New UBC Aquatic Centre: What You Need to Know

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  1. Drop-In Schedules
  2. Rates and Memberships
  3. Plan Your Visit
  4. Locker Information
  5. Aquatics Programs, Lessons, and Camps
  6. Accessibility
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
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Facility Features

The UBC Aquatic Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that serves athletic training, competition, and neighbourhood leisure needs. The new facility’s natatorium can accommodate nearly 1,000 bathers, and the viewing area in the mezzanine can host up to 460 spectators.

The facility features include:

  • 25 metre recreational pool with diving boards and accessible ramp
  • 50 metre competition pool with Omega Swiss Timing System Leisure pool and lazy river with accessible ramp
  • 34-person family friendly hot tub with accessibility lift
  • Steam room and sauna
  • Viewing decks and spectator areas
  • Men’s, women’s, and universal change rooms
  • Meeting room
  • Wet classroom

**The UBC Aquatic Centre uses both chlorine and UV purification


To better serve all our visitors, the new UBC Aquatic Centre also offers the following:

  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Locker rentals and day lockers
  • Accessible entrances with power-operated doors
  • Accessible washrooms, change rooms, and elevators
  • Braille signage

UBC Sustainability: Our water is blue, but our pool is green

The University of British Columbia is a global leader in sustainability. That’s why when the plans for the new UBC Aquatic Centre were conceived, environmental sustainability was central to the final vision for a world-class facility.

While providing leading aquatic programs and services, the new UBC pool serves as a demonstration project for water-saving and water-recycling strategies. Vancouver’s temperate climate allows for millions of litres of rainwater to be collected and recycled to supply most of the water used in the building. On any given day, up to 5 cm of water evaporates from the surface of pools. The rainwater harvested from the building’s roof will be used to replenish water lost. The building will save approximately 2.7 million litres of water annually through rainwater harvesting, and almost 7,000 litres of water daily through water-efficient showerheads! To read “Making Waves With Sustainability at UBC Aquatic Centre” check out this blog post.

The building is targeted to be certified LEED Gold — an achievement that shows the University as a living laboratory and agent of change. To learn more about LEED and the sustainable features of UBC Aquatic Centre, check out this blog post.

Drop-In Schedules for the new UBC Aquatic Centre

Our Aquatic Centre has three separate tanks that can accomodate a variety of programming options:

  • Leisure Pool and Hot Tub: The Leisure pool includes a lazy river and is accessible by a ramp. The Hot tub is accessible via a lift.
  • Recreation Pool: The Recreation pool is 25m by 25m, contains 2 diving boards, and is accessible via ramp.
  • Competition Pool: The Competition pool is 50m by 25m and is accessible via lift.

Public Swim Schedules

Drop-In Swim and Drop-In Fitness Class Descriptions

Drop-in Aqua Fitness Classes are included with admission, a membership pass, or free with a valid UBC Student card. Purchase a membership pass to access the best rates.

Public Swim time is open to all ages. All children aged 7 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult or youth, at least 16 years of age, responsible for the direct supervision of the child and actively swimming within arm’s reach at all times.

Length Swim is for lap swim only and open to the general public. All public participants must use these lanes for active exercise and abide by the slow, medium, and fast lanes signs. The facility rules for children 7 and under still apply – see the Public Swim tab for more details.

Mild stretching, relaxation, balance, and core exercises on the pool deck, followed by 30 minutes of shallow water exercise performed to music. This class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

Challenge your fitness level and improve your cardio conditioning alternating with strength, balance, and core training segments while exercising in shallow water. This class features interval training, power and propulsive moves to challenge you without the stress on the joints. This is a higher intensity Aqua Fitness class. This class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

Fitness and fun for the parent and baby! Ease back into fitness and introduce your baby to the water. Your aquafit instructor will lead you through 45 minutes of cardio and muscular endurance while incorporating your baby in movements to the sound of music. Infants should be at least 6 months old.

Performed in chest-depth water with music to get you motivated and moving. Class includes muscular strength and endurance, core stability, flexibility, and more. This class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

Personalize your workout by going at your own pace in this class in shallow water. You will spend 1 minute at each station working different major muscle groups. This is a complete body workout & suitable for all fitness levels and swim levels.

Shallow water exercise to get your morning started right! This low impact, high energy challenge to improve cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, balance and core muscles takes place in the Recreation Pool.

Rekindle the connection between Mind, Body and Soul to the water in this warm-water Yoga class. Loosen muscles and joints, increase flexibility and improve balance through hydrostatic pressure and breathing techniques. Taught by a certified Yoga instructor.

Improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, and flexibility with this deep-water workout. This class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

This class has no impact on your joints, but it has an enormous impact on your cardiovascular system and core strength with the help of the resistance in the water! Equipment and a selection of core exercises will be used to enhance strength training and core strengthening. Floatation belts will be provided, or try exercising without the belt for a greater emphasis on core and cardiovascular conditioning. Participants must be comfortable in deep water. This class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Walking against a gentle current in the warm lazy river is even better. This form of exercise is ideal for individuals with disabilities, neuromuscular or heart disease, injuries or joint replacements. This low-impact workout is easy on the joints while the water’s resistance develops muscular and core strength, balance and conditioning. All fitness levels can participate. This class is offered in the Leisure Pool.

A combination of shallow and deep water classes that focus on cardio endurance, core stabilization, strength, balance, and flexibility. You choose the depth and take it to your own personal level of exertion! Participants of all ages and levels of fitness are welcome. This class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

Specialty Aqua Fitness Class Descriptions

To participate in these programs you can pay a drop-in fee (listed below) or register for the best rate.

Aquatic therapy exercises are performed in the warmer water. Aqua therapy can be beneficial in treating a variety of medical conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, stroke recovery, diabetes, osteoporosis, joint pain and sports injuries. Water resistance is a gentle, but effective strengthening tool, ideal for recovery. The focus will be on low and non-weight bearing activities, mobility, easy stretching for joint flexibility and mild resistance exercises. This class is offered in the Leisure Pool.

Aqua Zumba is a high energy, calorie burning aqua fitness class and easy to follow exercise moves performed in shallow water to Latin music. The music and the exercise will keep you coming back for more. Get energized! Registration is required; no drop-in admission available. This class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

Get fit during your lunch break! Improve your swim strokes and endurance through interval training and stroke drills. Great for triathletes, masters and recreational swimmers. A coach will provide training workouts, stroke correction and development instruction, breathing, flip turn and racing start techniques. Prerequisite: Must be able to swim 50m. This class is offered in the Competition Pool.

Exercising in the water is refreshing and rejuvenating during pregnancy and following birth.  All Fit4Two instructors are certified Pre and Post natal fitness specialists and follow the guidelines of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC). Par-Med-X for Pregnancy from must be signed by your health care provider (physician or midwife) prior to you participating in class. This form can be downloaded at Registration is required; no drop in admission available. This class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

Hydro Board Yoga is a specialized Aqua Fitness class performed on floating Stand-Up Boards/Mats. Strengthen your core muscles, find your ‘balance’ between mind, body, and soul through this Yoga class. All skill levels welcome and encouraged to practice at their own pace.

Improve skills and endurance through distance swimming, stroke correction, and interval training. This coached-supervised program is great for the recreational swimmer who would like to improve strength, endurance, and cardiovascular training. This class is offered in the Competition Pool.

Hydro Board Fitness is a specialized Aqua Fitness class performed on floating Stand-Up Boards/Mats. Participants will work through a number of different routines while maintaining balance on Hydro Boards and constantly working their core. Get energized and don’t fall in!

Drop-In Rates & Memberships

A regular drop-in includes access to all pools open for drop-in during the time of your visit, drop-in fitness classes (excluding specialty fitness classes), access to the change rooms and amenities, as well as the steam room and sauna.

(3-12 Years)1
(3-12 Years)1
(13-18 Years)
(13-18 Years)
UBC Student2 UBC Faculty, Staff, or Alum Adult Public (19+) Adult Public UNA/CSC (19+) Senior (65+) Senior UNA/CSC (65+) Family Rate (Per Person)3 Family Rate UNA/CSC (Per Person)3
Single Drop-In (Peak Hours) $3.75 $3.25 $5.00 $4.50 FREE $6.25 $6.75 $5.75 $4.25 $3.50 $4.50 $4.00
Single Drop-In (Non-Peak Hours)4 $3.00 $2.75 $4.50 $4.25 FREE $5.75 $6.00 $5.25 $3.75 $3.25 $4.00 $3.75
10 Visit Card $34.00 $28.50 $45.00 $38.25 N/A $57.00 $61.00 $52.74 $38.25 $32.50 N/A N/A
1 Month Pass $40.50 $34.50 $55.00 $45.75 N/A $67.25 $72.50 $61.50 $45.75 $38.75 N/A N/A
4 Month Pass $92.50 $78.75 $120.00 $102.00 N/A $165.50 $190.00 $161.50 $100.00 $82.00 N/A N/A
1 Year Pass $220.00 $188.75 $295.00 245.00 N/A $397.25 $459.00 $387.75 $275.00 $196.75 N/A N/A


Get in the water when your child is in lessons! You can enjoy a discounted drop-in rate of $3.50 when your child is in swimming lessons to spend time in the drop-in swim areas, steam room, sauna, and access to the amenities that are open during the time of your child’s lesson. (Regular drop-in rate is $6.75). Show up at the front desk with your registered child to receive your discounted rate!

