Florida International Summer Water Polo Event

2021 Florida International Summer Water Polo Event

Hosted at the University of Florida, Gainesville Florida

Coed Training Ages 12-19

Session 1(Session Full Registration Closed)

July 5th - July 9th 8:30AM - 3:00PM

Session 2 (Session Full Registration Closed)

July 12th - July to 16th 8:30AM - 3:00PM

*If you would like to be placed on a wait list please email carlos@gatorwaterpolo.com

Training Event Information:

The registration for Summer Event 2021. Space is limited to 60 athletes per session.

Gator Water Polo in conjunction with BIWPA, RFLearning, and USA Water Polo. Training sessions will have a very low coach to athlete ratio.

***COVID 19 guidelines / procedures will follow The City of Gainesville, Alachua County Department of Health, and CDC protocols as they exist at the time of the event. Final COVID procedures will sent out as the event approaches.

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USA Water Polo Membership is required: Bronze level or higher.

(If you are not a member of USA Water Polo, please contact us.)


Led by BIWPA Academy and University of Florida Coaching Staff:

Quim Colet:

Currently Head Coach of the CN Sabadel men’s senior team and BIWPA Sports Manager

Assistant Coach of Spanish National men’s team Beijing 2008 & London 2012

Head Coach - Spanish Junior National men’s team - World Championships (one gold medal in Los Angeles 91, and two silver medals) - European Championships

Technical Director of the Catalan Swimming Federation

BIWPA Founder

David W. Huelsman:

University of Florida Head Men's Water Polo Coach

2017 / 2018 / 2019 CWPA Florida State Champions

2017 / 2018 / 2019 CWPA All Conference Coach of the Year


Head Coach / Founder Gainesville High School Men's and Women's Water Polo

Co-founder / President / Head Coach Gator Water Polo 

Felix Mercado:

Brown University Head Water Polo Coach

Felix Mercado enters his 14th season as the head coach of Brown University’s men’s and women’s water polo teams in 2020-21 having coached 25 all-conference performers and 14 All-Americans on the men’s side alone during his time with the Bears.

Mercado led the Brown men’s team to its first appearance in the NCAA Championship since 1990 in 2014 after the team claimed its first CWPA title since 1985. He guided the team to a 27-7 overall mark and its first Northern Division title since 2009. In 2014, he gained both CWPA Northern Division Coach of the Year honors and Dick Russell Coach of the CWPA Tournament accolades while mentoring a pair of All-Americans in Henry Fox ’15 and Will Klein ’16.

With 22 wins in 2019, Brown posted its ninth 20-win season in a 10-year span and registered 20 or more wins for the 11th time during a 13-year span. Mercado coached four All-NWPC selections, including NWPC Rookie of the Year Cole Atwell ’23, alongside three ACWPC All-America choices. The Bears closed the season with a No. 19 national ranking.


Dustin Litvak:

Litvak's second season with Princeton was in 2019-20. He is also an assistant for the women's squad. 

The Princeton men's squad went 16-15 overall in 2019 and advanced to the NWPC Tournament Championship for the second straight year. The Tigers went 19-11 in 2018 and won the Northeast Water Polo Conference title. Princeton finished No. 13 in the final Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Varsity Poll after securing the program's sixth NCAA Tournament appearance.

Before his time at DeNunzio Pool, Litvak spent five seasons at UCLA, working with the men’s and women’s water polo teams. From 2013-15, he was an assistant with the men’s team that won the 2014 national title, the first time UCLA had won the national championship in ten years. Litvak then assisted with the women’s squad from 2015-2017, highlighted by an MPSF championship and a second-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Prior to UCLA, Litvak earned coaching experience at Occidental College for one year (2007). He also was the head coach of the boys’ water polo team at his alma mater, Agoura High School, where he earned Marmonte League Coach of the Year nine straight years. Agoura won its first-ever CIF Championship in 2007 and three more additional crowns in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Litvak was a four-time CIF Coach of the Year (in Divisions 4 and 2) and a seven-time Los Angeles Daily News Coach of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double Goal Coach Award.
The former assistant also had a variety of assignments with USA Water Polo, serving as a coach with the men and women’s youth national squads. In 2017, the men’s youth national team won the goal medal at the 2017 UANA Youth Championships in Lima, Peru. 
Litvak graduated from Pepperdine University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications.

