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Oceanwest Charters is a locally owned, family run business providing high quality sail training and sailing charters on the west coast. Oceanwest is owned by Gary and Joeanne Shea.
We have a great deal of investment in our reputation as a quality sailing provider. You will find professional, friendly service onboard, and personal attention to detail.
Please contact us on 0412 060 130 or email email@example.com and read our reviews on Trip Advisor
Joeanne Shea – Operations Manager
Joeanne is the Oceanwest Operations Manager (and recently qualified RYA Dayskipper) who takes care of all the administration. Being a self confessed foodie, she loves to look after all of the catering arrangements. Her aim is to provide you with the best possible sailing experience.
Joeanne’s standards are:
- Modern reliable yachts surveyed to AMSA and Western Australian Government standards.
- Professional Yachtmaster qualified Skippers / Instructors who respect our customers.
- Providing value for money, live aboard learn to sail courses, sailing holidays and day charters.
- Providing quality certified safety equipment.
- Having an absolute commitment to customer service.
- Good communication with customers.
Gary Shea – Principal
Gary is the Principal and Chief Instructor of the Sailing School and a RYA Yachtmaster Instructor / Examiner. In addition to this, he also holds an Australian Master 24m commercial qualification.
This combination of qualifications means that he has met the exacting requirements of the RYA / Australian Sailing as well as the West Australian Government and AMSA.
Gary has sailed the West Coast of Australia, Queensland, the Mediterranean, and the UK. He has well over 50,000 cruising miles on yachts and knows the West Australian coast intimately.
Having spent over 22 years as an engineer in the Royal Navy, Gary appreciates safety as the most important consideration.
Nick Macpherson – Chief Instructor
Nick is a RYA Yachtmaster Instructor who also holds an Australian Master 24m commercial qualification and MED 2 engineering qualification. He has an extensive sailing background from working as a sailing instructor, to blue water yacht deliveries to even completing a leg of the Clipper Race from South Africa to Fremantle!
From his time spent working in the offshore oil and gas industry, Nick has become an experienced Master of both mono and twin hull vessels, with both single and twin engines and jet powered vessels. He is also a prolific tea drinker!
Nick will always work hard to ensure that you get the most out of your training and that you enjoy your time out on the water with him.
Had some great time completing the RYA day skipper course with OceanWest Charters in Busselton.
Gary is an extremely knowledgeable, highly skilled and experienced teacher. And maybe the most... read more
February 8, 2021
This sailing course was one of the best weeks I've had. Gary, the instructor, is a very knowledgeable sailor who is an excellent communicator and creates a very enjoyable atmosphere... read more
May 13, 2023
Can't rave enough about Oceanwest's customer service. I ordered the Coastal Skipper online materials from them and not only found the price better than other places I explored but found... read more
November 16, 2019