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 Pimpama
2019 Superfish Swim Schools WorongaryOctober saw us open Superfish Worongary at 55 Mudgeeraba Rd, Worongary Ideally located for: Mudgeeraba, Tallai, Merrimac, Highland Park, Nerang South, Robina, Carrara, Clear Island Waters, Reedy Creek, Varsity, Varsity Lakes, Gilston
2019 A Learn to Swim Instructor Team of over 80, spanning 4 facilities
OLY, BBus (Mkt)
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.
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.
Our Outstanding Team
What I love most about the swimming industry, is the development of children and the teaching of a life saving skill to toddlers.
Superfish Swim Schools
Superfish Pacific Pines
He has been involved with all aspects of Superfish Swim Schools, and loves to see the progress of children’s learn to swim journey and development of life saving skills.
I am very proud to be apart of the superfish community. Being able to watch a child’s learn to swim journey is very special.
Pool Deck Supervisor
Superfish Pacific Pines
Knowing I am making a difference in the lives of children, to make them water safe, is very rewarding.
Superfish Pacific Pines
Helping swimmers to achieve their goals of becoming the best swimmers they can be, and seeing the joy and satisfaction they get from it is what drives me.
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.
Mentor Teacher & Customer Service
Kerryn’s passion for working with children began with a career as a Nanny on the Gold Coast whilst studying Childcare, she gained experience in the UK as a childcare Group Leader for many years, working her way up to Centre Director before a career change into the Learn to Swim industry.
“SUPERFISH ignited a passion for Learn to Swim, drowning prevention and advanced stroke correction techniques. I’m overwhelmed by the appreciation families have for their child’s swimming progression, there is nothing more satisfying than watching children move up through our program from Dippas, Nippas, Flippas to Squads. 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.
“Teaching offers an experience that I haven’t felt in any other job. Knowing that you’re making a positive difference in a child’s life and giving them a life skill is so fulfilling. I moved over to Superfish in 2017 and love it.”
My favourite thing about teaching at Superfish is seeing kids progress through the program and love swimming the same way I did.
I am very proud to be apart of the Superfish team working with industry leaders.
Assistant Manager & Customer Service
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.
Mentor Teacher & Customer Service
“Backstroke where I was most competitive. I continued to compete at a high level and continued after I had my 2 daughters as a Masters Swimmer.”
Gina started working at Superfish Swim Schools nearly a decade ago and teaches babies right through to squad levels.
It's not very often you find a job you absolutely love and I get to fulfil both my passions! Teaching drowning prevention, educating parents and carers of the importance of learning to swim as well as the development of our squad levels, as Sunnybank's Squad Coach.
“I blessed to work in an industry in which you never stop being a learner yourself – mentoring younger teachers or working alongside past Olympians are all growth opportunities if you care to seize the opportunities.”
It brings me so much satisfaction to build relationships and to bring out the best in each and every person I come in contact with. Celebrating each small win keeps me energized! I have a special interest in working with those who have experienced water related trauma.
Knowing that a child trusts you while they are learning new skills is an amazing feeling for me.
Jetts Pacific Pines
Over the last 8 years, Deb has been in the managerial role that gives her the opportunity to be present in all areas of member requirements. Deb is bubbly, positive and full of helpful training tips.
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!
I am passionate about living a healthy and active lifestyle, while educating and motivating others to do the same.
I am passionate about the health and fitness industry and inspire to help members reach their full potential by providing support, knowledge and education. What I love about Jetts Pimpama is the interaction I have with each and every member. They all bring something different to the club and make my job more enjoyable.