Our approach

To create a progressive swimming program with clearly defined levels and a structure which enables our swimmers to develop at their own pace. We aim to celebrate each and every milestone to support the swimmer build on both confidence and ability.

Our team


Michalle Slade

Managing Director with over 20 years of trajectory, Michelle gained her experience in the UK. She is an ASA Club coach, level 2 swimming teacher and Swim England tutor. Given her background and expertise in sports science, Michelle teaches and coaches all levels


Ray Gilburt


Alison Sherry

Alison is a level 2 qualified instructor and has been teaching swimming in Dubai for 9 years.   Her passion is the L2S programme and getting them ready to move up to the higher levels.

She is a mom if 2 and an avid CrossFit fan

A vastly experienced swimming teacher and coach. He is ASA level 2 qualified and has an official certificate in race timekeeping, judging and starter. Ray possesses a background in sports and physical education from the UK and still competes in crossfit and on the rugby field here in Dubai.

Our teachers and coaches come from a variety of backgrounds and are all qualified ASA from level 2 through to level 4. We have taken the well structured UK ASA swimming program, added more flexibility to allow for the earlier water introduction for children based in the Middle East. Our program accommodates swimmers of all abilities in an inclusive environment to reach their potential in the water!

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Martin J Mc Gann

Martin hails from Dublin, Ireland, and brings with him over 30 years of swim and Triathlon coaching experience.He has coached swimmers to the European Youth Olympics, European Juniors, Youth and Senior Commonwealth Games, World Juniors, World Championships. He has also coached a Triathlete to the Olympics.In 2017, he was named the Swim Ireland Pathway Performance Coach of the Year.

He joins Aquatix with a passion to coach our squad swimmers to greater heights.


Christian Mantea

Christian has more than 15 years of experience in aquatic teaching, training and coaching. Although very good with the little ones, being a father himself, his passion is in the competitive side. Qualified in his native France and then developed his knowledge further in the UK with ASA Level 1 & 2


Maan Sapida

Originally from The Philippines, Mann is a qualified ASA Level 2 swimming teacher. Following her qualification, she developed her ability to work with the children in her role as an assistant PE Teacher at Raffles World Academy, Dubai.


Jeron Canlas

Originally from the Philippines, Jeron is qualified ASA Level 2 teacher. With over 7 years teaching in the UAE, he is passionate about his work and we regularly positive feedback from parents and children about his lessons