About us

About us

We welcome people from Dubai and broader communities to join our club to experience the joy of swimming. We are an experienced, fun, and focused team that provides world-class coaching to develop individuals to the best of their abilities. Our extensive range of swimming programs is suitable for all ages and knowledge. We believe every swimmer in Dubai should have access to swimming programs and resources that enhance their swimming skill.


Our mission


Our priority is to create a healthy and safe environment.
We are committed to engaging, motivating, and navigating swimmers to reach their full potential.
Our mission is to make a significant contribution to overall swimming quality, water safety, and health in Dubai, UAE.

Our vision


Our vision is to make high-quality swimming training accessible to everyone.

SWIMMING COACH

Marko Skakaljevic

marko@proactiveswimming.com

Marko Skakaljevic was born in Serbia in 1993. He started swimming at a very young age (4) and swimming became an integral part of his life. For the first couple of years, Marko was pushed to swim by his parents, but after a tough start, it started to grow on him. When he started competing at the age of 6 and won his first medal at the age of 7, that “like” turned into love. Marko went through every age group, learning every step of the process. Some years after, when he gained the chance to represent not only his club but his school, community, city, and region, it became an honor and responsibility.

As a high school student, aged 16, Marko had the privilege to assist teachers with the learn-to-swim program. This is when he first had the chance to see the pool from the other side. While teaching Marko gained the necessary knowledge and experience about how it all gets started in the swimming world and his eagerness for knowledge and development didn’t stop there. Very soon he got the chance to be an assistant coach in the club. This position had the most influence on his career as he learned not only about swim training, but also valuable lessons about dealing with people.

Finally, at the age of 21, Marko earned the title of the independent swimming coach, completely responsible for coaching and guiding young swimmers, dealing with assistants, schools, communities, officials, etc. After graduating from the University of Sports, he became a licensed coach and gained access to a large assortment of seminars and conferences. Becoming a member of ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association), his knowledge further expanded both through education and continuous work with swimmers.

Today, at the age of 27, he is living and working in Dubai, UAE as a squad coach. In the past 9 years Marko has had the chance to work with all levels and ages; both with professionals and amateurs; with people who are trying to qualify for their national team as competitors and people who swim for fitness or injury rehabilitation; with swimmers swimming 12 times per week and swimmers swimming twice per week; with children, teenagers and adults.

SWIMMING COACH

Dimitrije Didic

dimitrije@proactiveswimming.com

Dimitrije Didic was born on August 29, 1994, and started his swimming career at the age of 6. He spent his entire swimming career in the St. Nicholas swimming club in Serbia. During a long and successful journey, he won a good amount of medals (over 200) from international swimming competitions, and at national championships as well. The most significant results were in the disciplines of 800m and 1500m freestyle. During the period from 2011 to 2014, he was a member of the Serbian national swimming team for long-distance swimming, where he became a multiple champion of the region in the disciplines of 800m, 1500m freestyle, and 200m breaststroke as well.

After the completion of a competitive swimming career in 2014, starts working as a swimming teacher with children aged 4-6. In two years' time after successful work in teaching learn to swim groups, in 2016 he progressed to the age group coach of the swimmers aged 9-12. Continuing deliverance of good progress of swimmers led to him becoming the 13-14 age group coach by 2018. His swimmers won a large number of medals and became one of the strongest performers in Serbia in their age groups. These results promoted him to the position of head coach and coordinator marshall at the club that counts over 300 swimmers.

In July 2021, a member of the St. Nicholas swimming team made the greatest achievements in his coach's career, becoming the champion of Serbia in the open rankings in the 50m butterfly race with a time of 24.71 (LC). This resulted in the St. Nicholas swimming club being named the most successful club in the region.

Dimitrije had been the PR of the St. Nicolas swimming club since 2016, and starting in 2021 he became the online reporter, at the very popular specialized swimming website, founded by the ex-Olympian swimmer from Serbia.

After 7 years of working with different age groups and achievements in Serbian swimming, the movement to Dubai for a new career challenge was a logical step. In January 2022, he decided to continue and enrich his career at the ProActive Swimming Club, liking the vision of the club and the club’s founder and head coach Marko Skakaljevic. Believing that this is the biggest challenge in the professional career and with hopes that his work and knowledge will contribute vastly to the club achievements, Dimitrije holds the position of the Learn to swim head of development and squad assistant coach.

SWIMMING COACH

Anastasiya Osipenko

anastasiya@proactiveswimming.com

Anastasiya Osipenko was born in Uzbekistan in 1994. She started swimming at seven years old and was developing it for three years. During that time, she had a chance to participate in competitions and represent her sports school regionally. At the age of 10, Anastasiya joined the water polo team, where she started her professional sports career. Many years of hard training brought her to Uzbekistan's National Water Polo team and allowed her to participate in the Asian and World Championships. At the same time, her love to compete and get medals as an individual athlete forced her to take part in most of the races in every swim season.

At the age of 17, as a sports college student, Anastasiya had her first experience assisting teachers with the learn-to-swim groups. Watching children without any skills and sometimes with the fear of water, turn into little swimmers, inspired her. After some time, she opened her classes for infants (3 months old) and gave private recreational swimming classes for disabled children. "It was beautiful to see how proper exercises in a pleasant and safe environment make kids physically developed and healthier", she said. Her clear decision was to continue to study and become a qualified coach.

In 2016 she graduated from the Physical Education University of Uzbekistan with a Bachelor's degree in Coaching and Teaching Swimming. 4 years of combining study and work let her get a rich experience and valuable knowledge. Step by step, she reached the assistant coach position, then coach of young swimmers, multiple groups, and age groups.

Today Anastasiya is living and working in Dubai. She became a member of The Swimming Teachers; Association (STA) and the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). She got all the required certificates to give classes as a Swim Teacher, Coach of Squad Group, Coach of Masters and Open Water Swimmers, Personal Swimming Training.