New UBC Aquatic Centre: What You Need to Know

UBC is excited to have students, staff and faculty, and residents experience a new era of aquatics in the brand new UBC Aquatic Centre.

Please note: Hours of operation and programs will be limited in January and February. In this transition period, facility operations and programming will gradually expand as we orient staff and grow our capacity to serve our patrons in our new home.

Jump To:

  1. Drop-In Schedules
  2. Rates and Memberships
  3. Plan Your Visit
  4. Locker Information
  5. Aquatics Programs, Lessons, and Camps
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Sign Up for our Newsletter

Be part of a new era of aquatics at UBC

The new UBC Aquatic Centre has been purpose-built for the current and future needs of students, staff, faculty and residents of UBC’s Point Grey campus. The bright, open facility design brings in an abundance of natural light which underlines the open and inclusive community space. This one-level facility includes a ramp entrance into both the leisure and the 25m recreation tanks, as well as a lift into the hot tub.

The New UBC Aquatic Centre - Opening January 2017

The New UBC Aquatic Centre - Opening January 2017

The New UBC Aquatic Centre - Opening January 2017


The facility includes a women’s and a men’s change room, as well as a universal change room that will be open to all individuals. The three separate tanks can operate at different temperatures. This allows for new programming options to service a wide range of interests and abilities.

Highlights

  • Competition 50m length pool
  • Recreational 25m lap pool
  • Leisure pool with lazy river
  • Hot tub
  • Steam and sauna
  • Universal change room
  • New programming
  • Membership packages
  • Accessible access to recreational pool, leisure pool, and hot tub


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 Aquacize 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 be 16 years of age or older to participate in length swim times.

Mild stretching, relaxation, balance, and core exercises on the pool deck, followed by 30 minutes of shallow water exercise performed to music.

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 Aquacize class.

Performed in chest-depth water with music to get you motivated and moving. Class includes muscular strength and endurance, core stability, flexibility, and more.

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.

Improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, and flexibility with this deep-water workout.

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.

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.

Specialty Aquacize Class Descriptions

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

Aquatic rehab exercises are performed in the warmer water. Aqua rehab 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 slower paced shallow water exercise will provide a relaxing, energizing, stretching movement with no impact on joints. Aqua Range of Motion (ROM) Stretch is designed to improve balance and posture, improve endurance and flexibility. Relieve stress and strain with stretching movements in water for life on land.

Aqua Zumba is a high energy, calorie burning aquacize 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.

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.

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 www.fit4two.ca. Registration is required; no drop in admission available.

A gentle water workout with little to no impact. Specifically designed to increase flexibility and muscular strength for people with joint stiffness or arthritis. Improve your balance and range of motion through gentle, low intensity movements to help you with your daily activities. Class to take place in the warm leisure pool.

Fitness and fun for mom and baby! Ease back into fitness and introduce your baby to the water. Your certified Fit 4 Two® Pre and Postnatal Fitness Specialist will lead you through 45 minutes of cardio and muscular endurance while incorporating your baby through song and movement.

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.

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.

You don’t have to travel far to make a splash! A drop-in water play program for children, ages 6 months to 5 years, with caregivers in the warm leisure pool. A Water Leader will facilitate water games, activities, songs, water orientation and safety, a fun environment which includes physical, social and motor skills. Toys, floating mats, small slide, water boats and lazy river are available. Water diapers must be worn by all children not toilet trained. Caregivers must be within arm’s reach of children at all times.

Watsu combines elements of joint mobilization, shiatsu, and muscle stretching in the pool. Watsu group classes focus on stretching and strengthening common problem muscle groups and joints.


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.

Child
(3-12 Years)1
Child UNA/CSC
(3-12 Years)1
Youth
(13-18 Years)
Youth UNA/CSC
(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)4 $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)5 $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.
4Peak hours occur Monday to Friday between 6:30am - 9:00am, 11:30pm - 1:30pm, and 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Peak hours occur Saturday to Sunday between 8:00am - 6:30pm.
5Non-peak hours occur Monday to Friday between 9:00am - 11:30am, 1:30 - 5:30pm, and 8:30pm - 10:00pm.

Register for a series of Specialty Aquacize 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 Aquacize $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
Watsu Group Class $15.25 $15.25 $15.25 17.00 $15.25
Mom & Baby Aquafit $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $16.75 $15.00
River Walking $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75
Gentle Joints $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75
Aqua Rehab $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75
Aqua ROM Stretch $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75
Coached Express Workout $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75


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 find directions on Google Maps, and please see the local area pedestrian route changes, effective January 19, 2017.

If you are driving, access via Student Union Blvd is recommended. In anticipation for our soft opening on January 23, we are preparing the following options for parking.

  • Drop-off only: Curbside pick-up and drop-off can be facilitated in the vicinity of the South Tower of the Gage Residences pullout (Google Maps).
  • Very short-term parking (15 minutes): A limited number of parking spots are now signed and available for use in the vicinity of the South Tower of the Gage Residences pullout (Google Maps).
  • 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. (Google Maps. There is also overflow parking at Thunderbird Parkade. For information about rates and hours, please see UBC Parking.

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

UBC Aquatic Centre

6080 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Tel: 604-822-4501
Email: aquatic.centre@ubc.ca

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday — 6:30AM – 10:00PM
Saturday to Sunday — 8:00AM – 10:00PM

NOTE: Our hours of operation are not drop-in swim times (see our Drop-In Schedule for public swim times). The steam room and sauna are available during all operating hours, unless otherwise indicated. All hours are subject to change, please check our website before all visits.


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 Details

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.

Costs for term-based rentals:

UBC Student: $65.00 per term
UBC Staff/Faculty: $75.00 per term
UNA/CSC & Public: $90.00 per term


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.


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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