Beach School

Karl Fice-Thomson is a well-known local character who has been involved in youth development for the best part of a decade.

He actually started work as a Plymouth trawler man but moved to the North Cornish coast in search of surf and adventure. He worked for Rick Stein in Padstow for a few years, before taking a part-time job at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay, working his way up from talk’s supervisor to become an aquarist and finally appointed education officer.

Karl noticed that his enthusiasm for his subject rubbed off on the kids and he started to carve his career path as a teacher. Although he had no formal qualifications he was taken on by Happy Days nurseries as a pre-school teacher. During his time at Happy Days, Karl was instrumental in setting up and running the Pirates Club, which is an educational holiday club for children.

His enthusiasm for youth education and development, earned him the title of Nursery Personality of the Year in 2003, following a nomination from local parents.


This experience then progressed his career to becoming the education officer at the The Adventure Centre. During his time there Karl helped to devise the Junior Baywatch Beach Safety Scheme, which led to his involvement as an RNLI education officer and becoming a lecturer at Cornwall College teaching post 16 students on the Life Programme and Paedeatric First Aid courses.

Karl then went on to lecture at Truro college on the Medics Course and the Surf Science Degree course on Tolcarne Beach.


During this time Karl Created Fistral Rangers and out of this The Beach School was Born.