Sailing holidays are fast becoming one of the most popular choices amongst British holidaymakers, with more people than ever realising just how relaxing a week at sea can be. While boating holidays may once have been the preserve of the experienced sailor, various companies are now offering affordable and attractive packages for the keen amateur as well. If you're a beginner when it comes to sailing, what's the best advice on booking your first sailing holiday?

Climb aboard!

If you're new to sailing and thinking about booking your first holiday at sea, make sure you think carefully about where you want to learn. Sailing adventure holidays in Greece are a particularly good choice for the novice sailor, because the calm, flat waters around the breathtaking Ionian Islands are the perfect place to get to grips with your chartered yacht. As well as giving you the perfect conditions for improving your sailing abilities, there are plenty of beautiful hidden gems for you to explore, with numerous safe bays to anchor in and some of the prettiest and friendliest fishing villages to visit.

The waters around the Ionian Islands are famously tranquil, and with no tides or currents and very low levels of marine traffic, this is the ideal destination for first time sailors. When booking your sailing adventure holidays in Greece, it's important to find a provider you can trust to give you the best guidance as you take the helm for the first time. Companies such as Nisos Yacht Charter not only have a flawless safety record and many years' experience, but they can also recommend local attractions to ensure you get the most from your time on board.

They will also be able to advise you on the best type of boat to match your abilities, with some vessels better suited to the novice sailor than others. All reputable sailing holiday providers will have a range of well-maintained vessels in their fleet. From large 51ft yachts to smaller boats which are easier to handle, there will be something for everyone.

Let someone else take the wheel

Of course, you could let somebody else do the hard work and charter a yacht with a skipper and hostess combination, to really let you sit back and relax on your sailing adventure holidays in Greece. While being 'hands on' and taking the reins for yourself can be fun, many holidaymakers prefer to simply soak up the sun, scenery and idyllic atmosphere of the Ionian waters.

Finally, when embarking on your first sailing holiday you should think carefully about the clothing you need to take. Cool, loose-fitting and pale-coloured garments are ideal during the heat of the day, but new sailors often forget that out on the water, it can cool down quickly in the evenings. Ensure you pack some thicker layers to take off the evening chill, and don't forget some partywear - there's no better place to let your hair down than on your very own chartered yacht.