Yuri Colet:

Currently Head Coach of CN Poble Nou and BIWPA Academy

Technical Director at Water Polo Acuatics of Mallorca

Head Coach of Balear Region

BIWPA Co-Founder

Ferran Pascual:

Currently Player and Coach of CN Rubi and BIWPA Academy Coach

Certificate of Higher Education in Physical Sports Activities

Maximum degree of the coaching certificate for the Catalan Swimming Federation

Player at CN Rubi (Spanish top division and first national division)

Coach at CN Rubi: U14, U16 and U18

Assistant coach at the high performance center CAR Sant Cugat (Barcelona)

Cecilia Leonard:

2x NCAA All American, IONA College
Former Player at CN Catalunya 18’-19’ (Spain)
Former coach of CnC u14 u16 Former coach of Spanish River High
Current assistant coach at South Broward High


Residential $950:

  • Registration Monday 8:30AM
  • Includes room and board Monday - Friday (2 athletes per room)
  • Check Out Friday 3:00PM (post Friday Tournament)
  • Each athlete will receive a t-Shirt and Suit, at registration.

Typical Day (a detailed itinerary outlining each day will be provided in check-in packet):
Wake Up 6:30AM
Breakfast 7:00AM
Vans to Pool 8:00AM
Training 8:30AM - 12:00PM
Lunch at Pool 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Training / Scrimmages 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Afternoon Activity (Away from Pool) 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Dinner at UF Dining Hall 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Lights Out 10:00PM

Day $550:

  • Registration Monday 8:30AM
  • Monday - Friday
  • Check-out Friday 3:00PM (post Friday Tournament)
  • Each athlete will receive a t-Shirt and Suit, at registration.

Typical Day (a detailed itinerary outlining each day will be provided in check-in packet):
Arrive at Pool 8:15AM
Training 8:30AM - 12:00PM
Lunch at Pool (provided) 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Training / Scrimmages 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Daily Release 3:00PM

Gap Weekends, Florida Based Excursions $650:

For our local athletes between the two sessions we have excursions. Transportation, and entrance to each excursion is included. (athletes are expected to have an appropriate amount of spending money to enhance their enjoyment of the Florida based excursions)
Amenities include:
» Excursion to Manatee Springs (Friday Afternoon)
» Excursion to St. Augustine Day Beach (Saturday)
» Excursion to Bush Gardens "Athletes will need spending money for lunch inside the park." (Sunday)

Video Performance Evaluation $50:

Watlicam - Specialized water line video equipment is used for an individual session with the athlete and a coach with 1 on 1 analysis. Athlete will also receive a copy of the video for use with their home coach.

Team Discounts Available (over 12 athletes):

  • Contact camp@gatorwaterpolo.com for details ($100 off per athlete) team must be registered before April 30th 2021.

Local Airport Pickup and Drop off $0 - $100:

For our athletes coming from International, or US based locations, we will pickup and/or drop your athlete off at the airport. Individual athlete transportation is available at the Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV) at no charge and at the Orlando International Airport $100 per direction. For Orlando, vans leave Orlando International Airport at 5PM Sunday the night before camp starts. Post event, vans leave Gainesville at 4PM for MCO flights after 7:30PM. (please plan your flight accordingly.)

*if you do not have your flight information, you can email it after booking your flights to coach@gatorwaterpolo.com

*if you are traveling with a team, we can also pickup / drop off for your entire team. The airports available for team pickup / drop off are: Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville. Contact us to discuss arrangements for your team.

To Bring:

  1. Gator Water Polo Release Form Packet, and COVID-19 Waiver
  2. Proof of USA Water Polo Membership (Bronze Level or Higher)
    • The USA Water Polo Trial Membership Form is available for athletes that have never used a trial form before or have never been USAWP Members. Please date your trial for the 1st Monday.
  3. Appropriate street clothes for the week (or two weeks if multiple sessions)
    • Laundry facilities available
  4. Dry-land Training Gear (running shoes, t-shirt, athletic shorts)
  5. Hoodie (Sweatshirt)
  6. Healthy Snacks
  7. Water Bottle
  8. Backpack
  9. Suits (minimum two)
  10. Goggles (minimum two)
  11. Towel (minimum two)
  12. Sunscreen
  13. Hat / Visor
  14. Sun Glasses
  15. Sandals / Flip Flops
  16. An appropriate amount of spending money
  17. *** Minimum of 4 Washable Face Covering Masks

Weather Policy:

Gator Water Polo and The Florida International Water Polo Event organizations are not responsible for play time lost due to weather conditions and or pool closures decided by the City of Gainesville. Activities and programming will be adjusted according to weather and resources available. 

Cancelation Policy:

Athletes session fee, minus a $100.00 non-refundable administrative fee, will be refunded without questions if cancellation occurs before May 1st 2021. Refunds will not occur after this time. It is possible to obtain a future full credit as an alternate to the refund or transfer to another athlete.

In the event we are forced to cancel due to health circumstances, a full refund minus a $25 processing fee will be issued.





Funded in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County.