About Jill


I hope you enjoy reading this blog, it is written purely for entertainment value!  Its just a way of keeping a journal for myself as well as staying in touch with family and friends around the world.

I try to “live life to the full”, “think out of the box” and any other cliches for making the best of it that you can think of!

I started writing this blog in 2011 when I gave up my job in the UK as a midwife (“The Baby Catcher”!) and began circumnavigating Britain in a 45ft yacht and trained as a skipper prior to going to Australia to live for a year.

I then returned to the UK for 17 months but my feet became itchy once more and I moved  to Bali to take my scuba diving to a professional level (“Jilly Fish”) and trained as a Dive Master, then a Dive Instructor.

I then sailed from Malaysia, through Indonesia diving along the way eventually making it to Townsville, Queensland, in October 2014, a 4000+mile trip, on a 50ft Catamaran!

Following this I spent a wonderful year living in Australia, working on a casual basis as a baby catcher (midwife), and as “Jillyfish (dive Instructor) on the Great Barrier Reef as well as sailing as much as I can on a beautiful 44.7 Beneteau called Shazam.

My newest chapter finds me back in the UK, living on the South West Coast in gorgeous Devon!

Drop me a message, I would love to hear from you and what you think of my blog!

Mwah x


Cheers Everyone!


12 Responses to About Jill

  1. joseph benincasa says:

    hello jill,
    what a fantastic blog…full of fun and adventure which leaves me full of admiration & inspiration.

  2. Claire says:

    Ah yes, we did have a lot of fun times. My mum sends you her love. Do you remember the night my sister was born? Mum thinks that may have had some influence on your choice of career!! Claire 🙂 x

    • Jill Beckett says:

      Maybe I did, but I didnt realise it at the time, it took having my own children to realise how well and how poorly the role can be played. It became my “calling” I guess.

  3. Claire says:

    Hi Jill,
    Loving reading about your travels…I came across your blog quite by chance when you were sailing around the UK. Enjoying reading about your adventures 🙂

    • Jill Beckett says:

      Hello Claire!

      Sorry – where do I know you from?


      • Claire says:

        Hi Jill,

        We were friends for a time at school…many moons ago! Just read your sail to Darwin blog…hard going on the watches but some wonderful experiences…and 3 happy turtles 🙂


        • Jill Beckett says:

          Claire Hughes? Helloooooo! How lovely to hear from you. The last sail was great, the watches not too bad compared to many I’ve had in my lifetime- as a new mother or as an on all midwife! The turtle rescue was amazing, the poor creatures. Can’t help thinking how many others must be out there trapped by discarded material in the sea, glad we were at least able to save 3.
          I hope life is good for you.
          Jill x

          • Claire says:

            The very same!
            Couldn’t quite believe it when I found your blog and have been an avid reader since 🙂
            Coincidentally, I am a sailor too ( not as far afield as yourself), around British waters and the Med…was a live aboard for 10 years…but mainly kayaking these days…long story!
            Life is good, teaching, studying and being a nain!!! So pretty busy 🙂
            Take care, Cx

          • Jill Beckett says:

            Fantastic! I would love to hear more about your sailing and kayaking! Brilliant. So you are a nain now! Wow, my children haven’t given me that honour as yet (I have told them Im just not ready yet…….just not sufficiently grown up!)
            I remember you so well, we had a lot of fun together as teens! Please give my love to your mum!
            Jill x

  4. Helen says:

    Hi Jill
    You may remember me as Helen Melville community midwife in Tamworth Safeguarding midwife. Enjoyed your blog x I love Scuba diving as well that’s how I met my husband Paul.

    • Jill Beckett says:

      Well hello there Helen! How lovely to hear from you. Another midwife who loves scuba diving! How is life for you? How did you come by my blog?

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