Meet our staff

Coach Slava is proud to announce that he has added more coaches to his team and can now expand his services. Each coach closely follows the instruction system that Coach Slava has designed. We teach babies to older adults, and there is a program specifically created for the needs of each group. See our price page at Swim Classes prices.

Experienced competitive swimmers and exceptional college swimmers make up the Slava Swim Coach Team. Our desire is to help swimmers in Miami and across the world. Each coach is prepared to coach swimmers of all ages in local pools, or coach swimmers virtually. Every coach follows Coach Slava’s established system to train swimmers and identify their deficits.


Slava Fattakhov

Former Professional Swimmer / Professional Swimming Coach

Coach Slava Fattakhov has spent the majority of his swimming career coaching athletes and casual swimmers alike. He is now offering his services to all swimmers! Slava coaches all levels of swimmers, from those looking to improve their technique to those looking to dive into competitive swimming. His swimming lessons are available in all formats—whether it be in-person or online, and emphasize the importance of comfort.

While Slava mostly teaches within specific regions of the Miami Dade area, he can travel to any pool within his reach to ensure that new and old swimmers can practice in a familiar location.

Mariona Medina Espinalt

She is a former Spanish champion and also a former student-athlete from Wingate University DVII, North Carolina.

With more than 15 years of experience in the swimming world Beyond Swimming’s mission is to guide swimmers of all age groups to develop their skills and confidence in the water.
Mariona, the founder of Beyond Swimming has implemented the philosophy of her professional swimming career into a personalized program that blends structure with lots of fun.
She is a former Spanish champion who traveled across the world representing the Spanish swimming team in many international swimming championships.
She’s also a former student-athlete from Wingate University DVII, North Carolina.
At Beyond Swimming we understand the importance of enjoying the process of learning, we want to pass on everything that we’ve learned and practiced for so many years in a very fun and interactive program.
To us the most important aspect is to see our swimmers explore the water with a smile on their face.


Ksenia Vank

Professional Swimming Coach / Co-Founder of Miami Swimming Academy

Katerina Gakhokidze

Assistant Aquatic Director & Age Group Head Coach

Katya was born and raised in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She is the oldest of 5 kids in the Gakhokidze family. Katya started swimming at age of 4. In her swimming career, Katya was a former member of the Kazakh National Swimming Team. Katya became an international-level athlete with multiple honors and achievements. She brought to her team a dozen medals from Asian Swimming Championships, Indoor Asian Games, and European Grand Prix. Katya is a sprinter. Her best events were 50/ 100 Freestyle, 50/100 Backstroke, and 50/100 Butterfly. In the off-season, Katya was doing Open Water swimming. In May 2014 Katya graduated with a Sports Physiology/Coach bachelor's degree at Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi.


Ilya Gussakov

Professional Swimming Coach / Video Analyst

Valentina Artemeva

Professional Swimming Coach

Valentina a 4-times European Champion on 50 and 100 breastroke (twice in Rijeka, Croatia, 2008 and twice in Szczecin, Poland, 2011). As a member of the Russian National Swimming Team, at the FINA World Cup, She has won numerous medals and was crowned the FINA World Cup Swimmer of the Meet (2008). Valentina has also set the European Record on six separate occasions in the Women’s 50-meter and 100-meter Breaststroke. Won two bronze medals on 50 breaststroke at World Universiade (Shenzhen, China, 2011 and Kazan, Russia, 2013).
Since 2002 to 2007 Valentina was a member of the Russian National Finswimming Team.


Anton Lobanov

Professional Swimming Coach

My name is Anton Lobanov. I am a professional swimmer from Russia. I have been swimming from an early age and I consistently place among the top swimmers in my age group in Russia. Throughout my swimmer career, I have maintained a top five ranking in my country, top 100 in Europe, and have acquired numerous medals for national and international competitions. I have broken several records that I hold to this day, and won a Gold Medal in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

Elizabeth Ayako

Former Competitive Swimmer / water polo player.

Ilona Katliarenka

Professional synchronized swimmer

Former member of Olympic National team. Multiple times World finalist. "Master of sport of International class” rank.


Professional Swimming Coach

Eleonora is a highly accomplished swimmer with over 10 years of experience in the sport. She has been a multiple prize winner at the Ukrainian Championships, including being named the Ukrainian National Champion in the 100 and 200 backstroke events.

We would love to talk to you about the ways we can help you with your swimming.

Beginner or competitive swimmer, we believe we can help you get better.

Let us know what services you need. One of our coaches will get back to you and discuss how we can help your swimming.

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