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Water Polo Pro

Learn from a Pro! Play like a Pro!

Water polo players of all levels will benefit from individual lessons with Brenda Villa, Head Water Polo Pro. Whether you are new to the game, play for your high school or college team, or developing as a masters player, Brenda will help you achieve your goals. For novice players, Brenda will work with you on eggbeater efficiency, ball handling skills and proper positioning. Intermediate and advanced players will benefit from Brenda’s own experience in the pool as she works with you on position-specific development, including center 2M guard, goalie and attacker.

Who benefits from Water Polo Pro lessons?

Teens and adults, novice through advanced water polo players
High School players looking to transfer their skills to college teams
Advanced beginners wanting to strengthen with individualized coaching
Masters players who want to re-energize their game or avoid injury
Swimming enthusiasts who are interested in learning more about water polo

Water Polo Pro Offerings

60 minute private, semi-private (2:1) or small group (4:1) lessons available.


Lessons available Monday – Saturday. Lesson times are individually scheduled based on client’s preference in coordination with lane availability. Contact Brenda directly to check on availability, her schedule is flexible!


60 minutes $128
30 minutes $73
6-pack of 60 minute lessons $621
Semi-Private 2:1 60 minutes $83/each, must have two students
Small Group 4:1 60 minutes $50/each, must have four students

Registration Steps
Contact Brenda directly to check on availability, her schedule is flexible!


Lessons are 60 minutes in length

All lessons need to be booked 48 hours in advanced. Any changes to the schedule must be made 48 hours in advance to avoid charges.

No makeups.

Payment is due upon verbal confirmation and prior to lesson attendance. Credit card information provided at the time of registration will be processed upon registration. In the case of declined charges, you will be invoiced for the amount due plus a fee of $25.00.

Credit card payments will appear as a charge from Menlo Swim and Sport.

All lesson payments are final and non-refundable.

All checks should be made payable to: Menlo Swim and Sport.

Meet the Pro


Brenda Villa

Brenda Villa, a four-time Olympic medalist (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and London 2012) and three-time World Champion (2003, 2007, 2009), started swimming at age 6 with Commerce Aquatics in Commerce, California, and began playing water polo at age 8. Named the “FINA Female Water Polo Player of the Decade” for the 2000s, Brenda is an accomplished scorer and passer, and has competed with the USA Women’s national team for the last 16 years. As an undergraduate at Stanford University, she won the 2002 Peter J. Cutino Award as the top female college water polo player.

Brenda is also the co-founder of Project 2020, a non-profit focused on youth in the San Francisco Bay Area, seeking to provide access to aquatic sports to youth who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to swim and play water polo. Brenda hopes to help grow the sport of water polo across the country and to reach out to communities that are restricted in resources and aquatics access.