Oceanwest Charters

Star 5.0 (12 Google reviews)

Oceanwest is a fully accredited RYA Sailing School offering internationally recognised sailing qualifications. They are a locally owned, family run business, providing the highest quality sail training and sailing charters on the West Coast of Australia. They have a great deal of investment in their reputation as a quality sailing provider. You will find professional, friendly service onboard, and personal attention to detail.
Learn to sail with Oceanwest RYA Sailing School – Internationally recognised courses for beginners to Yachtmaster. 

They also offer ICC Assessments, Corporate Entertainment / Team Building and Skippered Yacht Charters. 

Oceanwest is based in the beautiful Geographe Bay region in the South West of Western Australia. 

Most importantly, they are all about getting you out on the water and having fun! 


Oceanwest Charters

Port Geographe Marina, 21 Spinnaker Blvd, Busselton WA 6280, Australia


Star 5.0 (12 Google reviews)
Milos Cirkovic 07 February 2021

I had a great time completing the RYA day skipper course with OceanWest Charters in Busselton. Gary is an extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled and experienced sailor. And maybe the most essential he is excellent in transferring those sailing skills to his students. He will make sure you understand the theory and principles of sailing and are able to apply them in any conditions. Gary is very patient, friendly and easygoing with everyone, which makes the whole course even more enjoyable. If you are looking for a sailing school in WA to learn how to sail or develop existing skills, I would highly recommend Oceanwest Charters from Geographe Bay. Gary's yacht Samsara is exceptional, near new and extremely comfy. I've been sailing the Mediterranean in the past years and spent weeks in various sailing yachts, but Gary's custom specked Beneteau Oceanis 41 beats them all. And she's fast! After such a great experience, I have gladly booked another week in April this year to build my sailing skills further - there's a lot to learn from Gary. Thank you and keep up the excellent work!

Nick 31 December 2023

Completed my Day Skipper and Yachtmaster Coastal with Gary in 2020. The courses were excellent. I was a competent day race sailor before I did the courses. Gary's training gave me the confidence to manoeuvre a boat under motor and sail in spaces which I did not think were safe for anybody to do. Highlights of the course included: + fanging through crowded mooring areas under full sail while learning to sail onto morning buoys; + night navigating Bunbury harbour with charts and compass; + night sailing upwind in 16-20Kt of wind and pushing the boat hard; and + lunch and a swim off the Busselton Jetty. I would recommend anybody interested in sailing completes one of his courses. The course is full of learning but also exposes you to the raw beauty of the WA coastline. Why book with Oceanwest and Gary: I booked my Yachtmaster course with Gary with a tight deadline to get a job and travel to the Mediterranean as a skipper for the season. The Yachtmaster certification requires an independent instructor to assess Gary’s students (Gary is not allowed to assess his own students). The assessor Gary had arranged cancel last minute on him. Gary immediately notified me of the cancelation but promised to arrange an alternate assessor. Gary literally scoured the earth for an assessor – he phoned assessors from all over Australia, Asia, Europe etc. before he found an English assessor who was traveling in Singapore. Gary flew out the assessor from Singapore for our assessment. I suspect Gary may have made a net loss on the course. Gary is a man of considerable honour – his word is worth its weight.

Carolyn 04 April 2024

I have just completed the practical section of the RYA Dayskipper and loved it. The skipper, Nick, was amazing. He took time to explain everything, answer all the questions and was great company too. The other crew were also a mix of Dayskipper and Competent Crew which was great . The boat is lovely and the food was good on the boat too. We sailed out of Busselton and up to Bunbury and back. Would definitely recommend if you are looking to get the RYA Dayskipper certificate.

Fred Smoker 06 December 2022

The course was everything I expected and more, it was by far the best sail training I have ever participated in. Gary is an exceptional trainer, he is extremely knowledgeable, professional and patient and delivers information in a manner that can be comprehended and then applied practically. The yacht is modern and of the highest standard, it was very clean and well maintained, with comfortable sleeping facilities, the food was plentiful and delicious and offered options for alternative diets. Whatever your needs are for sail training, whether you are experienced or have never sailed before, I highly recommend OceanWest.

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