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 CoastWith a 16 metre pool. Andrew, Karen and just two other teachers. Within months of opening we were teaching 'Learn to Swim' and Drowning Prevention classes to over 800 children each week.
1998Andrew Baildon Aquatic Centre Gaven, Gold CoastWithin the 1st year, we were teaching over 1000 local children each week. We also began our comprehensive School Swimming Programs.
1998Aquatic Consultancy ServicesRunaway 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 SchoolsAligning our brand image with our high standards.
2003Andrew Baildon's Superfish Swim Schools Sunnybank, BrisbaneWith 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 Awardfor Sport and Recreation.
2009 Andrew Baildon's Superfish Swim Schools Pacific Pines, Gold CoastUnder 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 PinesOur 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 ClubThe 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 GroupSuperfish 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 CoastThe 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!
2017 ASCTA and Swim Australia 2017 National Award Winner
2018 Jetts Fitness 24/7 PimpamaOpening October!
OLY, BBus (Mkt)
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.<br /> 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.
Karen is the General Manager of Superfish Swim Schools with expertise in program creation, team training, marketing and new business development. With extraordinary attention to detail, Karen works with Andrew to ensure that all Baildon Group® facilities are world class 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.<br /> I am also proud of our high customer service standards and constantly strive to ensure that we excel in all that we do.<br /> I look forward to seeing you at Superfish and your feedback is always welcome.
Our Outstanding Team
Superfish Swim Schools
What I love most about the swimming industry, is the development of children and the teaching of a life saving skill to toddlers.
Centre Manager & Head Trainer/Assessor
Superfish Pacific Pines
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.
Superfish Pacific Pines
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.
Superfish Pacific Pines
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.
Jetts Pacific Pines
I believe that health and fitness is a way of life and not a temporary state. What I love about Jetts Pacific Pines is the awesome members.... this club has such a great vibe, its full of fun, friendly people working out. Working for an exceptional company puts a real spring in my step,I love my job!
Manager Goldfish Café
& Pool Deck Supervisor, Superfish Pacific Pines
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!
I was searching for a swim school that valued water safety and drowning prevention above all else. I’ve found myself at home at Superfish with an admiration for the programme, training and expertise.
I am very proud to be apart of the Superfish team working with industry leaders.
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.
Knowing that a child trusts you while they are learning new skills is an amazing feeling for me.
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.
Head Coach/Senior Manager
Superfish Swim Schools
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.