Rackley Swimming has a long and proud history. It all began in 1951, when the family managed the Burleigh Beach Baths pool at Burleigh Heads. Back then, the pool was outdoors, directly above the rocks at Burleigh point, similar to the famous Sydney Icebergs pool.
Seeing the newly-renovated venue now, it’s hard to imagine what it would have been like in the 50s, but we’ve uncovered some photos. Presiding over the rocks in the open air, it looks truly incredible.
The Rackley family then took a break from swimming schools and the modern era of Rackley Swimming began in 1998. The family went back to where they started, Burleigh Beach Baths, and opened a single swim school.
Trevor the turtle, the friendly, passionate and recognisable mascot for Rackley Swimming also began in the 1950s. Trev the turtle has always been a strong advocate for teaching the importance of water safety to his Rackley swim family. He loves hanging out with his friends, talking water safety, and of course, being in the water.
Trev’s story began when his namesake Trevor Rackley, was a young swimmer at Burleigh Heads. Trevor’s father was the Head Coach there and he and his family were heavily involved in the local Burleigh community. Many years later in 1998, Trevor re-opened the Burleigh Heads swim school as Rackley Swimming.
A few years later, once Trevor had retired, his sons decided to name the Rackley Swimming mascot in his honour. Now, Trev the Turtle has a special place in the history and values of Rackley Swimming.