No matter our age, ability, postcode or coffee preference, it seems we Aussies share one pretty strong bond – the water!
Whether it’s a pool, bath, ocean or creek, whether it’s to have fun, develop skills, aide relaxation, rehabilitation or even catch up on some gossip by the water bubbler, it certainly seems the good old H20 has a knack for bringing us Aussies together. And it’s this very tone that’s spotlighting Rackley Swimming, their aquatic sites and their passionate plight to position swimming as more than just lessons.
From learn to swim, squad, lap swimming, junior elite, elite swimming, aqua aerobics, swim fit, adult swimming, even birthday and special event pool parties, Rackley Swimming ticks all the aquatic boxes, says Rackley Swimming CEO Reece Rackley.
“It’s not uncommon for us to watch first-time families visit us for an initial free Come and Try, Baby Splash or Swim Safety Check session, but stay for a longer swim, a play, a coffee, a gym session or just to relax,” Reece says. “Our centres are all different and there’s a growing number of sites for people to choose from between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.”
With 20 swim schools and close to 20 years’ industry experience, Reece says his family-operated swim business is focused on meeting the growing needs and requirements of Rackley’s diverse swim families.
“We are so fortunate to boast some of the most qualified swim teachers, talented elite coaches, swimmers and triathletes, as well as offer purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities to accommodate the youngest to the most mature swimmer,” Reece added.
Pool parties are becoming a booming booking for Rackleys and it’s not hard to see why. With sites including large over-water inflatables, splash zones, water slides and jumping castles, parents are flocking for fun without the fuss.
“My daughters have been taking swimming lessons at Rackley’s for years and then we were invited to a Rackley’s pool party. WOW, what a great party venue! Everyone went home a little tired and with a huge smile on their face,” party-goer-parent Lara Andrews says.
“No setup, no cleanup!! Everyone was happy and had an absolute blast,” added fellow party-mum, Kate Cecil.
However, there is a serious side to the world of swimming – Australia’s national drowning toll. Devastatingly, drowning is the number one cause of accidental deaths for children under five years and despite a proactive society, Rackley Swimming suggests we all need to get on board with the Australian Swim Schools Association’s (ASSA) mantra and work harder Towards a No Drown Town.
“While accidents happen, adult supervision, and swim lesson consistency across all seasons is key,” Reece says. “We see it as part of our role, to help showcase swimming as more than just classes, but a fun, exciting, and adventurous past time, that can offer incredible successes beyond the black line, or aide you in an array of holistic advances.
“We see our sites as community centres, a hub for families to enjoy, improve skills, improve abilities, and enjoy time together. At the end of the day, we’re after safer swimming families, because swim skills learned, are skills for life.”