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Latest Aquatic Centre News

Temporary Closure – Leisure Pool

Updated February 26, 2020 11:56am

Patrons of the UBC Aquatic Centre are to be advised that the Leisure pool is temporarily closed due to a fouling that occurred at approximately 10:30 am Wednesday morning. At this time the Leisure Pool is expected to reopen on Thursday morning at 9:00am

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

A reminder that visitors to the UBC Aquatic Centre should visit the website and consult the Drop-in Schedule prior to any visit.

Notice: Westbrook Mall Road Work

There will be some paving of potholes on Wesbrook Mall occurring on Thursday February 27th. The work will be occurring between Walter Gage Road and Student Union Blvd between the hours of 7:30am and 4pm, and will result in single lane alternating traffic during the period of work.

4th consecutive nat’l titles for UBC swimming

The UBC Thunderbirds women’s and men’s swimming programs have again won the U SPORTS national swimming championships. And for those counting – this is the fourth year in a row.

The 2020 U SPORTS events marks the 24th national championship banner for the women’s team, and the 18th for the men’s program. It is not an exaggeration to state that the swimming programs based at UBC are dominating national university swimming.

Congratulations UBC Thunderbirds Swimming!

Full Article via GoThunderbirds.ca



NOTICE: “Cool” water (Feb. 21-22)

UPDATE:  DES Service Interruption: Crews with UBC’s Building Operations Department completed a timely repair to the District Energy System (DES) that provides the hot water servicing a number of buildings within the North Precinct of UBC’s Point Grey Campus. The work took longer than original planned.

As a result, users of the UBC Aquatic Centre are invited to make note of the following:

  • Showers:  should be back to normal operating temperatures
  • Basin water temperatureswater temperatures in the pool basins may be a bit cooler than normal (approx. 1 degree C) throug and inclusive of Monday Feb.  24.
  • Hot Tub:  will not be at normal operating temperatures.

Further updates will be provided Monday morning.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

No Swimming Lessons During UBC Reading Week

Reading Week (February 18-21 inclusive) is an opportunity for our student staff to study, work on projects, go home to see family, or go on vacation. This much needed break happens every February. We do not schedule swimming lessons during this week, as a way to support our hard working student staff team!  Program registrants can find lesson exclusion dates online, and on one’s receipt. You can also double-check with your instructor, or contact the UBC Aquatic Centre, where we are readily available to answer your questions. The UBC Aquatic Centre remains open during UBC Reading Week, so we hope you will jump in for a swim! Guests are reminded to consult the drop in schedule for public swim times.

UBC Camps: Join us for camps this summer!

The staff teams at the UBC Aquatic Centre working with UBC Camps are keen to host your child(ren) this summer for Summer Camps.

Whereas registration opens on February on Monday February 3rd (12pm), the programming information is available on-line now:



Public Consultation: New Recreation Centre and Upgrades to Student Union Boulevard

Public open house:

Thursday, February 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
UBC Life Building, 6138 Student Union Blvd (map)

Provide your input online or in person | February 10-24, 2020

Full details

UBC Researchers Leverage UBC Aquatic Centre In Support of Global Knowledge

Whereas most visit the UBC Aquatic Centre to swim, soak, float and/or play, there were some UBC researchers who, over the past weeks, have been diving deep without getting wet.

UBC’s Maryam Baksh, Forbes Choy and Chris Jing are collaborating with TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator, on a capstone project to support the measurement of neutrinos. More specifically, the team is developing a new photogrammetry procedure to pinpoint the position of photosensors which, they hope, will help remove any confusion that arises from imagery captured by detectors used to measure neutrinos – for sake of simplicity we are referring to it as “Super-K”.

On-site at the UBC Aquatic Centre this translated to in-water activities testing different camera technology – fixed and drone (ROV). The in-water activities in January were preceded by in-basin activities in December when the 25M Recreation tank was empty for the UBC Aquatic Centre preventative maintenance closure.

More information – presentation slides available here