Summer Academy

High performance water polo in Barcelona

"A high performance summer water polo program in Barcelona, Spain, designed for athletes wishing to take their game to the next level"

The Summer Academy is a high performance water polo program that follows the same methodology and training method than the annual program at the BIWPA Academy.  

The sports program is led by 2x Olympic coach Quim Colet and challenges athletes with two sessions in the pool and one gym/conditioning session every day. The program focuses on individual skills, technique/tactics and also includes real game situations and scrimmages with local club teams. 

A breathtaking venue

Montjuic Olympic Pools

2021 Summer Academy

All you need to know

Who and where?

Open to athletes (both genders) born in 2007 and older.

It takes place in Barcelona, Spain, at the Montjuic Olympic swimming pools.


  • Session 1: From May 31st to July 2nd.
  • Session 2: From August 16th to September 5th.

What's included?

  • Sports program.
  • Lodging and meals (by Col·legi Major Sant Jordi).
  • Private transportation (van). 
  • Tourist visits in Barcelona.

Two sessions

What's the best option for you?

Session 1 

May 31 to July 2, 2021

Athletes coming for session 1 will join the group of student-athletes of the Spring semester at the Academy. Come for a couple of weeks or the whole month and live a true Academy experience in Barcelona!

Session 2

August 16 to September 5, 2021

Session 2 includes two weeks of high performance water polo with trainings and scrimmages and the participation in the 5th Barcelona International Water Polo Cup tournament from September 2 - 5. 


Olympic outdoor pool

All training sessions will take place at the Montjuic Olympic pool, with two swimming pools and one of the most stunning panoramic views of Barcelona.

BIWPA methodology

A training methodology for high-performance water polo, executed by most of the Spanish water polo players with international projection.

All included

Transportation, lodging and full board. Athletes only have to focus on water polo. A private van will take them around. 

The best coaching staff

Led by 2x Olympic coach Quim Colet, our Academy coaches have experience, skill and a high-level background.

Scrimmages with local clubs

Together with the individual technical and tactical work, athletes compete in weekly scrimmages with local club teams.


This summer program is the best trial of what is like to register for our high performance annual training program.


Col·legi Major Sant Jordi

Athletes stay in a university residence located in a privileged and safe neighborhood in the center of Barcelona. There's a park and a big shopping mall (L'illa) nearby.

Double rooms with bathroom

All rooms have their private bathroom, wired/Wi-Fi Internet, fridge and air conditioning, with a small balcony.

Full board and more

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included with a wide homemade gastronomic offer. Other facilities: Sports center, gym, study rooms, bar and auditorium.

Summer Academy, summer camp or both?

While our summer camps offer the best balance between fun and water polo fundamentals, the Summer Academy follows a demanding and immersive training program designed to get the most out of every athlete. At the Summer Academy you can get a taste of our high performance annual water polo program.

Athletes from session 1 can stay for a summer camp starting July 5.

COVID-19 Notice

Water polo will bring us back together!

At BIWPA we are taking very seriously the COVID-19 pandemic and we will take all necessary safety measures to preserve the health and well-being of all athletes and staff members.

Even though we expect that by June all travel restrictions will be lifted between Spain and the US, a full refund will be guaranteed in the following cases:

  • Cancelation of the Summer Academy due to COVID-19. 
  • Inability to travel to Barcelona due to flying regulations.
  • A positive COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to the arrival. 

A typical day

International athletes

  • Breakfast
  • 8:45 - 10:30 am Pool time - Morning practice
  • Snack time
  • 10:45 am - 12 pm Strength and conditioning session
  • Lunch and rest
  • 6.30 - 8.30 pm Pool time - Evening practice
  • Dinner

Additional services

Make the most of the experience

US college recruiting service

We offer all Summer Academy participants interested in studying college in the US our help and resources to stand out to college coaches.

This is a tailor-made additional service that includes a series of videos, consulting and direct contact with some of the most important university water polo head coaches. 

Spanish language courses 

Spanish language courses are available to our Summer Academy athletes thanks to our partnership with the Universidad de Salamanca Language School (ELE USAL).

ELE USAL offers a linguistic and cultural program between the morning and evening training sessions with qualified professors.

Last year's Summer Academy (2020)


Any questions?

We're here to help

Are you coming?


Limited spots available!