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Rackley Squad Programs caters for all abilities and the focus is on developing each swimmer to reach their potential and love of the sport. Training sessions will provide swimmers with the skills and stamina needed to set their sights on competing at their chosen level be it Local, School, Masters or National level.

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OUR COACHES
At Rackley Helensvale Coach Jon Cook and Assistant Coach Fabio Dalessandro bring years of experience as coaches of swimmers at all levels to the pool deck. They are passionate about swimming as a way of life. We cater our programs to Swimmers at all levels and abilities with a focus on long term success, achievement, and enjoyment.

OUR FACILITIES 
The Helensvale Aquatic Centre has a 25-metre outdoor pool and indoor Learn to Swim Pool.

JOIN THE CLUB!
At Rackley Helensvale, we encourage Squad swimmers to join the swim club (Helensvale Swim Club) which enables swimmers to swim at our regular swim club nights during the summer season as well as competing at local, Queensland and National Swim meets. For more information on the Club 


Squads for all levels


Mini Squad
Fun & safety is the primary objective of Mini Squad swimming, coincidentally it is the reason we ‘learn to swim’ initially. Mini Squad is designed for children predominantly 6 years and older and is targeted at swimmers that have completed all the skills associated with learning to swim lessons.  Mini squad’s focus is 1-2 key concepts every session, while introducing swimmers to a squad environment.



Junior Squad
Building upon the fundamental swimming skills and developing your child's ability to learn how to train and help them develop a growth mindset and develop a love for the sport through having fun. Individual swimmers will be introduced to a variety of racing opportunities as they continue to master the four competitive strokes and gain greater proficiency in turns, starts and finishes. Recommended to attend minimum 2 sessions a week and attend club nights and local meets. Equipment required – Fins, pull buoy, kickboard and water bottle.


SwimFit Senior     
Designed for senior multi-sport athletes. It targets the specific endurance and speed requirements of the athlete’s primary sport and event.  Sessions are designed to help swimmers develop skills & conditioning specifically for competitive swimming. There is no minimum number of training sessions; however if swimmers wish to compete at a competitive school level or higher they are encouraged to complete a minimum of 3-4 sessions a week.
Bronze Squad
Designed for swimmers competing at a Brisbane and State Level. The Bronze Squad is the entry group into our performance-focused squads for swimmers aged 11 and over. In the Bronze squad we focus on encouraging the lifelong love and appreciation of swimming as we introduce the swimmers to more rigorous training, preparing them for competition at a state level. Squad sessions at Bronze Level maintain an emphasis on stroke technique while incorporating more aerobic endurance, racing skills and dry land sessions. It is aimed at continuing to develop swimmer’s conditioning for competition but also creating training habits and behaviours that give athletes the highest chance of long-term success. Recommended to attend minimum 4 sessions a week and must compete at coach selected competitions. Equipment required – Fins, pull buoy, kickboard, snorkel, paddles, band and water bottle. 
Silver Squad
Designed for swimmers competing at a National level. Swimmers are selected into the Silver Squad at the discretion of the coaches based on an athlete’s physical and mental preparedness as well as alignment with the culture of the squad. Silver swimmers have personal ambitions to reach the highest level in swimming. This squad trains at high intensity, with a focus on three main areas of improvement: swimming technique, strength, and endurance. Squad sessions at Silver Level maintain an emphasis on stroke technique while incorporating more aerobic endurance, racing skills and dry land sessions. It is aimed at continuing to develop swimmer’s conditioning for competition but also creating training habits and behaviours that give athletes the highest chance of long-term success. Equipment required – Fins, pull buoy, kickboard, snorkel, paddles, band and water bottle. 
Gold Squad
Gold Squad is our high performance squad. Swimmers are selected into the Gold Squad at the discretion of the Head Coach based on an athlete’s physical and mental preparedness as well as alignment with the culture of the squad.
SwimFit Plus
Our SwimFit+ sessions are designed to improve performance and technique. SwimFit+ sessions are tailored to the goals of the SwimFit+ members. Longer sessions, lower lane density and experienced Rackley Coaches will help you reach your swimming goal. This level is for those who are looking to improve their swimming technique and fitness. It is suitable for a wide variety of people, from beginners through to competitive swimmers training for Masters, Triathlon and/or Ocean swimming.


Our Coaches

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Jon Cook
Head Coach
Jon has been Head Coach at Helensvale since 2008 when the Club only had 22 members. Helensvale has grown to be one of the top Clubs on the Gold Coast. Jon was a former Australian & World Life Saving Champion and currently holds a Silver Coaching License. He continues to coach State and National Medal winners and has been selected to coach on multiple Queensland and Gold Coast Teams.
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Fabio Dalessandro
Junior Development Coach
Fabio holds a Advanced Coaching License, Certificate IV in Sport Coaching and has been working at Rackley Helensvale over the last 3 years. Fabio takes currently Junior, Bronze and Silver Squad and has taken swimmers to Regionals, QLD state and school championships, and Age Nationals. He has also been selected to coach on Swimming Gold Coast team at Patron Shield and Inter Regional Challenge 2019. Fabio has a passion for water sports, is a energetic and motivated swim coach, focused on stroke correction and technique as well as speed and endurance development. Fabio was a National Level swimmer for Brazil and also involved in ocean swims events as well as triathlon competitions. 
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