Have some questions about the event and how it will be conducted on the day? See if our Frequently Asked Questions can give you the answers you're looking for, or contact us.


Is this event insured?


Dragon Boat Events provide:

  • £5 million public liability insurance

  • Professional helms and event staff

  • Dedicated event manager in attendance


What safety precautions are in place?


Dragon Boat Events provide:

  • In house qualified health and safety person

  • Venue risk assessment & safety plan

  • All events supervised by suitably experienced and qualified staff

  • Pre-event safety briefing and training session for all teams

  • Safety boat and qualified driver at every event

  • EU-approved buoyancy aids (life jackets) for every crew member

  • High-visibility safety wristbands for every crew member

  • Qualified first aiders in attendance at every event


Do I need any training/level of fitness to be involved?


Dragon boating appeals to all ages and abilities and no previous experience is necessary as full training will be given on the day.


What facilities will be available on the day?


West Kirby Sailing Club will be open and available to use for competitors and supporters. Their facilities include toilets and showers.


Will there be refreshments?


All competitors are welcome to pre-order breakfast rolls from the Sailing Club. There will be a number of vendors providing refreshments for sale for competitors and spectators at the venue. The Sailing Club will also be open to provide bar and snack facilities.


What happens on the day?


A Dragon Boat Event starts with a full Health and Safety briefing and shore side training for each team by their instructor before being allowed access to the boats. Each team will get a guaranteed (weather permitting or unless otherwise specified) three timed races in the qualifying rounds.


After each race has finished, the results and times are entered on the leader board so each team can compare their times. 

When all the qualifying rounds have been completed, each team’s single fastest time is taken and used to rank all the teams in fastest time order. The teams which qualify for the Grand Final then race to the finish in one last and very dramatic battle to the line

The day finishes with an award ceremony where a winner’s trophy is presented to the Captain of the top team. A full itinerary and timings for the day is available on the Information page.


Is there parking at the venue?


There is limited parking at West Kirby Sailing Club and it is recommended that the public car-park (pay and display) is used. This is at the start of the lake, adjacent to Morrisons, and is only a short walk to the Sailing Club.


There may also be available parking in the residential area close to the Sailing Club but obviously this is at the owners own risk.


We've registered a team for the event, how can we pay our entry fee?


Please send your entry fee within 7 days of registration to Headway Wirral, C/O Carpenters Solicitors, Leonard House, Scotts Quays, Birkenhead, CH41 1FB.