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

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


NOTICE – Aquatic Centre Pool Closure Jun 9 – Jul 2

We would like to provide our valued users an update on the condition of the centre, on-going maintenance, scheduled repairs and upkeep, and important information about plans to for our new facility.

Over the past month the UBC Aquatic Centre has experienced several unexpected closures to deal with mechanical issues and the need to replace equipment.  Aquatic Centre will be shutting down again on Monday, June 9th and re-open on Wednesday, July 2nd.  There will be extensive work done on the main pool’s piping and controls system resulting from a system failure during a recent swim meet. Other work done during this time will be upgrades to the plumbing in the shower area, fixing issues with the sauna, steam, and pool chemical rooms.

The current facility was built in 1976 and is reaching the end of its lifespan. The long term strategy to enhance the aquatic experience at UBC is to build a new aquatic facility. Plans have just been announced, and this new facility will open in 2016.

In the short term, UBC is taking steps to ensure the current facility remains operational until the new centre is complete. We will be making several capital upgrades and repairs, and this will require shut downs.  Regular, yearly maintenance shutdowns for periods of three – five weeks will be scheduled for either December or April each year.  This schedule is still awaiting confirmation, but will be posted both in the facility and online once available.

We will continue to provide updates on the current maintenance and repair issues Aquatic Centre as well as information on the new pool as construction begins at: www.recreation.ubc.ca/aquatics

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. All active membership passes will be extended by 1 month in duration to accommodate this lost time.  If any members would prefer to receive a prorated refund for the month on their active membership, please contact us either in person or at the email address above.

Construction on the new Aquatic Centre is planned to start this summer and will bring to UBC a world-class recreational and high performance pool for students, staff and community. The new facility will include a 50m competition pool, 25m recreational lap pool, leisure pool and a range of amenities such as hot tub, family change rooms, and spectator seating and multi-purpose rooms to meet the needs of the UBC community.

Update – Click here.