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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

Drowning Prevention Week | Day 5

Bring your tot to the UBC Aquatic Centre on July 21st and dive into a lifetime of water safety!

Move through the leisure pool on an aqua adventure and learn water safety tips! Drowning Prevention Week instructors will teach you how to explore the pool safety with your little swimmer while practicing safe entries and exits and why it’s important to always stay within arm’s reach when near the water.

Instructors will also show you how to stay warm when getting out of the water, how to stay cool at the beach on a hot day, and how to rescue a choking child.

Want to keep swimming? Register for Red Cross Swim lessons or Waterplay at the UBC Aquatic Centre.


Don’t miss out on this free drop-in programming to learn how to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe at the UBC Aquatic Centre – RSVP on Facebook!

Fri, July 21st 4:00–6:00PM

Water Wise Tots

What to do if a baby needs CPR or if they’re choking, and how to get in and out of water safely with your tot


Join us at the UBC Aquatic Centre for free drop-in programs from July 17-21. You’ll learn things like how to recognize a drowning swimmer, how to survive an unexpected fall into water, and how to save someone in need. Our lifeguards and instructors will demonstrate and teach you life-long skills so that you can stay safe while you explore the rivers, lakes, and ocean around campus this summer.

UBC Aquatic Centre is Hiring Lifeguards/Instructors!

The UBC Aquatic Centre is hiring Lifeguards/ Swim Instructors for the upcoming school year! Search ‘UBC Athletics and Recreation’ on Careers Online to view the job posting.

Application deadline is July 31st 2017. 

Drowning Prevention Week | Day 4

British Columbia is home to some pretty spectacular scenery – a lot of it water. With 74% of Canadian drownings occurring in natural bodies of water, it’s important to know how to stay safe when you head to the river, lake, or ocean.

Drowning Prevention Week activities at the UBC Aquatic Centre on July 20th will help you prepare for a safe day outdoors, plus what to do if something goes wrong.

Hypothermia: Oceans, rivers and deep or glacial lakes are cold year round, and you can become hypothermic even on hot days. Learn the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and why it’s important to always be prepared!

Sun Safety: Do you know the difference between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke? Learn precautions to take before heading out for a day in the sun!

Rivers, Lakes, and Oceans: Learn how to analyze the environment before you head for a swim! Always check for currents, cliffs, and sudden drop-offs. Know what a rip current looks like? Come find out!

Want to learn more? Register in Bronze Medallion or Standard First Aid at the UBC Aquatic Centre!


Don’t miss out on this free drop-in programming to learn how to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe at the UBC Aquatic Centre – RSVP on Facebook!

Thu, July 20th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Rescuing myself from rivers, lakes, and oceans

How to swim with tides and currents, as well as with hypothermia

Fri, July 21st 4:00–6:00PM

Water Wise Tots

What to do if a baby needs CPR or if they’re choking, and how to get in and out of water safely with your tot


Join us at the UBC Aquatic Centre for free drop-in programs from July 17-21. You’ll learn things like how to recognize a drowning swimmer, how to survive an unexpected fall into water, and how to save someone in need. Our lifeguards and instructors will demonstrate and teach you life-long skills so that you can stay safe while you explore the rivers, lakes, and ocean around campus this summer.

Drowning Prevention Week | Day 3

Boating Buddies

Not wearing a lifejacket continues to be a factor in 82% of boating related incidents. Do you know how to stay safe while out on the water?

Drowning Prevention Week activities at the UBC Aquatic Centre on July 19th will teach you how to be boat wise.

Float Plans: Who, what, when, where, why? Learn what a float plan is and who needs one!

Boat Race: Transport Canada requires certain equipment to be on your boat all times. Learn where to find this information, load your equipment into your boat and then take a trip through the pool!

Lifejackets: Do you know the difference between a Lifejacket and a PFD (Personal Floatation Device) and who should wear one?

Learn more about Canadian boating requirements and make sure you are prepared before going out on the water!


Don’t miss out on this free drop-in programming to learn how to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe at the UBC Aquatic Centre – RSVP on Facebook!

Wed, July 19th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Boat buddies

How to be well prepared for safe boating

Thu, July 20th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Rescuing myself from rivers, lakes, and oceans

How to swim with tides and currents, as well as with hypothermia

Fri, July 21st 4:00–6:00PM

Water Wise Tots

What to do if a baby needs CPR or if they’re choking, and how to get in and out of water safely with your tot


Join us at the UBC Aquatic Centre for free drop-in programs from July 17-21. You’ll learn things like how to recognize a drowning swimmer, how to survive an unexpected fall into water, and how to save someone in need. Our lifeguards and instructors will demonstrate and teach you life-long skills so that you can stay safe while you explore the rivers, lakes, and ocean around campus this summer.

Drowning Prevention Week | Day 2

Rescuing My Friends and Family

Do you know what a drowning person looks like?  For swimmers and non-swimmers alike, immersion is often unexpected, sudden, and silent.

In order to help someone in need, it’s important to know what a distressed or drowning non-swimmer looks like. Drowning Prevention Week activities at the UBC Aquatic Centre on July 18th will teach you how to recognize different types of victims and how to help them while also staying safe yourself.

Choking: Learn to recognize items and activities that create a choking hazard, and how to help someone who is choking.

