – No prior experience necessary.  A gentle introduction to windsurfing, covering the basics: turning the board around, sailing where you want to go and getting back to the shore.  The course runs over two days with 8-10 hours of tuition.
  • Intermediate Windsurfing: non-planing (was L2) – Required experience: skills to the standard of Start Windsurfing. This course aims to enhance techniques e.g. faster turns, beach starts and an introduction to the harness. The course runs over two days with 8-10 hours of tuition.

British Canoeing

  • Applicable for Adults and Juniors)
  • Start – a 2 hour certificated introduction to paddling with no prerequisites.
  • Discover – a 3 hour certificated improvers course building on the skills from the Start course.
  • Explore – a full day improvers course for those who have completed Start and Discover.

Splash (6 to 8 years) and Mini-Splash (4 to 6 years)

  • Fun and games on the water for little people Sessions usually includes a sail with instructor onboard, a powerboat ride, team fun on boards in shallow water and a lot of splashing! Great for instilling water confidence. A parent of guardian must be on site for the duration of the session.

RYA Powerboat

  • Level 1 (juniors only aged over 10) – A one day introduction to simple boat handling and the use of safety equipment.
  • Level 2 – (adults and juniors aged over 12) – A two day course providing the skills and background knowledge needed by the competent powerboat driver and is the basis for the International Certificate of Competence.

Private Tuition and Taster sessions (two and three hour) are available for all activities listed above and also Stand Up Paddleboarding.

Essential information
T's&C's

Monitor The Weather at West Kirby Marine Lake 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.

View here

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Contact

Wirral Watersports Centre
South Parade
West Kirby
Wirral
CH48 0QG

Tel: 0151 929 7707

Email: wirralsailingcentre@wirral.gov.uk

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Still making plans for the weekend...?We have spaces on our certificated RYA Start Windsurfing course; the perfect introduction to this exciting water sport 😎The course costs £150 adult/£100 junior.Wetsuits provided. Please call the centre on 0151 929 7707 if interested or to make a booking 🤙 ... See MoreSee Less
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We have spaces on newly set up Stand up Paddle Board tasters this weekend! 😎Friday 10th September (tomorrow) 2 till 4pm.Sunday 12th September 10 till 12 and 1 till 3.Sessions cost £25 adult/£20 junior. Wetsuits supplied.Booking in advance is essential on 0151 929 7707 📞 Please note that we can't accept bookings via email or Facebook, thanks. ... See MoreSee Less
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Ladies who Launch set sail at 10am tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, our new regular time now that the holidays are over ⛵Beginners are very welcome and everyone learns at their own pace in a friendly, supportive environment.Coffee and a catch up completes a sociable sailing experience and the forecast is looking good ☀️ 😎What are you waiting for? Please call 0151 929 7707 to book 📞Follow the link to learn more about LWL!wirralleisure.co.uk/ladies-who-launch/?mc_cid=55269bf550&mc_eid=ef1f1266d8 ... See MoreSee Less
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Many congratulations to the members of West Kirby Warriors T15 youth windsurfing club for winning the last interclub meet of the season yesterday. We had wind, sunshine and the lake was absolutely buzzing! Check out the video to see the action...Huge thanks also to the coaches and volunteers, without whom such events, and the regular weekly training sessions, wouldn't happen 👍 ... See MoreSee Less
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SUP taster this Saturday afternoon 2 till 4pm!Who's in?Please call the centre on 0151 929 7707 to make a booking.£25 adult/£20 junior 😎 ... See MoreSee Less
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SUP with Sherril!Who fancies a Stand up Paddle Board taster session tomorrow evening 5 till 7pm?Booking in advance is essential; please call 0151 929 7707 after 9.30 tomorrow morning. Sorry, we can't accept bookings via Facebook, Messenger or email.Cost is £25 adult/£20 junior. Wetsuits provided 👍 ... See MoreSee Less
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A mountain of buoyancy aids to wash after a very busy afternoon of Pay and Play! A huge thank you and well done to everyone who canoed, kayaked & SUPed both today and yesterday 🛶We're thrilled to have hosted around 150 hires with many people trying a new activity for the first time 😊Unfortunately we won't be running tomorrow afternoon but we look forward to seeing you on the water again soon 😎 ... See MoreSee Less
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Pay and Play at Wirral Watersports Centre 1pm to 5pm this afternoon ☀️Sit-on-top kayaks, including doubles, will be available to hire and, if the wind remains light, our Stand up Paddle Boards 🛶We know that the SUPs are going to be popular; so please be aware that you may need to wait a short while.Wear shorts/T shirt and bring a change of clothes, just in case, plus some old beach shoes or trainers. We don't supply wetsuits for this session, thanks.£8pp for 30 minutes. See you on the water 😎 ... See MoreSee Less
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Pay and Play at Wirral Watersports Centre 1pm to 5pm this afternoon. Sit-on-top kayaks will be available to hire with a safety team in attendance on the water. Craft will be available on the hour and the half hour. Please be aware that if demand is high you may have to wait a while.Please come in shorts/T shirt and bring a change of clothes, just in case! Old trainers or beach shoes are essential please. £8pp for 30 minutes. Look out for the flags by the lakeside and our friendly team will assist you 😎 ... See MoreSee Less
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UPDATE craft will be available on the hour and the half hour. Please be aware that if demand is high you may have to wait a while. Wetsuits are not provided, please come in T shirt/shorts; you may wish to bring a change of clothes, just in case. You must have suitable footwear - beach shoes or old trainers are ideal.Back by popular demand this weekend...Pay and Play hire with safety team in attendance!Sit-on-top kayaks will be available to hire tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) 1pm to 5pm.Stand up Paddle Boards and sit-on-top kayaks will be available on Sunday afternoon 1pm to 5pm.Children under 14 years should be under the supervision of an adult please.Children aged 8 to 12 years are required to share a board/kayak. Children aged under 8 years to be accompanied on the water by an adult; minimum age 4 years.We supply buoyancy aids and helmets.Cost is £8pp for 30 minutes. See you on the water 😎 ... See MoreSee Less
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