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Latest Aquatic Centre News

T-Birds Swim Team welcomes 13 new recruits

The UBC Thunderbirds swimming program is set to welcome a talented group of recruits that have chosen to take the plunge on the Point Grey campus for the 2018-2019 season. The storied program kept the incredible winning tradition intact last season with both the women’s and men’s teams successfully defending their Canada West and U SPORTS titles. The year ahead with exciting as UBC hosts the U SPORTS National Swimming Championships at the UBC Aquatic Centre February 21-23, 2019.


Temporary Closure – Steam/Sauna

Patrons of the UBC Aquatic Centre are to be advised that the Steam and Sauna are temporarily closed until end of day. It is anticipated that the Steam and Sauna  will be re-opened by Sunday morning.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

A reminder that visitors to the UBC Aquatic Centre should visit the website and consult the Drop-in Schedule prior to any visit.

Aquatics Fall Program Registration Now Open!

You can now register for your fall swimming lessons, certifications, and aqua fitness programs! Get ahead and register before classes fill up!

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Cdn Transplant Games brings people together

The swimming events for the 2018 Canadian Transplant Games were hosted this week and there are some UBC elements to the stories that unfolded at the UBC Aquatic Centre.

Marie-Joelle Coutu (Montreal, QC) and Shelby Gielen (Maple Ridge, BC)  didn’t know each prior to this week, however the national event for transplant recipients and donors brought these women together. Marie-Joelle,  a double-lung transplant recipient, competed in 50m, 100m, 200m freestyle, 100m breast-stroke whereas Shelby, twice liver transplant recipient, competed in the 50m, 100m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, and the 50m backstroke. Both athletes also competed in the community relay which saw donors, recipients and the transplant community come together for the last event of the swimming competition. Both Marie-Joelle (left in photo below) and Shelby had friends and family at the UBC Aquatic Centre to support them.

Bringing the 2018 Canadian Transplant Games required the commitment of many local volunteers. VPSC (Vancouver Pacific Swim Club), the key youth performance club training out of the UBC Aquatic Centre, was integral to ensuring that the swimming competition for the event was hosted successfully.

Gielen is a alum of UBC Nursing and UBC Varsity swimming and shared “just the journey for us to get here to compete, everybody’s stories are just unbelievable. Thank you to the organizers for making this happen.”

Did you know that 1 Organ Donor can save up to 8 lives?

Register here to become a donor: https://register.transplant.bc.ca/

UBC Aquatic Camps – spaces remain…

SPACES REMAIN! Still scrambling to plan the family’s summer schedule?

Fear not – there remain some spaces available within some aquatics camps being delivered at the UBC Aquatic Centre! Join us.

See UBC Camps

Drowning Prevention Week: July 15 – 21, 2018

July and August mean sunny skies, busy beaches and lots of people out on the water. While rivers, lakes, and oceans may provide a way to escape the heat this summer, July and August also see a spike in drowning rates.

It only takes seconds to drown and most incidents are silent and unexpected, a far cry from the splashing and dramatic screams of Baywatch. A submersion incident where water has entered the lungs can cause complications – and even death- up to 72 hours after a swimmer has struggled in the water. With more than 400 drownings occurring annually in Canada, and 6 deaths in BC so far in 2018, do you know how to stay safe while you stay cool this summer?

National Drowning Prevention Week (DPW) – the third week of July – is an annual initiative of the Lifesaving Society aimed at reducing the number of water-related fatalities and drowning incidents by promoting water safety messages in the community.

Free Drop-In Programming | July 15-21, 2018 

The UBC Aquatic Centre serves to educate the public on how to stay water safe this summer. learn how to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe by joining us throughout the week.


UBC to host Cdn Transplant Games (July 2-7)

UBC is proud to host the 2018 Canadian Transplant Games (CTG) on the Point Grey campus from Monday July 2nd through and inclusive of Saturday July 7th, 2018.

Swimming events will be hosted at the UBC Aquatic Centre on the morning of Wednesday July 4th

Since 2000, the Canadian Transplant Games have been a showcase for transplant recipients from across the country to enjoy the competition and camaraderie while celebrating a second chance at life. The Canadian Transplant Games, held every two years, is a family oriented event. In addition to the competition for recipients there are activities designed for family members and other supporters. These national games are Canada’s largest organ & tissue donation awareness event.



The ultimate gift.  You can take action today to become an organ donor.


Thank you: Annual Facility Evacuation / Fire Drill

The UBC Aquatic Centre Management team, facility staff and the Local Safety Team, would like to thank the staff and patrons for their patience and cooperation during the annual emergency evacuation exercise (aka fire drill) conducted today.

At approximately 1:25 PM today, the facility was evacuation via audible/visual alarm with the assistance of Vancouver Fire Dept. and UBC Fire, Life and Safety staff. The 65+ facility users calmly and safely vacated the facility in approximately 6-7 minutes.  By 1:40 PM, patrons returned to the facility to resume their activities.

What do I do in the case of an alarm?  Upon hearing/seeing an alarm, please vacate the building. Facility users are reminded to heed the instructions of the lifeguards. In the case of an alarm and subsequent evacuation, please vacate the building safely and calmly, and proceed to the Assembly Area. Patrons are reminded to NOT congregate immediately outside the building nor in the fire lane adjacent the facility.

Why do an evacuation drill?  UBC Athletics & Recreation is committed to delivering exceptional experiences to our patrons. This includes having our staff and visitors prepared in the case of the uncommon, yet possible, situation requiring an emergency evacuation. Ultimately, we conduct these drills with the safety of the community as our number one priority.

Where is the Assembly Area for the UBC Aquatic Centre?  As a reminder to all facility users, the primary Assembly Area (aka Muster Point) in the case of an evacuation is located to the north of the SRC (Student Recreation Centre). See map below:

Thank you again to all patrons and staff who participated in the exercise today. We thank you again for your patience and cooperation.