to be fair, safewater training are a good bunch of lads and i doubt they make much, if anything, out of running the council registration, in fact they are prbably doing anyone who does register a favour, just imagine how much it would cost if the council did it themselves
as for the "club" safewater run, they are doing it to help YOU out, as if you belong to a local club you get the discount, and how many of us belong to a club?
during the season all of the local slips are manned by the beech patrol, who have to follow the council policy, so everyone needs a permit, including the fishing lads, if they launch or recover during the beech patrol hours. new brighton is a bit of a free for all out of hrs. if you are launching with a small sib/rib with upto 9hp (i think), then as long as you can launch without your motor you will be ok, even better if you just have the launching wheels on your transom as you won't need to find room to park your trailer
but, to be brutally honest, why would you want to in the 1st place? as someone else has already said, get yourselves to nth wales, there's loads of places to launch, much better scenery and better fishing too. i've lived on the wirral all my life, it's a great place, but i do my boating in the menai and surrounding area, much better
you won't get this view from the wirral: