ANDREW BAILDON'S SUPERFISH SWIM SCHOOLS

Swimmers Born and Bred!

Andrew Baildon’s SUPERFISH Swim Schools was founded by Andrew Baildon, Olympian and International Swimming Champion, with Karen Baildon (née Karen Wenden), a top state level swimmer and daughter of the legendary dual Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist, World Record Holder and Commonwealth Champion Michael Wenden.

Karen and Andrew began teaching Drowning Prevention and ‘Learn to Swim’ programs when Andrew retired from competitive swimming, after 10 years on Australian Swimming Teams. Together, their vast experience and wealth of knowledge gives them a rare insight into all aspects of swimming development and the expertise to develop training programs at the very forefront of the industry.

With a family of their own, their passion for their sport continues, striving to provide the very best aquatic facilities for children and adults, passing on their skills to save lives and inspire.

2016 was Superfish Swim Schools 20th year in providing ‘Learn to Swim’ expertise.

  • 1996Andrew Baildon Aquatic Centre Southport, Gold Coast

    With a 16 metre pool. Andrew, Karen and just two other teachers. Within months of opening we were teaching over 800 children each week.
  • 1998Andrew Baildon Aquatic Centre Gaven, Gold Coast

    Within the 1st year, we were teaching over 1000 local children each week. We also began our comprehensive School Swimming Programs.
  • 1998Aquatic Consultancy Services

    Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre
    Couran Cove Resort's Swimming Facilities
  • 2001 Andrew Baildon Aquatic Centre Nerang, Gold Coast

  • 2003Rebranded to Andrew Baildon's Superfish Swim Schools

    Aligning our brand image with our high standards.
  • 2003Andrew Baildon's Superfish Swim Schools Sunnybank, Brisbane

    With a team of over 40 swimming instructors, were conducting swimming lessons for over 3000 children each week and ran additional Schools Swimming Programs for 15 schools in South East Queensland.
  • 2006 South East Queensland Business Achievers Award

    for Sport and Recreation.
  • 2009 Andrew Baildon's Superfish Swim Schools Pacific Pines, Gold Coast

    Under development from 2007 to our opening in 2009, we designed, developed and constructed Andrew Baildon’s Superfish Swim Schools Pacific Pines on the Gold Coast, encompassing 2 indoor heated pools, a Jetts Fitness 24/7 hour gym, a café, meeting rooms and the head office (Superfish Leisure, now Baildon Group) – one of the largest swim schools in Queensland, conducting over 2000 swimming lessons each week.
  • 2009 Jetts Fitness 24/7 Pacific Pines

    Our first Jetts Fitness 24/7 was opened at our Pacific Pines complex, with the highest number of members in Australia.
  • 2009 Sponsorship of Superfish Swim Club

    The inaugural year as major sponsors and supporters of Superfish Swim Club, an independent club run by volunteers and parents of children attending our Senior Squad Program. In the club’s 1st year, we had 2 swimmers attend the Australian National Championships and a Gold Medalist at the Queensland State Championships.
  • 2014 Jetts Fitness 24/7 Coomera, Gold Coast

  • 2016 Baildon Group

    Superfish Leisure rebranded to Baildon Group, encompassing Andrew Baildon's Superfish Swim Schools, our Jett's Fitness centres and Goldfish Cafes.
  • 2016 Andrew Baildon's Superfish Swim Schools Benowa, Gold Coast

    The long-awaited opening of Superfish Swim Schools Benowa, right in the centre of the Gold Coast, with a stunningly appointed, heated indoor 25 meter pool. Planning commenced back in 2010 but due to the economic downturn the project was postponed. Now, with the Commonwealth Games fast approaching (and literally a five minute walk from Superfish Benowa to the adjacent main Commonwealth Games stadium), the timing is perfect and we are super excited!
  • 2018 Jetts Fitness 24/7 Pimpama

The Founders

Andrew Baildon

Managing Director

Olympian B.Comm (Bus)


After being rescued from the bottom of his family backyard pool, by his sister Kate, Andrew’s parents ensured that he went to swimming lessons every single day until he could swim – and Andrew just never stopped swimming, and went on to enjoy a long and illustrious career in the sport he grew to love.
After his near drowning experience, and having retired from competitive swimming, he became determined to contribute to the saving of children’s lives through the development and teaching of DrowningPrevention and Learn to Swim programs. His passion for swimming and a healthy lifestyle head him to develop leisure centres incorporating Jetts Fitness 24/7 and Goldfish Cafés.
Throughout the years that I have operated Superfish Swim Schools, I have had many parents thank me for the contribution I have made towards the saving of their child’s life, through near drowning incidents.
I am very proud of what Karen and I have achieved, along with our great team, and the dedicated mums and dads that consistently bring their children to, what I consider, to be the best 'Learn to Swim' programs anywhere in the country. I look forward to meeting you on the pool deck.