1Children under 3 years of age receive free access.
2Pool access is free for currently registered UBC Students with their UBC Card. Each student must scan their card each visit. There is a $5.00 charge for UBC Students who do not pay Athletics & Recreation fees or don’t have their card at time of visit.
3Family rate is listed per person for one or two parent household plus their children. Minimum one paying parent and one paying child.
4Non-peak hours occur Monday to Friday between 9:00am – 11:30am, 1:30 – 5:30pm, and 8:30pm – close. Non-peak hours occur Saturday to Sunday after 6:30pm.

Register for a series of Specialty Aqua Fitness classes to save money! Inquire at the front desk or register online.

UBC Student UBC Faculty, Staff, or Alum UNA/CSC Adult Public (19+) Senior (65+)
Fit4Two Aqua Fitness $17.00 $17.00 $17.00 $18.75 $17.00
Aqua Zumba $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75
SwimFit $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75
River Walking $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75
Aqua Therapy $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75
Coached Express Workout $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75
Hydro Boards $18.00 $18.00 $18.00 $20.00 $18.00


For more information and policies regarding memberships and pricing please visit UBC Recreation Policies – Pricing Policies

Plan Your Visit

How to Get Here

The new UBC Aquatic Centre is located next to the Student Recreation Centre and the War Memorial Gym. The quickest ways to get here are walking, cycling, and public transit. You can download a map to print-off prior to your visit, or view the directions below.

If you are driving, access via Student Union Blvd is recommended, and you have the following options for parking (points are also on the Google Map above).

  • Drop-off only: Curbside pick-up and drop-off can be facilitated in the vicinity of the South Tower of the Gage Residences pullout.
  • For short-term parking (up to 2 hours): The North Parkade now has 60 spots signed and available for visitors to the north precinct of campus. There is also overflow parking at Thunderbird Parkade. For information about rates and hours, please see UBC Parking.
  • Visiting us for longer than 2 hours? The North Parkade also has plenty of stalls for day parking.For information about rates and hours, please see UBC Parking.

Note: Due to construction in area, we encourage visitors to allow for extra time for their trips.

UBC Aquatic Centre

6080 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Tel: 604-822-4501

Spring Hours of Operation

May 1 – Jun 30, 2018
Mon – Thur: 6:30 am – 9:00 pm
Fri: 6:30 am – 8:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Summer Hours of Operation

Jul 1 – Aug 31, 2018
Mon – Thur: 7:00 am – 8:45 pm
Fri: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Fall Hours of Operation

Sep 1 – Dec 31, 2018
Mon – Thur: 6:30 am – 9:45 pm
Fri: 6:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Holidays: visit the Holiday Hours page for updates

NOTE: Our hours of operation are not drop-in swim times (see our Drop-In Schedule for public swim times). All hours are subject to change, please check the drop-in schedule prior to any visit.

Locker information at the New UBC Aquatic Centre

The UBC Aquatic Centre has a variety of locker options. Coin-operated day-use and term-based locker rentals are available at the facility. For policies related to lockers at the UBC Aquatic Centre please see UBC Recreation Policies – Locker Policies.

Day-Use Lockers

All day-use lockers are coin-operated. Depending on the size of the locker, each time you open the locker it costs either $1 for a large or extra large locker or $0.25 for a small or medium locker. All items must be removed by the end of the day; UBC Aquatic Centre staff will clear the lockers nightly.

Term-Based Rental Lockers

Locker rentals can be rented on a term-basis from the front desk at the UBC Aquatic Centre. Locker expiration dates for each term are April 30th, August 31, and December 31 of that year. Prior to locker expiration date, all goods and locks must be removed.

UBC Student UBC Faculty/Staff CSC & Public
1 Term (4 Months) $67.50 $77.50 $92.50
2 Terms (8 Months) $135.00 $155.00 $185.00
3 Terms (12 Months) $202.50 $232.50 $277.50
Rentals end at 12:00 p.m. on the last day of the contract. All long term rentals require an additional $15.00 refundable lock deposit.

Aquatics Programs, Lessons, and Camps

Aquatics programming through UBC Recreation offers aquatic fitness and rehab classes, swimming lessons, advanced aquatics and first aid courses. We are proud to offer year-round aquatics programming for adults, youth, and tots of all ages and abilities.

Browse our programming for adults and youth.

UBC Aquatic Centre also hosts Aquatics camps for youth up to 12 years. Learn more about Sports & Recreation Spring camps at UBC Camps.


UBC aims to be a barrier-free, accessible environment that is respectful and equal among all people regardless of their abilities, backgrounds or experience. The UBC Aquatic Centre is a fully wheelchair-accessible space.

The facility has the following accessibility features:

  • Accessible entrances with power-operated doors
  • Accessible washrooms, change rooms, and elevators
  • Accessible ramps in the 25m recreational and leisure pools
  • Aquatic lift in the hot tub
  • Universal change room for persons with attendants
  • Braille signage

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about our facility? See our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your questions are still unanswered feel free to contact us.

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