Under 18

Water polo and high school studies

"Combine high performance water polo with high school studies in one of the water polo capitals of the world"

We're the first high-performance Academy for water polo in the world. Our full time and immersive training program follows a unique methodology focused on the individual skills, tactics and decision-making. Athletes also have access to the best education at ES American School.

The program is available to all high school student-athletes (grades 9 to 12) who are serious about playing in college and wishing to improve their skills for a semester or an entire academic year.

Our programs

Seize the opportunity!

Annual program

Spend a complete academic year in Barcelona, from late August to June. An immersive and full-time experience that will offer you a whole new perspective.

Semester program

Fall or winter? Depending on your high school season, join us for a semester and start a new adventure in Spain. Are you ready for the challenge?

Other programs

  • Short program or week trial.   
  • Winter, spring and summer. 

Like home

The residence


The Sánchez-Casal residence is located right next to the school. Athletes stay at the residence in a full board accommodation with a positive sports environment. Each room is equipped with a study area, AC and Wi-Fi. 

The school

ES American School

We believe that education and training are essential for the athlete's growth; that's why we offer our student-athletes a chance to continue their studies at ES American School with an American accredited educational program. 


Private van

We offer a private transfer service for our athletes from the residence to morning practice, school, evening practice and back to the residence. On weekends athletes are taken to their weekly competition. 

A typical day

  • 7:45 am Morning practice
  • 9:45 am Dryland training (3 days a week)
  • 11:20 am School
  • 1 pm Lunch
  • 2 pm School
  • 7:30 pm Evening practice with club team (3 days a week)
  • 9/10 pm Dinner 


Ethan Yoakum

Oregon, USA

"I came to BIWPA because I wanted to surround myself by a higher level of water polo, experience the culture and learn Spanish. Morning practices with the BIWPA coaches have been great, and in the evening practices with my club team is where I got more the Spanish type of play. The city of Barcelona is also super cool, it's got a ton of culture and it's always sunny." 

Liam Galea

Malta, Europe

"It was great, as I gained international experience outside my country. I think the Watlicam was very helpful to improve the specific movements and the masterclasses with professional players were amazing. Besides, my club team (Sant Feliu) was one of the best in the league, we qualified for Top 6."

Alison Doherty 

California, USA

"My 4 years at the Academy have been very memorable. I would not be where I am today without the staff and the people I've met along the way; it's a once in a life time opportunity and you learn so much about yourself, about the game, about other people and about a new culture. All in all I think Barcelona has it all." 

Mark Laurlund

California, USA

"I had the chance to compete with the best 16U team in Spain, Club Natació Barcelona, and winning both the Catalan and Spanish Championships. I had the best experience of my life: I played water polo, I traveled around Barcelona, and had a great time with my friends and club team. I also became more independent and water polo wise, more aggressive and better at shooting."

Mark is playing D1 water polo at UCLA. Congrats!