Welcome to UBC Recreation Aquatics!

Aquatics programming through UBC Recreation offers drop-in swims, aqua fitness classes, and swimming lessons. The Aquatic Centre offers year-round aquatics programming for adults and youth of all ages and abilities.

Click here for our up-to-date Aquatics Drop In Calendar. Please note that our drop in schedules are subject to change.

Latest Aquatic News

Important Update for UBC Camps Drop-offs at UBC Aquatic Centre & War Memorial Gym

Due to ongoing construction in and around the UBC Aquatic Centre and War Memorial Gym, parking, drop-offs, and access for these two venues has changed. Please refer to the map below for updated information regarding where to park and how to access the facilities when visiting or dropping off and picking up children from UBC Camps programming. WMG-AC-Access&Parking For additional information about the construction and detours in this area, please visit the Campus + Community Planning site.

Aquatic Centre Reopening

After an extended maintenance closure, the UBC Aquatic Centre pool, weight room and steam room are now open. During the closure, a number of maintenance projects were completed including replacing old pipes, valves, and gauges; installing a new cold water line to showers, installing a new chlorine room with ventilation, a new tank, and secondary containment.

For Aquatic drop-in schedule information, click here.

NOTICE – Aquatic Centre Shutdown Extended – Update

July 4, 2014 – Update 

Further investigation of the air in the system led to a discovery of a crack in the filter tank allowing air to be suctioned into the circulation system.   Extensive fibreglass repairs were done to seal the cracks as well as other suspect areas of the tank that posed an immediate risk.  The pool is currently operating and we have staff working hard day and night to ensure the entire volume of water is filtered, heated, and balanced in time to welcome the Special Olympics to our facility on Tuesday,  July 8.  Please note that we are aiming to schedule some drop in swim times on Tuesday around the Special Olympics booking pending the mechanical system maintaining adequate levels of operation over the weekend.  The pool will re-open to the public for Toonie Swim on Saturday, July 12 at 6pm and back on our regular operating schedule on Sunday, July 13.

June 30, 2014

The Aquatic Centre shut down has been extended due to more issues identified after the first phase of repairs were completed.  Upon restarting the circulation/filtration system, there was an unusual amount of air in the pipes that resulted in a low flow rate and slow, inadequate filtration of the pool water.  The pool will remain closed until July 4, at which time an update will be provided and another extension to the closure may be required.  UBC Aquatic Centre management has been working in consultation with UBC Project Services, AME Consulting, and UBC Building Operations, with Keith Plumbing conducting all repairs.  The following work was completed to date:

  • Leaking flange on main return pipe replaced
  • Proactively replaced the main piping supply
  • New, temporary chlorine room with proper secondary containment and ventilation built so the existing chlorine room can be safely decommissioned
  • New piping and injection pump for chlorine chemical feed installed
  • Electrical interlocks and failsafe flow switches for chemical infusion pumps integrated into the system
  • Valve installed to adequately prime the main circulation pump
  • Additional bleed valves installed at high points to bleed extra air out of the system

We are committed to having the pool up and running as soon as possible.  UBC Aquatic Centre Management, Project Services, AME Engineer Consulting, Keith Plumbing, and Building Operations are working together to mitigate the existing issues and have the pool operations as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at aquatic.centre@ubc.ca  The front desk and administration office will be open Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm during this closure period.

Aquatic Centre Detour

Due to the construction of the New SUB, the Aquatic Centre front entrance will only be accessible from University Blvd from June 6th to July 11th.  After July 2nd, the Aquatic Centre can also be accessed from the mezzanine entrance at the South-East corner of the building near the parking lot. During this phase of the New SUB construction there will be no direct access between the Aquatic Centre and the old SUB.

Construction of this area will be complete by July 11, 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Aquatic Centre Detour