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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.

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Click here for our up-to-date Aquatics Drop In Calendar. Please note that our drop in schedules are subject to change. Areas of the pool may be occupied by reserved activities.


Latest Aquatic News

NEW Aquatic Centre is OPEN!!!

We are in our NEW Aquatic Centre! Come visit us in our brand new facility. The Aquatic Centre has a 50m competition pool, a 25m recreational pool, a leisure pool, spectator seating, a hot tub, universal change rooms, and more!

Pedestrian Route Changes | Finding your way to the SRC, new UBC Aquatic Centre, and War Memorial Gym

To War Memorial Gym

  • Walk south towards the Student Recreation Centre and turn left on Student Union Boulevard to head east
  • Walk past the Student Recreation Centre to the bus loop and turn right onto Wesbrook Mall
  • Follow the sidewalk past the current bus loop and new bus loop (currently under construction)
  • Turn right on the walking path between the construction sites, and the gym will be on your left.

To the UBC Aquatic Centre

  • Head south across the street and you will see the Student Recreation Centre
  • Walk between the SRC and the Old SUB construction site (fenced area)
  • The new UBC Aquatic Centre is on your left

To the Student Recreation Centre

  • Head south across the street and you will see the Student Recreation Centre

To War Memorial Gym

  • Go south towards the Student Recreation Centre and turn left on Student Union Boulevard to head east
  • Go past the Student Recreation Centre to the bus loop and turn right onto Wesbrook Mall
  • Follow the sidewalk past the current bus loop and new bus loop (currently under construction)
  • Turn right on the path between the construction sites and the wheelchair ramp into the gym will be on your left. It is marked with a sign.

To the UBC Aquatic Centre

  • Head south across the street and you will see the Student Recreation Centre
  • Head between the Student Recreation Centre and the Old SUB construction site (fenced area)
  • The new UBC Aquatic Centre is on your left

To the Student Recreation Centre

  • Head south across the street and you will see the Student Recreation Centre  

To War Memorial Gym

  • Walk west down University Blvd. past Mahoney and Sons. You should be walking on the sidewalk on the other side of the street from Mahoney and Sons.
  • To get to War Memorial Gym, turn right at the path between the construction sites and the gym is marked by a large poster of an individual climbing and the words “human potential reached from here”

To the UBC Aquatic Centre

  • Walk west, to the end of the roundabout on University Blvd and turn right towards the sign saying AMS Student Nest.
  • Walk to the end of the path and turn left to walk around the Old SUB. You will continue to walk around this building and the fences surrounding it.
  • The path will open up into the Student Nest Plaza. Turn right to head north and follow the path by the tall trees.
  • Turn right to head east at the path before the statue of the woman holding up a torch.
  • Follow this path until you see the Student Recreation Centre on your right.
  • Right before you reach the Student Recreation Centre, turn right along the path with fences lined with “Welcome to the new UBC Pool” and follow the path. The UBC Aquatic Centre will be on your left.

To the Student Recreation Centre

  • Walk west, to the end of the roundabout on University Blvd and turn right towards the sign saying AMS Student Nest. Keep to the right
  • Walk to the end of the path and turn left to walk around the Old SUB. You will continue to walk around this building and the fences surrounding it.
  • The path will open up into the Student Nest Plaza. Turn right to head north and follow the path by the tall trees.
  • Turn right to head east at the path before the statue of the woman holding up a torch
  • Follow this path until you see the Student Recreation Centre on your right.

To War Memorial Gym

  • Head west on University Blvd on the sidewalk opposite Mahoney & Sons:
    1. turn right at the first path and the Gym is marked with a poster of an individual climbing and the words “human potential reached from here”
    2. Turn right just before the stairs onto the path that goes around the south side of the building.
    3. Turn left into the doors directly before the set of stairs on the path.

To the Student Recreation Centre

  • Head west, to the end of the roundabout on University Blvd and turn right towards the sign saying AMS Student Nest. Keep to the right.
  • Head to the end of the path and turn left to move around the Old SUB. You will continue to walk around this building and the fences surrounding it.
  • The path will open up into the Student Nest Plaza. Turn left to the ramp, then turn right to head north and follow the path by the tall trees.
  • Turn right to head east at the path before the statue of the woman holding up a torch.
  • Follow this path until you see the Student Recreation Centre on your right.

