If you fancy doing something a little bit different for your next holiday, why not consider a sailing school at home or abroad? Brush up on your old skills or learn some new ones on a thrilling adventure holiday experience.
Learn to sail on the Mediterranean
Jason and the Argonauts once sailed the beautiful waters around the Greek Islands and now you can too! The perfect location of Vounaki Sailing School gives new sailors plenty of confidence as they put into practice the theories and manoeuvres that they have learned during their instructional courses.
Catering for complete beginners and intermediate level sailors who want to brush up and refresh their skills, the centre teaches everything from Competent Crew certification to the Day Skipper qualification for the more ambitious crew member looking to become captain of his own holiday boat. The offshore sailing school at Vounaki is also a base for yacht charters, flotilla holidays and an on-site Beach Club, offering a complete package for those wishing to progress to a sailing holiday after achieving their qualifications.
If you fancy something a little bit different, have a look at the sailing school based at Kremik in Croatia. Picturesque bays, deserted beaches and beautiful coastal towns offer a different perspective for the sailor in search of improvement. Once you have achieved a level of competence as crew or skipper you are free to explore this area of the Adriatic Coast and practise some of your new-found skills.
Tortola in the British Virgin Islands is a tropical paradise of clear blue water, white sandy beaches and spectacular sunsets. Beginners and intermediate sailors can qualify for their Certificate of Competence before embarking on a journey among the islands, cruising through the safe tidal waters on a voyage of discovery.
For those who prefer to combine sailing with a beach holiday, try Phuket in Thailand, which offers fantastic cruising waters amongst stunning scenery and some of the friendliest, most hospitable people on earth.
The ultimate sailing destination has to be the Whitsunday Islands off the eastern coast of Australia and at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Home to some of the most exotic underwater species to be found anywhere, prepare to spot dolphins, humpback whales and even the occasional sea turtle.
Port Solent and Weymouth
If the practicality of learning to sail is your main objective, you might prefer to take your courses a little closer to home. With two sailing schools on the South Coast of England, you can study a wide range of courses to advance your sailing skills and knowledge, with the added benefit that many courses can be completed over a weekend.
Whatever your age or level of skill, there is a sailing course that will enthuse, excite and invigorate you, teaching you valuable new skills that will last a lifetime and opening up new holiday destinations and experiences for you.
Shirely Jones writes regularly on activity holidays and short breaks for a range of holiday and travel websites and blogs. A keen sailor as a teenager, Shirley had let her skills lapse since starting a family. She was recently thrilled to attend an offshore sailing school in the Greek Islands and cannot recommend the experience highly enough for anyone looking for fun and adventure on holiday.