April 8th, 2020


Dear parents: A message from our camp director, Mark Bradshaw


Due to continued Covid-19 restrictions at Arizona State University facilities, we unfortunately have to cancel our planned sun devil aqua sport camp for this summer. We had been all looking forward to having the chance to work with your children this summer, yet we’ll have to wait till next year.


Please keep your eyes open for our information to reach you in Jan of 2021.


Continued health to our Camper families as we all navigate these uncertain times.



Yours truly,


Mark Bradshaw




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Sun Devil Aqua Sport Camps

Our Camp mission is to introduce campers to various water sport disciplines – swimming, diving and water polo and doing so in a safe and comfortable environment, open to any and all 7 to 13 year olds.

The Aqua Sport camp is not an intensive sport camp. It is however, a camp that combines a unique blend of fun all the while learning skills in these disciplines. Rest assured, participation and effort as well as learning good techniques are components of this camp. We want our campers to experience the fun and enjoyment of the water and the overall camp experience.

Our instructors include some or the finest athletes at ASU. Furthermore, our camp supervising instructors, who are all current and former swimmers, water polo players and divers, bring a wealth of knowledge that will result in a rewarding summer camp experience for all.


Our Coaches

Mark Bradshaw

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Alexandra Popa

Camp Coordinator

Mark Bradshaw

Completing his 23rd season at ASU in 2019-20, Mark Bradshaw has proven to be one of the most successful NCAA diving coaches in the country. With Bradshaw at the helm of the diving program, ASU has produced some of the NCAA’s finest divers, including four-time NCAA Champion Joona Puhakka and six-time All-Americans Micky Benedetti and Trisha Tumlinson. Under Bradshaw’s guidance, ASU has had nine divers earn four NCAA individual titles and 29 All-American honors. In addition, Bradshaw has been named NCAA Diving Coach of the Year twice, in 2003 and 2005.



With eight Pac-10 Men’s Diving Coach of the Year and one Women’s Diving Coach of the Year plaques on his wall, Bradshaw has earned more Pac-10 Diving Coach of Year honors than any other coach in conference history and has been named Pac-10 Coach of the Year the most out of all ASU Head Coaches. His divers have earned a total of nine Pac-10 Diver of the Year awards and six Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year honors.



Before coming to ASU, Bradshaw served as the diving coach at Ohio University and at the United State Military Academy. Bradshaw also served as Finland’s head diving coach for the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. As a diver, he was a four-year All-American at Ohio State University and was the 1983 3-meter NCAA champion. He also represented the United States in the 1988 Olympic Games, finishing fifth on the 3-meter. Bradshaw earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Ohio State in 1985 and his master’s in the same discipline in 1987. Bradshaw is a 1980 graduate of Springfield High School. During his four years at Springfield HS, he lettered four times in swimming and diving and earned two letters in football. As an individual competitor, Bradshaw went undefeated in his diving meets. A four-time state champion, he was twice named an All-American.




Alexandra Popa

Alex is originally from Romania. She started swimming at 7 years old and competed and in multiple national and international competitions achieving great results.


In 2010 Alex received and accepted a full tuition athletic scholarship at the University of Alabama. Her outstanding athletic performance qualifies her as a member of the 2011 All-SEC Freshman Team (Southeastern Conference). The following year Alex received the Academic Honor Roll award for outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments.


In 2012 she transferred to Arizona State University where she placed 3rd at the PAC 12 Championship in 200yard breaststroke and broke the ASU school record in 200 Individual Medley, record which still stands today. Alex was two-time Team Captain of the Swimming and Diving team and made the Dean List in 2013 and 2014.


At the international level, one of the biggest athletic achievements was the participation in the World Championship in 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.


Alex graduated in May 2014 from ASU with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary studies in Psychology and Criminology. The following year she pursued a Master’s degree in Higher and Post-secondary Education Administration, which she completed in May 2015.


