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Latest Aquatic Centre News

Practice, practice, practice… ShakeOut BC!

The management team of the UBC Aquatic Centre would like to acknowledge and thank the swimmers, visitors and staff who participated in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut at the UBC Aquatic Centre this morning.  Whereas we appreciate that the evaluation exercise was an interruption and possible inconvenience from your planned activities, we do strongly believe that these types of real-time rehearsal drills are amongst the best ways to review and test our operational procedures.

To help the campus community prepare for an earthquake, UBC participates in the annual province-wide ShakeOut BC earthquake preparedness exercise. Each year in October, practice DROPCOVER, and HOLD ON, the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes.  This year’s activity was held across British Columbia today, Thursday October 18th at 10:18am.

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

ShakeOut BC is your opportunity to practice how to protect yourself during earthquakes. Find below links to related resources:

The staff at the UBC Aquatic Centre are committed to your personal safety.

Safety First!

With the change in Canadian cannabis laws and regulations, we want to take this opportunity to remind all visitors that your safety is our number one priority. The UBC Aquatic Centre is a community amenity that services the needs of students, staff, faculty and residents in the pursuit of their physical and mental health, sport and recreational aspirations whether they be leisure or high performance training or competition. Regardless of the above, visitors are to be reminded that impairment of any kind while in the facility may lead to removal / expulsion. Staff, whether they be lifeguards, cashiers or administrative staff, may, with safety as our priority, ask patrons who appear impaired to vacate the premises.

For additional resource information see the links below:

Be engaged: Stadium Road Neighbourhood

UBC Athletics & Recreation has been working with UBC Campus & Community Planning to engage the Point Grey community to review and assess options for the Stadium Road Neighbourhood.

Phase 3 of the Stadium Road Neighbourhood public consultation is launching next week – Monday Oct. 1. This consultation will be an opportunity to provide your feedback on the Plan Options for the new neighbourhood to be located hear the Thunderbird Stadium. The consultation will be running from Oct. 1-21.

Click here for full details.

UBC Accessibility Shuttle: Pilot Project

The UBC Accessibility Shuttle launched in May 2018 as a pilot service that promotes accessibility on UBC’s Point Grey campus. It is a shuttle service for people with temporary or permanent conditions that impact mobility, who need assistance traveling to areas of campus that can otherwise only be accessed by foot.

The shuttle is a free, shared ride service available only by reservation and operates between 7:30am and 7:30pm, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. Wheras the UBC Aquatic Centre is located immediately adjacent the UBC Bus Loop, this new pilot service transports people with conditions that impact their mobility from designated stops to and from the central pedestrian areas of campus. The Accessibility Shuttle serves areas that can otherwise only be accessed by foot (i.e. areas with limited vehicle access and parking). Each UBC building in the service area is within 100 meters of a shuttle stop.

Full details are available online at: https://students.ubc.ca/about-student-services/access-diversity/ubc-accessibility-shuttle. For questions, please check the frequently asked questions. For additional assistance or to book a ride, call 604.822.9929.

UBC Perseverant at Int’l Submarine Competition

UBC continues to represent on the world stage – this time in the area of submarine racing. The IMarEST’s European International Submarine Races 2018, were hosted this past summer (July 3-13) at QinetiQ’s Ocean Basin in Gosport, UK. Whereas a Canadian team from École de Technologie Supérieure claimed the winning trophy with their submarine, Omer 11, UBC was recognized with the Perseverance Award, and with a third place in the area of design with Skookumchuk 4. Congratulations UBC!

As reported this past summer (article here), the UBC Aquatic Centre served as testing location for UBC’s Submarine Design Team (UBC Mechanical Engineering Program and others) and facility users got a sneak-peek at the award-winning design.

Facility management for the UBC Aquatic Centre are pleased to consider request for support from academic based projects that require access and/or use of the aquatic basins as this aligns with UBC’s strategic plan. Student groups looking to learn more should contact the facility at the very early stages of the development of their concepts/proposals.

For the next opportunity to see students’ work afloat at the pool mark your calendars for the first days of the new year as MECH 223 continues the tradition of challenging themselves with cardboard boat races.

CPR & AEDs @ UBC – “you can only help”

“Helping Hearts” : The Heart & Stroke, together with a number of on-campus agencies, yesterday hosted compact training sessions for ‘Hands-Only CPR’ (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator). Several hundred participated in the sessions that saw students, staff, faculty and residents come together to work together to learn basic skills that they ultimately hope they will never have to use.

Participants were welcomed by a video featuring Aneen – a former UBC Student who suffered a cardiac arrest at the UBC Aquatic Centre – who’s survival was largely attributed to the quick response of lifeguards, the use of CPR and the AED available on-site. Click here for Aneen’s story.

There exist a number of resources available to you should you have missed the opportunity to participate yesterday:

Learn CPR in less than 90 seconds (video)

Learn how to use an AED in less than 90 seconds (video)

Participants were also introduced to ‘PulsePoint’ , a new app developed by BCEHS (BC Emergency Health Services) which not only provides updated maps to the locations of AEDs, but more importantly is a crowd-sourced safety resource which alerts CPR-trained bystanders to a cardiac emergency in their immediate vicinity, thereby increasing the victim’s chances of survival.

PulsePoint communities come together to save lives (video)

Be a life saver. Help us build a PulsePoint connected community here at UBC. Download the ‘PulsePoint’ app here.


Whereas the basic knowledge of CPR and AED use are important, nothing can replace formal training and certification. The UBC Aquatic Centre delivers advanced training for adult, child and infant CPR; heart-attack and obstructed airway. Certification is through the Lifesaving Society or Canadian Red Cross.

Learn and become certified to save a life – register today!



UBC Helping Hearts (CPR & AED Training: Oct. 4)

In Canada, someone has a cardiac arrest every 13 minutes. When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, the use of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) in the first few minutes can more than double someone’s chances of survival.

Join us for 30 minute CPR and AED training sessions from 5-8pm on October 4, 2018 hosted by Heart & Stroke and supported by BC Emergency Health Services and UBC.

Training sessions are FREE and will be taking place in The Great Hall, in the AMS Student Nest.

Use the registration link to secure your time: http://bit.ly/helpingheartsubc

Update: Temporary Closure – 25m Recreation Tank

Update Tuesday September 25, 2:28pm

3 lanes in the Competition tank have been opened for Public 25m Length Swim from 3-5pm


Patrons of the UBC Aquatic Centre are to be advised that the 25m Recreation tank is temporarily closed due to a chemical imbalance that occurred. It is anticipated that the 25m Rec tank will be re-opened Wednesday September 26, however patrons should consult the facility website in advance.

In light of the above, the following program changes have been made:

  • Senior Fit: have been moved to the leisure pool
  • Deep H2O Aquafit: has been cancelled
  • 50m public length swim will not be available until 8:30am
  • Aqua Zumba: has been cancelled
  • Hydroboards: has been cancelled
  • Lessons: have been moved to leisure or competition pool
  • Public Length Swim REC: has been cancelled
    Note: the above are changes from the regularly published schedule.

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.