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NEW Spots Available – Private Lessons


UBC Aquatic Centre Private Lessons

Private Lessons – Any Level

During these offerings there is both shallow and deep pool space available so any level can book these spaces.

Private Lessons Swim Kids 4 and Under – Shallow Water

During these offerings there is only space in shallow water. Swimmers should be in Swim Kids Level 4 and under and only require shallow pool space.

Private Lessons – Deep Water

During these offerings there is only space in deep water. Swimmers should be Swim Kids Level 5 or higher.


UBC to host national swim championships

The University of British Columbia will host the 2019 USPORTS Odlum Brown Swimming Championships. The UBC Aquatic Centre will serve as host venue for the event from February 21 – 23, 2019 which will see UBC’s highly decorated Thunderbird swimming programs look to defend their national championship titles.

 

Following the Tbird success during the 2018 Odlum Brown Colleges Cup Pacific athletes are excited to be hosting the best university athletes here at home this winter and will be looking to defend their titles at National Champions.

Facility users should note that due to the hosting of this event, the facility will see a change in operating hours – Access for the public, students, staff and faculty will not be available for Wed. February 20 through and inclusive of Sat. February 23, 2019. More detailed information will be made available in the coming weeks. Visitors to the UBC Aquatic Centre are reminded to consult the facility drop-in schedule prior to any visit.

For those keen to wear their Blue & Gold and support our Tbirds, ticketing information will also be made available in the coming weeks. Organizers will also be looking for volunteers to assist with the hosting of this event. Bookmark or subscribe via GoThunderbirds.ca to be guaranteed updates.

UBC Sport Facility Access Update – Wesbrook Mall Closure

Access to UBC Sport Facilities will be impacted by an upcoming closure on Wesbrook Mall, between Student Union Boulevard and University Boulevard beginning January 14, 2019 and extending through May 2019. This route will be fully closed to ALL traffic, cyclist, and pedestrian access thereby limiting access routes to the following facilities:

  • UBC Student Recreation Centre
  • UBC Aquatic Centre
  • ARC at the UBC Life Building
  • War Memorial Gymnasium

During this time, vehicle traffic to access these facilities are encouraged to use North Parkade which will remain accessible from Marine Drive via Chancellor Boulevard.

NOTE: For War Memorial Gymnasium, accessible drop-off and limited street parking will remain available along University Boulevard. In the event that no street parking is available, the nearest parkade is at Health Sciences Parkade.

Detour Routes

Detour route for traffic arriving from the east via University Boulevard

Use Blanca Street and Chancellor Boulevard. No traffic is to use the local neighbourhood streets within the University Endowment Lands.

Detour route for traffic arriving from the east via 16th Avenue

Use 16th Avenue west to SW Marine Drive then NW Marine Drive around the north end of the campus to Wesbrook Mall.

Detour route for traffic arriving from the south via SW Marine Drive

Continue on NW Marine Drive around the north end of campus to Wesbrook Mall.

Detour route for through traffic arriving from the north

Use either Chancellor Boulevard to Blanca Street to University Blvd or 16th Avenue, or NW Marine Drive to 16th Avenue.

For more information and updates, please visit:

https://transportation.ubc.ca/home-page/detours/

2019 Summer Camps: Registration Opens Feb. 1

Yes, while most of are trying to find ways to get the mountains to enjoy the snow the reality is that Summer Camps are coming!

Registration for 2019 Summer Camps opens Friday February 1, 2019. It is anticipated that demand will be high and we courage early registration.

 

NOTICE: Wesbrook closure (Jan 14 – May 31)

Patrons of the UBC Aquatic Centre are to be advised that Wesbrook Mall will be closed January 14 through May 31. The road will be closed to traffic, bicycles and pedestrians however note that emergency vehicles will be exempt. Visitors are invited to plan ahead, consider alternate routes and allow some extra time when travelling to / from facilities in the North Precinct of UBC’s Point Grey Campus.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Free Week at the UBC Aquatic Centre | January 7-13, 2019

Join us for free programming all week!

Aqua Fitness Class Schedule


Aqua Bootcamp | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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 is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.

Aqua Zumba | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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! Register at a discounted rate or drop-in at our regular specialty Aqua Zumba rate.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.


Deep Water Aqua Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, and flexibility with this no-impact, deep-water workout. Participants should be comfortable in deeper water but flotation belts are provided for each person.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.

Deep to the Core | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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. Flotation 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 is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.


Fit4Two Prenatal Program | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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. Register at a discounted rate or drop-in at our regular specialty Fit4Two rate.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.

Get Wet & Sweat | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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 is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.


High Energy Aqua Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Shallow water exercise to get your morning started right! This low impact, high energy challenge will improve cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, balance and core muscles.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class takes place in the Recreation Pool.

Hydro Board Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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! Register at a discounted rate or drop-in at our regular specialty Hydro Board rate.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class is offered in the Recreation Pool.


Hydro Board Yoga | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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. Register at a discounted rate or drop-in at our regular specialty Hydro Board rate.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

Parent and Baby Aquafit | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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 will safely sit in a floating mesh turtle next to the caregiver. Infants should be at least 4 months old or be able to easily support their heads.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness offered in the Leisure Pool.


