Welcome to the home of
Wallasey scout boathouse
We are a Scout-run Boathouse based on the West Float Dock, Wallasey, Wirral. Here we offer rowing, pulling, sailing, powerboating and first aid courses to Scouts and Guides from across Merseyside.
Please feel free to have a look around our site and discover what we can offer to you and your group.
We run a variety of Activity Badge courses for Beavers through to Explorers, whilst also offering the opportunity for the Young People to work towards their Challenge Awards.
As a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised inlandteaching centre we are able to offer RYA dinghy sailing, powerboat and first aid courses.
Within out Boathouse Crew we have Scout Assessors for sailing, rafting, powerboating, canoeing, kayaking, bell-boating and SUP-ing. If you need a Scout permit assessment, we can arrange this for you.
a potted history
Originally, starting in the late 1950’s, boating on the West Float Dock system was carried out mainly by the 14th Wallasey and 10th Wallasey Sea Scout Groups, and to a lesser extent by the 5th Wallasey Scout Group. These groups worked out of a ‘nissan’ hut situated on Canada Creek (which has now been filled in), holding once a month boating sessions, usually on a Sunday.
Over a 20 year period, the groups declined until only the 33rd Wallasey Sea Scout Group (formerly the 14th Wallasey) was left actively boating. Having been offered a bigger ‘Seagull’ boathouse by the owners, Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club, the 33rd Wallasey moved to a dock-front location next to the Henry Meols Rowing Club.
Unfortunately, following sustained vandalism, and a fire in the late 1980’s, the boathouse and its neighbouring boathouses were abandoned, with the Birkenhead Sea Scouts moving to Morpeth Dock, and the 33rd Wallasey moving close to the Liverpool Victoria Rowing Club’s new building on Poulton Quay. Here the 33rd Wallasey carried out their boating activities out of a 20ft storage container.
After years of negotiation, planning and a lot of hard work, the 33rd Wallasey Sea Scout Group and Wallasey District Scouts were awarded a grant from Citylands (through Mersey Development Corporation). It was with this money that the Wallasey District Scout Boathouse was built in its present location, and was up and running by 1996.
The Boathouse Crew, along with the 33rd Wallasey Sea Scout Group who continue to be the resident group, help to maintain the building, the boats and the equipment, and run the varied courses available at the Boathouse. It is also through their hard work and dedication that the Boathouse has developed and grown to the point where, in 2010, we were successfully inspected and formally recognised as a Royal Yachting Association Recognised Teaching Centre (RTC).
The Boathouse, and its access to the West Float Dock is a great asset to Wallasey District Scouts, and as such we carefully manage all of our activities under the guidelines of the Scout Association. We are justifiably proud of the fact that we have never suffered a major incident since we started boating on the Docks over 50 years ago!
We are looking forward to the next 50 years of boating down at the Boathouse, and would welcome you to come and join us in our activities.
For further information on courses,
permit assessments or to book a place,
please send us an email or use the enquiry
what's on 2019
Scout Power Coxswain Activity Badge (RYA PB1): Saturday 16th March, 0930 - 1600, £20 per person.
Cubs Nautical Skills Staged Activity Badge 2: Wednesday 24th April, 8th May, 22nd May 1830 - 2030 and Saturday 29th September 1000 - 1200 & 1330 - 1530, £48 per group.
Scout Pulling Activity Badge: Wednesday 12th June 1900 - 2100 & Saturday 15th June 0930 - 1600, £12 per person.
Beavers Nautical Skills Stage Activity Badge 1: Saturday 16th June 0930 - 1030, 1100 - 1200, 1330 - 1430 and 1500 - 1600, £30 per group.
Beginners Sailing Course (RYA Level 1 / Stage 1): Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July 0930 - 1600, £45 per adult / £25 per child.
Explorers Fun Day: Saturday 28th September, further details TBC.
Intermediate Sailing Course (RYA Level 2 / Stage 2): Saturday 19th October & Sunday 20th October 0930 - 1600, £45 per adult / £25 per child.
RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course: Saturday 16th November & Sunday 17th November 0930 - 1600, £75 per person (£85 for non-Scouts).
rowing + pulling
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Address: Poulton Bridge Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 5SW
Phone: 07810 524 958
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