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

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.