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. Areas of the pool may be occupied by reserved activities.

Latest Aquatic News

New for 2017: UBC Performance Swim Camps

The UBC Aquatic Centre is excited to be working with the UBC Varsity Swim Programs and UBC Camps on the development and delivery of “UBC Performance Swim Camps”.

Building on the legacy of Tom Johnson Swim Camps previously delivered at UBC, both Tom Johnson and Chris Hindmarch-Watson have agreed to partner with UBC to grow and and expand the camps for the first summer in the new UBC Aquatic Centre. Accomplishments of camp alumni, both in and out of the water are impressive – campers have gone on to stand on the podium at Provincial, National and International competitions while others have represented Canada at major internationals, including at the Olympic Games and World Championships.

Not only will the camps provide some student-athletes with employment during the summer, but proceeds from the UBC Performance Swim Camps will benefit the UBC Varsity Swim Programs.

Register now 


2017 Mel Zajac Jr International Swim Meet

The UBC Aquatic Centre will be open for public swimming from 2:00pm – 3:45pm May 26 – 28, 2017 – this in order to facilitate the hosting of the 2017 Mel Zajac Jr International Swim Meet. The Mel Zajac Jr International returns for its 54th year and UBC looks forward to continuing to bring the top swimmers from around the world to Vancouver.

Event website:   www.swimzajac.com    (includes Meet Package, Technical Package, Event Start List/Psych Sheet, Real-time results)

Article with video:  World class field and facility highlight 54th Zajac Swim Meet (UBC Athletics)

@SwimZajac #newUBCpool

Aquacize Classes are Available Now!

Whether you’re looking for the latest Aquacize class or want to attend a $2 drop-in swim, the Aquatic Centre has a program for you this spring and summer. Join us for free aquacize classes during the free week and find out what's good for you!

Victoria Day Long Weekend – Holiday hours

The UBC community and members of the public are invited to make note of changes to the UBC Aquatic Centre facility hours for Victoria Day – Monday May 22:

⦁ 1:00 – 5:00pm  :  Recreation and Leisure tanks
⦁ 1:00 – 3:00pm  :  Steam & Sauna

Patrons are reminded to consult the drop-in schedule prior to any visit to the facility:

Facility staff wish you the very best for the long weekend.

Free Week | May 23 – May 29

Free Week for this semester begins on Tuesday, May 23rd and it runs until Monday, May 29th. UBC Recreation welcomes students, staff & faculty, and the general public to this week long event at no cost. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to try out some instructor-led classes including Zumba, Aquacize, Boot Camp, Tai Chi Chuan, and more for FREE!

Here’s something NEW this Free Week!

You can get a chance to enter to win a free Fitness or Instructional class by getting your card stamped by your instructor at the end of the class. All you need to do is print your own stamp card at home or simply grab one in class and attend 3 different starred classes, then hand-in your stamp card at the SRC Operations Desk to be entered to win a free Fitness or Instructional class. Please note that only starred classes are eligible for stamp card.

Check out the Free Week schedule to find out which classes are eligible for stamp card and what classes are offered this spring and summer.

What are the cool things about Free Week?

  • All classes are drop-in basis – no pre-registration is required
  • Try out as many classes as you want, for free!
  • Beginners are welcome at all classes

Tips for Participants

  • Remember to wear comfortable clothing and bring water
  • Arrive early for all classes and plan to stay until the end
  • Pick up your stamp card in class and get your card stamped


Hot Tub – Cleaning & Maintenance

A scheduled closure is planned for the hot tub from Tuesday May 16 – Friday May 19 for cleaning and maintenance.

Thank you for your patience while this work is being completed.

Road construction on SW Marine Drive May 8 – Sept. 4, 2017

Starting May 8 through September 4, 2017, Southwest Marine Drive will be fully closed from Granville Street to Camosun Street (near West 41st Avenue) for the final phase of roadway improvements by the City of Vancouver.

Click here for a detailed map of the closures or here for access to the UBC Construction & Detours page.

Assembly Area: Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners.

New UBC Aquatic Centre staff and patrons are still becoming acquainted with the operations of the facility.  As part of National Emergency Preparedness Week, we thought we would take this opportunity to remind facility users of the “assembly area” – in the case of a facility evacuation facility users are asked to assemble to the north of the Student Recreation Centre (SRC) on the sidewalk along Student Union Blvd. (see map below)

#EPWeek @GetPrepared @PreparedBC