To the UBC Aquatic Centre

  • Head to the end of the roundabout on University Blvd and turn right towards the sign saying AMS Student Nest. Keep to the right.
  • Head to the end of the path and turn left to move around the Old SUB. You will continue to walk around this building and the fences surrounding it.
  • The path will open up into the Student Nest Plaza. Turn left to the ramp, then turn right to head north and follow the path by the tall trees.
  • Turn right to head east at the path before the statue of the woman holding up a torch.
  • Follow this path until you see the Student Recreation Centre on your right.
  • Right before you reach the Student Recreation Centre, turn right along the path with fences lined with “Welcome to the new UBC Pool”. Follow the path and the UBC Aquatic Centre will be on your left.

Saying Goodbye to The Old UBC Aquatic Centre

To commemorate the last day in the UBC Aquatic Centre built in 1978, a small group of supervisory and management staff took a ‘last dip’ after moving out equipment to the new UBC Aquatic Centre. Many were nostalgic, thinking of the memories in the space, however none more than Aquatics Program Coordinator Leslie Grundy, who worked in the facility for 34 years. Despite having to say goodbye to the old pool, Leslie and the rest of the UBC Athletics and Recreation staff are excited about the opportunities of the new facility, which will open on Monday, January 23, 2017.

 

The First Dip at the new UBC Aquatic Centre

This morning, high-performance UBC athletes and community members were the first to jump into the new UBC Aquatic Centre for the First Dip. Special guests and media were invited to tour the $39-million, state-of-the-art facility, which will open to the public on Monday, January 23, 2017.

Among those to be the first to officially jump in to the water at the new UBC Aquatic Center were:

  • James Baylis, Representative of the UBC Water Polo Sports Club
  • Sandra Buckingham, UBC Thunderbird Varsity Swim Team Alumni & UNA resident, and weekly (if not daily) user of the UBC Aquatic Centre
  • Tom Johnson, Head Coach, Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Vancouver
  • Alvin Lee, UBC Alumni, Competitive Swimmer
  • Amai Campbell Kamangirira, Youth Representative from Musqueam Indian Band, 8 years old, regular at the UBC Pool
  • Jack Kelso, Former Head Coach, UBC Thunderbirds Varsity Swim Program, World Masters Swimming Record Holder
  • Sonia Mann, University Neighbourhood Association resident, 12 years old, regular at the UBC Aquatic Centre
  • Dr. Nestor Korchinsky, UBC Faculty/Alumni, School of Kinesiology; Pioneer of UBC Intramural Program
  • McKenzie Summers, Co-Captain, UBC Thunderbirds Varsity Swim Team
  • Keegan Zanatta, Co-Captain, UBC Thunderbirds Varsity Swim Team
  • Olivia Zawadiuk, Representative of UBC Synchronized Swimming

UBC Athletics and Recreation also hosted “The First Race” at the new facility, including UBC varsity swimmers, past and present.

The First Race participants were:

  • Coleman Allen, Co-Captain – UBC Thunderbirds Varsity Swim Team
  • Brian Johns, Olympian, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008; Director, Swimming – Vancouver Pacific Swim Club; UBC Thunderbirds Varsity Swim Team Alumni
  • Tom Johnson, National Team Coach for 11 Canadian Olympic Swim Teams, former UBC Varsity Swim Coach, UBC Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Yuri Kisil, UBC Thunderds Varsity Swim Team, Swimming Canada High Performance Centre Athlete; Olympian, Rio 2016
  • Emily Overholt, Olympic Bronze medalist – Rio 2016; Swimming Canada High Performance Centre Athlete; UBC Thunderbirds Varsity Swim Team
  • Markus Thormeyer, Olympian Rio 2016; Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Vancouver; UBC Thunderbirds Varsity Swim Team
  • Donovan Tildsley, Four-time Paralympic athlete, five-time medalist and flag bearer of Canadian Paralympic Team (Beijing 2008); UBC Alumni
  • Alexandra Turvey, Vancouver Pacific Swim Club Representative, 14 years old
  • Mark Versfeld, Olympian – Sydney 2000; UBC Thunderbird Varsity Swim Team – Alumni

 

UBC Aquatic Centre looks forward to having students, staff and faculty, and residents experience a new era of aquatics in the newly constructed UBC Aquatic Centre. For information about hours of operation, programming, and drop-in swim times, please visit: newpool.ubc.ca.