Andrew

  • represented and captained the Australian’ swim team;
  • was instrumental in the successful Commonwealth Games Bid in St Kits & Nevis, bringing the 2018 Commonwealth Games to the Gold Coast, Queensland;
  • is the Australian Commonwealth Games 2018 Team Attaché;
  • is the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Sport and Technical Committee member, the Chairman of the Athletes Advisory Board and the Queensland State Government’s Legacy Committee member for the 2018 Games;
  • was the featured guest speaker at the National Austswim Conference in 2009;
  • won the South East Queensland Business Achievers Award for Sport and Recreation, with Karen, in 2006;
  • ran with the 2006 Commonwealth Games batton in Melbourne;
  • was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in June 2000, for this service to sport;
  • was a Sydney 2000 Olympic Torchbearer with his father Gary Baildon, and lit the Cauldron for the Gold Coast;
  • was a Foundation Student at Bond University from 1989 to 1995, attaining a Batchelor in Communication (Marketing);
  • was Australian Team Captain in 1993 and 1994 (when Australia achieved one of its best pool performances at the Commonwealth Games in Canada) and the Australian Team Representative for nearly a decade;
  • was the youngest male selected to represent his country at an Olympics (Seoul 1988);
  • is a former freestyle and butterfly swimming champion, representing Australia in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona;
  • was a 4 time Gold Medalist in the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand where he became the first swimmer in the Commonwealth to break the 50 second barrier for the 100m freestyle, when he smashed his own Commonwealth record to win gold (49.80s), and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada;
  • was a medalist in 4 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships;
  • achieved No. 1 World Ranking in 1990, for 100m Butterfly (Short Course);
  • was the Australian Team Representative for over a decade, was the Australian record holder for the 50 and 100 metre freestyle from 1989 – 1995 and the Commonwealth record holder for most of that period.
  • ranked in the top 20 swimmers in the world for nearly a decade.
  • was the FOX Sport Swimming Commentator: 2000 Olympic Swimming Trials and the Channel 7 Expert Swimming Commentator: 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Karen Baildon

Director


Karen’s father is legendary dual Olympic swimming gold medallist, multi-world record holder and nine-time Commonwealth Champion, Michael Wenden. Her mother Narelle is a top level junior squad swimming coach and expert adult Learn to Swim teacher, so Karen literally grew up in swimming complexes, with Learn to Swim and swim coaching being their family business. Karen was a state swimming champion, competing at this level in swimming for many years.
Exciting plans for expansion are underway and Karen works closely with Andrew on new business development, with extraordinary attention to detail, to ensure that Superfish Swim Schools are truly world class facilities with industry leading programs and standards.
I have a particular passion for drowning prevention and infant swimming, and I continue to work closely with experts worldwide to ensure our swim schools provide premium, LIFE SAVING, Learn to Swim programs.
I am also proud of our high customer service standards and constantly strive to ensure that we excel in all that we do.
I look forward to seeing you at Superfish and your feedback is always welcome.

Karen

  • developed and opened Andrew Baildon Aquatic Centres in 1996, co-creating all of the swim programs with Andrew;
  • plays an integral role in the growth of the organisation, from investigating and researching potential opportunities, with incredible attention to detail, eye for design and experience with refurbishment and construction;
  • takes a very hands-on role in all aspects of the daily running of the Baildon Group of businesses;
  • is highly skilled and experienced in sales and marketing, promotions, events, human resources, team training and community support/PR;
  • is a highly regarded, program development specialist for all levels of swimming (babies to adults, learn-to-swim to stroke correction), from conception through to implementation, with her friendly, approachable personality, she expertly introduces each program in workshops with management, through line team, to directly teaching customers – leading by example;
  • has a clear mission for drowning prevention and swimming development: to work closely with industry bodies, leaders in swimming development and experts worldwide, drawing upon her vast scope of experience, to create premium ‘Learn to Swim’ programs THAT SAVE LIVES and teach children to swim the right way;
  • won the South East Queensland Business Achievers Award for Sport and Recreation, with Andrew, in 2006;
  • has had a life-long passion for swimming and was a top state level swimmer;
  • during an illustrious modelling career, that took Karen across the globe, she became the 1987 Queensland Model of The Year, Miss Universe Australia 1989 and Miss Universe 1989 – Cancún, Mexico: Miss Photogenic.

