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

2023 Summer Academy

All you need to know

Who and where?

Open to athletes (both genders) born between 2009 and 2003.

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


  • Session 1: From May 29th to June 30th.
  • Session 2: From August 21st to September 1st.

What's included?

  • Sports program
  • Lodging and full board
  • Private transportation

Two sessions

What's the best option for you?

Session 1 

May 29 to June 30, 2023

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 21 to September 1, 2023

Session 2 includes two weeks of high performance water polo with trainings and scrimmages.


Olympic outdoor pool

Most of the training sessions will take place at the Montjuic Olympic pools, 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

Private transportation, lodging and full board. Athletes only have to focus on water polo. 

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 it's like to experience our high performance annual training program.



Athletes stay in a newly-constructed bio-sustainable university residence that guarantees maximum comfort and the minimum impact on the environment, located in the trendy neighbourhood of Gracia (Barcelona).

Double rooms with bathroom

All rooms have their private bathroom, maximum speed Wi-Fi Internet, heat and air conditioning, and weekly room cleaning with replacement of fresh towels and sheets.

What's included?

  • Full board: Elaborated buffet with fresh, seasonal and healthy products.
  • Use of all common rooms and outdoor gym.

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.

Learn more about our summer camps >>

A typical day

Tentative schedule

  • Breakfast
  • 8:45 - 10:30 am Pool time - Morning practice
  • Break 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

Watlicam private sessions
Weekend excursions
Spanish courses

Last year's Summer Academy

Information and pricing

About the admission process

Please note that all athletes applying for the Summer Academy have to attach a link with video highlights including (at least) the following aspects:

Basic techniques

  • Freestyle, head up-top speed 25m (driving the ball)
  • Vertical shot blocking position
  • Vertical shooting position w ball-add faking
  • Reverse skulling w/ hip displacement (back pedal)
  • Passing while facing goal, from position 2 and 4

Game situations

  • Offense shooting/passing
  • Exclusion drawn
  • Counter attack goal or assist
  • Specific defense (press/zone, set defense)
  • 6 on 5 goals/assists (specific positions)
  • 5 on 6 defensive displacements

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