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We are a competitive water polo and swimming club - with our players and swimmers competing at all levels.


Patriot Aquatics is committed to creating a highly competitive athletic environment in an atmosphere instilled with high ethical values.

Through world-class coaching, Patriot Aquatics strives to build self-esteem, character, teamwork, and a strong work ethic, and we encourage our student-athletes to apply these values to all aspects of their lives.


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The Club provides it's members with the tools and opportunities to become great players, people, and leaders.
  • We have world-class coaches who have excelled in their sports, and have widespread college connections
  • We train in a state-of-the-art Olympic-size pool
  • We have modern equipment plus extra training aids to help advance your skills
  • We participate in monthly tournaments to improve your live game skills
  • You will have excellent preparation to play and swim on your high school team
  • You will develop friends for life – the Patriot family!
  • You will learn and grow in a healthy, competitive, team environment
  • You will learn commitment, discipline, and giving a 100% effort
  • Our double-goal coaching philosophy ensures that you will also learn valuable life lessons along with winning
  • You will be able to serve our community through our outreach program


Patriot Aquatics models PCA's goals:
  1. The Double-Goal Coach, whose first goal is winning, and whose second, more important goal is teaching life lessons through sports.
  2. The Second-Goal Parent, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing.
  3. The Triple-Impact Competitor, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates, and the games as a whole.

Coach Tijmen Egtberts was recently selected to be a 2021 Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach Award recipient. He was in a class of 100 coaches across all sports and was the only water polo coach to be given the award.

Coach Duje Grubisic was recently selected to be a 2020 Coach of Character Award recipient by the Orange County Athletic Director Association.


Patriot Aquatics coaches are committed to excellence.


Coach Sebastian was born and raised in Colombia, South America. Sebastian’s love for swimming began at a very young age when his mother taught him to swim. Sebastian began teaching learn to swim classes at 14 years old in Colombia. When he was 10 years old Sebastian earned a place on the State team in three different sports; european hand ball, volleyball, and water polo. When Sebastian was offered a spot on the Colombian National Team for water polo, he decided then to focus solely on aquatics. At age 15 Sebastian had the opportunity to represent Colombia’s master team, and was able to travel to countries such as Mexico and Brazil. He also swam for his high school, specializing in butterfly and freestyle events. He graduated from Salazar Y Herrera High School in 2003. Furthering his water polo career, at 17 Sebastian took the opportunity to play for Botafogo in Brazil for three months on their honor division.

At 19 years old Sebastian moved to the US and enrolled in American River College in Sacramento, CA. Here, he learned English and he continued studying the science behind swimming and attended the State Championships in 2007 and 2008. Sebastian transferred schools and moved to Irvine, CA. He was awarded a dual sports scholarship for water polo and swimming. He was named captain of the water polo team. In 2011 Sebastian competed in the Nationals and was part of the 200 freestyle relay that won 7th place. In 2012 Sebastian graduated from Vanguard University with a degree in business and administration with an emphasis in marketing.

Coach Sebastian has been a friendly, familiar face around Irvine pool for 10 years, His goal is to provide his groups with similar opportunities he was able to experience during the 20 plus years of his career.



10U Mixed and High School Water Polo

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. Tijmen continued his education at Concordia University where he played water polo for one year and was Senior Captain of the swim team his final year. He graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in sports management and currently attends Concordia where he is working on a Masters of Science degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration with a focus on aquatics. As a coach, Tijmen has 8 years of experience and in 2017 he coached a 10U team that won the gold division at NJO’s.



Red Group Head Coach

Coach Nacinda was born and raised in The Netherlands. She comes from a family of athletes: her mom played basketball on the national team and her dad was a cyclist, runner, and a soccer player. She has been swimming competitively since she was 5 years old and made it to Dutch Nationals several times. Her family was part of creating their own club back in 2009 and it grew out to be one of the best swim teams The Netherlands currently has. In 2014, she came to the US where she competed for OCC. She won the State Championships with her team in 2016. Here she also got 3rd place in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. She completed her swimming career at Concordia University Irvine on a scholarship Concordia on swim scholarship where she briefly held the school record in the 100 IM. Academically she isn’t sitting still either. Coach Nacinda has her BA in Business Data Analytics and an MBA in Marketing. She’s currently at Pepperdine University working on her Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Her coaching career started at the Deerfield Bluefins where she has been on the coaches staff since 2017. She joined Patriot Aquatics in 2019 and loves to pass the enjoyment for swim and competing to the young ones!



Coach Manon was born in Rambouillet, France and moved to the United States at the age of 4. Since being in the States, she has lived in the Tustin and Irvine areas. She attended Beckman High School and recently graduated in 2019. While attending Beckman, she swam Junior Varsity all four years of her high school career. She also played JV water polo her junior year and Varsity her senior year. Manon was co-captain of her water polo team senior year and contributed to their teams first Pacific Coast League win in Beckman history. Since graduating, Manon has been attending Santiago Canyon College with a major in mathematics, with hopes of transferring to the University of California, Irvine in two years. During her time at Patriot Aquatics, Manon has Head Coached age group swim and assisted in 12/14U Girls Water Polo and 14U Boys Water Polo. She is currently the Head Coach of the 12/14U Girls Water Polo team. On her free time, Manon likes to go to the beach, create art, and read.




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