Novice cruiser here, from Shropshire, UK. I did a Day Skipper course at my local college a couple of years back just for fun, and ended up getting hooked.
Since then I've done Day Skipper practical (and kids did Comp Crew), and did a flotilla holiday in Greece last summer. 2 more med flotillas booked for this summer. Will then be looking to bareboat charter a bit further afield.
Mrs telfordmike is coming with us this summer - she's done a lot of dinghy sailing, but has never set foot on a yacht in her life