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Benefits of a Watersports Membership

    • Access to the lake with a personal unpowered craft from the car park at the North West end
    • Free parking at the lake side for all Watersports Members and day pass holders (when available)
    • Free access to showers and changing rooms during centre opening hours 
    • Watersports Membership durations to suit your use

Watersports Membership (per person)Fees 23/24
1 Day Watersports Pass£13.65
3 Month Watersports Membership£63.00
6 Month Watersports Membership£105.00
Annual Watersports Membership£178.50
Lake use terms and conditions

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Book online or contact our call centre on: 0151 606 2010

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buy a 3, 6, or 12 month watersports membership

Wirral Watersports Centre is based at West Kirby Marine Lake, we offer a full range of water sport activities.

We deliver fun and adventure on and off the water

West Kirby Marine Lake is for the exclusive use of Wirral Watersports Centre Customers and its Members ONLY

Dinghy sailing – Windsurfing – Paddleboarding – Kayaking – Canoeing – Powerboating – Raft building – Beach school – Open Water Swimming – Foiling

You can get on the water in several ways including:

RYA Training – Sailing/Windsurfing/Powerboating
Paddle UK – Kayak, FSRT, Paddleboarding

Multi Watersports Activity days for young people
SPLASH and Mini SPLASH Sessions
School Groups, Youth Associations, Private Parties
Ladies Who Launch – LWL and Blokes in Boats – BiB
Taster Sessions – Pay and Play Hire – Private tuition

Multi Watersports Activity days for young people

  • Multi activity sessions for 8 to 16 years old.
  • Full or half day sessions
  • Week days and weekends throughout the school holidays
  • Exciting Give-it-a Go-sessions with informal coaching
  • Subject to conditions and instructor availability, young people get to try sailing, kayaking, powerboating, paddleboarding, raft building, watersports games and more.

Wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet provided, swimwear and secure water footwear required. (old trainers are fine)

RYA youth Sailing Stage 1 to 4 Dinghy 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.

Wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet provided, swimwear and secure water footwear required. (old trainers are fine)

RYA Youth Windsurfing Stage 1- 3

  • 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.

Wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet provided, swimwear and secure water footwear required. (old trainers are fine)

RYA adult Sailing Level 1 to 3 Dinghy Sailing

For adults and older teens (+16)

  • 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.

RYA Adult Windsurfing Start & Intermediate

For adults and older teens (+16)

  • 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.

Wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet provided, swimwear and secure water footwear required. (old trainers are fine)

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 include:

  • A sail with an instructor onboard
  • a powerboat ride
  • Team fun on paddleboards 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.

Wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet provided, swimwear and secure water footwear required. (old trainers are fine)

RYA Powerboat Level 2 (PB2)

Powerboat 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.

Buoyancy aid or life jacket and waterproof top provided, wear warm clothing and wellies or old trainers 

Pay & Play, Taster Sessions, and Private Tuition

Paddleboarding – Sailing – Kayaking

  • Pay & Play independent sessions for 1 hour following a short informal induction
  • Taster sessions, small groups with a watersports instructor for two hours
  • Private Tuition, One -to-One coaching sessions with a qualified instructor for two hours

All sessions subject to weather conditions, instructor availability, and participant capability following a brief induction.

Wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet provided, swimwear and secure water footwear required. (old trainers are fine)

Group Booking Enquiry form for Schools, Parties, and youth organisations

Ideally placed on the northwest corner of Wirral, the lake enjoys uninterrupted winds from across the Dee Estuary and beyond. We are considered the regions premier location for Wing Foiling, Windsurfing, Dinghy Sailing, and, on calmer days, the lake is perfect for paddleboarding and canoeing. To access the lake with your own craft you can purchase a pass on a day or monthly basis to suit your needs.

SeasonMonthsOpening Hours
SummerApril to September (inclusive)9am - 5pm*
WinterOctober to March (inclusive)10am - 4pm
Wirral Watersports Centre is open 7 days a week. *8pm closing during summer events & activities.Last showers 30 minutes before closing.

Monitor the weather at West Kirby Marine Lake any time via our LIVE online weather station. 

The SkyView weather station was jointly funded by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council and West Kirby Windsurfers.

live skyview weather station situated at the lake


  • Lake access, sessions and classes must be pre booked and prepaid before attending any activity.
  • Bookings can be made online or by telephone:  0151 606 2010 (Phone lines are open Monday to Thursday, 9am to 7pm, Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturday to Sunday, 9am to 3pm)
  • All members must book on the lake they wish to visit which can be done online 
  • Advanced classes and boat hire is only be available to customers who have obtained prior qualifications (please check prerequisites before booking)
  • A new entrance gate system is currently being installed and will be in operation May 2024.
  • On arrival at the Centre please park your car and check in with the Watersports Team at reception who will confirm your booking to ensure that all users of the car park have a valid Watersports Membership or class at the centre.   
  • To use the lake early in the morning please be aware of the Watersports Centre opening hours. 
  • All classes are subject to weather conditions and instructor availability.

All customer registration, purchase of memberships and class bookings can be made online or by telephone. If you have registered your details with Active Wirral Leisure Centres and have an existing Customer ID number, please try to have it available when you call.  Please do not leave an answerphone message to book a class.

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Classes and Activities run throughout Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Terms and Conditions

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

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Wirral Watersports Centre
South Parade
West Kirby
CH48 0QG

Tel: 0151 929 7707

Email: wirralwatersportscentre@wirral.gov.uk

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