Patriot Water Polo is rapidly growing, highly competitive, Tustin-Irvine based non-profit club that serves all of Orange County, California. Patriot was founded to develop water polo skills for athletes starting at age five through high school, in a competitive but fun environment. Instructed by a team of highly distinguished coaches – Patriots are role models that excel in school, in the water, and community!
Joining a swim team is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in swimming at a young age and can be a transformational experience for your kids, offering a multitude of benefits. Swimming clubs offer a tremendous team spirit, not just among the kids in the pool but also between the parents who all share a common interest of seeing their children and the club do well.
Swimming is an important life skill that children and adults should learn as early as possible. There are many benefits in learning how to swim and it is an extremely important safety skill. Swimming is a unique activity that has the longevity of being a great form of exercise for toddlers, seniors and everyone in between. Swim lessons are important because they help teach your child proper swimming techniques, but also because it encourages them to be independent in the water.
Our school of swimming program is designed to create water-safety for children who enjoy spending time in the pool. “Drowning consistently remains the leading cause of death for children 1-4 years of age, and among the top five leading causes for those under the age of 18 years, both in California and in Orange County.” In order to minimize the risk of drowning for children ages 3+, our school of swim program is here to help!
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Duje Grubisic’s water polo career began in Croatia, where he played professional water polo, starting at the age of sixteen, and had the immense opportunity of being coached by some of the best water polo coaches in the world.
Coach Tijmen Egtberts was born and raised in The Netherlands. He started playing competitive water polo at the age of 8. His talent got recognized at Santa Rosa Junior College where he played for two years and was added to the coaching staff for one year as well.
Coach Matt Calhoun is from Visalia, CA in the central valley where he played water polo and swam for Mt. Whitney High School. After graduating he attended the College of the Sequoias for an associate’s degree, where he also swam, before transferring to UC Davis. At Davis he studied Psychology and played for the men’s club water polo team.
Coach Jeff has been with Patriot Water Polo since 2019 as an assistant 10u coach. From 1991-1995 Jeff played water polo with Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills. In 1994 he was selected to play with the USA Junior National team and then went on to win two back-to-back California State Championships with Golden West College.
Commonly accepted BMI ranges are underweight: under 18.5 kg/cm2, normal weight: 18.5 to 25, overweight: 25 to 30, obese: over 30.
*Example: 165cm and 63kg – BMI is 23