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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 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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