Today, Alexey and his brother, Eugene, are co-head coaches at Tube Swim Club in Almaty, the largest city in what’s now the Republic of Kazakhstan (and a serious contender for the 2022 Olympics). Together, they’ve trained more than 100 athletes, ages 4 to 14, both in a 50m pool and in Tube’s own Elite Endless Pool®.
“My athletes love the Endless Pool workouts,” Alexey told us. With its adjustable current, underwater mirrors, and the video analysis options afforded by in-place swimming, the Endless Pool “greatly improves the swimming technique and athletic skills” of Alexey’s students.
In addition to teaching their youngest club members to swim, Tube also works with older teens on competitive strokes and strategies. “This year, we participated in the Thanyapura Invitational Swim Meet and the Dubai International Aquatics Championships. Pupils of our club collected 15 awards” in total, he proudly reports. Alexey cites Ilya Valyaev, Yana Yerokhina, and his 16-year-old brother, Ivan, as among their most promising.
As an added benefit for young Kazakh swimmers, Tube sponsors a sports scholarship program. Swimming offers the best of them “a great opportunity to get an excellent education in the U.S. We are working on an athletic scholarship in the United States with Sergey Fesenko, son of the legendary Olympic champion Sergey Leonidovich Fesenko. We help talented young swimmers find the right university. … We sent more than 20 athletes to study in the United States.”
"My athletes love the Endless Pool workouts," gushes Alexey Pilipaka, co-head coach at Tube Swim Club in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In addition to competitive training, Tube works to secure athletic scholarships, placing the best students in the best NCAA programs. "We sent more than 20 athletes to study in the United States," he reports proudly.