Our Outstanding Team

Susie

Administration Coordinator

Superfish Swim Schools


Susie’s first introduction to the Andrew Baildon’s Superfish Swim Schools was 18 years ago when her two children commenced started ‘Learn to Swim’ classes at Andrew’s first teaching facility on Ferry Road. Susie’s interest in the learn to swim industry developed and she started as a ‘Learn to Swim’ teacher in 1998. With 26 years of administration experience, in 2001 she was promoted to Nerang Centre Supervisor, then in 2003 she became Administration Co-ordinator at Superfish Swim Schools head office, now incorporating accounts administration for Andrew Baildon’s Superfish Leisure.
What I love most about the swimming industry, is the development of children and the teaching of a life saving skill to toddlers.

Sarah

Senior Manager

Superfish Swim Schools


From a very early age, growing up in England, Sarah had a passion for sport, including being a competitive swimmer for most of her childhood. She followed this passion with a degree in Sports Education and in 2009, became Aquatics Manager at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong, responsible for running the in-school and after school swimming lessons.
I arrived in Australia still with a strong passion for Sport and Swimming. I started working for Superfish Swim Schools in 2014 as the swim coach. In 2015, I accepted the very rewarding position of Centre Manager at Sunnybank. Being Manager combines my love of swimming as a sport, at all levels.

Kerryn

Senior Program Trainer

Training & Assessment: Superfish Swim Schools


Kerryn’s passion for working with children began with a career as a Nanny on the Gold Coast whilst studying Childcare, this led her to gain experience working in the UK, as a child care Group Leader for many years then working her way up to Centre Director before deciding on a career change and moving into the Learn to Swim industry.
“SUPERFISH ignited a passion for learn to swim, drowning prevention and advanced stroke correction techniques. I have been overwhelmed by the bonds and appreciation families have for their child’s swimming progression and journey there is nothing more satisfying then watching children over the past years progress through our program from learn to swim and drowning prevention methods right through to our advanced Squad program. The relationships I have formed with these families and children will be forever one of the biggest accomplishments in my career. There isn’t a day at work where I don’t receive a heartfelt thank you from a customer for teaching their child a potentially life saving skill.”
The relationships I have formed will be forever one of the biggest accomplishments in my career.

Bellina

Manager

Superfish Pacific Pines


“I knew that when I had my children that swimming lessons were VERY important and that my children needed to learn this life saving skill. Both my children started in the Superfish Dippa Program and I made swimming lessons a weekly priority, trying not to miss a lesson each week, as I knew this was important for their progression. Both are now confident swimmers and I believe it is all down to our amazing swimming program. I knew not all swimming centres were the same, but I am very glad that I choose Superfish Swim Schools for my children.”
Bellina worked in the retail industry for 12 years and then changed career paths and worked in Child Care for 6 years before having children. She started with Superfish Swim Schools in January 2012 and I hasn’t looked back, working her way up to her current position of Assistant Manager Pacific Pines. Her role includes helping our Superfish families to make their time with us rewarding.
Not all swimming centres were the same, but I am very glad that I choose Superfish Swim Schools.

Chris

Assistant Manager

Superfish Pacific Pines


Chris learnt to swim from a very young age and it very quickly became her preferred sport. “I competed competitively, even as an adult with Masters Swimming. I knew I had a passion for swimming, but didn’t realise just how much until my husband and I opened our own swim school in Canberra in the year 2000. Watching the children over the years progress from beginners all the way through to competitive squad swimmers was an amazing journey. Teaching swimming is the most rewarding profession I have ever been involved in and I have loved every minute.” When Chris moved to the Gold Coast in 2016, she knew that being involved in the swimming industry is where I needed to be.
I was very fortunate to be able to meet with Karen & Andrew and become a part of the amazing Superfish Swim School family. I am grateful for the opportunities they have given me and look forward to being an integral part of their team.

Narelle

Squad Coach

Superfish Pacific Pines


Narelle Wenden is Karen Baildon’s mother, and wife of dual Olympic swimming gold medallist, multi-world record holder and nine-time Commonwealth Champion, Michael Wenden. Narelle and Michael successfully managed their own swim school for three-and-half decades before Narelle joined the Superfish team.
I am excited about this chapter of my life, working at Superfish and enjoy seeing the successes of the children I coach. I also have a passion for the development of adult swimming. I hope I bring a wealth of swimming development knowledge to children and adults alike.