A series of unfortunate physical issues that didn’t allow her to continue as an athlete and the passion she has for the sport motivated Alex to chase a career as a swimming coach. Coaching from 2015 until now, she has achieved great results with her swimmers at Swim Neptune including a 14 year old Olympic Trials qualifier.


Current ASU Swimmers, Divers, and Water Polo Players

ASU Swimmers, Divers and Water Polo Players are prepared to coach and teach all ability levels. The Aqua Sport Camp takes great pride in the quality of instruction these young athletes provide to our younger campers. All of our student athlete instructors have experience in teaching either swim or dive lessons, and playing skills for water polo. Some of these student athletes aspire to become teachers and or coaches when they earn their degree from ASU. Though camp session sizes vary, we will do our best to keep the instructor to camper activity ratio at a high of 1-12. Most of our camps have a 1-9 ratio. Not to mention, they are some of the finest student athletes here at ASU.



Find all the answers you need.

See our most commonly asked questions and answers below. Still can’t find what you’re looking for?

A refund will be allowed for those who contact the director at least one week prior
to the first day of camp registered for. The refund amount will be the total cost of
camp minus the $25.00 non-refundable registration fee and the online processing
fee. If inside one week prior but before the first day of camp refund will be 1/2 the
total camp cost less the $25.00 nonrefundable deposit and online registration
fee. Once camp has started you may only transfer the days remaining in the
camp to another week-no monetary refund. The only exception is illness or injury
with a doctor’s note.

Our camp operates from 9:00am to 4:30pm daily.
For early check-in, we have a before care option available at extra cost. With the before care option you will be able to check-in at 8am.

No, the camper needs to bring his/her lunch and snacks. Refrigeration is

  • Lunch and snack
  • Sun screen (We recommend Badger Zinc Oxide Sun Screen –
    Sport) Sprouts stocks it
  •  Face lotion as the chlorinated water dries out the child’s skin
  • Surfer body board nylon shirt. These can be found at any athletic
    store. Especially good for kids with fair skin
  • Swim bag with name
  •  Goggles
  •  Two towels
  • Flip Flops or other appropriate summer footwear for around water
    (the ground gets really hot)
  •  Swim suit
  •  Water bottle with name
  • Extra T-shirt
Please contact the camp coordinator for the discount code before you begin your registration.
  • The stadium parking structure next to the aquatic complex. This
    structure has a 15-minute grace period.
  •  Parking meters are available on the street.
  •  The Marriot hotel nearby has a parking structure has free parking
    for the first hour. It is less than a five-minute walk to the pool.

Please communicate all necessary medication information with the camp
coordinator before camp starts. Bring the medication on the first day of camp and
hand it to the camp coordinator. All medication will be kept inside the locked

The kids are not in the sun all day long. We have tents for shade on the pool deck as well as an air-conditioned indoor space where we will spend the lunch break from noon to 1:30pm when the sun is the hottest. Every 30 to 45 minutes we take a 10 or 15 minutes break to allow the camper to hydrate, reapply sunscreen, and stay out of the sun.
Yes, you need to walk your child in every day and make sure you sign them in on our sign in sheet. Please do not forget to do the same thing at checkout. It is very important that you sign in and sign out daily.
Yes, you are able to add multiple camp sessions for the same participant by clicking on “Shop” in the upper left side of the screen.

No, unfortunately this option is not available yet. You will need to complete one
transaction per child.


$15.00 off for ASU Employees/ Multiple Weeks/ Multiple Siblings.
Contact Alex Popa at 770-508-5196or email ioalexpopa@gmail.com for your Promo Code.



Our Facilities

The Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, located on the campus of Arizona State University, is regarded as one of the country’s finest outdoor swimming and diving facilities.Aquatic Center Opened in July, 1981, the plant consists of three pools- an Olympic-size, 50 meter by 25 yards, seven-foot deep competition pool with a movable bulkhead; a 25-yard, 18-foot diving well; and a 25-yard eight-lane warm-up pool.

Contact Us

For more information contact Camp Coordinator:Alex Popa at ioalexpopa@gmail.comor call 770-508-5196


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