Ladder Approach: Learn how to use this Bronze Medallion skill to help rescue someone in the water and minimize risk to yourself!

Throwing Assists: Do you know what a throw bag is and where and when to use one? Come practice your rescue skills with us!

9-1-1: Dispatchers require specific information to ensure the appropriate service gets to you as soon as possible. Learn how to make an effective 9-1-1 call for different scenarios.

Want to learn more? Our lifeguards will be on site demonstrating other water rescue techniques! Or, register in one of our life-saving programs.


Don’t miss out on this free drop-in programming to learn how to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe at the UBC Aquatic Centre – RSVP on Facebook!

Tue, July 18th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Rescuing my Friends & Family

What to do if someone is choking, not breathing, or needs your help getting out of a dangerous water situation

Wed, July 19th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Boat buddies

How to be well prepared for safe boating

Thu, July 20th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Rescuing myself from rivers, lakes, and oceans

How to swim with tides and currents, as well as with hypothermia

Fri, July 21st 4:00–6:00PM

Water Wise Tots

What to do if a baby needs CPR or if they’re choking, and how to get in and out of water safely with your tot


Join us at the UBC Aquatic Centre for free drop-in programs from July 17-21. You’ll learn things like how to recognize a drowning swimmer, how to survive an unexpected fall into water, and how to save someone in need. Our lifeguards and instructors will demonstrate and teach you life-long skills so that you can stay safe while you explore the rivers, lakes, and ocean around campus this summer.

Temporary Closure of 25 M Recreation Tank

The 25M recreation tank is temporarily closed due to repairs. In an effort to minimize, as much as possible, the impact to patrons and user groups of the facility some programs have been shifted to another area of the facility where and when possible. In a few instances some sessions or group bookings had to be re-scheduled or cancelled all together.  Those groups impacted by this closure have been contacted directly.  The facility staff have made every effort to maintain public swim times. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Please consult the UBC Aquatic Centre Drop-in schedules prior to any visit.

Drowning Prevention Week | Day 1

Swim to Survive

Many drownings victims never intended to be in the water – Do you know what to do if you fall off a boat or accidentally slip into deep water?

The Swim to Survive standard defines the sequence of skills necessary to survive an unexpected fall into deep water:

ROLL – practice disorienting entries into deep water so you are prepared for what an unexpected fall feels like.

TREAD – tread water for one minute to reorient yourself and aim for shore.

SWIM – Swim 50M to safety. Research shows that many drownings occur close to safety – whether it’s the shoreline or the edge of the pool.

Come challenge your Swim to Survive skills at the UBC Aquatic Centre on July 17th. Water safety games will teach you other lifesaving skills, like how to choose a properly fitting life jacket and how to form a HELP Huddle, so you can safely explore Canada’s water rich environment this summer!

Find out more about the Lifesaving Society’s Swim to Survive programs to learn how to protect yourself.


Don’t miss out on this free drop-in programming to learn how to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe at the UBC Aquatic Centre – RSVP on Facebook!

Mon, July 17th 2:30–3:30PM    6:00–7:00PM

Swim to Survive

What to do when you have a disorienting fall into water

Tue, July 18th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Rescuing my Friends & Family

What to do if someone is choking, not breathing, or needs your help getting out of a dangerous water situation

Wed, July 19th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Boat buddies

How to be well prepared for safe boating

Thu, July 20th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Rescuing myself from rivers, lakes, and oceans

How to swim with tides and currents, as well as with hypothermia

Fri, July 21st 4:00–6:00PM

Water Wise Tots

What to do if a baby needs CPR or if they’re choking, and how to get in and out of water safely with your tot


Join us at the UBC Aquatic Centre for free drop-in programs from July 17-21. You’ll learn things like how to recognize a drowning swimmer, how to survive an unexpected fall into water, and how to save someone in need. Our lifeguards and instructors will demonstrate and teach you life-long skills so that you can stay safe while you explore the rivers, lakes, and ocean around campus this summer.

Drowning Prevention Week | July 17 – 21

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 almost 500 drownings occurring annually in Canada, and 19 deaths in BC so far in 2017, do you know how to stay safe while you stay cool this summer?

National Drowning Prevention Week – 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.


Don’t miss out on this free drop-in programming to learn how to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe at the UBC Aquatic Centre – RSVP on Facebook!

Mon, July 17th 2:30–3:30PM    6:00–7:00PM

Swim to Survive

What to do when you have a disorienting fall into water

Tue, July 18th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Rescuing my Friends & Family

What to do if someone is choking, not breathing, or needs your help getting out of a dangerous water situation

Wed, July 19th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Boat buddies

How to be well prepared for safe boating

Thu, July 20th 2:30–3:30PM 6:00–7:00PM

Rescuing myself from rivers, lakes, and oceans

How to swim with tides and currents, as well as with hypothermia

Fri, July 21st 4:00–6:00PM

Water Wise Tots

What to do if a baby needs CPR or if they’re choking, and how to get in and out of water safely with your tot

 


Join us at the UBC Aquatic Centre for free drop-in programs from July 17-21. You’ll learn things like how to recognize a drowning swimmer, how to survive an unexpected fall into water, and how to save someone in need. Our lifeguards and instructors will demonstrate and teach you life-long skills so that you can stay safe while you explore the rivers, lakes, and ocean around campus this summer.