Nicola

Manager Goldfish Café

& Pool Deck Supervisor, Superfish Pacific Pines


Nicola brings 11 years of hospitality industry experience to her role and has a “Food Safety and Hygiene” Licence. She prides herself on providing the highest possible standards of customer service. Nicola is also a qualified swimming instructor and has taught programs for babies through to the Stroke Correction Program.
I love seeing the kid’s faces light up when they visit me in the café for a special treat after a great swimming lesson. The Mum’s and Dad’s love it when I am baking fresh Banana Bread and the smell wafts through the centre!

Belinda

Fitness Manager

Superfish Pacific Pines & Coomera


Belinda has completed her Fitness Australia Registered Bachelor in Sports Studies Certificate lll & IV in Fitness Group Exercise and Matwork Pilates with expertise in Weight Loss, Group Exercise, Pre/Post Natal, Children’s Fitness and Boxing. Belinda’s greatest accomplishments are competing at Country Level in the UK in Hockey, Athletics and Gymnastics, the gruelling completion of 5 Kokoda Challenges and the raising of 8 children. Belinda’s greatest achievements in the next 10 years will be to compete in another Ultra Marathon event and to stay sane whilst watching her children grow up.
Live every day like it is your last.

Camilla

Manager

Jetts Coomera


After relocating from Sweden to Australia, Camilla found herself searching for her life’s passion. Once she had completed her own weight loss journey, she found inspiration to also assist others with their fitness goals and ambitions. Camilla completed Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness, along with her boxing, active kids trainer and first aid qualifications. She then started on the path of personal training, also further involving herself in the everyday running of the gym.
My passion is to inspire others, to not only achieve their health and fitness goals, but also change their mindset towards a healthier, more productive life.

Becky

Manager

Jetts Pacific Pines


Becky has worked in the health and fitness industry since 2011 and has her Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness. Originally from the UK, she has worked as a Personal Trainer, led Bootcamps, worked with the Gold Coast Titans team and the Opals Pro Ladies Basketball team, is a certified Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist and has worked in Perth, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Becky loves helping people of all walks of life and ages with their health and fitness goals and this is fulfilled through her role as Jetts Pacific Pines Manager. She loves outdoor living and believes recovery through the relaxation of yoga, swimming and massage is equally important as training.
Working at Jetts Pacific Pines as the Club Manager allows me to assist people with their lifestyle and health goals and that is why I love my job.

Elizabeth

Manager

Superfish Benowa


“16 years ago I started taking my first child to Superfish Swim School when he was 6 months old. He loved his lessons and it gave me great happiness to see him attaining life skills whilst excelling from ‘learn to swim’ to ‘squad’. Three more children followed and they have all been through the Superfish Program with my youngest two still enrolled. If it wasn’t for Superfish, my eldest son would never have achieved ‘Age Champion’ at primary school along with my youngest son making it into ‘Districts’.”
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Business with her background being in retail and working with children. She is very excited to have made the career move into the swimming industry, and as a business, Superfish feels more like a supportive family. She loves working with kids, watching them grow and learn and gains great satisfaction seeing them excel through the program and watching their parents glow with excitement from their child’s progression.
As a business, Superfish feels more like a supportive family.

Anne Maree

Assistant Manager

Superfish Benowa


On leaving high school Anne Maree’s passion for working with children led her to manage long day care centres for over 10 years. “After having my own children I was drawn to Superfish for learn to swim lessons because of their commitment to, and expertise in, drowning prevention.” In 2015, Anne Maree joined the Superfish team as a swim instructor and as part of the administration team. Superfish combines my two greatest passions – swimming and seeing children grow and develop. Watching children master new skills that can save their lives is the biggest highlight for me. Meeting the children and their families brings me so much joy and forming positive relationships is so important in the early years.”
Knowing that a child trusts you while they are learning new skills is an amazing feeling for me.

Naomi

Manager

Superfish Sunnybank


From an early age Naomi had a passion for sport and spent every afternoon at swim training. This passion then leed into a career in the swimming industry, when having taken her younger siblings to their swimming lessons, she enjoyed watching so much that she eventually plucked up the courage to ask for a job and hasn’t looked back since. She now has 7 years industry experience including teaching, facility management, swim school management and now manager At Superfish.
I am very proud to be apart of the Superfish team working with industry leaders.

ASSOCIATIONS

ASSOCIATIONS

  • AUSTSWIM
  • Swim Australia
  • Royal Life Saving Australia
  • WABC
  • United States Swim School Assoc.
  • Swimming Australia
  • ASCTA