At Rynelle Mills Active Academy (RMAA) we are focused on building confident families through health and wellness.
Our Active Academy is made up of Splash Buddies Swim School, teaching swimming skills to children of all ages, Active Buddies, teaching children to embrace and enjoy physical activity, and Pilates with Rynelle, taking pilates classes for people of all ages and skill levels.
All our programs are designed with our core values front of mind; creating happy, healthy, and confident families. This is our first priority in everything we do, with every student or client. We believe that when you are happy, healthy, and confident, you will push yourself to develop new skills, you will allow your body and mind to go further, and you will learn to enjoy working with your body in activity and movement.
Community is a huge part of who we are and what we do at RMAA. Being based in the Macedon Ranges, we are so lucky to be surrounded by a kind and caring, small-town community spirit. It’s important to us that our members, our families, our students, and anyone else that we work with feel part of our community, our RMAA family.
"RMAA is built on a simple belief; “we can”.
Our mission is to educate and encourage everyone to take control of their mindset, and make sure that “I can” comes before “I can’t” every time."
- RYNELLE MILLS
In 2010, after two hip arthroscopes, the phrase “you can’t” was about the only thing I felt I heard for months. “You can’t do this”, “you can’t do that”, “you will never be able to do this”. I still remember that part-ambitious, part-rebelious feeling of “don’t tell me what I can’t do”. It took me the better part of seven years to find a purposeful use for that feeling; by starting my own business.
I started swim teaching in 2008, and I immediately fell in love with it. I loved helping all my students to learn new skills; I loved the fun and excitement of introducing a six month old to the water, and I loved the relationship-building that came with teaching a ninety-year old to swim for the first time. My mentor at the time told me, “a swim teacher is so much more than you think, we are role models to each of these children and in some cases, we could be the only one”. That has stuck with me and has played a big part in the way that I have developed RMAA.
In 2011, pilates was my last option to get movement back in my body and, in hindsight, it was the best thing I could have done. Not only did it heal my body but I found a new opportunity to teach and another activity that I was so passionate about. I feel truly honoured to be able to teach pilates and to empower adults to use their body to build strength and confidence.
I have a love for business and a love of the Gisborne and Macedon Ranges community, and I am so passionate about what we do at RMAA.
When I am not working on the business or taking a pilates or swimming class, you will find me with a cup of tea reading a book, renovating a house, or at the beach with my husband!