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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.


Coaches are certified by USA swim and Red Cross - Safety Training for Swim Coaches


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. He also has a Master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration. As a coach, Tijmen has 12 years of experience and in 2017 he coached a 10U team that won the gold division at NJO’s, in 2019 his team got 3rd place and in 2021 Tijmen coached both 10u girls and 10u mixed to become national champions. That was the first time in usa waterpolo history two teams from the same club won JOs at the 10u level.



Meet Coach Helia, a UCI Biological Sciences major and swimming enthusiast! With over 10 years of experience in the pool, Coach Helia has been sharing her passion for the sport with the next generation of young swimmers. She joined Northpark Riptide in 2013 and competed for Beckman High School, honing her skills and developing a love for the sport that she still holds dear.

Since 2019, Coach Helia has been coaching and inspiring the next generation of swimmers. As the Assistant Head Coach for Northpark Riptide and Coach for the Patriots, her goal is not just to help her young athletes improve their skills, but to also instill the values of self-discipline and good sportsmanship in them. Coach Helia believes in building strong relationships with her swimmers and their parents and takes great joy in seeing her athletes grow and succeed. With a passion for the sport and a commitment to her young swimmers, Coach Helia is the perfect coach for families looking to provide a fun and supportive environment for their kids to learn to swim.



White Group

Dive into a world of aquatic excitement with Coach Amanda! As a lifelong swimmer, Coach Amanda has always had a passion for the water. Her journey started as a toddler and has taken her from being a member of USA swim teams in Orange County and Chicago, to captaining her varsity swim team in high school. With over 10 years of coaching experience, Coach Amanda has been inspiring young swimmers in Irvine as a USA swim coach since 2014. She holds a degree in Geography from CSUF and also works as a Para-educator for K-12.

But Coach Amanda’s love for the sport goes beyond just coaching, she is also a proud swim parent. Her daughter Camila swims for Patriot Swim Club, so she knows firsthand the thrill and challenges of the sport. As the Head Coach of the white team, Coach Amanda brings her wealth of experience, dedication and infectious energy to the pool every day.

So why wait? Take the first stroke towards your swim goals with Coach Amanda and experience the thrill of the water like never before!



Red Group

Meet Coach Nacinda, the Head Coach of the Red Group and a true swim star!

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!





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


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