Wirral Watersports Centre and West Kirby Marine Lake sit at the corner of the Wirral Peninsula on the River Dee. The breath taking views of Wales and Hilbre Island and the local wildlife are just a few of the reasons that visitors return to the Centre. 

The Centre and the Lake are open throughout the year. Customers are welcome to launch a personal non powered craft including windsurfing, small dinghies, wingfoils, kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. Alternatively you can book a course or attend a instructor led session of your choice. View our full timetable on this page from March 2024 or message the centre at wirralwatersportscentre@wirral.gov.uk for further information. 

Winter Opening hours 

Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm   Saturday – Sunday 9am – 4pm

Last showers are available 30 minutes before closing    


Spaces are currently limited and are not guaranteed.

The Watersports Team 

Monitor The Weather

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.

Monitor the Weather here


You can access the lake with a personal craft by purchasing a licence prior to arrival at the Lake. Parking is available at the lake side for all licence holders, a daily gate code is available from the centre or central team on the day access is required.   

Prices are based on a day, monthly or annual basis:

Ticket/Licence:Price 23/24:
One Day Ticket£13
3 Month Licence £60
6 Month Licence£100
Annual Licence£170


  • Licences, sessions and courses must be pre booked and prepaid before attending any activity.
  • Bookings can be made online or by telephone: 0151 929 7707 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)
  • Daily, monthly and annual licences are available.
  • All licence holders must book a session before for the day they wish to visit which can be done online or by telephone
  • Advanced courses or activities may only be available to customers who have obtained prior qualifications, please check prerequisites before booking (see below)
  • A new entrance gate system is currently being installed and will be in operation shortly and the car park is open for parking with no barrier in place. On arrival at the Centre please park your car and check in with the Warden at Reception who will confirm your booking to ensure that all users of the car park have a valid licence or booking at the Centre.   
  • Members with a three month licence can now book up to three days in advance of their visit to the lake.
  • To use the lake early in the morning please be aware that the staff arrive at 09:00. 
  • 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 online or by telephone. If you have registered your details with Active Wirral Leisure Centres and have an existing Member ID number, please try to have it available when you call.  Please do not leave an answerphone message to book a session.

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Courses and Activities run throughout Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Next year’s programme will be available to view in early 2024, we look forward to seeing you then. 


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.

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 into 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.

Splash and Mini Splash

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 an instructor onboard, a powerboat ride, team fun on boards in shallow water and a lot of splashing! Great for instilling water confidence. A parent or 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 sessions are available for all activities listed above and also Stand Up Paddleboarding.


Beach Wheel Chair Rentals

Wirral Watersports Centre now has a number of Sand Cruiser Beach Wheel chairs which are available for hire free of charge to enjoy the beach area at West Kirby. The chairs are available to book between the hours of 9am – 4:30pm.

Booking can be completed online, via telephone and also in person. Pre-booking is recommend. Online booking is available here.

All users must be able to self-transfer into the chair, at present there is no hoist availability

For more information please click here

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


The Sail Loft Coastal Kitchen can be found in the Wirral Watersports Centre at the crossroads of the golden sands of West Kirby beach, the elegant promenade and the walkway of the West Kirby Marine Lake.

More information and how to book can be found here

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Wirral Sailing Centre is:


Wirral Watersports Centre
South Parade
West Kirby
CH48 0QG

Tel: 0151 929 7707

Email: wirralwatersportscentre@wirral.gov.uk

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