Seniors Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Mild stretching, relaxation, balance, and core exercises on the pool deck, followed by 30 minutes of shallow water exercise performed to music. One of the best ways to stay healthy without impacting your joints!

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.

Shallow Aqua Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Performed in chest-depth water with music to get you motivated and moving. This is our most popular type of Aquafitness class and for all demographics and fitness levels. Class includes muscular strength and endurance, core stability, flexibility, and more.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.


Water Running | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Join a coached water running class! This class is performed in both shallow and deep water. Participants will wear floatation belts for upright running and floatation. This class is low impact, great for exercise, resistance training and endurance.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Liesure Pool.

Aqua Yoga | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Leisure Pool.

Aqua Therapy | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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 is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class offered in the Leisure Pool.


River Walking | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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 is also a class that helps build balance and stability for the winter months. 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 is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Leisure Pool.

Steam & Stretch | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Enjoy a guided stretch in our sauna focusing on back relaxation and shoulder mobility. They will then move to the steam room for a quick guided meditation where they will exhale out their worries and stress. The class will finish with stretching in the hot tub. Unwind, relax and refresh your mind and body.

No swimming experience necessary. The hot tub is a shallow depth (0.9m). Bathing suit required.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Steam Room, Sauna, and Hot Tub.

Coached Express Workout | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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 UBC Varsity swimmer will coach and provide training workouts, stroke correction and development instruction, breathing, flip turn and racing start techniques. Prerequisite: Must be able to swim 50m. Register at a discounted rate or drop-in at our regular specialty Coached Express rate.

This is a Specialty class offered in the Competition Pool.

Swim Fit | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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. Prerequisite: Must be able to swim 50m. Register at a discounted rate or drop-in at our regular specialty Swim Fit rate.

This is a Specialty class offered in the Competition Pool.


Performance Private Classes | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

These one-hour high-end private classes are coached by NCCP level coaches including UBC’s Derrick Schoof. These one-on-one classes are created on-demand to fit your (or your youth’s) busy schedule. Classes are designed for recreational, masters, triathlete and provincial level swimmers Classes focus on technique, stroke correction, speed, and include video feedback. For registration or information please contact adrian.greszata@ubc.ca

This is a Specialty class offered in the Competition Pool.


UBC Aquatic Centre Open House

UBC Aquatic Centre Open House

Thursday, January 17 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Enjoy a free public swim, learn from the experts about the different programming available, and enter to win some prizes!

Highlights
  • Dry activities for those who just want to stop by and check out the space
  • In-water activities for those who bring their swim suits & towel
  • The Wibit Inflatable Obstacle Course will be set up from 5:30-6:30PM
  • Entry to the pool will be free during the open house


Additional Free Opportunities during Free Week

Staff & Faculty Free Swim | Mon Jan 7 from 11:30am – 1:30pm

UBC Staff & Faculty are welcome to come and swim for free! Simply stop by with your staff ID card and enjoy a lunchtime swim, soak, or sauna break (Or all three!).

Intro to CPR Workshop | Tue Jan 8 from 4:30pm – 5:00pm

Receive hands-on CPR & AED training so you have the tools you need to respond in the event of an emergency.

Swim to Survive (Adult) | Wed Jan 9 from 4:30pm – 5:00pm

Learn how to stay safe on the water and how to do a self-rescue. You’ll leave this 30-minute program with a Swim to Survive certificate of completion.

Swim to Survive (Ages 8+) | Sat Jan 12 from 1:30pm – 2:00pm & 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Learn how your family can stay safe on the water, how to properly fit a life jacket, and how to do a self-rescue. You’ll leave this 30-minute program with a Swim to Survive certificate of completion and a temporary tattoo!

Scuba Diving | Wed Jan 9 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Meet on the pool deck at 5:30pm. Everyone welcome limited spots.

Facility Closure: Sunday January 6, 2019

Patrons of the UBC Aquatic Centre are to be advised that the facility is closed for Sunday January 6 so as to facilitate the InService staff training for our full-time and part-time student-staff.

We are committed to your safety and the on-going training of our staff.

We apologies for this inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Visitors are invited to consult the UBC Aquatic Centre Drop-In Schedules prior to any visit.

Happy New Year! We are open as of Friday January 4, 2019

The UBC Aquatic Centre re-opened Friday January 4, 2019 following the completion of the annual maintenance shutdown (Dec. 9 – Jan. 3).  Please note that the facility re-opened with modified hours for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Winter 2019 hours will commence Monday January 7.

Friday January 4: 

  • Leisure Tank: 7:30 – 10:00 am  /  3:30 – 8:00 pm
  • 25M Recreation Tank: 8:00 – 10:30 am / 3:30 – 8:00 pm (note: the water will be a bit colder than usual)
  • 50M Competition Tank (6 lanes only): 7:30 – 10:30 am  /  5:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday January 5:  The UBC Aquatic Centre is scheduled to be open 6:30 AM to 9:00PM with varied access to swimming basins.  Please consult the Drop-in Schedule for details.

Sunday January 6:   The facility will be closed on for InService training with our student-staff.

The UBC Aquatic Centre management team looks forward to supporting you in your physical and mental health goals for 2019.

All patrons are invited to consult the UBC Aquatic Centre Drop-In Schedules prior to any visit.