About Us

Learn how to swim, with State Swim

It’s one of the most memorable jingles in Australian radio history. You may know State Swim from the jingle, or for nurturing technically stronger, safer swimmers.

For over 50 years, we have delivered only the highest quality aquatic education programs, using a unique combination of progressive and intuitive teaching approaches, to help generations discover a (lifetime) love for swimming and safety in and around the water.

State Swim teaches over 30,000 families each week across 19 Schools in Australia and Singapore; find your nearest Class over at Swimming Programs or read on about history.

The State Swim Story

In 1976 Founder and former Australian National Swimming Coach, David Urry pioneered an inclusive, high-quality education model where water safety and technical skill is an achievable learning outcome – for everybody.

His philosophy was unique, bold and exciting for Australian families: This is your State Swim.
Water is part of the Australian-way and we believe it is your right to enjoy it. State Swim produces technically strong swimmers who are safe in, on and around water.

Our approach uses a system of “attained skill revision” – that is systematic skill development in combination with intuitive progression to keep swimmers challenged, motivated and excited about learning. You can see it in the pool today; David’s approach guides your learning experience and ensures you enjoy only the highest-quality outcomes in skill and competency.

50 years of families and generations of service: Australian families have entrusted us with an exceptional contract of care and it is something we take very seriously. We are excited for you to join the State Swim family and discover a lifetime of love for swimming.


State Swim Founder David Urry is appointed as Australia’s Men’s Swimming Coach for the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand.


David purchases Clovercrest Swimming School in Adelaide, South Australia where the State Swim philosophy, start-up structure and Programs are developed.


Clovercrest grows into one of Australia’s busiest Swimming Schools – the education Programs are highly regarded in the aquatic education industry.


The “State Swim” brand was born and expanded to multiple centres in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne. In the 1990s, tens of thousands of children have learned to swim with State Swim.


A continuing expansion phase with new centres in Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne.


In 2018, State Swim opens its first international swim school in Singapore and continues to develop new Schools in Australia. The team continues to invest in continuous improvement of its Programs by implementing state of the art technology and team development.

Today and The Future

State Swim still leads aquatic education in Australia and Singapore. Our goal is to work hard to deliver current and high value learning experiences for our swimmers for another 50 years! Are you ready to make a splash? Book a Class online in under 5 minutes, or contact us directly to talk through your options.

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The State Swim Difference

An Australian Legacy

Over 50 years State Swim has developed and refined a powerful approach to aquatic skill development. Our style is unique because it supports technical skill and safety for superior learning outcomes and for all ages. Becoming a “Stronger, safer” swimmer is something we achieve together.

Teaching Exellence

Our Teacher-Team includes some of the most experienced aquatic educators in the industry. State Swim Teachers have comprehensive knowledge of aquatic education programs and how to make them work for the swimmer in front of them. All are equipped with an accredited Water Safety Qualification, a Working with Children Check (WWCC) and CPR certification as standard. Many of our Team also hold complementary qualifications or specialties drawn from other backgrounds that make them truly dynamic educators.

Life-Friendly Booking

Forget term-based or week-to-week; we swim all year ‘round! So, all you have to do is book and start. The State Swim online booking system allows you to find and book the most convenient class for your swimmer (and family), view your schedule, track your swimmer’s progress and manage payment. All in one place! Life gets messy, so you can change your swim spot at any time. Unable to make your class? We make it easy for you to “just keep swimming” with Make-Up Vouchers.

Comfort and Convenience

We invest in quality, because you invest in us! State Swim facilities are either purpose-built or strategically customised to ensure the best possible learning experience under our care. Our pool water is of the highest quality and presentation; and many Schools are equipped with Ultra-Violet Light purification systems for fresher, cleaner water without the heavy smell of chlorine (great for asthmatics or swimmers with skin sensitivities.) The water is heated to 32 degrees Celsius for comfort – all year ‘round and sites include change room and shower amenities, as well as a Shop for bathers, goggles and other accessories. We also have plenty of on-site parking and many of our facilities have a viewing room, so you can observe your swimmer’s progress outside of the splash zone.

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