Baildon Group

Determination • Experience • Excellence


About Baildon Group

Baildon Group encompasses Andrew Baildon's Superfish Swim Schools and Gold Fish Cafés at Pacific Pines, Sunnybank and Benowa, and Jetts Fitness Pacific Pines, Coomera and Pimpama.

In 2016 we celebrated our 20th year of our award winning Andrew Baildon's Superfish Swim Schools with our outstanding 'Learn To Swim' Drowning Prevention programs. We currently boast a highly skilled team of over 45 swimming instructors, conducting swimming lessons for up to 2000-3000 children each week and providing Schools Swimming Programs for 8 schools in South East Queensland. This is set to grow exponentially with the imminent opening of the Benowa Swim School, a central location, drawing upon the Ashmore, Nerang, Carrara, Emerald Lakes, Benowa Waters, Sorrento and Bundall communities, with the convenience of the brand new Benowa Village shopping centre just a stones throw along Ross Street, and our incredible proximity to Metricon Stadium and the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Our two existing Jetts locations have over 2500 members and we will be opening Jetts Pimpama in 2018.

We provide consultancy services and competitive swimming event host/compare, commentary/presenter, master of ceremonies and guest speaker services.

As consultants, we have offered advisory services including the construction of The Runaway Bay Super Sports Centre as well as the Swimming Pool Complexes on Couran Cove, Gold Coast.

Superfish Swim Schools Benowa

Royal Pines Marina, Ross St
ENQUIRIES 07 5529 4343

Our Team

Andrew Baildon

Andrew Baildon | Managing Director

  • Andrew is proud to have 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 2018 Australian Commonwealth Games Team Attaché;
  • is a member of the Sport & Technical Committee for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games;
  • is Chairman of the Athletes Advisory Board for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games;
  • is a member of the Queensland State Government’s Legacy Committee 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 selected to be a Sydney 2000 Olympic Torchbearer with his father Gary Baildon AM. Andrew was invited to light the Cauldron for the Gold Coast;
  • was a Foundation Student at Bond University from 1989 to 1995, attaining a Batchelor in Communication (Marketing);
  • opened our first facility on the Gold Coast in 1996 in Southport, under the name of Andrew Baildon Aquatic Centre and opened our second Aquatic Centre in 1998 at Gaven. Within the first year, we were teaching over 1000 local children each week;
  • was the 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, who represented 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); and
  • 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.
  • was ranked in the top 20 swimmers in the world for nearly a decade.


  • FOX Sport Swimming Commentator: 2000 Olympic Swimming Trials.
  • Channel 7 Expert Swimming Commentator: 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Karen Baildon

Karen Baildon | Director

  • 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;
  • has had a life-long passion for swimming, literally being born into the swimming world with her father, Michael Wenden MBE, a dual Olympic swimming gold medallist, multi-world record holder and nine-time Commonwealth Champion, and her mother, Narelle, is a highly regarded junior and adult 'Learn to Swim' teacher and coach;
  • was a top national 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.

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  • 07 5529 4343
  • 1 Greenway Bld Maudsland QLD 4210
  • PO Box 196 Ashmore City QLD 4214