Santa Monica Water Polo Club has been coaching boys & girls, 5-19 years old, throughout Los Angeles since 1995. Coaches with college, international and Olympic water polo playing experience teach water polo and splashball to kids from throughout Los Angeles (Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Culver City, Pacific Palisades, Venice and Santa Monica) fundamentals of the game. Our players have gone on to play college water polo and represent their countries in international water polo tournaments.
Water Polo is a combination of soccer and basketball played in the water. Our club teaches skills, technique and game intelligence through tournaments, scrimmages and game situations at practices. Multiple coaches with international and college water polo experience on deck for each practice ensure individual attention of the highest standard. Weekly practices are held at Santa Monica Swim Center (1600 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica), Santa Monica High School (indoor pool next to the track, 401 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica) & Westwood Recreation Center (1350 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, 90024). Please click through the links at the top of the page to learn more about our club and water polo in Los Angeles
Children playing water polo and splashball are in better physical condition and healthier than most other athletes due to the difficulty of exercising in water, typically burning over 1,000 calories/hr.
Due to the low impact nature of being surrounded in water, injuries as significantly less common than most sports.
Research has found that water polo and splash ball youths, especially girls, are more likely to have a positive body image, higher self-esteem and eat more healthily.
Kids involved in water polo are less likely to experiment with drugs or cigarettes because of the impact these activities have upon their performance.
Physical activities are proven to relieve stress and reduce depression.
Statistics show that sports like water polo improve academic success.
Water polo and sports in general help develop teamwork and leadership skills as research by the American Physical Therapy Association has found.
Motor skills, strategic thinking, and even math skills are learned by playing sports like water polo. Students develop strategic thinking as they figure out the best ways to move as a unit to score a goal.
Children who exercise are more likely to continue the practice into adulthood.